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Bajaj Dominar 400 2020 Review - Prices, Specs, Variants, Features and Mileage

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By Harshit Gupta - Senior Editor Apr 09 2020 Share this blog

Showcased for the first time in 2016, Bajaj took the Indian market by storm with the launch of its premium and beefy Dominar 400 motorcycle. In the early days of the Dominar 400 launch in India, most of the Bajaj lovers were happy with the fact that the brand has brought an ultimate motorcycle that could be affordable yet reliable. Knowing Bajaj's partnership with the Austrian motorcycle and sports car manufacturer, KTM, seems to have been beneficial for the home-grown two-wheeler manufacturer. Bajaj has left no stone in unleashing the technology aspect of this Dominar 400 as it is a flagship product in its category. 

The build quality of Dominar 400 just reflects the perseverance of Bajaj in order to garner Indian consumers in the mass market.  At first sight, the Bajaj Dominar 400 seems to have taken a few design cues from the Ducati Diavel. Now, for 2020, the Bajaj Dominar 400 is ready to meet BS6 emission standards. The 2020 BS6 Dominar 400 price in India is Rs.1,91,751 (ex-showroom Delhi). This is around Rs.1,749 price hike over the BS4 Dominar 400 model. In the BS6 update, the power figures of the Dominar 400 remains the same as its predecessor at 40PS and 35Nm torque. 

Bajaj Dominar 400 in Green shade side profile

A few months back, Bajaj also launched the Dominar 250 in India. The Bajaj Dominar 250 comes powered by a 248.77cc single-cylinder engine that generates 26.6 bhp of power and 23.5 nm of torque. Such measures have been taken in order to cater to more buyers who want a premium motorcycle in a tight budget. Coming back to BS6 Dominar 400, the motorcycle is popular among the bike lovers who lover power nad cruising across highways. The Dominar 400 hasn't got any direct competitor but as per performance, it rivals against the likes of the KTM 390 Adventure, and Royal Enfield Himalayan

Pros

  • Excellent cruising capability on highways

  • Impressive ride quality

  • Comfortable seating with premium features

  • Beefy and robust design 

  • 373 cc engine returns a good amount of torque

Cons

  • Vibrations experienced while riding at high speeds

  • rear profile build quality could have been better

What’s New in the 2020 Bajaj Dominar 400?

  • Get upside-down front forks

  • Updated as per BS6 norms

  • Revised headlamp cluster

How powerful is the 2020 Bajaj Dominar 400?

The Dominar 400 BS6 comes equipped with the 373cc single-cylinder DOHC liquid-cooled triple spark engine that also does duty in the KTM 390. The power figures of the BS6 Dominar remains unchanged from the BS4 predecessor. The engine propels 39 bhp at 8650 rpm and 35 Nm of torque at 7000 rpm. The 373cc Dominar engine is known for offering best-in-segment torque. As the Dominar 400 is a cruiser centric motorcycle this engine has been tamed a bit. Hence, the throttle response is a bit dull when compared to the KTM 390. But it is not what we will call unresponsive as the Dominar is a fast cruiser. Within the city, the ample torque under tap ensures that you do not have to keep changing gears. It starts off the line in a very smooth fashion and the power delivery is linear throughout the rev band. 

Bajaj Dominar 373cc single oil-cooled engine

Don’t let anyone fool you saying that the Dominar 400 takes time to catch up with speed. While this engine does not really come with a phase where you get a sudden surge of power, the Dominar can is still a quick mover. Past 2000-3000 rpm the engine pulls hard and strong. Hence, the Dominar 400 can easily zoom past slow-moving traffic on the highway. We also did not face any engine heating issues as have been reported with some KTM engines. Overall, the Dominar’s engine is built to rule the highways

Motorcycle

Bajaj Dominar 400

Royal Enfield Himalayan

KTM 390 Adventure

Ex-Showroom Price (Delhi)

Rs. 1.90 lakh 

Rs. 1,86,951

Rs. 2,99,000

Engine 

373.3 cc Single cylinder, 4 stroke, DOHC, 4 Valve, Liquid-cooled, Triple Spark

411cc Air-cooled Single Cylinder SOHC Engine

373cc Liquid-cooled single-cylinder 

Power 

39 bhp

@ 8650 RPM

24.5 bhp

@ 6500 RPM

42.90 bhp

@ 9000 RPM

Torque

35 Nm @ 7000 rpm

32 Nm@ 4500 RPM

37 Nm@ 7000 RPM

Fueling

Fuel Injected

Fuel Injected

Fuel Injected

ARAI Mileage figure(kmpl)

25.6 kmpl 

29.48

26.32(expected)

Fuel tank capacity(Litres)

13.0

15.0

14.5

The KTM 390 gets the most powerful engine in this comparison and it makes sure you feel so too. As the 390 is not a cruiser centric bike, the power delivery is less linear and you get a sudden surge of pull from the engine past 3000-4000 rpm. But the Dominar, as well as the 390, suffer from vibrations that can be felt on the footpegs a well has handlebar past 4000 rpm.

