What was previewed as Pulsar CS400 concept at the 2014 Auto Expo, is launched as Bajaj Dominar 400. This new motorcycle is the most advanced, most powerful, and the fastest Bajaj till date. Bajaj Dominar 400 is powered by a 373.27cc single cylinder engine from the KTM Duke 390. The triple spark DTSi engine is reportedly capable of 34.51 hp power and 35 Nm torque via mated to a 6 speed gearbox. The engine is tuned to deliver less power and more torque, as compared to the Duke 390.
Designed as a sports tourer, Rajiv Bajaj has launched the Dominar to take on the might of Royal Enfield in the 300-500 cc segment. In fact, he has stated that riders who prefer to go slow, can opt Royal Enfield, while those who want to go fast, can always have the Dominar 400.
We have ridden the Dominar 400, and there is hardly anything going against the bike. With sales target at 10,000 units a month, Bajaj is aiming at making the Dominar brand a billion dollar entity within the next two years. If they achieve that or not, only time will tell. What we are certain, is the fact that there are growing number of Dominar’s to be seen on Indian roads.
Based on the Dominar platform, Bajaj has confirmed that the next iteration could be a Scrambler concept. There were rumors earlier that Bajaj will launch a fully faired variant of Dominar, but these rumors were later dismissed by Bajaj as it will be too expensive to launch a Dominar 400 FF. Instead, the company plans to launch a Scrambler version of Dominar 400 in the coming months.
Also See – Bajaj Dominar 400 Review
Not much is known about how the Dominar Scrambler will look. But, one owner of Dominar 400 has gone ahead and modified his brand Dominar as a Scrambler. Thanks to folks at Knights Auto, the blue coloured Dominar 400 you see in the images above, has been made into a reality. Highlights of this customized Dominar 400 are as follows –
Gloss Metallic Blue Wrap
Headlight assembly wrapped in Gloss Carbon Fiber
Red brake calipers
Blackened LED tail lamps
Brown leather cover for seats
Below are more images.
Surprisingly, this is not the only Dominar 400 that has been customized. Folks at folks at Sahyadri Moto (aftermarket adventure touring motorcycle accessories design, manufacture, fitting) have revealed their version of Dominar 400 – shodded with important mods and accessories one will be needing when out on a long tour. Have a look at the images below.
List of accessories includes:
– Shad SH39 with custom top rack and saddle stays
– Custom crashguard with frame sliders
– Windshield with custom bracket and integrated mobile mount
– Number plate relocation
– 2x 18 watt AUX Led lights
Also See – Bajaj Dominar 400FF Fully Faired Rendering
This has been done so as to give the bike a characteristic of a cruiser, rather than that of an all-out sporty monster. If you look at the images, it is clearly visible that Sahyadri has designed the bike to be best used as a long distance tourer.
Dominar 400 is not the only motorcycle Sahyadri has created accessories for. They have created accessories for Pulsar 200 NS, Pulsar 200 F, KTM Duke 390, KTM Duke 200, TVS Apache, Royal Enfield, etc. Have a look at their garage and their work in the images below.
Highlights of Bajaj Dominar 400 include headlamp with 7 LEDs and a single halogen, LED side blinkers, LED taillights, telescopic forks in the front and mono shock rear suspension along with single front and rear disc brakes, dual channel ABS, digital instrument console, relaxed seating position, split seats, and a large fuel tank.
Bajaj Dominar 400 is priced perfectly to take on the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and Classic 500, two of their best selling motorcycles. Rajiv Bajaj aims to capture 20% market share in the segment (INR 1-2 lakh), of which RE holds 80%. Though the Dominar is not exactly a Royal Enfield rival, it is priced in such a way that it is predominantly going to entice RE buyers.