Finally, the much-awaited Bajaj Dominar 250 has been launched along with the price tag of Rs 1.6 lakhs(ex-showroom, Delhi). The brand has made the new entry in the 250 cc segment. Considering the number of bikes in 250 cc segment now, we can say that the Indian market is surly shifting towards mid-sized engines. Let’s see what all features and specifications the Dominar 250 has to offer us.
It’s quite shocking that not much of the changes have been made while downsizing the engine. It’s really quite difficult to distinguish between the two unless and until you spot the naming badge. However to make the Dominar 250 more distinguishable the colour options are also varied with the bike. The bike gets full LED headlamp and indicators as well. The taillamp unit too is a split type LED unit which we have seen on Dominar 400. Further enhancing the looks the bike gets the dual barrel exhaust which also produces very nice thumpy exhaust note.
The hardware bits are slightly different than the Dominar 400. It gets the 17-inch alloy wheels but these are not diamond-cut wheels seen on the D400. The tyres are from EuroGrip but you do have MRF as an option as well. The front tyre is of 100/80 sections, while the rear tyre is of 130/70 section tyre. The suspension duty is handled by the 37 mm USD forks at the front and a mono-shock suspension at the rear. The braking duty is done by the 300 mm disc at front and 230 mm disc at the rear. Both the brakes do get the ABS i.e dual-channel ABS.
The weight of the bike has gone down by almost 5 kgs over the 400 version. The dimensions of the bike are kept identical to the bigger sibling. The ground clearance is offered at 180 mm which is good enough to tackle the Indian roads.
The bike gets a fully digital instrument cluster, similar to the Dominar 400. The bike gets automatic headlamps, which means it will turn ON the headlight in low light conditions. It also gets the secondary display on the tank which shows the various bike indicators such as ABS, battery, etc. The bike gets the bungee strap tucker under the back seat so that you can easily strap the luggage.
The bike comes with the 248.77 cc single-cylinder, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled engine. The same engine is seen on the KTM Duke 250 and latest Husqvarna 250 twins. The engine produces around 27 bhp at 8500 rpm and 23.5 Nm at 6500 rpm. The Dominar 250, however, produces 2.5 bhp lesser power than the KTM Duke 250. It is due to the engine has tweaked for better low-end performance and also better life. The engine is mated with a 6-speed gearbox. It also gets the slipper clutch. Now we have to note that the Dominar 250 gets the dual-spark ignition and not the triple spark that was seen on D400.
Price and Competition
The pricing of the Bajaj Dominar 250 is really quite attractive which is at Rs 1.6 lakhs(ex-showroom, Delhi). That makes it the second most affordable 250 cc motorcycle following the Yamaha FZ 25. It offers a lot more value for money when compared with rivals. It competes against the Suzuki Gixxer 250, KTM Duke 250, CF moto 250, Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250.