Bajaj Dominar 400 BS6 (2021) – Ownership Review
The New Generation Bajaj Dominar 400 BS6 was launched in 2019 and it shook the world by its massive changes and re-design. Mechanical changes have resulted in bolder appeal and a sense of excitement in the mind of the enthusiasts. As the previous generation Dominar shared its engine specification with the KTM Duke 390, it was nothing as close as the Duke, where the same 373cc motor produced 43 bHp, whereas it was de-tuned to 35 bHp in the Dominar. This was reflected in the poor sales figures as enthusiasts expected more. These poor sales numbers inspired Bajaj to head back to the drawing board, listening to the feedback and have come back with a 5 bHp bang making all the difference.
The new Bajaj Dominar 400 in its new avatar has come back with many mechanical changes and has given it an all new heart that makes it come alive. Speaking about which, Bajaj has re-worked upon the same engine, the 373cc single cylinder with an added Over Head Cam-Shaft, this results in the increase of 5 bHp and now totally produces 40 bHp of max power.
The 5 bHp bang is felt immediately at get go. Bajaj claims a 0-60 kmph figure of 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 156 kmph. As a rider, provided you speed run safely, I believe the machine can reach speeds much more than Bajaj claims. The mechanical changes have led to a better mid range and now you can do 100kmph by 4th gear. Moreover if you are someone that wants to munch miles on the highways and cruise all day long, there is no other machine
at this price point. The Dominar 400 will cruise at 120kmph all day long, except for fuel stops unless you find some better way to hot fuel the beast.
Handling & Suspensions:
The older generation’s conventional telescopic front forks, is now replaced with the 43mm Up-Side-Down Forks, that is more efficient and provides better feedback and handling.
Mirrors are now changed and it gets a new pair of aluminum mirrors and they weigh quite a lot. It gets a new Dual Barrel Exhaust pipe that gives new voice to the machine giving it a bass at idle and low revs while making it sound more throatier at higher revs. The other changes include minute refinements to the engine helping it control
vibrations but not so much beyond 7000rpm giving Bajaj some room for improvement.
The BS6 Change:
Once the BS6 emission norms kicked in, every company was worried about the power drop in their engines. Bajaj, playing smartly, using a pre-catalytic converter ,slid out of the curve maintaining the engine output to 40 bHp and managed to regulate the emissions.
The instrument panel in the Dominar 400 is a negative display LCD. Bajaj should have upgraded this to the KTM Dukes 390’s Display. Looks like we won’t get any of that any time soon. The current instrument cluster is equipped with twin display setup; a main display which is in the peripheral vision of the rider and one next to the fuel filler cap on the tank. The main display gives the information like Rev-Count, Speed, Fuel Meter and Warnings in the matrix
display. With toggling the “MODES” and “SET” we can view more information that is displayed on the matrix. The matrix display also shows the Tank Range, Dynamic Fuel Consumption, Average Fuel Consumption, Trip Time, Service Interval, Clock and Gear Position and much more. The secondary display shows the main ODO meter, 2 trip meters, clock and gear position indicators, but one has to take her/his eyes to get a glance for this information
Bajaj Dominar 400 BS6 – Enthusiast’s Expectations:
● TFT instrument panel
● Bluetooth Connectivity
● Turn-By-Turn Navigation Assistance
● Engine to be Refined Further
● Taller Touring Windscreen (but is taken care by 3rd Party Vendors. Ex: Carbon Racing)
● Plush Seats (this one does the job over long runs but the rear suspension setup
transmits all the big bump forces to your back-bone; plushier seat might do the trick)
● Ride-By-Wire Throttle Action
● Factory Fitted Hazard Flasher
● Riding Modes like – Highway, City, Rain, ect.
● Traction Control
Bajaj Dominar 400 BS6 – Owner Point Of View:
Owner Point Of View; this is a subjective matter. There is nothing in my Dominar that I found is defective at the time of delivery. It has clocked approximately 3000kms in under 3 months of riding and compared to my previous ride, this is one heck of a machine. Periodic service is all it needs to go places.
Bajaj Dominar 400 BS6 – After Sales Service
This is another matter but I am sure experiences might differ. A small accident where I was rear ended while stopped at a signal left my vehicle damaged. It was just a simple parts replacement that would solve the problem. This is where the trouble started. The service station adviser suggested that it would take around three weeks for the parts to arrive and repairs to be done. With a heavy heart I agreed to the said timeline and
patiently waited for the quality work to be completed.
At the end of this long wait period I was excited to receive the bike. Upon receiving it I noticed that the decals were all misaligned but unfortunately that was not all. The Belly Pan was missing, and the handlebar was not aligned properly. They made me run pillar to post to raise a complaint, the service advisor avoided all responsibility and ducked around to avoid me.
“Now I believe to fix the decals, a visit to Chakan Plant assembly line is advised as
the Service adviser believes that its the only way to put the decals as per stock. So now I
have to live with it.”
Some might get an out of the world experience with satisfactory results from service stations, but that was not for me and my troubles only began. Upon closer inspection the following day I found that the Rear Fender Under Cover
was cracked. Which should have been identified during the replacement of the top rear fender cover.
I have had my share of accidents and crashes in an R15, and never had to face these troubles with the Yamaha service centre. This made my Bajaj service experience memorable for all the wrong reasons.
This experience I believe is unique to me and I hope the other service centers do justice to the Mean Machine that they are. Don’t let this influence your opinion on the bike, since it’s a Beast to tame and own.
Design – New Colors which gives it a refreshed look
ABS Dual Channel ABS
Price Rs. 1,99,755/- Ex-Showroom Delhi
BS6 Difference Rs. 25,755 (approx)
- Colors Aurora Green and Vine Black
- Engine Type Single cylinder,
- 4 stroke, DOHC, 4 Valve, Liquid cooled, Triple Spark,
- Engine Capacity 373.3 cc
- Max Power 29.4 kW (40 PS) @ 8800 rpm
- Torque 35 Nm @ 6500 rpm
- Clutch Wet, Multiplate with Assist & Slipper Clutch
- Gearbox 6 Speed
- Brakes – Front 320mm diameter disc with radial mounted 4 piston caliper
- Brakes – Rear 230mm diameter disc with swing-arm mounted 2 piston caliper
- ABS Make Bosch twin Channel ABS System
- Chassis Beam Type Perimeter Frame
- Front Suspension 43mm USD Fork with 135mm travel
- Rear Suspension Multi-step adjustable Mono Shock with Nitrox with 110 mm of travel
- Weight (w/o Fuel) 187 Kgs
- Fuel Tank Capacity 13 Liters
- Seat Height 800 mm
- Exhaust Note Bassier at lower revs and throatier at higher revs
- Switch-Gear Backlit (Blue Color)
- Top Speed 163 kmph (claimed)
- BS6 Power Loss None
- Handling Better Feedback from original 2017 model
- Ground Clearance 157 mm
- Headlamp Full LED with Auto Headlamp On (AHO)
- Tyres – Front 110/70 – R17 Radial Tubeless
- Tyres – Rear 150/60 – R17 Radial Tubeless
- Wheelbase 1453 mm
- Battery 12V, 8Ah VRLA