After having a cup of tea in the somewhat chilly morning in Pune, I headed out, aiming to reach Kolhapur, 200km away for breakfast. That would help me cut out the strenuous traffic. However, as luck would have it, traffic I did find. But, the Dominar 400 was unfazed. Even though the Dominar has gained some weight with all the accessories, it is still agile. Couple that with the impressive engine, of which I will be talking about a lot here, and the motorcycle sieves through traffic like nobody’s business.
After leaving the majority of traffic behind and treating myself to some misal pav, it was time to push ahead. I won’t lie, the sight of the open highway delighted me- I would finally be able to crack the throttle open. With close to 40bhp and 35Nm on offer, the Dominar 400 can set fast paces. And it does so in a responsive and refined manner. No jerkiness, no abrupt throttle response, almost like it's letting you fulfill your whim. Slot it in sixth gear and the motorcycle can cruise at a 120kmph easily with more than enough oomph left to overtake and no need to downshift. Although, as compared to the previous model, the 2022 Dominar has vibrations on the handlebar from 4000-6000rpm courtesy of the new accessories. While the vibes are minimal, over a long period, they do tend to feel intrusive to the experience.
As for the accessories themselves, they do a brilliant job. For starters, the build quality is splendid and the components feel sturdy. I particularly liked the single-sided mountings of the knuckle guards that ensure there’s enough freedom to move your hands on the bars. While it seems to lack the ability to fully protect the knuckles or the levers in a crash, it does offer decent protection, from the wind. Now, out on the highway, good wind buffeting is all that’s keeping you from fatiguing quickly. And the 2022 Dominar 400 offered just that. Even the tall windscreen helped buffet the wind from hitting the chest directly; reducing fatigue levels drastically.