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 400Despite being a well-equipped bike with sporty profile, Dominar 400 hasn’t been able to register strong sales
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
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
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.
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
Image – Shubham
Bajaj Dominar 400 utilises the same architecture and powertrain which is used in KTM 390 and the Husqvarna 401 Twins
Bajaj Dominar 400 is one of the most loved touring motorcycles in India currently. At a sub-Rs 2.0 lakh price, it is also the most affordable in its category. With good performance and reliability, this motorcycle has fulfilled both purposes of daily commuting and touring.
Bike modification is a common exercise among the biking community in India. Most bikers wish to have an exclusive sense of identity when they ride their bikes hence they get them modified according to their preference. The Dominar range is also one that supports after-market modifications quite well.
For instance, take this Dominar 400 which has undergone a makeover at the hands of an after-market customizer. The owner, Shubham has added a new livery to his Dominar 400 which lends it the vibe of a racing sports bike.
The mixture of white and black with a healthy dose of red accentuates its sporty appeal. The number of modifications rendered are plenty and look tasteful on the touring machine. All GFX work has been done at a local customization shop in New Delhi. Total cost for the decals is Rs 2,500. Including the labour charge, total cost is Rs 3,500.
The most notable highlight is the coloured translucent windscreen from carbon racing. The golden colour of the inverted forks at front adds a nice contrast to the overall look of the bike. The headlamp cluster and indicators get a new setup which resembles Audi range. LED fog lamps from HIG have been installed at the front forks.
Other significant highlights include a radiator guard from Zana, a crash guard, raised handlebar, handguards, a backrest for a pillion and a foot-rest on the exhaust muffler. The owner reveals that he has also modified the seat by adding extra comfort foam which provides better cushioning even at longer distances.
Hardware in use
By the looks of it, there have been no mechanical updates made. The suspension duties are carried out by USD inverted front forks and mono-shock at rear. Disc brake at both ends with dual-channel ABS carry out anchoring duties.
Additionally, it also gets a radial caliper for the braking system upfront. Most of its components have been borrowed by KTM Duke 390.
Powertrain & Transmission
The same holds true for engine and transmission. It is powered by a 373.2cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC engine which churns out 39.4bhp at 8650rpm and 35Nm of peak torque at 7000rpm. This unit is paired with a 6-speed gearbox.
It tips the weighing scale at 187 kg and has a capacity to hold 13 litres of fuel. Earlier this year, Bajaj launched a smaller displacement of Dominar in the quarter-litre segment. More
In spite of the price increase, Bajaj Dominar 400 remains one of the most VFM (value for money) motorcycle in the segment
Launched in 2016, Bajaj Dominar 400 has undergone an upward price revision of Rs 1,500. This is the second time this year that price has been increased for Bajaj Auto’s flagship motorcycle. Earlier, the price was hiked to Rs 1.91 lakh when the BS6 variant of Dominar 400 was launched in April.
Prices were increased in September as well. Dominar’s original launch price in 2016 was Rs 1.36 lakh. With the current starting price at Rs 197,758, Dominar has become costlier by more than 60k since its launch.
Dominar’s latest price hike is most likely based on rising input costs and inflationary factors. The motorcycle is the same as earlier and there are no updates or new features. Dominar 400 is a good looking bike and has potential, but its performance on the sales front has been below expectations. The motorcycle was supposed to emerge as a bestseller, but things haven’t worked out as planned.
Dominar 400 ranked at 11th place
If we look at August sales data for 200 cc to 500 cc motorcycles, Dominar 400 is placed at 11th place with sales of 775 units. YoY de-growth is -16.40 percent, as compared to 927 units sold in August last year. In comparison, Dominar 250 appears to be more popular in terms of sales numbers. As may be recalled, Dominar 250 was launched earlier this year in March at an introductory price of Rs 1.60 lakh.
