3 Bajaj Dominar riders from India attempting Arctic to Antarctic Polar road trip of 50,000 kms
World’s First Polar Odyssey: from Tuktoyaktuk in the Arctic circle to Ushuaia, the closest point to the Antarctic.
One of the largest two wheeler maker in the country, Bajaj Auto is attempting to achieve the unthinkable with their flagship motorcycle. Three Bajaj Dominar motorcycles and three Indian riders have set out on a road trip of 50,000 kms, which will span over 4 months.
Speaking during the flag-off ceremony in Pune on 20th July 2018, Mr. Eric Vas, President – Motorcycle Business, Bajaj Auto Ltd, said, “A year ago with the completion of the Trans-Siberian Odyssey, the Dominar 400 comprehensively cemented its reputation as the motorcycle of choice for the discerning motorcyclists in India. The Dominar Polar Odyssey from the North Pole to the South Pole shall demonstrate the indominable product leadership of the Dominar 400. That this grueling Polar Odyssey is being attempted on stock Dominars without any major part change and without a support crew, is testimony to the superiority of the Dominar 400 over all other motorcycles in its class.”
The journey will span four months and traverse more than 50,000 km across 17 countries in North, Central and South America. This translates into over 450 km of hyperriding every day without any dedicated service support or back-up team across all kinds of terrain, climate and conditions. From the ice-pack roads and long-distance highways of Canada, USA and Mexico, to the tropical river beds and dirt tracks of Central America and the Amazon Forest and River basin in Brazil, continuing to the gravel tracks of the high altitude passes of the Andean highlands and the Atacama desert, and finally to the majestic open grasslands of the Argentinian Pampas. During the Dominar Polar Odyssey, the Dominar shall cover four of the world’s toughest roads making it the most audacious odyssey ever attempted.
– Dempster Highway– Arctic Circle, Canada
– James Dalton Highway – Arctic Circle, USA
– North Yungas Road (Road of Death), Bolivia
– Atacama Desert, Chile
Speaking about the Dominar, this motorcycle is powered by a 373.2 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor which is derived from the KTM 390 family. The motor will benefit from Bajaj’s patented triple spark technology. The power output stands at 35 PS @ 8000 RPM and torque output stands at 35 Nm @ 6500 RPM via a six speed manual transmission.
This engine allows the Bajaj Dominar top speed to be at 159 kmph on speedo. Bajaj Dominar 0-100 kmph is achieved in 8.23 seconds, 100-0 kmph braking is achieved in 46.19 meters. Other highlights include beam type perimeter frame, telescopic 43 mm front forks, multi adjustible rear mono shock, 17 inch alloys, 110/70 front tubeless tyre, 150/60 tubeless rear tyre (MRF Revz FC1 & C1). Braking is taken care by 320 mm disc in the front and 230 mm disc at the rear. It is offered with dual channel ABS as well.
Speaking about dimensions, Bajaj Dominar 400 is 2156 mm long, 813 mm wide, and 1112 mm tall. Wheelbase stands at 1453 mm while ground clearance is at 157 mm, kerb weight is at 182 kg and fuel tank capacity is 13 liters. We and our readers wish the riders all the best for this amazing road trip. You can follow their updates live here.