In a surprising move, Bajaj have yet again renamed their 400 cc flagship motorcycle, this time from Kratos to Dominar. The bike in question was initially unveiled as the Pulsar CS400 concept at the 2014 Auto Expo. Bajaj then named the production model Pulsar VS400 which was then changed to Kratos 400 and has finally arrived at Dominar. And who knows, Bajaj may change it once again before the bike’s mid-December launch.
Everything apart from the name of the bike remains unchanged and it certainly has fans eagerly waiting for the 400 cc Pulsar/Kratos/Dominar, whatever it may be called, to hit the roads.
The Bajaj Dominar will be powered by the same 373.27 cc engine that features on the bonkers KTM Duke 390, albeit one that has been slightly detuned to produce 27.54 KW of power against the KTM’s output of 32.4 KW (43.5 bhp). The torque figures are undisclosed as of now, but we can expect them to be on the higher side as the Bajaj Dominar is meant to be a versatile sports bike with proper touring capabilities.
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The Bajaj Dominar will also come equipped with a host of tech including an all-digital instrument console and a fuel tank mounted digital display, dual-channel ABS, split seats, telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear suspension setup, as well as a stubby side-mounted exhaust.
The new Bajaj Dominar is targetted at those bikers who want a sporty and stylish bike that serves their purpose for daily commute without too much trouble and can also be let loose on the highways during those long road trips. While there are already bikes that fit this description, they fall into one of two categories – premium sportbikes from the likes of Kawasaki and Ducati or the ever popular Royal Enfields. The first segment happens to be way out of budget for the average biker whereas no Royal Enfield bike can lay a claim on being the fastest road trip machine made. This is the gap that Bajaj Auto will be looking to bridge with the launch of the Bajaj D and judging by what we’ve seen until now, it can certainly accomplish it in style.