Bajaj’s Dominar was first revealed as the Pulsar CS400 at the Auto Expo in 2014 and eventually made it to production in 2017, carrying the Dominar 400 badging. The Dominar hasn’t particularly been a resounding success, but it has found its share of buyers. And Bajaj has been advertising for the motorcycle left, right and centre. It’s a fast bike, given the fact it is powered by the Duke 390’s engine, but it hasn’t had the impact on our market that was expected by Bajaj. In 2019, Bajaj gave the Dominar 400 an update and hopes to change the fortunes of its motorcycle. This time around, the advertising isn’t much.
A nip here, a tuck there
There are a few subtle changes on the Bajaj Dominar 400 that include smoked-out bits on the bodywork, those nice new mirror stalks and the wheels, which are now black with polished metal. The Bajaj Dominar 400 now features an exhaust end-can which is now a double-barrel piece and gets a matte-black finish. Bajaj Bikes have also worked on making the exhaust sound louder. At the front, it gets a full LED headlamp that works well at night. Nothing else is new, but we think Bajaj Bikes could’ve done with a few more updates. However, its successor may have something nicer to offer; you’ll never know. Right beneath the pillion seat of the Bajaj Dominar 400, you will find four bungee straps. Even the rider’s interface gets some updates. Apart from the fully digital instrument cluster, the secondary display panel now shows readouts instead of a whole lot of tell-tale lights. It also features data related with dynamic and average fuel consumption, fuel range, average speed and time. Somehow though, we had to look down, take our focus off the road for a few seconds, in order to read what it shows. There are buttons for the settings that flank the display. Quality of the switchgear and that premium feel still remain.
The previous-generation Dominor was no slouch since fuel-injection was also there to keep the engine smooth and Bajaj had even added three spark plugs. And although the bike had its own set of skills, it was somehow never refined. It was Bajaj’s first attempt at a big single-cylinder engine, so the brand can be excused to an extent, but the new Dominar 400 seems to have that issue solved. The new bike is evidently more refined, thanks to the vibrations now being hardly felt, and of course, the enhancements to the balancer shaft. The vibes can be felt only on the foot pegs, while a smidgen of it is found on the handlebar.
The motor now produces 39bhp and 35Nm of torque. The new bike isn’t faster by any means but is punchier than before, helping it stay more confident on tarmac. The Dominar is easier to ride at high speeds, making it a great motorcycle for long journeys. Throttle response has improved and the mid-range continues to be good. There’s ample torque at your disposal and the 6-speed transmission is hassle-free, making the Dominar a great bike to ride. There is no ride-by-wire though, but we’re happy to note that the redline has been increased. Fuel efficiency shouldn’t bring about too much of a difference. The pre-load monoshock-absorber is an improvement over the older one. Also, grab the latest info on the upcoming bikes, only at autoX.