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    2021 Bajaj Dominar 400 Updated With Factory Fitted Accessories

    2021 Bajaj Dominar 400
    Recently, Bajaj attained the landmark of selling 1 lakh units of Dominar-branded bikes across the world
    Bajaj Auto has launched the 2021 Dominar 400 which comes with new factory-fitted accessories. The latest iteration of the sports tourer comes at a price of Rs 2.17 lakh (ex-showroom). The new accessory package is offered as a standard fitment and comprises strong touring essentials which make the bike more touring friendly.
    The company has optimised the accessory package for long-distance touring and consists of a long list of add-ons including handguards, a tall visor, leg guard, engine bash plate, USB Charging Port, navigation stay, saddle stay and carrier and back stopper. The new model comes at a premium of Rs 5,000 over the outgoing model. The older variant is discontinued. The Dominar 400 is now only on offer with this factory-fitted accessories version.
    2021 Bajaj Dominar 400 Update – New touring-friendly accessories
    Considering the number of standard accessories included in the package, the marginal hike in price seems very justified. The additional accessories have also lent Dominar 400 a refreshed styling which now looks ready to go touring.
    In its new avatar, Dominar 400 gets a more distinctive front end with an angular and taller visor. The bike also features aerodynamically sculpted fighter jet-inspired handguards with flexi-winglets for maximum wind protection.
    2021 Bajaj Dominar 400
    The addition of a luggage carrier not only offers an aesthetic appeal but is also a functional upgrade which makes it more touring friendly. Attached to the luggage carrier is a back stopper that ensures comfort to the pillion during long distances. The stylish engine bash plate with an integrated metal skid plate and a discreet leg guard offer good impact protection.
    The Chakan-based manufacturer has also installed a navigation stay where the rider can install his/her navigation device. Further, Dominar 400 is also offered with a USB charging port to keep one’s phone connected. Apart from all accessories mentioned above, Bajaj is also offering a saddle stay which will be a paid accessory. This add-on will be available at the dealership level and can be bought at an undisclosed price.
    Engine & Hardware Specs
    Other than the added accessory package, nothing has been changed on Dominar 400. Powering the sports tourer is the same 373.3cc DOHC single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor which pumps out 39.5 bhp and 35 Nm of peak torque. This unit is paired with a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch.
    2021 Bajaj Dominar 400
    Hardware configurations of Dominar 400 also remain identical with suspension duties handled by 43mm USD forks at front and a mono-shock at the rear. Braking setup comprises disc brakes at both ends with a rotor diameter of 320mm up front and 230mm at rear. The motorcycle rides on 17-inch front and rear alloy wheels. The colour palette on Dominar 400 also remains the same with two colour options– Aurora Green and Charcoal Black. More

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    Bajaj Dominar 250 Sales Down To 4 Units Ahead Of New Pulsar Launch

