This comparison between the KTM and the Bajaj will answer questions like, is it really worth going for the much more expensive 2017 Duke 390 or you can settle for the well-priced and powerful Bajaj Dominar 400, which shares the same engine architecture.
At the outset these might not seem like rivals. After all, one is selling you the ‘GS’ dream while the other is marketing ‘Diavel’ like chutzpa. But there is a common thread that binds them, a thread that has got us out of bed before sunrise with the promise of a sunset at the other end. We are talking Touring. But, we will get to that in bit because there are other similarities between the two that need highlighting.
This is the battle of the most researched bikes on BikeWale – the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and the Bajaj Dominar 400. The former ruled our charts almost all of last year, whereas the latter took away the Classic 350’s throne in December.
The words ‘cruiser’ and ‘sporty’ might have been mutually exclusive till a while ago, but times have changed. Associated with low-slung and muscular styling, a torquey engine and a fat rear tyre, ‘power cruisers’ have introduced a degree of performance and charisma in a segment where it simply didn’t exist before.