The heavily updated Bajaj Dominar 400 gets a slew of exterior and mechanical updates while the performance has also been increased
Bajaj Auto has recently been updating its entire lineup with ABS and other subtle changes but nothing comes close to the number of revisions being done on the new Dominar 400. The flagship motorcycle saw the light of the day back in December 2016 with high anticipation but it could not sustain the initial sales surge and the numbers had gradually fallen in no time.
On the face of it, Bajaj has responded and it is not a quick-fix solution either. The 2019 Dominar 400 has its fair share of visual and performance upgrades. Despite a big bag of changes, Bajaj did not play around much with its pricing that has been its biggest USP. The new D400 costs Rs. 1.73 lakh (ex-showroom) and compared to the outgoing model is just Rs. 10,000 costlier.
The most important of the updates is the inclusion of upside-down forks replacing the regular telescopic unit up front and it has certainly helped in improving the overall ride quality. The rear end continues to have the adjustable monoshock suspension and both have combined to make a telling impact in the riding characteristics of the Dominar 400.
The motorcycle sticks with the full LED headlamp but the internals have been revised. The all-digital instrument console offers more information to the rider than before as the main LCD display shows speed reading, rpm counter, fuel gauge and so on while the secondary screen mounted on the fuel tank shows clock, odometer and gear positioning indicator in the updated Bajaj Dominar 400.
The red and white paint schemes have been replaced by Aurora Green and it will be offered alongside the black colour. The alloy wheels have dual-tone finish courtesy of the silver highlights instead of the gold colour finish while the 13-litre fuel tank is fitted with the new D logo and a new tank pad decal has also been added.
The new side stand is made of forged steel for increased strength and the redesigned mirrors are done up in cast aluminium. The rather tame exhaust system is opted out in favour of a black finished double-barrel unit and the nylon-made bungee stays is offered as standard to help mount pieces of luggage more easily. As for the performance, the 373.2 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled triple-spark engine found in the KTM Duke 390 stays put its duty.
But it has been uprated with DOHC setup, remapped ECU and other changes to produce a maximum power output of 40 PS (up by 5 PS) at 8,650 rpm and 35 Nm of peak torque. The in-gear acceleration in the six-speed transmission has also been improved.
The revised braking system meant the 2019 Dominar 400 UG uses a radially-mounted front calliper with 320 mm front disc and 230 mm rear disc. Dual-channel ABS is provided as standard. Will the changes help Bajaj Dominar 400 to post good monthly sales? Have your say below!