    Image – Throttle 98Dominar 250 could face cannibalization if Pulsar 250 is competitively priced and offers more value to customers
    Launched last year in March, Dominar 250 is one of the most affordable 250cc bikes in the country. It is currently available at a starting price of Rs 1.59 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). The bike will soon face competition from one of its own – Pulsar 250. The latter is scheduled for launch on October 28. Ahead of that, Dominar 250 sales have nosedived in September.
    Dominar 250 September sales
    Bajaj offers a wide range of motorcycles in the 250cc range. Apart from Dominar 250, they have the Husqvarna twins Svartpilen and Vitpilen, then the KTM Duke 250 and ADV 250. This week will see the launch of Pulsar NS250 and Pulsar 250F.
    With production constrained due to global shortage of parts, it is likely that Dominar 250 production numbers are low so that they could more units of the Pulsar 250 Twins. Bajaj has not said anything about discontinuing Dominar 250. In fact, they have been more bullish on the 250cc segment than anyone else in the industry.
    From 440 units in August, Dominar 250 sales have dropped to just 4 units in September. Many potential buyers would have adopted a wait and watch policy. They are expected to take a decision once Pulsar 250 is launched. It remains to be seen which among the two emerges as favourite.
    Bajaj Dominar Sales Last 12 Months
    In the last 12 months, Dominar 250 sales have averaged 560 units per month. Its bigger sibling Dominar 400 appears to be doing relatively better with average monthly sales of 741 units. Dominar 250 sales are likely below expectation, even though the bike is competitively priced. Earlier this year in July, Bajaj had even reduced price of Dominar 250 from Rs 1.71 lakh to Rs 1.54 lakh.
    A reduction of 17k was significant, especially at a time when most manufacturers have raised prices of their two-wheelers multiple times this year. However, price cut does not seem to have made any major difference in sales. August sales of 440 units are quite less as compared to a high of 1,750 units in October last year.
    Apart from pricing, Bajaj has also worked to improve the bike’s look and feel. In August, three new colour options were introduced for Dominar 250. All three are dual-tone colour options, referred to as Citrus Rush and Matt Silver, Sparkling Black and Matt Silver, and Racing Red and Matt Silver. These have significantly enhanced the bike’s sporty profile.
    Dominar 250 vs. Pulsar 250
    Being the largest Pulsar ever, the 250cc model is expected to be a well-equipped bike. In terms of styling, Pulsar 250 sports an entirely new look. Only a limited number of features have been borrowed from existing Pulsar motorcycles. Key updates include a new semi-digital instrument console. It is possible that the bike could get Bluetooth-based connectivity features.
    The bike gets a new chassis. The frame comprises a twin tubular cradle frame and there is no downtube. The bike utilizes standard telescopic forks at front and a monoshock absorber at rear. Both wheels have disc brakes and dual-channel ABS is expected to be standard. The bike will be utilizing Grimeca callipers.
    Powering Pulsar 250 will be an entirely new 249cc, single cylinder, air/oil-cooled motor. It is expected to generate 24 bhp of max power and 20 Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to a 6-speed gearbox. The bike is expected to get advanced features like assist and sipper clutch and variable valve actuation (VVA). In comparison, Dominar 250 has a 248.77 cc, liquid cooled motor that generates 27 ps / 23.5 Nm. It has 37mm USD forks at front. More

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    New Bajaj Dominar 400 Launch Soon – First Look Walkaround

    New Bajaj Dominar 400Despite being a well-equipped bike with sporty profile, Dominar 400 hasn’t been able to register strong sales
    Although Dominar 400 has no direct rival, it can be an option for folks considering other bikes like TVS Apache RR310, BMW G310R and KTM 390 Duke. To ensure it remains relevant to evolving customer expectations, Bajaj will soon launch an updated version of Dominar 400.
    The new units have started arriving at dealerships. New Dominar 400 could get a slight bump in its price. The current model is available at a starting price of Rs 2.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Dino’s Vault has now posted the first exclusive walkaround and review of the new 2022 Bajaj Dominar 400.
    New Bajaj Dominar 400 – First Look Review
    It is likely that new Dominar 400 will focus on cosmetic updates. It could get a new colour option and updated graphics. In its current form, the bike is offered in colour options of Aurora Green and Vine Black. Other updates could include a new flyscreen and knuckle guards. These could also be offered as an accessory. The new model with the larger flyscreen was recently spotted at a dealership. With improved wind protection, new Dominar 400 will be better equipped to tackle long distance journeys.
    Another key update could be connectivity features. The current model has LCD speedometer, but dedicated connectivity platform is not available. Connectivity features are all the more important for sports touring bikes such as Dominar.
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    Most other things will be the same as the current model. Dominar 400 has a sinewy profile with minimal bodywork. The exposed, blacked-out engine assembly ensures a rugged look and feel. Both colour options are a perfect match for the bike’s powerful silhouette. While the Vine Black variant has an indifferent, brooding character, the Aurora Green variant looks more perky and exciting.
    Other key features of Bajaj Dominar 400 include full LED headlamp with modes of automatic headlamp on (AHO), position lamp, low beam and high beam. These allow the bike to effectively tackle a range of riding environments. In-built bungee straps are also provided, which improve the bike’s touring capabilities. The bike has a comfortable, upright riding stance with wide handlebars, making it suitable for touring purposes.
    New Bajaj Dominar 400 engine
    There are unlikely to be any changes to the engine. The existing model is powered by a 373.3 cc, liquid cooled, triple spark, single-cylinder motor. It is capable of generating 40 PS of max power at 8800 rpm and 35 Nm of peak torque at 6500 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
    The bike is equipped with slipper clutch, which ensures smooth gearshifts during fast deceleration. It also enhances the longevity of the transmission by protecting it from strong forces produced during engine braking.
    Dominar 400 utilizes a beam type perimeter frame. It has 43mm USD front forks and multi-step adjustable monoshock suspension with Nitrox at rear. Braking system comprises 320 mm and 230 mm disc at front and rear, respectively. Dual-channel ABS is offered as standard. More

