Bajaj Dominar 400 after 9,000 km - Ownership Review

01/07/2017 - 12:18 | ,   | Neelanjan Chakraborty

The Bajaj Dominar 400 has a kerb weight of 182 kg.

Here is a user review of the Bajaj Dominar 400 by Indian Autos Blog reader Savio Tavadia. Savio was one of the first Bajaj Dominar 400 customers in Pune, and the feedback comes after 9,000 km of riding.

Bajaj Dominar ownership review
The 373.3 cc mill is capable of producing 35 PS of power and 35 Nm of torque.

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The Bajaj Dominar 400 was instant love for me. Being a Bajaj Pulsar 200NS rider for many years, the Bajaj Dominar 400 is an upgrade which I had been waiting for a long time. Right from price to features list and build quality, the bike has all that an average Indian biker desires from his motorcycle.

In these 5 odd months with the Bajaj Dominar 400, I have ridden the bike extensively in city traffic as well on several highway rides. The bike gave me the best efficiency of 29 km/l in cities and 28 km/l in highways. I use only 93 octane petrol in the motorcycle and have been able to achieve a top speed of 156 km/h (speedo indicated).

Bajaj Dominar 400 user review Savio headlamp fully lit
The headlamp is very effective during night rides but is completely useless during rain.

I found the Bajaj Dominar 400 to be a more powerful Bajaj Pulsar 200NS. The handling is confidence inspiring but on muck and mud one has to be particularly careful as the MRF tyres have strict limitations. The headlamp is very effective during night rides but is rendered completely useless during rain. The bike feels stable at 90 km/h even over bumps, but I would advise fellow riders not to venture out and test the durability of the alloys by continuously riding fast over bad roads.

The power delivery is smooth between 4,000 to 5,500 rpm, but it is effortless to stall the bike below 3,500 rpm. The best mileage can be achieved by keeping the engine speed around 4,000 rpm. Each fuel bar in the instrumentation represents roughly 25 km of distance covered, and the bike has around 3.5 litres of reserve.

I did the first service of my new Bajaj Dominar 400 at the 750 km mark, and the oil and filter change cost me INR 1,200. The oil used was the genuine 10W50 grade which is a fully synthetic oil sourced from Total. The second service was at 5,000 km and my service engineer did not change the oil. The third (which is the last free service) will be done soon.

Bajaj Dominar 400 user review Savio front side
The first service of the Bajaj Dominar 400 was at 750 km and the oil/filter change cost INR 1,200.

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Being an off-road enthusiast, I have also taken the bike over surfaces which average users won’t, and the Bajaj Dominar 400 found no problems.

Braking response is very good, and the ABS has been a life saver. Even after constant usage, the bite from the discs did not show any noticeable signs of fading. The engine too does not heat up even at traffic jams or non-stop Mumbai to Pune rides.

Pillion comfort has been great and a lot of my female friends not only complimented on the styling of the bike but also on the comfort level.

Bajaj Dominar 400 user review Savio engine and side right
The engine of the Bajaj Dominar 400 does not overheat in traffic, and the brake fade is also barely noticeable.

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I am really happy with the Bajaj Dominar 400 and thankful to Bajaj Auto for giving making such a fantastic motorcycle at an affordable price.

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