Of 60,809 motorcycles sold in the segment, 46,707 were of Royal Enfield – with a 76.7% market share in Aug 2020
Dominar 250 sales in August were 1,317 units, placing it in the top ten list of bestselling 200cc – 500cc motorcycles. Dominar 250 prices have also been increased by Rs 1,625. It is now available at a starting price of Rs 165,715. All prices are ex-showroom, Delhi. This is the second time price has been hiked for Dominar 250. As may be recalled, the motorcycle had undergone an upward price revision of Rs 4,090 in September.
Dominar 400 engine & specs
In its BS6 avatar, Dominar 400 is powered by a 373.3 cc liquid cooled, DOHC, single cylinder, triple spark, FI engine that churns out 40 PS of max power at 8800 rpm and 35 Nm of max torque at 6500 rpm. Transmission is a 6-speed gearbox, integrated with a wet, multiplate clutch. The clutch has assist and slipper function, which ensures smooth downshifts during deceleration.
Dominar 400 utilizes a beam type perimeter frame, suspended on 43 mm USD forks with 135 mm of travel at the front and multi-step adjustable mono shock with Nitrox at the rear. Braking system comprises 320 mm front disc and 230 mm rear disc, integrated with dual-channel ABS.
The bike has kerb weight of 187 kg and comes with a 13 litre fuel tank. Its top speed is 148 kmph (approx.) and fuel efficiency is around 27 kmpl. Dominar BS6 can reach 0 to 100 kmph in around 8 seconds. More
This is the second time that Bajaj has increased the prices of its quarter-litre tourer motorcycle
Bajaj Auto launched the Dominar 250 earlier in March this year, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit us. The bike met decent with a response, however, the manufacturer had to increase its prices six months later in September. The tourer motorcycle was launched at a price of Rs 1.60 lakh (ex-showroom).
After its first price hike of Rs 4,090, the price stood at Rs 1,64,090. Now, after the latest price hike of Rs 1,625, its effective price now stands at Rs 1,65,715. (All prices are ex-showroom). This is the second price hike after the introduction of the quarter-litre motorcycle.
Dominar 250 & Dominar 400- similar in design
Bajaj launched a smaller displacement Dominar to make the touring bike more accessible to masses. The Dominar 250 borrows similar styling elements as its elder sibling- Dominar 400. Even its dimensions are similar to the 400cc tourer. It is 2156mm long, 836mm wide and 1112mm tall. It gets a wheelbase of 1453mm and a ground clearance of 157mm.
Bajaj Dominar 400
Features on offer
It tips the weighing scale at 180 kg which is about 7 kg lighter than its older sibling. The Dominar 250 gets two colour options- Vine Black and Canyon Red. It stands on 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped by 100/80-17″ and 130/70-17″ tubeless tyres at front and rear respectively. It is built on a beam type perimeter frame where suspension duties are carried out by telescopic USD forks at front and multi-step adjustable Mono shock with Nitrox at rear.
On board features include a fully digital instrument cluster with essential readouts such as odometer, speedometer, tachometer, etc. It also gets LED headlamps, LED tail lights, twin-barrel exhaust and dual-channel ABS among many more. It gets a fuel tank of a capacity of 13 litres.
Dominar 250 sales in Aug 2020 were higher than Dominar 400
Bajaj Dominar 250 borrows its engine from KTM Duke 250. This means it derives its power from a 249cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder, DOHC motor which churns out 26.6bhp at 8,500rpm and 23.5Nm of peak torque at 6,500rpm. It is mated to a six-speed gearbox which features a slipper clutch assist. It takes 10.5 seconds to breach the 100 kmph mark while it can achieve a top speed of 132 kmph.
Its elder sibling- Dominar 400 is powered by a 373.3cc liquid-cooled, single cylinder engine which produces 39.4 bhp and 35 Nm of torque. This is the same unit which powers the KTM Duke 390 and RC 390. It is mated to a six-speed gearbox. More