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    New Bajaj Dominar 400 Spied At Dealer Showroom – Launch Soon

    New Bajaj Dominar Spied At Dealer ShowroomCurrently, Bajaj offers Dominar 400 at a price of Rs 2.12 lakh (ex-showroom) – The updated model is expected to cost a little premium over the present model
    Despite being well-equipped and capable, Dominar 400 hasn’t been attracting a larger number of buyers in recent times which is why Bajaj has planned to give the bike an update. It recently came to light that Bajaj is planning to launch an updated iteration of Dominar 400 in the near future.
    The facelifted version of the tourer is expected to primarily incorporate cosmetic updates as well as maybe a few feature additions. That said, underneath its skin, the motorcycle will remain identical to the current model on sale. The motorcycle has started to arrive at dealer showroom. Launch is expected in coming days. Spy images are credit to automotive enthusiast Harish. Apart from Dominar, Bajaj will also launch new Pulsar 250 later this month.
    New Bajaj Dominar 400 – Company fitted accessories
    Earlier this year, an undisguised prototype of Dominar 400 wearing an Aurora Green colour trim was spied sporting a new flyscreen and knuckle guards. It is this same model which has now been spied at a dealership, but in a different colour. Current Dominar 400 is available in Green and Black.
    In terms of styling, the current Dominar 400 flaunts a muscular fuel tank with extensions, a double-barrel exhaust, split-style seats and a raised handlebar. The motorcycle rolls on 17-inch alloy wheels. It contains company fitted mobile holder with charger placed above console.
    New Bajaj Dominar Spied At Dealer Showroom
    On the feature front, Dominar 400 is laced with a data-intensive fully-digital instrument cluster, all-LED illumination and a 13-litre fuel tank capacity. In its upcoming iteration, the motorcycle could benefit from a dedicated connectivity technology.
    While Dominar 400 is a proven tourer on highways due to its ease of riding and ergonomics, its heavier front end with a kerb weight of 187 kilos makes it a cumbersome motorcycle to ride in city commutes, especially in tight traffic conditions.
    Hardware, Engine Specs
    Most probably, the new 2022 Dominar 400 will sit on the same perimeter tube frame. This frame will be suspended on 43mm inverted forks at front and a multi-step adjustable mono-shock unit at rear. Braking hardware comprises a 320mm disc up front and a 230mm disc at rear which are assisted by a dual-channel ABS as standard.
    The upcoming Dominar 400 will continue to draw its power from the same 373.27cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which generates 40hp of power at 8,800rpm and 35Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm 373.27cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which pushes out 40 bhp at 8,800rpm and 35 Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm. This unit will be paired with a 6-speed gearbox which comes with a slipper clutch. More

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    Bajaj Dominar 400 Facelift Launch Soon – Improved Styling, Feature Updates

