Design Review: The Dominar 400 is dubbed as a power cruiser. Her styling elements of a relaxed cruiser along with the aggressive profile of a naked sportsbike.
In front, you get first-in-class full LED headlamps with AHO making 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 road ahead during the night.
Then, the bike includes first-in-class machined alloy wheels too. Although machine finished, they aren't too flashy, but look decent.
Then, visiting the sculpted gas tank, Bajaj has put a lot of effort in maintaining the bulk, yet which makes it look good. The Dominar feels big between the legs, although not intimidating. The gas tank gets a mixture of body colour & black and it has enough room that you should squeeze your legs around when riding hard.
The Dominar badge sitting proudly on the gas tank is in a dark gun metal kind of shade. A thoughtful addition may be the small tank pad which bajaj provides to prevent brushing of variables witht the gas tank when on the run.
Another highlight is overturn LCD instrument console, and another obvious lamp visible on the fuel 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 rear swingarm are also in shades of silver which break the monotony well on the darker coloured DOminar.
Exhaust pipe is a midship muffler in all black. At idle, the exhaust note is certainly not great, but accumulates nicely when 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 that Dominar 400, also it shows. The finishing is first class.
Inside a segment of �Heavy Metals�, the Dominar 400 comes with features & qualities built to impress.
Engine & Performance:
Powering the Dominar 400 is 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 linked to the 6-speed gearbox on the Dominar 400.
The good thing about the engine would be that the power & torque figures are equally matched. This really is rare for motorcycles in almost any segment, and Bajaj worked hard in acheiving this. The torque availablity is about 28 Nm starting from as little as 3000 RPM with peak torque of 35 Nm kicking in around 6500 RPM. This makes the engine very tractable.
The slipper clutch is effective, 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 a lot more easier for say a newbie upgrading to this type of motorcycles.
Ride & Handling:
Compared to the concept observed in 2014, Bajaj has dropped the upside down front fork setup for a conventional telescopic unit. This can be a 43mm diameter hydraulically damped unit, and we found it acceptable enough for which we put it through. USD setup would only have led to a higher price, of course with slightly better front end dynamics though.
Rear suspension is a monoshock, but a new patented unit. It can make utilization of dual springs to make sure that the bike remains soft to soak up bumps, but additionally stiff enough to keep balance while riding hard. It arrives with 10 adjustment settings having a stock lock at level 4.
The bike rides of MRF tyres having a 110 profile front and 150 section in the rear. These tyres are made specially for that Dominar 400 and could be also seen in the market soon. These radial tyres are rated to function up to speeds of 180 kmph.
This is actually the first motorcycle from Bajaj which will come with a dual channel ABS system. Whenever you drop the anchors, it allows you to arrived at a standstill in the top speed in only 9 seconds, and within 46 metres. Braking performance was more than enough and by segment standards, it might even be referred to as the very best in terms of overall feel.
Overall, the Dominar 400 isn't any corner carver, but feels at home with its well packaged setup. The bike along with having enough straight line stability, also maintains line even if in corners, despite all that weight. Although tipping the size at 182 kg, the bike is easy to flick around. But moving the DOminar 400 in parking situations, say with no engine use causes it to be feel heavy.