Rating of Bajaj Dominar 400 (2016-2018)
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A layman's review

Before going into depth I would like to impart few points about me so that people who are in a position similar to me can get best of my review.

I am a common man and not a bike geek like who get into the depth of thrust, power etc.. I use my bike for day to day city rides, twice a month for long rides of around 450 KM. My height is around 171 Cm and weight is 70 KG (This is important while you handle 180 kilos of machine).
That’s about me. Lets get straight into review with two categories, Negative and positive.

Like I said I am a layman and I don’t even know that these bykes don’t have middle stand and kick rod to start. After careful reviews, I decided to buy then realised in showroom that these are missing however I went ahead and bought due to super positive reviews. I have to mention them here because
1) Design & Quality of side stand provided is ultra poor. Some times I doubt that byke may collapse. It’s a poor design because even 120 kilos platina has same diameter stand. Quality is poor because it started getting rust immediately after three months.
2) I have received broken battery with new byke. One fine day I tried to start my byke but couldn’t, then immediately called service center. They verified and confirmed that battery is broken. They go on and mentioned that they can’t be responsible for battery and tyres according to their nature. I fought with them that how can my battery is broken after a run of hardly 500 KM. finally they convinced and mentioned that it has to be replaced, which takes a minimum of 21 days. Agan I managed to push them to delivery in five days.
3) I started getting strange chain noise from a week of sale. When I enquired with service center they mentioned that chain lubricant must be applied for each and every 500 KM. I told them I haven’t even rode 200 KM then how come noise is coming. Finally I understood that it’s a design flaw and you must apply chain lubricant for every 150 KM. so before going for a ride of more than 150 km keep a bottle of chain lubricant in your bag.
Above points were till my first service experience. Then during the 3rd month of my ownership, one fine day I found a pool of oil around my byke. I called service center immediately. They again appeared and confirmed that byke’s back shock absorber is damaged and it is a manufacturing defect however I can ride my byke till I get replacement by company which may take another 21 days but BECAREFUL while driving. Limit speed to 50 KMPH. I got replacement after 21 days along with back pain. ? .

There is no hook facility to hang bags and you can’t put one as well. No options for that. So you must carry your helment wherever you go. No shopping if you don’t have back pack.

Another flaw with byke is handling. This is very very important and valid point. Its very hard to handle in normal city traffics and curves. Trust me my i20’s turning radius is far better than Dominar. I would have fallen badly with my kid if I am not extra careful. So be aware. Handling of this beast is disaster trust me.

There is something terribly wrong with gear ration of byke. Even after riding 4000 KM I am not able to understand how they work and byke get stops very often under slow speeds. I found a fuel issue with a speed of 50 KM, accelerator is not working then.

Speed Speed speed. I rode more than 140 KMPH but no vibrations at all. Excellent pickup and great speed. Even at that speed you can feel very confident.
Brakes ( I have ABS version). Byke just stand idle on wheels whenever you want them. Brakes work likes heaven. So you can have best control of the byke at any speed.
Head Light, I don’t see much advantage in it but I feel the difference. When you have better while LED while all other struggling with yellow lamp lights.

Arun kumar
On: Jan 10, 2018 | 5654 Views

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