Bajaj launches Dominar at Rs 1.35 lakhs

Bajaj Auto which has been teasing its premium flagship model the Dominar 400 has today launched it in the national capital at a mouth watering price. Shocking the motorcycling community, the Dominar base variant (non-ABS) is available for Rs 1.35 lakhs and the ABS version for Rs 1.5 lakhs. Both these prices are ex-showroom Delhi and the bike is available in three colors for now.bajaj-dominar-400

With a 373 cc single cylinder triple spark block generating about 35ps of power at 8000 rpm, the Dominar is expected to shake up the Indian biking scenario. The engine is mated to a six speed gear box and has an official top speed of 148 kms/h. Dual channel ABS, automatic headlights, a 13 ltr tank with a fuel economy of 30 kmpl should be ideal for touring. bajaj-dominar-400

This new entrant will directly take on the KTM Duke 390, Honda CBR 250, Benelli TNT 300, Mahindra Mojo and the soon to launch BMW 310.

We are a bit concerned about two aspects. Firstly, why is Bajaj Auto even offering a non-ABS version and secondly, the MRF tyres and their ability to control the bike at higher speeds. We do hope they provide an option to upgrade the tyres to a Michelin or Metz at additional costs.

If you are in Bangalore, you can visit the below showrooms tomorrow (16th Dec) to witness the unveiling and possibly test ride them.

(Message from Khivraj Motors)

Greetings!!!
We at Khivraj bajaj, have immense pleasure in inviting you for the Grand Launch of the most awaited bike of the year- ” Dominar 400″.
Date: 16th Dec’16
Venue: Khivraj Motors- Kasturba Road, Bangalore
Time: 8.00pmbajaj-dominar-launch-16dec

(Message from RV Bajaj)

Greetings from R.V. BAJAJ

Details of DOMINAR 400 launch event is mentioned below

Venue : R.V. BAJAJ
Nayandhalli, Mysore rd
https://goo.gl/maps/g8NQdRv4sxK2
Time : 6:30pm gathering time and event starts at 7PM
RSVP:R.V.Bajaj
PRAMOD SHET
Pro-Biking manager
72042 55634, 72042 55635, 72591 86162

KTM India – Delighting riders since 2012

To extend their dominance in the Indian biking segment particularly beyond the 125cc range, Bajaj Auto in collaboration with Austrian manufacturer KTM, launched its popular model, the Duke 200. This pocket rocket churning out close to 25 bhp was a game changer in the starved performance biking scene in the country back in 2012. The icing on the cake was the price of Rs.1.17 lakh (ex-showroom), thanks to hyper localisation by Bajaj. The Duke 200 is currently sold at around Rs 1.44 lakh (ex-showroom).

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The 2014 model of KTM Duke 200, 200cc with 26 hp

The Duke 200 with its light weight body had a massive power-to-weight advantage and soon became a popular option among youngsters who earlier had to be satisfied with the 150cc Pulsar which put out 15 bhp or the 225cc Hero Karizma with a modest 17 bhp. Both were very capable bikes in their own right, but the Duke 200 was a class apart.

 

KTM 390

KTM 390 – 44 hp, 375cc single with ABS and sticky imported Metzeler tyres

Encouraged by the response to the Duke 200 (sold 11,000 units till then), the company decided to take it a notch higher and in less than 18 months, launched the bigger more powerful Duke 390. Priced at Rs 1.8 lakhs (Rs 2.14 lakhs on road in Bangalore), the Duke 390 (375cc engine) was capable of churning 44 horses and achieve a limited top speed of 175km/h. The specs were mind boggling for us and we couldn’t digest the fact that KTM and Bajaj were able to give us this package at under Rs 2 lakhs along with an industry first ABS as standard and performance Metzeler tyres.

 

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Kriegers, one of the early KTM 390 clubs of Bangalore

Biking enthusiasts across the country made a beeline to the KTM showrooms across the country to test ride the 390 and fought to be the first to get their hands on one. I was one among the lucky few as well and have never regretted owning this mild beast. Ignoring a few finishing defects, the bike has always brought a smile on my face and its low cost of ownership and easy maintenance has enabled a lot of us fulfill our dream of owning a performance bike sooner than expected.

KTM RC390

Both the 200 and 390 based RC series come with cosmetic changes such as full fairing, projector headlamps, integrated pillion seat and clip-on handle bars.

Bajaj Auto’s Chakan plant had more surprises in-store when they brought out the RC 390 and RC 200 in 2014, two super sport models based on the same two engines and priced at Rs 2.05 lakh and Rs 1.60 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively.

Rumor has it that the company is now working on launching an adventure sport variant to take on the highly awaited Benelli TRX 502 scheduled for a September launch and the recently launched Kawasaki Versys 650.

Kawasaki Versys 650

Newly launched 2016 Kawasaki Versys boasts of a 650cc parallel twin (68 bhp) with fully adjustable front and rear suspension and a smart locking system for side boxes / panniers

With the right kind of products and pricing, Bajaj Auto and KTM will be able to extend their dominance in the mid range performance category for years to come. But, we do hope they bring a twin to India in the near future.