Bajaj Dominar 400 Vs KTM 390 Duke

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The Indian two-wheeler market is eagerly waiting for the Dominar 400 – the most powerful bike that the homegrown two-wheeler maker, Bajaj has ever produced. The new upcoming Bajaj Dominar 400 debuted first in India as the Pulsar CS400 concept model at the 2014 Auto Expo. However, later Bajaj thought of launching this new powerful flagship model as an entirely new brand and not as a part of it’s highly popular Pulsar family, although it is based on the Pulsar RS200’s platform.  After a lot of speculations regarding a few expected names for the brand new motorcycle, Bajaj Auto has finally announced that it has christened it as the Dominar 400 and it is going to launch very soon in the domestic Indian market. Bajaj has an aggressive launch strategy for its home market which includes several new upcoming high performance motorcycle models, and the Dominar 400 is the first to come among these. Post its market launch, the Dominar 400 will be fighting with many competitors, among which one of the toughest rivals will be the KTM Duke 390.
It is interesting to note that the Bajaj Dominar 400 and the KTM Duke 390 are cousins and both are being produced at Bajaj’s manufacturing plant in Chakan, close to Pune. As the KTM 390 Duke is a highly popular model known for its power packed performance, one wonders how the new Bajaj Dominar 400 will fair against it in India.  

Let us consider the capabilities of these two macho motorcycle models by comparing them side by side, in order to know which, one will win over the Indian biking aficionados better:

Bajaj Dominar 400 Vs KTM Duke 390 - Comparison

The KTM Duke 390 packs in a 373 cc single cylinder liquid cooled mill with direct fuel injection technology. The engine has the capability to churn out a max power figure of 43 bhp at 9,000 rpm and peak torque of 35 Nm at 7,000 rpm. The bike gets equipped with a 6 speed transmission gearbox to offer smooth handling and ride quality. The handling and agility of the motorcycle is enhanced by its weight of 139 kg with an empty fuel tank. The Duke 390 is a brilliant machine on two wheels that offers equal performance on both city roads and highways, owing to its great power to weight ratio.

The new Bajaj Dominar 400 will be coming powered by the same engine that that of its cousin the KTM Duke 390, but it the mill will be tweaked in order to offer better fuel efficiency. This engine will also be endowed with triple spark technology from Bajaj. The engine after the retuning is expected to offer lesser power of around 35 bhp. The transmission duty will be handled by the same 6 speed transmission as the Duke 390.

Top Speed
The KTM Duke 390 can sprint from standstill to a speed level of 100 km per hour in only 5.5 seconds and offers an impressive top speed of 160 km per hour. While speculations say that the Bajaj Dominar 400 would be faster with a top speed of 175 km per hour, in reality it is thought to offer a top speed that is equal or even lesser than the Duke 390, in a range of around 155-160 km per hour.

Fuel Efficiency
The Duke 390 is known for its incredible performance and power, but it still manages to offer a good mileage of around 25 to 28 km per liter. On the other hand, the Dominar 400 is tweaked to offer higher fuel efficiency as already mentioned and it is likely to deliver around 30 to 35 km per liter.

Design & Features
When looks are concerned, the Duke 390’s design language is pretty much similar to what the Duke 200 flaunts. So much so, that on the road these two siblings are quite difficult to tell apart. However, the Duke 390 comes with its own slightly different features including a bit larger tank, slightly lower seating position and different body paint and decals. This motorcycle also looks beefier and tougher than its smaller sibling. The Duke 390 has a menacing look with black lines running from its rear brakes, while an added sportiness if offered by the contrast orange colored trellis as well as orange wheels. The bike offers premium features such as Metzelers and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) as standard fitments.
On the other hand, the upcoming Dominar 400 flaunts a design that looks like the toned down styling of the Ducati Diavel. This premium cruiser bike also shares some design cues with the 200NS, while coming with a bit larger proportions. The motorcycle looks impressively intimidating while keeping the design quite simple and straightforward in order to offer a no-nonsense look. The bike flaunts a large LED headlamp and nicely styled front cowl and a visor with a sweptback designed. This motorcycle features a split instrument cluster, gear shift indicator with a white backlight and an LCD display on its fuel tank. The Dominar 400 also comes packed with a stepped saddle seat, a patent twin slash LED tail lights from the Pulsar family and stylish large black alloy wheels.

The KTM Duke 390 is bit costlier model as compared to its upcoming cousin cum market rival, which is expected to come with very competitive pricing. The Duke 390 sole standard version that comes with ABS is tagged at Rs. 1.95 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi). 

On the other hand, the soon to launch Bajaj Dominar 400 is expected to be available in two versions – a non-ABS and an ABS version. While the standard variant of the Dominar without ABS is likely to be priced at around Rs. 1.60 lakh, the ABS version is expected to be tagged around at Rs. 1.75 lakhs. 

The Duke and the Dominar although market rivals, are actually targeted at different customer groups. The KTM 390 Duke aims those looking for power packed performance, while the Bajaj Dominar 400 Cruiser Sports bike will be targeting those looking for powerful long distance cruising capabilities. Nevertheless, both these bikes are superior machines.

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