The dual purpose adventure bike from Bajaj based on upcoming 390 Adv is reported to launch in late 2020
Bajaj’s latest updates on the Dominar 400 will bring it closer to the KTM Duke 390 as the introduction of upside down forks and a significant power hike of 5 PS with revised ECU and DOHC setup make the 2019 D400 not just costlier but more intuitive and appealing than ever before.
KTM has been quite busy in recent months as the Duke 125 entered India in November 2018 and it will be followed by the bigger Duke 790 in the coming months. Just a month ahead of BMW G310 GS’ launch, KTM confirmed the market debut of 390 Adventure for this year.
Expected to reach showrooms in late 2019, the 390 Adv has already been spotted testing locally and it triggered a rumour that it could be offered in a higher R variant just as its bigger siblings sold in international markets.
As Dominar 400 has gotten closer to the Duke 390 naked in its latest avatar, Bajaj could be fancying the entry-level adventure space with a adventure variant of its own. According to a report emerged on the internet citing reliable sources, the Dominar 400 Adv will come out a year after the off-road spec 390.
This points towards a timeline in late 2020. It is said to be built as a capable off-roader as well as a long distance tourer. If the Duke 390 based Bajaj adventure motorcycle becomes a reality, some of the obvious features available will be long travel front upside down forks, monoshock rear suspension, a high riding stance, mudguards positioned on the tall side, etc.
The dual-purpose adventure model will use the same engine as the 390 Adv and we can expect it to produce the power and torque outputs of 40 PS and 35 Nm similar to the Dominar 400 with gearing changes. A six-speed transmission will be at the helm.
It could undercut the 390 Adv in pricing just as the Dominar being less expensive than the Duke 390. It will likely rival the Royal Enfield Himalayan directly while competitors such as BMW G310GS and Kawasaki Versys X-300 are on the far premium side in pricing.