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23 Jan 2017

Bajaj dominar 400

Design Review: The Dominar 400 is dubbed like a power cruiser. Her styling aspects of a relaxed cruiser as well as the aggressive profile of a naked sportsbike.
In front, you receive first-in-class full LED headlamps with AHO which makes the bike future ready when it comes to government rules & regulations. These LED headlamps look excellent with the smoked lens around it, and also, work fantastic in illuminating the street ahead during the night.
Then, the bike comes with first-in-class machined alloy wheels too. Although machine finished, they aren't too flashy, but look decent.

bajaj dominar 400 review
Then, coming to the sculpted gas tank, Bajaj has place a large amount of effort in maintaining the majority, yet making it look good. The Dominar feels big between the legs, but not intimidating. The gas tank receives a mix of body colour & black and it has enough room that you should squeeze your legs around when riding hard.

The Dominar badge sitting proudly around the gas tank is in a dark gun metal type of shade. A thoughtful addition is the small tank pad which bajaj provides to prevent brushing of variables witht the gas tank when on the run.

Addititionally there is overturn LCD instrument console, and the other tell tale lamp display on the gas tank. This split instrument console looks very futuristic and shows enough data such as speed, tachometer, time, fuel gauge, service reminder, trip meter & other signs & symbols. Quality of plastics now is very good, and feels premium to touch and feel.

The engine is seen painted in gold, and shouts out �Triple Spark�. The perimeter chassis & the trunk swingarm are also in shades of silver which break the monotony well on the darker coloured DOminar.

Exhaust pipe is really a midship muffler in most black. At idle, the exhaust note is certainly not great, but builds up nicely once the engine is revved. Bajaj has ironed out the engine whine, therefore the exhaust note is heard well when you�re up for many wind inside your hair. Exhaust note though is still a little like the KTMs, however a bit muted.

Bajaj mentions they have made use of the best paint technology for the Dominar 400, also it shows. The finishing is top notch.
In a segment of �Heavy Metals�, the Dominar 400 comes with features & qualities built to impress.

Engine & Performance:

Powering the Dominar 400 is really a 373.3cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, triple spark, 4-valve, DTSi engine with fuel injection producing 35 PS of power @ 8000 RPM and 35 Nm of torque @ 6500 RPM. What came like a welcome surprise was that Bajaj offered a slipper clutch coupled to the 6-speed gearbox around the Dominar 400.

The good thing about the engine would be that the power & torque figures are equally matched. This is rare for motorcycles in almost any segment, and Bajaj labored in acheiving this. The torque availablity is around 28 Nm starting from as low as 3000 RPM with peak torque of 35 Nm kicking in around 6500 RPM. This will make the engine very tractable.

The slipper clutch works very well, and you may drop down the gears while entering corners without having to worry about locking the trunk wheel. Power delivery is linear, unlike the explosive KTM siblings, so riding the Dominar 400 is much more easier for say a new upgrading for this type of motorcycles.

Ride & Handling:

Compared to the concept seen in 2014, Bajaj has dropped the inverted front fork setup for any conventional telescopic unit. This can be a 43mm diameter hydraulically damped unit, so we found it acceptable enough for what we place it through. USD setup would only have resulted in a higher price, obviously with slightly better front-end dynamics though.

Rear suspension is a monoshock, but a new patented unit. It makes utilization of dual springs to ensure that the bike remains soft to absorb bumps, but additionally stiff enough to maintain balance while riding hard. It comes with 10 adjustment settings with a stock lock at level 4.

The bike rides of MRF tyres having a 110 profile front and 150 section at the rear. These tyres are made specially for that Dominar 400 and may be also seen in the marketplace soon. These radial tyres are rated to function as much as speeds of 180 kmph.

This is the first motorcycle from Bajaj which will come with a dual channel ABS system. When you drop the anchors, it enables you to definitely come to a standstill from the top speed in just 9 seconds, and within 46 metres. Braking performance was more than enough by segment standards, it could be also termed as the very best in terms of overall feel.

Overall, the Dominar 400 is no corner carver, but feels aware of its well packaged setup. The bike as well as having enough straight line stability, also maintains line even when in corners, even with everything weight. Although tipping the scale at 182 kg, the bike is easy to flick around. But moving the DOminar 400 in parking situations, say without the engine use causes it to be feel heavy.


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