    Current Dominar. Image – Auto Travel TechBajaj Dominar 400 competes with the likes of KTM 390 Duke, TVS Apache RR 310 and BMW G310R
    Even though Dominar 400 is a well-equipped and capable motorcycle, it hasn’t performed as desired in the sales department. Being the flagship, the expectations are pretty high with Dominar 400. Going forward, 2021 edition of Dominar 400 is expected to be launched during the upcoming festive season. As per information provided by some dealers, the bike could be launched in October.
    2021 Dominar 400 Facelift – Focus on styling updates
    It will be safe to assume that new Dominar 400 will pack in cosmetic updates. A set of new colour options could also be on offer. We have already seen new colour options introduced for 2021 Dominar 250. The smaller capacity Dominar is now available in three dual-tone colour options of Racing Red and Matt Silver, Citrus Rush and Matt Silver and Sparkling Black and Matt Silver. These new colour options have significantly enhanced the bike’s overall look and feel.
    It will be interesting to see what new colour options are introduced for Dominar 400. Both bikes are visually the same in most parts. Dominar 400 is likely to get different shades to ensure it remains distinguishable from its smaller capacity sibling. In its current form, Dominar 400 is offered in two colour options – Aurora Green and Vine Black.
    Aurora Green utilizes a flashy combo of glossy green against a black background. The green bits can be seen on the headlamp cowl, front fender, engine cowl, fuel tank and tail section. The green bits work to highlight the bike’s sporty design.
    Bajaj Dominar 400 Spied With New Accessories. Image – IamaBiker
    The other colour option of Vine Black is essentially an all-black theme. Approximately, more than 90% of the bike’s surface is in black. The only components that don’t have the black shade are USD front forks and disc brakes. Bajaj could choose to continue these colours or completely replace them with new shades.
    Mechanical and feature updates
    Dominar 400 is a well-equipped sports tourer with a powerful 373.3 cc motor. Some key features include full LED headlamp with modes of automatic headlamp on, position lamp and low beam and high beam. The bike has LCD speedometer that displays a range of information including gear position. Being a sports tourer, the bike could benefit from a dedicated connectivity platform. However, it is not certain if Bajaj will introduce this in 2021 update.
    Talking about the engine, it is capable of generating 40 ps of max power at 8800 rpm and 35 Nm of peak torque at 6500 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed transmission. It is unlikely that power and torque output will be tweaked in 2021 Dominar 400. The bike utilizes slipper clutch that ensures smooth gear shifts across all RPM. By reducing adverse effects of engine braking, the slipper clutch also enhances engine life.
    Dominar 400 utilizes a beam type perimeter frame with 43 mm USD forks and multi-step adjustable monoshock suspension with Nitrox at the rear. Braking duties are performed by 320 mm and 230 mm disc at the front and rear, respectively. Dual channel ABS is offered as standard. These mechanical bits are unlikely to change with 2021 Dominar 400.
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    Bajaj Dominar 250 Price Cut By Rs 17k – New Price Rs 1.54 Lakh

