Bajaj Dominar to get new colors for 2018

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Bajaj will soon launch the 2018 edition of the Dominar street bike. The 373cc machine, which is Bajaj’s flagship, will get two new colors – Glossy Red and Matte Black with gold wheels. Although matte black paint was presented on the Dominar 400 a few months back, the gold wheels are new items. Interestingly, the red colored Dominar also has a different colored frame, grab rails and handlebar. These receive what looks like a brushed-aluminium finish. From what we can see in the images, this new colour combination works well. The brushed-aluminium finish is a first; every Dominar sold, so far, has received a matte-black finish on these parts.

The bikes have been spotted at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan factory, and are ready to be dispatched to showrooms around the country. The new editions of the bike are likely to command a small premium of Rs. 1, 000 for the new paint job.

Apart from the new colour schemes, there seem to be no major changes in the 2018 model year Dominars. The bike will be powered by a 373-cc 4 stroke engine derived from the KTM Duke 390. The engine on the Dominar loses the twin above camshafts, and instead uses a single overhead camshaft.

It also catches triple spark ignition instead of a single spark plug. Power and torque goes down from 43 Bhp-37 Nm to 35 Bhp-35 Nm. A 6 speed manual gearbox with slipper clutch is retained, and dual channel ABS is offered as an option on the bike. To keep costs low, Bajaj offers telescopic front forks and a monoshock at the rear. The bike gets fuel injection as standard and is the most expensive Bajaj motorbike on sale in the Indian market. It is also the heaviest motorcycle that Bajaj has manufactured, with a kerb weight of 182 kilograms. The non-ABS version is priced at Rs.1, 42,108 for the non-ABS version, and Rs.1, 56,270 for the ABS version. The bike also gets a full-LED lighting system and reverse back-lit LCD instrumentation.

In future, Bajaj is planning to use the similar engine and frame of the Dominar for a fully faired bike, similar to the Pulsar RS200. The new bike could be called the Pulsar RS400. An adventure bike based on the Dominar is also said to be in the works.