The Dominar 400 was a fast motorcycle, but with some major upgrades, this Bajaj has now become better in munching miles. The additional 5bhp has given extra oomph to the bike to not only ride faster, but to also maintain that speed for longer durations. Twist that throttle, and it wouldn’t take much time to reach the 100kmph figure. In fact, the bike continues to feel energetic at 120-130kmph. The excellent mid-range, and the linear power delivery imparts the Dominar 400 churn with its comfortable touring abilities. The bike does 120kmph in just 7000rpm, with the bike redlining at 9500rpm. Thanks to the Bajaj engineers, there’s hardly any vibes till 8000rpm. Post that, some can be felt on the pegs and the seat. The gearshifts are direct and the throttle response is crisp.
The ride on the Dominar, especially the high speed ride has improved quite a bit, thanks to the new USD front forks, and softer monoshock. The bike maintains its composure at high speed without any drama. There were some really bad roads enroute to Lonavala, and yet, at the end of the ride, I was not saddle sore and neither did my back require any attention. The overall cornering dynamics of the Dominar have improved a tad. But we’ll talk about this in detail when we get the bike for a few days.
The brakes, however, could use some more work, especially at the front. At high speed, the front demands a great deal of lever work to slow down the bike. Plus, there’s not much feel on the lever. The rear though is progressive and offers good bite. The dual-channel ABS continues to work well.