The Dominar brand was launched in 2016 with the Dominar 400. The bike was best known for its value for money proposition and touring capabilities. Priced at 1.63 lakh ex-showroom as it launched, it was a complete steal. But yet it had some issues and a tough competition against Royal Enfield which was easily accepted as the go to tourer, not to mention the RE Himalayan was just launched. It couldn't take away the title and the bike was soon forgotten. Yet some buyers had faith and showed what the bike was capable of. Bajaj was determined to show that the Dominar was built for more and they took up to improving it. In 2019, Bajaj reworked the Dominar and soon stole the RE's sales. It produced more power, it had fat upside down forks, and the sweet roaring twin-exhaust which also aided the mileage. But all this had a hefty price to pay, 30 thousand to be exact. This resulted in the bike being priced above 2 lakh on road. It was still the most value for money bike in its segment but the segment had moved up. Additionally, the bike with the increased power wasn't Environment-Friendly or City Friendly.
This made a huge price gap between the Dominar 400 and the Pulsar RS200. The gap had to be filled. This gave birth to the Dominar 250. A 250cc bike sharing the same tuned KTM 250 motor with Bajaj's triple spark technology. . It produces 27 bhp and 23.5 nm of torque. This makes the bike very city-friendly and can be easily ridden in stop and go traffic. It can easily be seen as a Dominar 400 sibling as it shares its character.
Other than the BS6 compliant Motor, the 250 gets smaller 37mm forks opposed to 43mm on the 400. It has a smaller front disk but is still adequate for the bike. It is also 4kgs lighter which doesn't seem a lot and is quite disappointing. All other dimensions and tank capacity remains the same. The 250 also gets Dual Channel ABS as standard and the split-instrument console but misses out on a gear position indicator.
Speaking of design. it can be easily seen 400 as they look identical. But there are a couple of giveaways which can be prominently seen once noticed. It has the same muscular front with the same powerful all LED Head lamp and tail lamp, the twin port exhaust and comfy split seat. The differences start when you pay extra attention to the rear section with slimmer tyres and that box-type swingarm. It also has skinnier front forks and noticeable single tone rims as compared to dual tone on the 400.
Concluding, this bikes comes at 1.63 lakh ex-shoowroom which fills the gap and makes it a very value for money bike. It comes in Canyon Red and a common Vine Black. Its direct competitors are the KTM Duke 250, the all new Husqvarna Vitpilen 250, Svartpilen 250 and the Yamaha Fz25. It offers a great package for riders who want to commute daily and tour occasionally.
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