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About Dominar 250
Bajaj Dominar 250 is a street bikes available at a starting price of Rs. 1,70,805 in India. It is available in only 1 variant and 2 colours. The Dominar 250 is powered by 248.8cc BS6 engine which develops a power of 26.63 bhp and a torque of 23.5 Nm. With both front and rear disc brakes, Bajaj Dominar 250 comes up with anti-locking braking system. This Dominar 250 bike weighs 180 kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 13 liters.
Bajaj Auto has made the Dominar brand more accessible with the launch of new Dominar 250. This quarter-litre iteration of the company’s flagship motorcycle is priced at Rs 1.60 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). In comparison, the Dominar 400 retails at Rs 1.91 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
The new Dominar 250 looks similar to Dominar 400. The muscular styling is complemented by premium hardware such as full-LED lighting, split-style digital display, split seats, twin-barrel exhaust, stylish mirror stalks, upside-down telescopic front forks, rear mono-shock, disc brakes on both wheels and a dual-channel ABS. Important ride-related information is displayed on the primary display while the rest of the information is available on the secondary display on the fuel tank.
The colour options include ‘Canyon Red’ and ‘Vine Black’. The latter is also available on the Dominar 400. The motorcycle is pitched as a tourer. Enhancing its touring-character are the bungee straps that are tucked under the seat. The straps aim to provide mounting points to mount a tail bag on the motorcycle.
Mechanical specifications on the Dominar 250 include a 248.77cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve engine that’s based on the KTM 250 Duke. However, unlike the 250 Duke, Dominar 250 features a twin-spark technology. The engine is tuned to produce 26.6bhp at 8,500rpm and 23.5Nm at 6,500rpm. The six-speed gearbox features a slipper clutch system. The 0-100kmph acceleration takes 10.5 second while the top speed is rated at 132kmph.
The new Bajaj Dominar will compete against quarter-litre products such as the Yamaha FZ25 and the Suzuki Gixxer 250.
Bajaj Dominar 250 Expert Opinion
Comfortable for long distance touring
250cc engine has good amount of torque
Gets some useful features
Could be Better
Overall weight is on the heavier side
Looks exactly like the Dominar 400
Quality of parts could have been better
The Dominar 250 is a quarter-litre motorcycle from Bajaj. It uses the same platform and cycle parts from the Dominar 400, but in order to bring the costs down, it misses out on some premium features. The Dominar 250 is great for long distance riding, and with great service back-up due to Bajaj’s extensive reach, this motorcycle is one of the most value for money bikes one can buy in India
Bajaj Dominar 250 Review
Bajaj Dominar 250 BS6 First Ride Review
A lot has been tried with the Bajaj Dominar. First, it borrowed the engine from the KTM Duke 390. But it added two additional spark plugs to it, and changed the innards. The end result was an engine that was heavier and less powerful but also more usable than the 390. It was then strapped with basic mechanicals, and voila, you had a super affordable 400cc motorcycle that also ushered in a complete new genre called sports touring. That it resembled the Ducati Diavel, I am told, was totally coincidental.
But, not many bought it.
So, the Dominar got itself nicer suspension, a more comfortable ride, and a new colour. It also got a bump up in power. To celebrate that we rode one to, and at, a race track near Chennai. And the bike impressed us both with its touring abilities, and its ability to go around corners.
But still, not many bought it.
So, now the Dominar is multiplying. Say hello to the new 250cc Dominar which will co-exist with the 400. The idea here is to go for upgraders. Essentially, motorcyclists who are done riding 125s and 150s, and are now looking to move to the big leagues. And while the 400 might have been intimidating for this bunch, the 250 with its more manageable power, implies Bajaj, will make them drool.
For starters, the 250’s styling will certainly draw a crowd. Much like the 400. But that was a given, after all the two are identical down to the head and tail lamps and every body panel. The telling difference is this red colour, which is exclusive to the 250. It was green in case of the 400. There’s also a D250 badging on the tail to differentiate the younger sibling. And, that’s it.
The D250 is also identical to the 400 in terms of dimensions; the length, width, height, wheelbase and even the ground clearance is exactly the same for the two bikes. But there are subtle differences in mechanicals. The 250 borrows its chassis from the 400, but it runs on slimmer tyres front and back. It also has thinner front forks. And the front disc is now of a lesser diameter as well.
The biggest difference, of course, is the engine. The 248.7cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine is borrowed from the KTM Duke 250. The outputs for the Dominar read a max power of almost 27bhp and a peak torque of 23Nm that arrives around the 6,500rpm mark. Both these figures are lower than the Duke. The engine meanwhile is mated to a six-speed gearbox, and the Dominar also gets a slipper clutch.