How well does the Bajaj Dominar 400 accelerate?

As the Dominar 400 is a cruiser, the acceleration is quite linear. Bajaj has tuned the KTM’s engine in a way that most of the torque and power is available in the lower half of the rev band. The Dominar 400 is no light bike at 182 kg kerb weight but once you push the throttle hard the weight seems to just disappear.  The engine doesn't have overwhelming acceleration, yet it has enough grunt for cruising at high speeds on the highway.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Dominar 400

Royal Enfield Himalayan

KTM 390 Adventure

Transmission

6-Speed

5-Speed

6-Speed

0-60 kmph

3.0s

3.12 s

N/A

Top Speed(kmph)

148

120

158(expected)

The Dominar is no hooligan like the KTM 390 when it comes to acceleration, but it lives up to the tag of a cruiser quite well. At no point does the Dominar 400 feel overwhelming on the rev band which is its biggest strength.  

How sure-footed are the Dominar's brakes?

The Dominar gets Disc brakes at the front as well as at the rear just like every other bike in its segment. It also gets dual-channel ABS but unfortunately, you cannot switch it off. Some of its rivals like the Royal Enfield Himalayan comes with an option to turn off the rear ABS for going off the track.

2020 Bajaj Dominar 400 disc brakes with ABS on front tyre

Nevertheless, the front caliper is now radially mounted just like the KTM which helps it under very hard braking. The stopping power feels adequate but certainly not the best in the segment. Fat rubber tires do help the Dominar 400 reduce the stopping distance to a considerable margin as it is a heavy bike. 

Motorcycle

Bajaj Dominar 400

Royal Enfield Himalayan

KTM 390 Adventure

Front / Rear

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Disc/Disc

Front Rotor Size(mm)

320

300

320

Rear Rotor Size(mm)

230

240

230

80-0 kmph(m)

31.36

33.47

N/A

ABS (Single or Dual Channel)

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Dual-Channel

Due to the weight, the Dominar 400 does cast to some distance before coming to a complete halt. But the brakes feel confidence-inspiring and do a good job under normal braking conditions. Hence, most customers will not find anything to complain about here.

How much ride comfort you expect from Dominar 400?

The Dominar 400 is focused on comfortable cruising and hence the seating posture is more relaxed than aggressive. Within the city conditions, it is easy to amble around as you can sit straight and the handlebar has been placed at the right distance. Ergonomics is quite user-friendly and the flat and wide handlebar makes it feel even more comfortable. The seat feels plush and quite premium, offering maximum support to the rider. The cushioning is neither too hard and nor too soft which enables you to remain comfortable on long-distance journeys. 

Bajaj Dominar 400 ride and handling

What impresses even further is its straight-line stability and ride quality. Bajaj has done an excellent job at tuning the Dominar’s ride for Indian road conditions. It manages to iron out most undulations with ease and you do not have to slow down as much as on another bike over broken roads.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Dominar 400

Royal Enfield Himalayan

KTM 390 Adventure

Chassis 

Perimeter frame

Half-duplex split Cradle

Trellis frame

Tyre-Wheel Size(Front)

90/90-21

90/90-21

100/90-19

Tyre-Wheel Size(Rear)

120/90-17

120/90-17

130/80-17

Front Suspension

Telescopic Forks

(200 mm travel)

Telescopic Forks

(200 mm travel)

WP Apex upside-down forks

(170 mm travel)

Rear Suspension

Mono-Shock with linkage

(180 mm travel)

Mono-Shock with linkage

(180 mm travel)

WP Apex mono-shock

(177 mm travel)

Seat height(mm)

800

800

855

Ground Clearance (mm)

220

220

200

Kerb Weight(kg)

194

169.5

172

Starting System

Self

Self

Self

Bajaj has achieved this but employing a perimeter frame and contoured swingarm. The new chassis is made of high strength steel which provides a low centre of gravity and torsional rigidity. The Bajaj Dominar 400 feels planted at all speeds and remains glued to the road on highways. The bike feels sure-footed even while taking a corner but the extra weight robs the bike of some of the expected agility.

Is the Bajaj Dominar 400 really beefy in looks?

The Dominar is made to dominate and hence it gets a lot of muscle on the outside. It gets geat a macho stance with muscular looks and a sharply sculpted fuel tank. Like we said before the Dominar 400 takes its design cues from Ducati Diavel. Like the Diavel, it gets a split unit cluster with a digital console that displays the speed and the rev counter. At the top left side of the console, you see the trip meter and below is the RPM scale. On the right part, you get to see a digital clock and below is the speedometer and fuel meter. 

