Bajaj Auto has made its entry in the sub-500cc segment by launching the Dominar400. By introducing the Dominar400 at a price of Rs 1.36 lakh( ex-showroom, Delhi), Bajaj is set to give sleepless nights to Mahindra Mojo, Royal Enfield Himalayan and the Classic 350 in the same price segment. Rajiv Bajaj himself talked of how the Dominar400 would compete with the like of Royal Enfield. In this feature, we put the motorcycles in discussion against each other in terms of specifications.
The Dominar400 has borrowed its engine from the KTM Duke 390 and is a 373cc DTS-i engine that produces 34.5hp of power and 35 Nm of torque mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with slipper clutch technology. On the other hand, Mahindra Mojo is powered by a 295cc, liquid -cooled engine, which produces 27hp of power and 30Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed transmission.
Royal Enfield introduced the Himalayan with an all new LS410 engine, with LS meaning Long stroke. The engine is a 411cc, air-cooled unit that delivers 24.5hp of power and 32 Nm of torque mated to a 5-speed transmission. Another motorcycle from Royal Enfield, the Classic 350 is powered by a 346cc engine, which produces a 19.8 hp of power and 28Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed transmission.
In terms of power and torque, Bajaj Dominar400 is the clear winner as it delivers more power and torque than its competitors in the segment and also gets slipper clutch technology. In addition, the Dominar400 is the fastest motorcycle in its segment with a top speed of 148 km/h and a 0-100 km/ acceleration time of 8.2 seconds.
Bajaj Dominar400 gets a host of features such as digital instrument cluster that displays rev counter and speedometer. For the first time, it also equipped with a digital display on fuel tank which shows indicators such as ABS, high beam indicator and battery signs. In addition to this, the Dominar400 gets full LED headlamp with Auto Headlamp On (AHO) function.
The second most feature-equipped motorcycle in this comparo is the Mahindra Mojo, which has a dual trip meter, digital fuel indicator, maximum speed recorder and automatic headlamp controller. On the other hand, Royal Enfield Himalayan is equipped with three chrome dials which displays speedometer rev-counter and fuel gauge. Along with this its also gets a TFT screen, which shows time, trip meter and temperature and is a first for Royal Enfield.
Royal Enfield Classic 350's instrument console is in line with the motorcycle’s classic design features a basic layout with an analogue speedometer and odometer. It also gets the Halogen headlamps and features an engine kill switch.
In this area too, the Dominar400 emerges as the clear winner since it has significantly more features than its competitors.
Bajaj Auto has introduced the Dominor400 with and without ABS, something all other motorcycles in this story miss out on. Both wheels are equipped with a single disc brake along with the option of dual-channel ABS. Unlike, the KTM 390 Duke, which is offered with Metzeler tyres, the Dominar400 travels on MRF tyres. The Mahindra Mojo is equipped with a 320mm front disc brake at the front and 240mm disc brake at the rear and gets Pirelli Diablo Rosso ii tubeless radial tyres. Although the company does not offer ABS right now, it is expected to be launched soon since next year onwards all motorcycles above 125 cc need to have ABS.
In terms of safety, both Royal Enfield motorcycles fall short of the competition. The Himalayan gets a 21 inch tyre at the front and a 17 inch tyre at the rear with disc brakes, while the Classic 350 features a 280mm disc brake at front and 153mm drum brake at rear. The Classic 350 has 19 inch wheel at front and 18 inch wheel at rear. ABS however isn't offered on any Royal Enfield motorcycle as of now.
Bajaj Auto launched the Dominor400 in two variants with the non-ABS variant priced at Rs 1.36 lakh and the ABS trim at Rs 1.50 lakh, both prices being ex-showroom, Delhi. Given the Dominar's pricing, the Mahindra Mojo seems out of contention for most buyers as it is costlier at Rs 1.69 lakh and has lesser power and features.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is priced at Rs 1.55 lakh, while Classic 350 is available at a price of Rs 1.31 lakh. Although the Royal Enfield motorcycles are categorically different from the Dominar400 in almost every sense, similar price-points will make many potential buyers reconsider their choice. In addition, there wasn't any direct competitor for Royal Enfield earlier but that has now changed.
In the end, the Dominar400 emerges as a clear winner in terms of value-for-money quotient as it offers better power, performance, features and safety than any other motorcycle in its segment. While the market response for Bajaj's new flagship motorcycle is yet to be seen, there are enough reasons to believe it will be another success story.