At Rs 1.99 lakh, Bajaj Dominar 400 comes across as an irresistible deal; can help boost salesImage – Shahrukh AkhtarTowards the end of the financial year, it is common to see auto companies launching special offers and discounts. The obvious reason is to improve the year’s balance sheet as much as possible. Many consumers wait for such opportunities, something that has potential to boost sales.In 2023, the mandatory compliance to BS6 Phase 2 emission norms is another reason why auto companies may be looking to clear old inventory. A relevant example is Bajaj Dominar 400, which is being offered by select dealers at huge discount of Rs 25,000.Discounts to boost salesWith the discount, Dominar 400 is available at just Rs 1,99,991 at select dealers. Dominar 400 has always been one of the most affordable bikes in its class. At the time of its launch in 2016, Dominar 400 was available at Rs 1.36 lakh. Over the years, prices have increased multiple times. The bike has also evolved in terms of its features and equipment list.However, even though it is affordably priced and loaded with hi-tech features, Dominar 400 has been an underperformer. This is especially true when compared to the 10k per month sales target that was initially set for the bike. Apparently, those goals haven’t materialized. In comparison, Dominar 250 has better numbers to show. Another interesting aspect is that Dominar 400 exports have been higher than domestic sales.Bajaj Dominar Discounts 2023But Dominar 400 does have a niche fan following. And folks who may have had Dominar 400 on their wish list will surely be looking to make use of the Rs 25k discount being offered. It is unlikely that such huge discounts will be offered anytime soon. As there will be limited inventory, the discount will be offered on a first come first serve basis.A case of price correction / slow demand?There are suggestions that recent discounts being offered by auto companies could be a case of price correction. As may be recalled, prices of two-wheelers have increased multiple times over the last two years. Moreover, there was a significant spike in demand post the pandemic. Things have now become close to normalized in terms of input costs and demand.So, in case of low volume products, it may be a good strategy to launch discount schemes. A good example is that of Honda CB300F, where prices were reduced by Rs 50k last year in December. This was a significant price cut, making CB300F available at around the same price point of bikes like Dominar 250 and Suzuki Gixxer 250.With BS6 Phase 2 norms coming into effect from April 01, 2023, there are speculations that other OEMs may also introduce special offers and discounts to boost sales. Whether or not that is true remains to be seen. It can work in case of bikes that have high inventory and slow sales. In case of Dominar 400, the discount could also be due to upcoming rivals such as TVS Apache RTR 310. More
Under the skin, Bajaj Dominar 200 and Dominar 160 are rebranded Pulsar NS200 and NS160 respectivelyBajaj Dominar 160 and Dominar 200Bajaj Auto may not be among the top three highest-selling 2W brands in domestic market, as those spots are occupied by Hero MotoCorp, Honda and TVS. Where exports are concerned, there is no beating Bajaj as it is the highest-exported 2W brand from India. Even the second highest 2W exporter, TVS, is shipping almost half the volume of Bajaj.Latin America is one of the markets where Bajaj is currently active in a big way. There are new developments when it comes to Bajaj’s portfolio in Brazil. Bajaj has launched two new motorcycles that are very familiar to Indians, but with different names. They are Dominar 200 and Dominar 160.Bajaj Dominar 200 And Dominar 160These are not new motorcycles. Instead, these are essentially the same as Pulsar NS 200 and NS 160 that are on sale in India. These get almost similar componentry, except for the addition of USD front forks. In India, the Pulsar NS 160 and NS 200 do not get USD forks.India-spec Dominar comes in two different engine specifications and is named accordingly, Dominar 400 and Dominar 250. Bajaj markets the Dominar range as power cruisers, a term which is inspired by Ducati Diavel. Both Dominar gets LED lighting, beefy and muscular proportions and powerful engines.Bajaj Dominar 