Bajaj Dominar 250: an effortless commuter


Listen, be taught, enhance — this appears to be the mantra that Bajaj swears by and the outcomes are there to point out. Take the brand new Dominar 400, as an illustration. Anyone who has ridden it should vouch for the truth that it’s a vastly superior motorbike and after engaged on suggestions, Bajaj has used the identical platform to spawn a 250cc model. Has the drop in cubic capability diluted the Bajaj Dominar expertise?

Design

The Dominar 400 bears one of the crucial distinctive designs within the Indian market: a effective steadiness between type and performance. The Dominar 250 continues in the identical vein. It shares the good LED headlamp, 13-litre gas tank, double-barrel exhaust, seats, and physique panels with its sibling. But when the eye shifts in the direction of the comparatively skinny 130-section rear tyre, the sense of proportion is misplaced, giving the bike a barely under-tyred look. While Bajaj might’ve merely used the D400’s fatter, 150-section rear tyre, it will have had a bearing on gas effectivity and efficiency. This visible niggle apart, the Dominar 250 seems each bit a good-looking machine.

Bajaj Dominar 250 specs

  • Engine 248.77cc, single cylinder, fuel-injected
  • Power 27hp at 8500rpm
  • Torque 23.5Nm at 6500rpm
  • Gearbox 6-speed
  • Weight (kg) 180kg
  • Wheel base (mm) 1453mm
  • Ground Clearance (mm) 157mm
  • Fuel Tank capability (lts) 13 litres
  • Front Brake 300mm Disc
  • Rear Brake 230mm Disc
  • Front Suspension USD fork
  • Rear Suspension Monoshock

Fit and end are on par with the larger Dominar with fantastically crafted mirrors that add to the sense of premiumness. One space the place Bajaj saved on some value was through the use of the unique Dominar’s break up digital instrument console. It is a little bit of a downer because the D250’s cluster lacks primary info akin to gear place indicator not to mention bits like common gas consumption, common velocity and distance-to-empty readouts, which might have been helpful on a bike projected as one to go touring on.

Performance

The Dominar 250’s engine relies on the KTM 250 Duke’s motor, however the head, with its dual-spark plugs, is Bajaj’s very personal design. Since the engine has a decrease compression ratio — 11:9 versus the KTM’s 12:5 — it produces barely much less energy and torque than the Austrian motor. But the D250 isn’t any slouch, and is a surprisingly good performer regardless of its 180kg kerb weight.

Off the road, the shorter first and second gears assist acceleration and the D250 is fast to cross 60kph in 3.82sec, making it adept at gunning previous metropolis visitors. What contributes to the D250 being metropolis motorbike is an extremely mild clutch and the tractable nature of its engine. But the true essence of a Dominar is its mile-munching talents and the D250 is as much as the duty. The engine has enough energy throughout the vary and the taller fifth and sixth gears assist you to cruise comfortably at 100-120kph between 6,000-7,000rpm. The solely detrimental is that you’ll have to downshift to fifth to execute speedy overtakes. Good factor then that the twin-barrel exhaust sounds throaty and loud beneath exhausting acceleration.

Ride and dealing with

This is one other space the place Bajaj has hit the nail proper on its head. Though the D250 has a narrower, 37mm entrance fork, the softer spring charges and the gas-charged monoshock provide a luxurious trip over unhealthy roads; the D250 merely glides over potholes.

What additionally impresses is the steadiness that has been achieved between trip and dealing with. Despite the smooth setup, the D250 just isn’t affected by mid-corner bumps and stays true to an meant line. In truth, the D250’s new swingarm, although thinner than the D400’s, affords good really feel about what the rear tyre is as much as. In addition, the lengthy wheelbase (equivalent to the D400) interprets to a planted really feel at excessive speeds and even mid-corner. As far as braking is anxious, the 300mm disc and Bybre calipers provide enough efficiency to haul the motorbike to a cease fairly effectively, however the really feel is wood. You might want to give the lever a tough pull for optimum braking.

Verdict

The Bajaj Dominar 250 delivers on what it guarantees, and it does so with out feeling like a compromise. Not solely is it an effortless commuter but in addition a fast touring machine, and at ₹1.60 lakh (ex-showroom) it undercuts each rival within the 250cc phase, apart from the FZ25. This makes it worth proposition, which is the Dominar’s largest trump card.

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