***Bit a lengthy section please have some popcorn or a snack in hand *** The need
As a young entrepreneur on energy sector , my clients are not always near me, I need to travel 100 to 150 kms average a day if I used to take a client visit , my existing car , VW POLO 1.2 TDi was my companion for past 20,000 kms with me , with average expense of 3 to 4.5INR /KM , I used to travel mostly in highways and also some remote places, I always consider a car to be a safest part , but I always needed a good bike wich can serve me the same and pocket friendly and a overall a good product
I always had a crush on Honda cbr 250R for its simple and classy design and quality of fit and finish , engine refinement , touring king Tag , at November 2016 I booked black cbr250r for token amount of 20k, the competitors like duke 390, RS390 , classic 500, R3 etc where did not come into my decision due to certain points
• refined engine (390 )
• touring seat position (R3) (RC)
• good weight , so that its stable in 100 -120 kmph , (390, RC)
• Fuel efficiency (mostly all ) When god plans something else
On November 27th , Bajaj released Bajaj dominar 400 ,aka D400 , I liked the looks and riding position when I saw in pic , I already knew some info regarding this bike when it was displayed in the Auto show 2 years back , but I was not in a idea of liking it as it’s a Bajaj product , next day I had a off and planned to take a look at a nearby showroom Adithya Bajaj , a plum blue was in show case and a white bike was there for test drive , I just wandered around and checked out the build quality of switches , plastics , brakes , frame , welding finishes , suspension , lights etc. , seriously I was impressed a lot ( this is the exact moment when my mind started to oscillate between decision of cancelling cbr for this ) when the person near me arrived after a test drive with the led lights on, my heart just fell like butter for it , I dint even asked the SA , just took a seat over the bike and asked him to take my helmet inside the shop , mean while I was just loving the wider seat and upright seating position which I was just hunting for , the bike was in idle , I loved the way the engine was refined at idle , when I got the helmet , I had a spin around near by , the impressions where , high low end torque , good lights , gripper handle , better ergonomics , easier to turn the bike , yes needs a little of counterstreeing , best part is brakes , the front has a grater bike than rear , the weight of the bike helps the tyre to grip more compared to 390 duke , even the rear was decent enough till abs
kicks in , but lack of feel was there for rear brakes , as compared to costlier brake pad fitted cbr , over all I loved the bike , I really felt the bike was upmarket and I appreciate bajaj for making such a good product . The event of Twist .
I came back home and started comparing the specs and reviews of online auto experts , as it was the day launched all over India there where only few videos , not all major reviewers like Power drift , auto car did not publish a video , i discussed with my friend we came to conclusion of picking up Dominar instead of CBR for certain reasons
• Better seating position
• Wider seat (more comfort)
• More power , better torque
• Less price with same dual channel Bosch ABS
• Upmarket feel , (led lights , better fuel injectors , bigger brakes ) The Deal
Bajaj did a smart thing to book bikes online as a pilot project , I logged into the Bajaj dominar site and booked for 9500 INR the same day bike was launched , (I just could not believe what I just did in one day) , next day I called Honda showroom and informed I would like to cancel my booking as I was unable to buy the bike at this moment due to personal reasons .
Final price for ABS
VERSION : 1,72,000 INR The wait
I literally ate all my nails , just could not wait for the long waiting period of 30 days , the most painful days of my life , I would visit showroom ,whenever I cross the showroom , and to appreciate , the SA and showroom manager Mr.Sudhakar really helped me and gave 3 to 4 times TD even a long TD of 40kms around the city and a highway . The call
Finally my bike arrived at the day jan 26th 2017, went and choose my bike , which had better idling and engine sound a lucky no summed Chassis no . took bike for nearby temple and made a pooja and gave back to showroom to finish registration works . Delivery :
Bajaj already send a representative from pune to do PDA by his hands and he just did extremely perfect , he checked many things which astonished me, and made a impression over Bajaj for their effort , he rode my bike for 5kms and made some adjustments to fork, chain etc . My observations
after making a trip of 300kms for a temple near my city. Pros
• Bike had super smooth bottom end and bit vibe midrange with power blast and fads off at 6 to 7k rpm
• Seating position was perfect , thanks to wider seat
• Awesome leds , light up all the floor before me for 70 meters and high beam was a spot beam , which lit up a way long distance .
• Eye catcher
• Good brakes and ABS
is a life saver .
• Better grip , recommend better rubber for knee scrapers .
• Smooth ride at 80 to 100kmph speeds. Cons
• Disturbing leds at evening and daylight , oncoming traffic people will all ways show all kinds of hand gestures to make my light dip , so I just turn off DRL or AHO mode and use low beams as standard . ( yes , you cant turn off lights all way .)
• Pillion will have to hold rider in order to get confidence
• Buzz at 4k rpm, but reduces when I much more miles. First Ride after first service :
I always do a oil service when I cross 2k mark on my bikes , I did not ride slow not fast in the engine break-in period , I just ride gradually , reach more rpms like 6 to 7k , and switch gears , never loaded my engine , always left it relaxed , but still I go rpms and speeds .
Service cost was 1200 INR and same day took to nearest hill station and my all-time favourite place Emerald lake at Avalanche , ooty, I just enjoyed the pull of the bike at 3rd gear in extreme slopes at lower rpm and engine never resists to rev up, so much torque, u can cruise in uphill in 3rd and 4th gear , never take 2nd gear , just use for hairpin bends if you are a slow turner , I scraped my pegs in all the twists , loved the ride and god blessed me a rain shower which I like when I ride , enjoyed the moment and the scenic hills of Nilagiris, bike returned FE of 33kmpl , which I am so much happy about . The satisfaction:
I really love this bike and respect my decision over CBR250R, I cannot say cbr is a less in any case , because my needs and perspective was different , I always love cbr for the way it is , I respect all the bikes and bikers , this Dominar was just my cup cake , I appreciate bajaj for making such a quality bike The Result
Man to be frank this bike changed the way I live , now I used to take Dominar more often than my polo , I would like to make long rides and explore places with this bike , which I just did because I am typing this at 2017 October , of 22000kms of ODO in 9 months . will share experiences in upcoming posts