160 and Dominar 200In Brazil, Bajaj has launched India-spec NS160 and NS200 as Dominar 160 and Dominar 200. Hat tip to automotive enthusiast Varun Murali for sharing the update. In India, Bajaj is headed in a new direction when it comes to the Pulsar range. We have seen it with Pulsar N250 and F250, N160 and recently launched P150.It is speculated that the NS lineup will be absorbed by the N lineup in Bajaj’s portfolio. We have seen the launch of N160 and N125 being tested and geared up for launch. Classic OG Pulsar lineup is said to be transformed into the P lineup as we saw with P150. With an extensive global portfolio, Bajaj might be rebranding the NS lineup as Dominar for Brazil.ChangesBrazil-spec Bajaj Dominar 200 and Dominar 160 get USD forks up front unlike regular telescopic forks found in NS lineup in India. Bajaj is offering 31 mm USD fork on Dominar 160 and 33 mm USD fork on Dominar 200. Even though most of the specs are similar to the Indian NS200, the Brazilian Dominar 200 gets 0.1 Nm more torque.Bajaj Dominar 160Other changes on Brazilian Bajaj Dominar 200 and Dominar 160 over Indian spec models are slightly refreshed graphics, Dominar 3D logo replacing Pulsar logo on fuel tank and a new front mudguard. Brazil-spec Bajaj Dominar 200 and Dominar 160 get Grimeca-branded brake calipers at both ends as well. More
Underpinnings and powertrains of both Bajaj Dominar 250 and Dominar 400 are based on their respective KTM counterparts2022 Bajaj Dominar 250Automakers nowadays have to constantly update their respective lineup in order to stay competitive and relevant among a flock of other offerings. Bajaj Auto is one company that frequently rings in new updates for its models. After giving alloys update to Pulsar, Bajaj has given update to Dominar 250.The quarter-litre tourer has received a new set of alloy wheels for the year 2022. The updated Dominar continues to roll on 17-inch alloys with a similar design. However, the latest ones are blacked-out as opposed to silver-coloured units available previously. Other than this, Dominar 250 hasn’t undergone any other update.Dominar 250 gets the same design as its larger and more powerful sibling- Dominar 400 minus the touring accessories that are now offered as a standard fitment in the latter. The quarter-litre Dominar is available in three dual-tone colour schemes including Sparkling black with Matte silver, Racing Red with Matte silver and Citrus Red with Matte silver.Bajaj Dominar 250- SpecsDominar 250 derives its energy from a 250cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC, four-valve engine that kicks out 26.6 bhp at 8,500rpm and 23.5 Nm at 6,500rpm. Take a look at the 2022 Bajaj Dominar walkaround video by Autoholic Manish below.[embedded content][embedded content]The same engine is also offered in the KTM 250 range in a slightly higher state of tune. This motor is paired with a six-speed gearbox via a slipper and assist clutch. It takes 10.5 seconds for the bike to reach 100kmph from a standstill while top speed is rated at 132 kmph.Coming to cycle parts, suspension duties are handled by 37 mm Up-Side Down (USD) forks at front and a Multi-step adjustable Monoshock with Nitrox at rear. Stopping power is derived from single disc brakes at both ends aided by a dual-channel ABS as standard. It rolls on 100/80 section front and 130/70 section rear tyres.Features & PriceIn terms of features, Dominar 250 is equipped with a digital instrument console that displays crucial ride-related information. Other highlights include full LED illumination, fancy-looking mirror stalks and a single-side twin-barrel exhaust canister. The bike tips the weighing scales at 180kg and gets a saddle height of 800mm. Fuel tank capacity is pegged at 13 litres.Existing Bajaj Dominar 250 – Silver AlloysBajaj offers Dominar 250 in a single variant which is now priced at Rs 1.67 lakh (ex-showroom). It competes against other quarter-litre offerings like Yamaha FZ25 and Suzuki Gixxer 250. The Dominar range- both 250 and 400 has been witnessing a decline in monthly sales volume in recent times. In January 2021, Dominar 250 and Dominar 400 registered a respective volume of only 662 units and 717 units. More
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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