The mechanicals as highlighted earlier include a perimeter frame for the chassis; 37mm upside down front forks and a preload adjustable rear monoshock for suspension. In addition, 100- and 130-section MRFs at the front and back respectively for tyres; and single rotors with dual channel ABS for brakes. As for features, there’s a full LED lighting setup from the headlamp to the turn indicators to the tail lamp. There’s digital instrumentation with a speedo, a rev counter, a clock and two trips. There are also some telltale lights on the fuel tank. But, that’s it.
Now we get the whole ‘competitive pricing’ pitch. But, in today’s day and age, when most bike makers are offering Bluetooth connectivity, turn by turn navigation, and a trip computer that throws up readouts like average fuel economy, speed and time taken, the Dominar 250’s instrumentation seems like it is stuck in the past. It doesn’t even get a gear indicator.
And since we are on a faultfinding trip, we think the Dominar could do with a more effective visor upfront. The current setup can’t hold the wind at bay even at 100kmph, which for a bike meant for touring, just doesn’t cut it.
Now, the Dominar might not look it, but it is surprisingly easy to ride. It has a super light clutch, the throttle is light, and it also has a comfy riding position. The handlebar is wide but easy to reach. The footpegs are only slightly rearset. And the 800mm rider seat height allows anyone over five feet eight inches to plant both feet firmly on the ground.
The seat itself is large and cushy. And, the shape of the tank and the way the heel plates are designed, it makes it quite easy to hook onto the bike, especially when riding spiritedly. On the very topic of spirited riding, for all the talk about the Dominar’s weight, it handles quite well. Okay, it still doesn’t change directions like the Gixxer 250 for instance, but it doesn’t feel lazy or laborious either. You steer, and it goes. There’s no real lag, no real wallowing, or the sort of vagueness one expects from a motorcycle that’s both heavy, and long.
In the City though, it’s not one for quick direction changes and fast filtering. You need to plan your moves. And if you decide to do some spirited filtering work through traffic, it will leave you tired. Brakes meanwhile are fine for the performance the 250 packs in. These work well at low speeds - with good bite and feel and progression. But at higher speeds, these seem to lack the power needed to haul the bike’s weight down. As a result one needs to squeeze them hard which can give you an aching right wrist.
As for the ride quality, it’s one of the strong suits of the Dominar 250. It rode over almost everything the monsoon-affected Mumbai roads threw at it with calm and pliancy. It’s not harsh to leave you with jarring arms or a sore back. And it’s not exactly soft either to wallow over every undulation, bump or pothole it encounters. But yes, given the suspension’s limited travel and the motorcycle’s weight, it’s not a bike I would go jumping speed breakers on. The engine meanwhile is smooth and torquey. There isn’t a lot of go under 5,000rpm. But, beyond that, the Dominar 250 turns into this eager, easy revving motorcycle that’s both happy and involving to ride. Plus that engine sounds so nice one doesn’t mind revving it. And the gearshifts – light and precise (well, for most part) – are agreeable too! And if you are worried about vibrations, well there aren’t many. There’s a hint of tingling at the bars that’s omnipresent, but nothing to put one off.
The Dominar 250 is a very likeable motorcycle. Yes, it needs modern instrumentation, and a better visor to deflect the wind. It could also be lighter, and the brakes could do with a little more power.
But overall, as a bike to own and ride everyday - maybe even take it up a switchback over the weekend - the Dominar 250, fits the bill quite well. It’s comfortable, it’s easy to ride, it's smooth, and it handles decently well too.
Plus, if you like to flaunt your wares... the Dominar is the perfect candidate.
Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge416 Km
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CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operatedDual Channel ABS
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Telescopic, 37mm USD Fork, 135mm travel
Multi-step adjustable Mono shock with Nitrox, Wheel stroke of 110mm
5My love is dominar 250 5 days ago by Praveen, Chennai
The look of Dominar 250 is a huge difference from other bikes. It has a good engine and is a budget tourer machine. Soon I will own my Dominar 250. One of the best head lights has been provided in the Dominar 250.. The rear tyre should be better for cornering experience
Buying experience was good and staff was polite.
Riding is awesome and it's really powerful, at first we don't feel that power but after 4k rpm its fast.
Suspension setup is excellent and quite comfortable.
Servicing can also be done easily.
Cons: The weight, But it's m
5Awesome bike 3 weeks ago by Sourav Bhattacharjee, Kolkata
Awesome product from Bajaj in this price range. No lag in comfort. Performance is so good . Please use a good engine oil for better performance. In this price range they provide many more things . But if they provide gear indicator , DTC indicator , average indicator th
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