The co-existence of the 250 CC Dominar with its 400 CC sibling is a winning move from Bajaj Auto.
The Dominar range is a flagship offering from Bajaj Auto. The 400 CC bike is meant for hardcore sport + commuter bike enthusiasts. The 250 CC Dominar is meant for those who want to leave their 125 or 150 CC bike and upgrade.
In a nutshell, the D250 entails a manageable power + torque delivery graph and an aggressive price tag!
More interesting aspects about the bike are as follows –
Despite being a flagship bike, the Dominar 250 retails at an aggressive price of Rs. 2, 08,619*.
(Please note that the price is ex-showroom and is according to the latest Bajaj bike price list.)
Unlike other rivalling 250 CC bikes available in India, Bajaj kept the price of the bike affordable. But that doesn’t mean that the bike misses out on premium electromechanical fitments. Read on to learn more.
The Overall Looks
The overall looks of the Dominar 250 please the crowd wherever the bike goes!
The reason is simple – the D400 and the D250 share the same dimensions, body panels and cycle parts. The one apparent aspect that differentiates the D250 from its sibling the D400 is the former’s tantalizing red colour.
Another subtle differentiating factor in the D250 is its slim tyres. It also has a thinner front USD fork suspension and a smaller diameter front disc unit.
The Overall Package
The bike is powered by a brand new engine with a displacement of 250 CC (248.7 CC to be exact). It is a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, BS6-compliant engine. It is equipped with a direct overhead camshaft that controls four valves. The engineers at Bajaj also equipped the engine with twin spark plugs to increase its fuel efficiency and performance.
Full disclosure, the engine is not developed in-house by Bajaj as it is borrowed from the KTM Duke 250. However, the refinements mentioned above are done in-house by Bajaj Auto.
The engine has a peak power mapping set for 27bhp. The peak torque mapping for the engine is set for 23Nm which unlocks at 6,500 RPM.
The heavily revised engine is mated to a six-speed transmission which works in tandem with a slipper clutch. The addition of a slipper clutch could be considered a passive safety feature. A slipper clutch allows a rider to aggressively downshift at high speeds, without locking up the rear wheel.
The bike is built around a heavily revised perimeter frame. It has 37mm upside-down front forks. The rear suspension is a preload adjustable monoshock.
The front tire is a 100-section MRF unit. The rear tire is a 130-section MRF unit. The front and rear wheels are paired with single rotors. The bike comes paired with dual channel ABS as standard OEM fitment.
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Features, the bike gets –
- Full LED lighting setup(headlamp + turn indicators + tail lamp)
- Digital instrument cluster that displays ride-related information such as current speed, tachometer clock and twin trip meters.
- The fuel tank is decked out with telltale lights.
The Ride it offers
The bike has a mean road presence. But when one gets on the saddle and twists the throttle, the mean machine is pretty easy to ride!
The throttle is light to twist. The clutch pull action is medium-light. The riding stance of the bike is comfortable. The handlebar of the bike is positioned at a height and distance that is easy to reach.
The footpegs on the bike are slightly rear set. The saddle has a height of 800mm. This means that short riders can firmly plant their feet on the ground at stationary positions. The seats are contoured, well padded and spacious. The fuel tank and the heel plates are designed to allow the rider to easily hook onto the bike.
The engine delivers the power and torque without lag. Riders can conquer corners with confidence although the D250 is a long and heavy bike.
The Dominar 250 cc is a great bike to own. It looks amazing. It is affordably priced. Its ownership costs are pretty low for a 250 cc bike. The best part – is it performs well on daily commutes and weekend trips! For more details, the reader should take a test ride.