    Bajaj Dominar 250 Price CutBajaj Dominar 250 price has been cut by Rs 16,800 and is now on sale at Rs 1.54 lakh
    At a time when manufacturers are increasing prices (including Bajaj / KTM), it is surprising to hear when a manufacturer announces just the opposite. That is exactly what has happened today.
    Bajaj Dominar 250, which was retailed at Rs 1.71 lakh till yesterday, has received a massive price cut of almost 17k. The exact price cut applied to Bajaj Dominar 250 is Rs 16,800. New price is Rs 1.54 lakh ex-sh. No other changes has been made, no feature has been deleted. It is the exact same bike which was on sale for Rs 1.71 lakh yesterday, is now on sale for Rs 1.54 lakh today.
    Only 2 Colours
    Bajaj Dominar 250 colour options have been reduced from 4 to 2. Until yesterday, the D250 was on offer with Canyon Red, Charcoal Black, Aurora Green and Vine Black. After today’s price cut, Dominar 250 is on offer with only 2 colour options of – Canyon Red and Charcoal Black.
    Speaking on the occasion, Sarang Kanade – President (Motorcycle Business), Bajaj Auto Limited said, “We, at Bajaj Auto, believe that touring on a bike opens the doors to a world of ‘real’ experiences that widens your perspective and shapes one’s character. We realize that biking for youngsters can be so much more than just street fun if the bike comes with the right dose of performance, sharp design and a superior riding experience. We are proud to build the segment of Sports Touring in the country with a motorcycle that is ‘Born To Sprint and Built To Tour’. In times of price hikes across the industry, we have taken a stance of reducing price on Dominar 250 and make Sports Touring more accessible.”
    Bajaj Dominar 250 Price Cut
    Apart from making it more affordable for a wider audience, another reason behind the price cut could have to do with the positioning of the motorcycle in the 250 cc segment. Bajaj currently offers multiple options in the 250cc range. These includes KTM Duke 250, ADV 250, Husqvarna Svartpilen 250 and Vitpilen 250.
    That makes it 4 motorcycles from the same automotive group in the 250 cc segment. And there are rumours that launch of a new Pulsar 250 is on the anvil. Keeping this in mind, it is likely that Bajaj would have wanted to reposition the Dominar 250 pricing.
    Speaking about the Dominar 250, it continues to sport LED lighting at the front and rear, a digital instrument cluster, split seating, twin pod exhaust and USD fork. The Dominar 250 rides in 17 inch alloy wheels fitted with 100/80-17 tubeless tyres in the front and 130/70-17 tyres at the rear. The Dominar 250 tips weighs a total of 180 kg while its tank holds fuel up to 13 liters.
    Bajaj Dominar 250 Engine Specs
    The Bajaj Dominar 250 is powered by a 248cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine offering 25 hp peak power at 8,500 rpm and 23.5 Nm torque at 6,500 rpm mated to a 6 speed gearbox with slip assist clutch. Braking and suspension are via telescopic in front and gas-charged preload-adjustable monoshock at the rear and disc brakes at both ends measuring 300mm and 230mm respectively with a front radial brake caliper and dual-channel ABS which is offered as standard. More

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    2021 Bajaj Dominar 250 Gets New Colours – Spied In Dealership

    2021 Bajaj Dominar 250 New ColourBajaj Dominar 250 with new colour options have already started reaching dealerships – Launch is expected soon
    After introducing new paint schemes for its Pulsar range of motorcycles, Bajaj Auto is now gearing up to launch new colour options for Dominar 250. Two new shades of the quarter-litre tourer namely- Aurora Green and Vine Black, have recently been spotted in dealerships.
    Though there has been no official confirmation from the Chakan-based bikemaker regarding this development yet. Currently, Dominar 250 is available in two paint options- Canyon Red and Charcoal Black. Prior to this, the Aurora Green shade was exclusive to the more powerful Dominar 400, hence, owners of the latter might not be very thrilled about this development.
    However, there are some subtle differences that visually distinguish Dominar 400 from Dominar 250. For example, the former rides on diamond-cut alloy wheels which the ladder misses out on. Other than the updated colour palette, there will be no changes on the quarter-litre motorcycles. We expect the new colour schemes to be introduced in the coming few weeks.
    Dominar 250 Specs & Features
    Dominar 250 is powered by a 248.7cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled motor that returns an output of 26.6 bhp and 23.5 Nm of peak torque. This unit is mated to a six-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. Suspension setup consists of upside-down telescopic forks at front and a mono-shock at rear.
    2021 Bajaj Dominar 250 New Colour
    Braking duties are carried out by single disc brakes at both ends with 300mm and 230m rotors at front and rear respectively. Safety net is provided by a dual-channel ABS as standard. The motorcycle tips the weighing scales at 180 kg while it can hold fuel up to 13 litres.
    Features on offer include full-LED lighting, a digital instrument cluster, split seats, stylish mirror stalks and a twin-barrel exhaust. Prices of the quarter-litre tourer were recently incremented from Rs. 1.67 lakh to Rs. 1.70 lakh (ex-showroom).
    Therefore, we do not expect prices to be hiked again for the new colour options. Dominar 250 competes against the likes of Royal Enfield Classic 350, Bullet 350, Jawa Forty-Two and Mahindra Mojo.
    New Pulsar NS125
    In other news, Bajaj recently launched a new entry-level motorcycle in the Pulsar range called Pulsar NS125. It is powered by a 124.4cc single-cylinder DTS-i engine that pushes out 11.8 PS of power at 8500rpm and 10.8 Nm of peak torque at 6500rpm. It is offered with a 5-speed gearbox. Available in four colour options- Burnt Red, Fiery Orange, Beach Blue and Pewter Grey, Pulsar NS125 is offered at a price of Rs 93,690 (ex-showroom). More

