GM Custom is back with another conversion. This time, it is the flagship Bajaj motorcycle, the Dominar 400, that has gone under the scalpel, to transform into a Japanese icon - the Suzuki Hayabusa (GSX1300R).
The Bajaj Dominar 400 has received a complete makeover with new body panels to become a Suzuki Hayabusa. At the front, the headlight and blinker setup is identical to the Japanese machine.
The aerodynamic design includes a full fairing and a tall-windscreen that is followed by the Hayabusa style, multi-pod instrument console. Unlike the Bajaj Dominar’s split, fully digital instrument console, the customised motorcycle gets analogue fuel gauge, speedometer and tachometer while rest of the information is delivered via a digital display.
Clip-on style handlebars have replaced the stock units. The new ergonomics are more aggressive and committed than the stock Dominar 400's. The switchgear, however, has been retained from the donor motorcycle. On the right side is an engine kill switch, accompanied by a light switch and self-start button. On the left is the high/low beam switch along with blinker controls, horn and a pass button.
Behind the new handlebar setup is a muscular fuel tank that features a Suzuki logo. Following the fuel tank is a split seat setup followed by a pillion grab rail. At the rear is a LED tail light along with rear panel integrated blinkers. The rear also offers a view of dual exhaust pipes. Both the exhausts are functional and are claimed to deliver a loud and smooth note.
On the sides, the modified Bajaj Dominar 400 shows off the dual-tone finish on the exhaust pipes along with the box-type swingarm that replaces the meaty, stock unit. The motorcycle also gets frame sliders that are aimed to protect the bodywork in case of a crash.
The suspension setup continues to feature conventional telescopic front forks (the original Suzuki Hayabusa has USD front forks). At the rear, there's a monoshock unit. You’d also spot dual-discs at the front but one is for aesthetic purpose only while the other provides the stopping power.
The conversion cost, as told by GM Customs, ranges between INR 1.5-2 lakh. The Bajaj Dominar 400 costs INR 1,48,043* (non-ABS)/INR 1,62,074* (ABS).
Powering the wannabe-Suzuki Hayabusa is the stock 373cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that delivers 35 PS of maximum power and 35 Nm of peak torque. It is paired with a six-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch.
Bajaj is testing an updated Dominar 400 that will feature upside-down telescopic front forks and a revised design for the exhaust. Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj Auto had said in a recent interview that the company is "now going to market new Dominars" and thus we should hear more details during this festive season.