It must be one of the most exciting motorcycles to be on sale in the Indian market today. A sports cruiser which comes with the same heart as the one we find in the KTM Duke 390, Bajaj Dominar manages to intimidate the competition. In this review, we will reveal must know facts about this motorcycle and some which will distinguish it from its Austrian sibling.
This is probably one of the most attractive aspects of the Bajaj Dominar. The pricing for this motorcycle starts at Rs. 1,42,109 (ex-showroom) which is very competitive, to say the least. The design and specifications offered in Dominar at this price are a great bargain. Our recommendation is to go for the top-of-the-line ABS variant which will definitely come in handy on challenging Indian road conditions.
|Model||Prices (Ex-showroom, Delhi)|
Bajaj Dominar comes with an all-LED headlight and the all-digital instrument cluster features speedometer, tachometer, two trip meters, odometer, clock, service indicator and fuel gauge. Additional information like ABS and side stand indicator are displayed on a screen mounted on the fuel tank.
Engine and Specifications
The unit incorporated by Dominar is a reworked KTM Duke 390/RC 390 motor. The engine now comes with company’s DTS-I triple spark technology. Also, the motor now gets a SOHC system instead of the DOHC unit featured in the KTM offerings. This means the engine now gets a single crankshaft instead of the dual crank setup found in Duke and RC 390. These changes have reduced the overall power output of the powerplant from 43 PS to 35 PS. Even so, for the price and segment, the engine packs a lot of punch.
|Engine Type||Triple Spark, 4-valve, DTS-i engine|
|Start Mechanism||Self-start only|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||13 L|
|Reserve Fuel Capacity||1.5 L|
|Top Speed||148 kmph|
|0-100 kmph||8.23 seconds|
Dominar is offered with an ARAI claimed fuel economy of 26.50 kmpl.
Braking and Handling
This power cruiser comes with a 320mm dia disc brake at the front, which happens to be the largest in the segment. The braking system also has an option of ABS in the top-end variant which aids in the handling characteristics of the bike and is very efficient. There is also an adjustable monoshock suspension unit and the front forks have been set up on the stiffer side to enhance banking.
Tyres and Wheels
At the front, this motorcycle get 110/70 MRF rubber and the tyre size for the rear wheel stands at 150/60. Both wheels are 17 inches in size and the tyres offer plenty of grip and a comfortable ride.
Bajaj Dominar is available in three colour schemes which include Rock Matte Black, Canyon Red and Glacier Blue.
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Dominar rivals the likes of TVS Apache RR310, Mahindra Mojo, Royal Enfield 500X and UM Commando, amongst several other sports cruisers available in Indian market.
- Well Balanced engine
- Comfortable riding position
- Ducati Diavel inspired styling
- Attractive price tag
- Impressive features
- Efficient ABS
- An iteration of Trellis frame instead of steel perimeter frame might have been a good addition.