Is Bajaj Dominar 400 Excellent in its class?

The Bajaj Dominar 400 is an excellent urban motorbike that exudes style and character while offering enough comfort and performance to make occasional travel effortless.

Surprisingly, considering that the Dominar is meant to be more of a sporty touring motorbike, its design language is more akin to that of a power cruiser, much like the Ducati Diavel. The bike stands out from the other naked bikes on the market because of its huge headlamp, massive appearance, and general meaty body. The bike now has a taller smoked visor, handguards, an engine guard, a pillion backrest, a rear luggage rack, a navigation mount, and a USB charging outlet.

Engine and Gearbox
The 373.3-cc DOHC liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine powering the Dominar 400. The engine has a slip-and-assist clutch and is linked to a 6-speed gearbox. At 8800 rpm, it generates 40 PS, and at 6500 rpm, it generates 35 Nm

Bajaj made several adjustments to the engine's tune and mechanics that have improved its suitability for highway cruising at high speeds. Other than the vibrations that become noticeable when riding at high speeds, there aren't many problems with the engine, and the bike may provide good performance.

The primary instrument cluster of the bike and a secondary panel installed on the fuel tank are the two information displays that come with the Dominar 400. The secondary instrument panel has the odometer, tripmeters, clock, and gear position indicator, while the instrument cluster shows data like speed, rpm, fuel level, and average and real-time fuel usage. The main problem with the secondary display is that it requires riders to squint heavily to view the screen, which could be hazardous because it takes their eyes off the road.

Suspension and brakes
It has 43mm open cartridge inverted fork and preload-adjustable gas-charged monoshock. The brakes come equipped with dual-channel ABS as standard and use 320mm front and 220mm rear discs. Both the front and rear 17-inch alloy wheels are equipped with MRF radial tyres. 

  • It is comfortable for long-distance trips because of the upright riding position and large seat.
  • Obtains a sophisticated and potent motor.
  • Reduced stopping distance is provided by the larger front disc and dual-channel ABS.
  • Inconvenient placement of the secondary instrument cluster
  • It is difficult to manoeuvre at slow speeds.
  • The riding quality overall could have been improved.

Price and variants
The starting price of the Bajaj Dominar 400 is Rs. 2.29 lakh (ex-showroom). There is just one version of the Bajaj Dominar 400 available: STD.

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