One of the most awaited motorcycle, enthusiasts have been waiting for this bike ever since it made debut as a concept at the 2014 Auto Expo, was launched last week in India. Bajaj Dominar 400 now retails at just INR 1.36 lakh, ex-showroom. Making it the most affordable bike in the segment.
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. There are two variants on offer, one with ABS and one without. The latter is priced from INR 1.36 lakh, while the former costs INR 1.5 lakh.
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The engine is expected to be derived from the KTM 390 family but it sports 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 delivers 35 PS and 35 Nm. It has a kerb weight of 182 kgs, and a Gross Vehicle Weight of 332 kgs.
As mainstream automotive TV and magazines waiting to get their hands on media bikes, enthusiasts and moto-vloggers have managed to get their hands on dealer test ride bikes and started posting videos and photos. Below is one such moto-vlogger, who has managed to record the top speed of Bajaj Dominar 400.