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    Bajaj Dominar Records Sales Of 3,568 Units In Oct 2020 – New High

    Bajaj Dominar 250
    Dominar sales crosses 3,500 mark for the first time in a calendar month – Both, 250 and 400 have contributed in achieving this new high

    In an encouraging development for Bajaj Auto, sales of its Dominar range have witnessed an upswing in recent months. As may be recalled, Dominar 400 was launched in 2016 whereas Dominar 250 had made its debut earlier this year in March.
    Talking about Dominar 400, the company had hoped that its flagship motorcycle will emerge as a bestseller. However, sales turned out to be below expectations. Nonetheless, the company persisted with the product and introduced a number of changes to make it a more attractive option for customers. Bajaj’s patience and efforts seem to be paying off now, as Dominar 400 sales are on the rise.
    Highest sales ever in October 2020
    After the lockdown was lifted, Dominar 400 sales have been consistently increasing since June. A total of 1,818 units of Dominar 400 were sold in October, which is the highest monthly sales this year. From January to October, total sales are 5,681 units. This is also the highest sales since June 2019, when a total of 2,044 units were sold.
    Talking about Dominar 250, the motorcycle has fared relatively better as compared to its bigger sibling. It has registered decent sales since its launch, excluding the obvious lockdown period from April to May. In October, sales were highest at 1,750 units. Cumulative sales since its launch are 7,230 units, which is higher than Dominar 400 for the same period.
    2020
    Dominar 250
    Dominar 400
    Total
    Jan
    0
    130
    130
    Feb
    2
    297
    299
    Mar
    861
    280
    1,141
    Apr
    0
    0
    0
    May
    50
    33
    83
    Jun
    1,018
    717
    1,735
    Jul
    1,222
    746
    1,968
    Aug
    1,317
    775
    2,092
    Sep
    1,010
    885
    1,895
    Oct
    1,750
    1,818
    3,568
    Total
    7,230
    5,681
    12,911
    Is the tide turning in favour of Dominar 400?
    Although sales have improved, it is too early to comment about Dominar 400’s future prospects. Post lockdown, most two-wheeler models have registered strong sales growth. Purchase decisions delayed due to the pandemic and associated uncertainties are now being fulfilled, which is one of the key reasons for sales boost post lockdown. Things have improved on the supply side as well, which is another factor for the rise in sales numbers.
    It is not certain if this rally can be sustained in the coming months. If we analyse past sales data, it is evident that sales are usually the highest during the festive season.
    From December onwards, sales have a tendency to move south. We will need to watch for a few months more to understand if the recent sales boost is a passing phase or Dominar 400 is finally emerging as a preferred option among customers.
    Bajaj Dominar 400 was launched at a competitive price point of Rs 1.36 lakh, but with multiple price revisions, it now retails at Rs 1.98 lakh, ex-sh. Even at this price, it remains to be one of the most VFM (value for money) motorcycles in its class. Dominar 250 primary rivals include Suzuki Gixxer 250 and Yamaha FZ-25. It has also undergone price revisions and now retails at Rs 1.66 lakh, ex-sh. More