The Common Factor
|Expert||The Good||The Could Have|
|TopGear||Bajaj has outdone itself with the quality of switchgear||The Vibrations a bit of let down|
|ZigWheels||Fit and finish levels are much better||Once past 4000rpm a buzz can be felt|
|Overdrive||Special mention must be made on quality and fit-finish||The bike isn’t vibration free at speed|
|Autocar||Overall quality is good as are fit-finish||–|
- The Dominar 400 certainly is photogenic.
- Hop onto the bike and you’ll find the riding stance to be very similar to the Yamaha FZ, so it’s very comfortable, assuring that long stints in the saddle won’t be very tasking.
- The headlight of Bajaj’s new flagship has three different LED clusters and four levels of adjustability with two separate switches on either side of the bars.
- The Dominar has this air of premiumness about it.
- Bajaj has outdone itself with the quality of switchgear on this motorcycle.
- Apart from being neat and tidy appearance with all the wires tucked away nicely, we took a particular liking to the cut of the alloy wheels too.
- Stability out on the highway is really good too.
- On the go, the bike disguises its 182kg of heft really well.
- Bajaj’s cost saving methods are far from making the bike appear as being cheap.
- Overall, a very impressive package from Bajaj.
The Could Have
- The instrument cluster displays white numbers on a black screen, which can be a little hard to decipher at certain times in the day.
- 100kph comes up at 6000rpm, but the engine doesn’t sound the most relaxed at this time.
- It’s this thing with the vibrations that’s a bit of a let down.
- Power delivery isn’t as explosive as that with the Duke.
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- Open the throttle and the Dominar 400 responds swiftly.
- The most impressive part of the engine has to be its mid-range performance which makes overtaking on the highway effortless.
- You can cruise at 120kmph in 6th gear at 6,000rpm and even at that speed there is enough grunt on tap for overtaking.
- The Dominar 400 is the least expensive motorcycle on sale in India that offers a slipper clutch and the system works without any hitch.
- Despite the 182kg weight and long wheelbase, the Dominar 400 doesn’t feel lazy at low speeds either. It weaves its way through traffic quite fluently.
- The Bajaj Dominar 400 commands attention.
- Fit and finish levels are much better than any other offering from Bajaj.
- The LED unit provides brilliant luminance while the light spread is also impressive and without a shadow of a doubt the Dominar 400 has the best stock headlight in its segment.
- The Dominar 400 sports a neatly laid out all-digital instrument cluster that is easy to read even under direct sunlight.
- Switch-gear and handgrips are of good quality with the former being backlit.
The Could Have
- The gear shifts could have been a bit more positive.
- Once past 4,000rpm, a buzz can be felt through the handlebars, footpegs and tank.
- NVH levels of the engine also could have been better and a sweeter sounding exhaust note would have been very welcome.
- The clutch feels a bit heavy while riding in crawling traffic.
- On the sharp corners does it finds itself a bit nervous.
- One has to use more steering effort for the bike to change direction.
- The disc brakes lack progression and emits lot of noise when applied.
- I feel there are just too many bolts on the motor and its mounts.
- Gear position indicator is missed.
- The shift light should have been provided on top of the console as it isn’t in the field of vision of the rider.
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- Smart style, lots of features and killer pricing.
- The most eye-catching feature is the striking full LED headlamps.
- Both the rider and pillion seats are large, wide and quite flat.
- Front seat is like the KTM’s – a little firm but comfortable on long rides.
- One of the cost-saving measures creates an impression of cheapness.
- Special mention must be made on quality and fit/finish.
- The engine is pleasantly smooth and refined at start-up.
- On the road, the Dominar feels easy and accommodating.
- The motorcycle is quite nimble in the city, and filtering through traffic quickly becomes an effortless exercise.
- The riding position itself is a nice mix of commitment and comfort.
The Could Have
- The Dominar miss having a gear position indicator.
- I found that the lower screen lies below the jaw of a full-face helmet and you only see it if you consciously look down.
- The bike could be better still and that’s because it isn’t vibration free at speed.
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- The Dominar 400 is up on features, up on power and up on chassis technology.
- The Dominar 400 shows off sleek styling and powerful proportions.
- There’s a premium feel to the new power cruiser, with elegant raised decals and plenty of smartly machined alloys bits, including the handlebar mount, footrests and its mounts.
- The new Bajaj rides on trendy alloy rims. Overall quality is good, as are fit-finish and attention to detail.
- The Dominar 400 an effortless machine to ride in crowded traffic.
- Throttle response is sharp and supremely precise, as expected from a fuel-injected bike like the Dominar 400.
- The Bajaj flagship is comfortable when holding high cruising speeds of up to 120, even 130kph.
- The Dominar 400 riding position ranks amongst the best we’ve experienced to date on any Bajaj.
- It feels very planted through corners and the bike turns in to corners with fuss-free, neutral manner.
- Good overall handling allows the new Bajaj flagship to do complete justice to its power cruiser role.
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