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Dominar 400 2019 First Review


By KOR Team | Pubilshed:18-Mar-2019

The all-new 2019 Dominar 400 edition was launched with a UG BS-VI engine in India. Bajaj had done a great deal of rework on the old Dominar that has shaped into this new Dominar as of CS400 which was displayed on the 2014 Moto Expo. Within a short time period of 2 years, Dominar changed the mindset of long distance riders to a hyper rider mood. Hats off to Bajaj for developing such a unique machine in the country.

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New Dominar will definitely be a challenge to KTM Duke 390 as well as Royal Enfield Himalayan in terms of price, specs and riding comfort.

As we all expected on this updated version, there seems to be few very interesting changes on 2019 Dominar.

DESIGN

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There is a slight change on the headlamp unit. 43mm telescopic forks are replaced with 43mm upside down forks on the new version for increased riding comfort. Bajaj has worked very well even on smaller details as well as on instrument cluster. Tank mounted secondary display shows the odometer, gear position and time. At some angles, it is difficult to read the information from secondary display.

Another noticeable change is seen on the aluminium cast mirrors. The colour of alloys appear changed to black and looks striking with polished edges on the spokes. Slight modifications on the crash guard design enhance the look of side profile. While the old Dominar had a cool exhaust note with single exhaust, the new Dominar comes installed with side mounted dual exhaust that produces powerful notes like the KTM Duke 390. It also gets front brakes on the left hand side, similar to Duke senior. Bajaj has worked hard on every detailing in the new version, that changes are noticeable even on the side stand.

RIDE

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Dominar is the first BS-VI bike from Bajaj they replaced the old SOHC valve with DOHC same as Duke 390, but remains still on 3 spark plugs as usual. The 373.2cc single cylinder engine is tuned well and feels much more refined with an increased horsepower of 40. The rpm limit is raised to 8000rpm from 7500rpm. The engine gives out 40bhp @ 8650rpm and 35Nm torque @ 7000rpm which is far better than the old one. Increase in power is best felt in midrange levels. For superior comfort while riding, Bajaj has worked on the design of petrol tank as well, albeit the capacity remains to be 13L.

The engine feels much calmer and quieter, giving no stress to the rider. Top speed as claimed by the company is 156kmph. ABS works far better and renders enough confidence on roads. There is hardly any vibration felt until 8000rpm after which a small vibration is felt on the foot pegs as well as on the seat. Needless to say, it isn’t a matter of concern at all, as the bar handle remains pretty much stable. Height of the handle bar on the new version has been slightly raised for comfortable cruising. The frame of New Dominar is well balanced for best performance and output and due to these small changes, the kerb weight of the motorcycle is increased from 182 to 184.

Verdict:

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Value for money
Best in class mileage of 30 to 35kmpl (as expected)
Best features list
Good stability and comfort
Crystal clear LED headlights
A well-received Indian made heart delivering best in class performance

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