Bajaj Dominar 400 is a true flagship motorcycle with class leading values on all terms. The massive 373.3cc, liquid cooled and fuel injected engine on Dominar is good for 35 HP of maximum power at 8000 rpm while 35 Nm of maximum torque is delivered at just 6500 rpm. At present, Dominar 400 is priced at INR 1.49 Lakh for the non-ABS and INR 1.63 Lakh for the ABS variant (ex-showroom Delhi). At this point, it competes successfully with Royal Enfield Thunderbird/Classic 350 and Mahindra Mojo in the Indian market. Here are pros and cons of having Bajaj Dominar 400 as your next big bike.
Bajaj Dominar 400 Pros & Cons
List of Pros
1) Good Performance & Mileage: The best part of buying Dominar 400 is its powerful engine and eye popping performance, taking into consideration that it is being pitched as a sports cruiser. The engine brings 35 Nm of torque within accessible rpm levels, making the Dominar really effective in all kinds of driving conditions.
It claims 0-100 kmph run in just 8.23 seconds while the top speed is claimed at 148 kmph. Surprisingly, some riders have even claimed a 167 kph of top speed from the new Dominar. Though Bajaj has not revealed the mileage officially, it is expected to return around 30-35 kmpl of mileage under mixed riding conditions.
2) All-LED Headlight: Bajaj Dominar 400 comes with full LED headlight that also comes with automatic-headlight-on feature. The use of LED light makes it even more effective in low light conditions and facilitate the rider during rough weather. The beam is strong enough to provide hassle free night riding and uses even less power than the conventional light bulbs. The beam of LED light is crystal clear and Dominar 400 is first bike in its segment to offer the same from base variant itself.
3) 2-Channel ABS & Slipper Clutch: The motorcycle is equipped with dual channel ABS for enhanced protection on any kind of surface while slipper clutch helps by avoiding torque loss during gear shifts. The use of modern technology helps the Dominar achieve a special place in the Indian motorcycling industry. It offers 373cc engine with ABS at the cost of a KTM 200cc motorcycle without ABS.
4) High Paint Quality: Dominar 400 comes with three layer paint coating, providing a rich and exclusive finish. Not just that, it even comes with totally different paint schemes from other Bajaj motorcycles. The motorcycle is offered in Rock Matte Black, Glacier Blue and Canyon Red shade. Even alloy wheels are finished in golden shade. Dominar feels like a perfect big bike for people who are willing to upgrade from smaller capacity bikes.
5) Informative Instrument Console: Bajaj offers first in class, split instrument console on the Dominar 400. It carries a standard LCD panel within its handlebar. The reverse lit unit carries everything from speedometer, tachometer, odometer, clock, trip meter and other values. The second unit is placed on the fuel tank and carries Bajaj logo and other LED signs for the motorcycle. The twin console seems to be inspired from other big bikes from European manufacturers.
6) 43mm Front Forks: Dominar 400 offers 43mm front forks, which are much bigger than normally offered forks on other bikes around the segment. For simple comparison, you can see that 43mm forks are offered in liter class bikes around the world. Suspension on Dominar 400 provides the most stable ride around its price segment. It even comes with a rear 77mm multi-step adjustable mono-shock.
7) Affordable to Own: Bajaj has priced the all-new Dominar 400 very aggressively at INR 1.49 lakh for the standard non-ABS variant while dual-channel ABS variant is priced at INR 1.63 lakh. Prices mentioned here are ex-showroom Delhi. This makes Dominar as very good value for money bike and it easily beats other bikes in its segment when it comes to the pricing.
Dominar 400 Cons
1) Small Fuel Tank: The motorcycle carries loads of power but it won’t take a long distance for the rider to stop for a refill on Bajaj Dominar 400. The 13 liter fuel tank will not be able to provide 400 plus kilometers before the bike runs out of fuel while other like Mahindra Mojo carry a huge 21 liter fuel tank, cleanly sweeping 200 plus more kilometers in a single fuel tank. Bajaj should have kept it close to 17-18 liters for much better long ride experience.
2) No USD forks: Inclusion of USD forks could have raised the sporty appeal of Bajaj Dominar 400 to a new level. Upside down forks are more effective when it comes to control, making it better when driven on track for sharp cornering and improved performance. They preferred keeping the costs low and gain more audience than other bikes around its price segment.
3) Heavy: Bajaj Dominar 400 is too heavy at 182 kg, due to which it might not be an easy job to maneuver it on city roads under high traffic riding conditions. Bajaj should have tried to make it lighter by 8-10 kgs by using premium and light weight components. But high weight on the other hand makes it more stable on the highway.
UPDATE: Bajaj is working on 2019 model of Dominar with USD forks and all-new double-barrel exhaust system. Apart from these 2 major changes, the updated model will come with host of minor changes and improvements. Click here to know more about 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400.