Bajaj Auto is reportedly planning to launch an own off-road-focused motorcycle. The motorcycle, as claimed by ThrustZone, will arrive after the much-awaited KTM 390 Adventure. The details about the bike's positioning are scarce, although looking at the history of product launches by KTM and Bajaj, it will not be incorrect to expect a 375 cc product with an off-road biased character.
If Bajaj is working on a model similar to the KTM 390 Adventure, expect that model to share the engine with the 2019 Dominar 400. The 373.2 cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC motor of the 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 makes 40 PS at 8,650 rpm and 35 Nm of peak torque at 7,000 rpm, which are promising numbers in the segment.
Close rivals will likely include the BMW G 310 GS and the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 as well. The performance numbers from the 2019 Dominar 400’s engine are at par with the Versys-X 300's engine, while the G 310 GS's engine makes relatively lower power output. The Royal Enfield Himalayan will be a direct threat to the Bajaj adventure motorcycle as it trades in the sub-INR 2 lakh price bracket.
The feature list would match Bajaj’s current flagship product in the two-wheeler segment and include full LED lighting (headlamp, tail light and blinkers), digital display (possibly with Bluetooth connectivity), upside-down telescopic forks and an adjustable monoshock.
The new motorcycle will most definitely carry off-road biased hardware, and we expect to see a 19-inch front wheel, aluminium bash plate, knuckle guards and relatively longer suspension travel. The safety net will likely include switchable dual-channel ABS.
Bajaj could showcase the new adventure tourer either in concept or in production form at Auto Expo 2020. Expect this motorcycle to cost under INR 2 lakh (ex-showroom).
NOTE: Images in the post are of the Adventure Kit for Bajaj Dominar 400 from Autologue Designs. Images used for representation purpose only.