As the launch date of the Bajaj Dominar 400 nears, the motorcycle is increasingly getting clicked by enthusiasts from Pune. From spying the bike in and around Pune, to catching it undisguised in Leh, we have every stage of its development in the form of regular spy shots after the bike was first showcased as a concept at the 2014 Auto Expo.
Recently, a reader managed to spot a Bajaj Dominar 400 rider enjoying a cup of hot tea on the side of the road. This gave this reader a good few minutes to check out the bike. Just when the rider was about to leave, the reader asked if he can rev the Dominar. Guess what. The test rider obliged and below is the video where you can listen to the exhaust note, revving all the way to the redline.
With production already underway, Bajaj has stated that this new bike of theirs will rule the segment for at least the next 10 years. This is one reason why it has been christened Dominar (from the word dominant). Bajaj aims to sell about 10,000 of these every month in India.
The styling remains unchanged as compared to the concept which was unveiled in 2014. We are happy that Bajaj retained the futuristic looking LED headlamps (a first for an Indian motorcycle). Other highlights include a fully digital instrument console, meaty tyres, stylish radiator shrouds, muscular fuel tank with extensions and an auxiliary instrument display, split seats (concept had single piece seat), stubby silencer and the trademark twin LED taillight strips.
The key difference between the concept and the real deal is the front suspension set up. Whereas the concept employed a USD telescopic fork, the production version settles for a regular telescopic unit. The rear is suspended by a monoshock.
The new Dominar 400 employs a disc brake at each wheel and the top-end variant would offer dual channel ABS. The engine is expected to be derived from the KTM 390 family but it will sport triple spark technology and revised gear ratios. The same engine aboard Duke 390 delivers 44 PS and 35 Nm, while on Bajaj VS400 this engine will reportedly deliver just 35 PS. It will have a Gross Vehicle Weight of 332 kgs.
The new Bajaj Kratos VS400 is slated to be launched by 15th December, 2016. The price is estimated to start at around INR 1.5 lakhs.