Bajaj Dominar fully-digital instrument console

In addition to that, the Dominar 400 also gets a fuel-tank-mounted display for side stand warning, high beam, and other telltale lights. From the front, the Dominar 400 looks beefy with a fat 43 mm fork. The all-LED set up makes it look quite premium from the front. The split seats are best for both rider and pillion. Behind the seats, you get sporty grab rails for extra support to the pillion. 

Bajaj Dominar 400 side profile design styling


The Dominar 400 comes in a choice of two colour schemes- Aurora Green and Vine Black. The bike also gets premium-looking side mirrors, forged side stand, and a double-barrel exhaust. In order to enhance the touring and cruising capability, the 2020 Dominar comes with straps for mounting luggage using bungee cords located beneath the pillion seat.

Aesthetic Features on Offer:

  • Twin Barrel Exhaust

  • Split seats

  • Windshield

  • Sculpted fuel tank

  • LED Headlamp

Motorcycle

Bajaj Dominar 400

Royal Enfield Himalayan


KTM 390 Adventure

Length (mm)

2190

2190

2154

Width (mm)

840

840

900

Height(mm)

1360

1360

1400

Wheelbase(mm)

1465

1465

1430

There are a few cosmetic changes done to the new Dominar 400. The internals for the headlamp has been revised as well as the tail lamps which render a better look to the new Dominar. It also gets a tank pad and prominent 'D' logo on the pillion seat. All three bikes look different in this comparison and cater to different audience hence the looks remain a personal preference. 

How much safe and reliable is Dominar 400?

The Dominar 400 gets a lot of tech and features which is bound to attract many customers to it. For starters, it gets all-LED headlamps which look great as well as have a brilliant throw over dark roads. It also gets upside-down forks in the front just like the KTM. The upside-down forks provide better feedback as well as handling to the Dominar’s ride. 

Disc brakes on Bajaj Dominar 400 rear wheel with exhaust note

Bajaj has also thrown in a twin-barrel exhaust for the throaty note.  The addition of the fuel tank cluster gets features such as a side stand warning lamp which is a very useful day to day feature. The dual-channel ABS is quite helpful in a tricky situation but Bajaj has not provided any way to switch it off.

Motorcycle

Bajaj Dominar 400

BMW  G 310 GS

KTM 390 Adventure

Features

Nylon Strings fro luggage

Upside down forks

Slipper clutch


Split-seat

Windscreen

Traction control


Overhead cams

Bash plate

Cornering ABS


Twin Barrel Exhaust

Loads of accessories available

Windshield

When it comes to features, KTM 390 adventure is leaps and bounds ahead of its competition. It gets cornering ABS in addition to the normal one. KTM bowls you over with the array of class-leading and segment-first features. Hence, many will be comfortable paying the extra money for the KTM. The Himalayan does not even come close to the KTM or the Bajaj in terms of features.

How does the competition stack up against Bajaj Dominar 400?

Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Royal Enfield Himalayan

Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Royal Enfield Himalayan

Himalayan is the flagship product of  Royal Enfield and it has priced the Himalayan sensibly too. It is an off-road-ready machine that meant to take a lot of beating. But the Dominar 400 provides more features as well as more power which ultimately does matter a lot to certain buyers. We cannot call the Domniar 400 a more capable bike though as Himalayan carters to a different audience.

Bajaj Dominar 400 vs KTM 390 Adventure

Bajaj Dominar 400 vs KTM 390 Adventure

Since the time KTM has entered the Indian market, it has managed to shake up the segment. The KTM 390 Adventure certainly offers better performance as well as features. It is a bike with an explosive amount of performance in its segment. But the Dominar is not very different in terms of the engine as it gets the same engine in a different state of tune. Once you factor in the prices, the Dominar is certainly a more bang for buck deal in this comparison.

Is the new Bajaj Dominar 400 worth buying?

For quite some time many have wondered how KTM should offer a value-for-money package in their line-up. Well, it seems like Bajaj has managed to do just that, the Dominar is certainly the most value for money offering in the Indian market. The Dominar 400 is a bike that people used to dream about. The bike fulfills all the expectations of buyers who need well-balanced bile for cruising purposes. In fact,  Bajaj markets the Dominar 400 as a power cruiser which not only comes loaded with features but also offers an exceptional ride quality. Some of you might not like it as you go with the KTM 390 or the BMW G 310 GS. But as far as the build quality and pricing is concerned, nothing can beat 2020 Dominar 400. The Dominar 400 proves itself as a segment ruler with such offering under Rs. 2 Lakh budget.