The Bajaj Dominar 400 has been launched. This is an all new bike and the first 400cc for Bajaj. The company has priced it aggressively. Bajaj Dominar 400 comes with a 373cc engine and a six-speed gearbox. The Bajaj Dominar400 bike comes loaded with an array of features. This makes it a good option to consider for those who need a more affordable 400cc bike and not compromise on features. Born as the Pulsar CS400 concept, Bajaj changed the brand name to differentiate it from the existing Pulsar brand.
The company is looking at selling 10,000cc units and has put it in the leisure bike segment, like the Mahindra Mojo or a Royal Enfield. Dominar means to dominate and and that is what Bajaj will try and do with this bike. We review the Bajaj Dominar 400 and tell you what it is all about.
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Bajaj Dominar 400 Video Review
Bajaj Dominar 400 Design
Bajaj calls the Dominar 400 a power cruiser, which means that it is a blend of a cruiser and a street fighter. It is supposed to offer the best of these two genres. Born as a Pulsar CS400, the design of the Bajaj Dominar 400 does resemble a Pulsar, but it is bigger. There is a large fuel tank that will grab your attention and it makes the bike look aggressive. The exquisite headlamp assembly houses LED lamps which also have DRLs. The headlamps have a smoked out effect. The alloy wheels are unique and look stylish and appealing. They have a curved spoke design with a black machined finish – a first in the segment. The tail lamps are LED too and the design of the bike is well balanced.
The Bajaj Dominar 400 surely looks bigger, wider and bulkier than the 150-200cc bikes in the market. This 400cc bike weighs about 182 kilograms. It has a tough frame which makes it heavier. The Bajaj Dominar 400 has a wide enough seat and is more comfortable for long touring. In terms of design, Bajaj has got it spot on. The stance, the quality of paint and the headlamp makes it look premium.
The instrument cluster is an all digital one. It has a speedo, tacho, trip meters, fuel gauge and also a digital clock. There is no gear indicator. The Bajaj Dominar 400 is a well proportioned bike and looks good from every angle. While it is not a head turner, it is hard to find faults with its looks.
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Bajaj Dominar 400 Engine
The Bajaj Dominar 400 is powered by a new 373cc engine. This mill churns out 35bhp of power and comes with a six-speed transmission. There is also a slipper clutch present. The Bajaj Dominar 400 produces 35Nm of torque, which is good enough for its segment. This engine shares some of its parts with the Duke 390 engine. The power and torque figures are matched to provide an easy riding experience across the power band. Hold on! you will not get a sudden rush of power on wringing the throttle. The power build up is more linear in nature.
The mid-range is where the meat of the power lies and the Bajaj Dominar 400 impresses there. It has a top whack of 148km/h. The engine is quite refined, however, the only downside is that beyond 5000rpm there are vibrations present and you feel them on the handlebar and footpegs. This is the only sore thing we could spot in this otherwise able bike. Another thing we like is the exhaust note. It has a nice deep rumble and this feels sophisticated.
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Bajaj Dominar 400 Ride and Handling
This is the most impressive area of the Bajaj Dominar 400. You sit straight and upright. The seat is broad and comfortable. The handlebar is wide and this gives it a big bike feel and also keeps you comfortable. Despite being heavy, it doesn’t feel so on the move. Taking turns and banking on curves are quite enjoyable on this machine.
The tyres on the Bajaj Dominar 400 also need to be complimented. These MRFs are soft compound tyres that offer very good grip. The ride is on the firmer side. Its not stiff as such but at low speeds on bad roads, you tend to feel some jolts. The firm suspension setting though helps a lot in handling and weight management of this bike. Braking is very impressive too. The large 320mm front discs have great stopping prowess and with twin channel ABS, its very reassuring.
Bajaj Dominar 400 Mileage
Bajaj Dominar 400 Mileage
This bike will return about 35-40 km/l in the city and highway mix. As the Bajaj Dominar 400 isn’t all about performance only, we could see some improvement in mileage as well. For a bike of this size, this should be good enough. A long term test would reveal the actual mileage figures.
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Bajaj Dominar 400 Top Speed
|Bajaj Dominar 400 Top Speed||148 km/hr|
The new Bajaj Dominar 400 has a top speed of around 148km/hr. The tall gears help to enhance the top speed of the bike.
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Bajaj Dominar 400 Price in India
|Variant||Price (on-road, New Delhi)|
|Bajaj Dominar 400 Non-ABS||INR 1.5 lakhs|
|Bajaj Dominar 400 ABS||INR 1.65 lakhs|
This is one of the best reasons to buy this bike. The Bajaj Dominar 400 is priced at INR 1.5 lakhs (on-road, New Delhi) for the disc brake model and the ABS version is priced at INR 1.65 lakhs. This is now, Pulsar RS200 pricing. So, it is extremely aggressive. This is an introductory price, Bajaj will increase the pricing sometime around March. The deliveries of the bike have already started.
Bajaj Dominar 400 Verdict
The Bajaj Dominar 400 does not have any direct competition as such. however, it falls in a similar price bracket of the Royal Enfield, Mahindra Mojo and KTM Duke 390. The BMW G310R is also expected to be a competitor when launched. This is a fast growing segment and Bajaj will want to try to dominate it. So why should you buy the Bajaj Dominar 400? Well, if you want a comfortable bike for frequent long highway rides and also want it to double up as a daily commute bike, then at this price point, with all the features, the Bajaj Dominar 400 is currently the best buy.
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Bajaj Dominar 400 Specifications
|Engine||373cc, liquid cooled|
|Gearbox||6-Speed with Slipper Clutch|
|Brakes||Twin channel ABS / 320mm & 230mm Discs|
Bajaj Dominar 400 Dimensions
|Front Tyre||110/70 R17 radial|
|Rear Tyre||150/60 R17 radial|
|Brakes||320mm dia, 230mm|
|Fuel Tank||13 litres|
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Bajaj Dominar 400 Images
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Bajaj Dominar 400
Product Name: Bajaj Dominar 400
Product Description: All new Bajaj 400cc bike is here.