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    Default Re: Bajaj Dominar 400 Ownership Experience Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by kiran2508 View Post
    New bike takes time for engine to seat in, for initial engine setting in will produce lot of heat and vibrations, ride it normally till 600-800kms, get the 1st service done and see if it still exists. And yes Dominar will be little bit on viby side.
    Still getting used to the high turning radius and weight of the bike. Pretty difficult to push it backwards with feet. Is the rear suspension adjustable to be more comfortable on bad roads?
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    Yes the rear shocker is adjustable, you can either go to the service center or watch a video on youtube and do it yourself, for that you have to buy a C spanner which fits your suspension. It's better to do it yourself as you can experiment with various settings and select one which suits you
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    Still getting used to the high turning radius and weight of the bike. Pretty difficult to push it backwards with feet. Is the rear suspension adjustable to be more comfortable on bad roads?
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    Hello guys,
    Planning to buy a new bike and after a lot of consideration it has come down to two options -

    1. KTM Duke 390
    2. Dominar 400

    I have few questions about both the bikes -

    1. Which bike is more reliable as I ll be probably keeping the bike for at least 5 years?

    2. How is the service experience of both Bajaj and KTM?

    3. How do these motorcycles handle heating?

    4. Should I wait for the BS6 models or go for the current models?

    PS - The bike will be majorly used for touring and some city commute, so reliability will be a big deciding factor.

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    "1. Which bike is more reliable as I ll be probably keeping the bike for at least 5 years?" I believe both are equally reliable (or say not reliable).
    I took 2019 Dominar 400 as Duke 390 has sheer raw power and difficult to handle in Bangalore jam packed roads.

    "2. How is the service experience of both Bajaj and KTM?" I believe KTM does not have separate service centers. Both are serviced by Bajaj only. In Bangalore, Bajaj service centers are crappy. As I stay close by to a Bajaj ASC, I am ok. As I do not leave them until my issues are resolved. Not that I have faced any issue with Dominar.

    "3. How do these motorcycles handle heating?" KTM has heating issues at least in Bangalore traffic. Not to say that Dominar does not, but i believe Dominar may have an edge. Again just my opinion.

    "4. Should I wait for the BS6 models or go for the current models?"
    I would wait If I were you.

    "PS - The bike will be majorly used for touring and some city commute, so reliability will be a big deciding factor."
    For touring I would say, Dominar would have an edge, as it is on heavier side and so would tend to be more stable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DukeNukem7 View Post
    Hello guys,
    Planning to buy a new bike and after a lot of consideration it has come down to two options -

    1. KTM Duke 390
    2. Dominar 400

    I have few questions about both the bikes -

    1. Which bike is more reliable as I ll be probably keeping the bike for at least 5 years?

    2. How is the service experience of both Bajaj and KTM?

    3. How do these motorcycles handle heating?

    4. Should I wait for the BS6 models or go for the current models?

    PS - The bike will be majorly used for touring and some city commute, so reliability will be a big deciding factor.
    If spending extra money ₹1.2L is not a concern and difficult to you then I'd say pick the Duke 390.

    1. Both of them have become are fairly reliable now after both got minor 2019 updates, most electrical and mechanical issues have been resolved compared to first batch of 2017 bikes of both models.

    2. It depends on where you stay and city, not all service centers are built equal, it's upto your luck if you have good or bad service centers around you.

    3. Both heat up fair bit in city traffic, but nothing unbearable to reject these bikes.

    4. If I were you I wouldn't wait if Bs4 vs Bs6 re-sale value is not your concern and not looking for selling it within 3-4 years, with Bs6 you'll have to pay easily ₹10-15K more, definitely both bikes will lose bit of horsepower due to Bs6, will also sound much less quieter. Decide if you want to have latest model or okay with getting previous model at very good discounted price.

    Use this to your advantage and bargain for good discounts of ₹20-30K or free 3yrs insurance during Feb-Mar 2020 time frame, when every dealer will looking be to clear off their Bs4 stocks before 31/Mar/2020 cut off. Remember the Bs3 cut off time you got Activa free or 50K cash discount with CBR250R, Mojo was offered at 40K discount.
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    Thanks for your answer guys!
    Quote Originally Posted by kiran2508 View Post
    If spending extra money ₹1.2L is not a concern and difficult to you then I'd say pick the Duke 390.

    1. Both of them have become are fairly reliable now after both got minor 2019 updates, most electrical and mechanical issues have been resolved compared to first batch of 2017 bikes of both models.

    2. It depends on where you stay and city, not all service centers are built equal, it's upto your luck if you have good or bad service centers around you.

    3. Both heat up fair bit in city traffic, but nothing unbearable to reject these bikes.

    4. If I were you I wouldn't wait if Bs4 vs Bs6 re-sale value is not your concern and not looking for selling it within 3-4 years, with Bs6 you'll have to pay easily ₹10-15K more, definitely both bikes will lose bit of horsepower due to Bs6, will also sound much less quieter. Decide if you want to have latest model or okay with getting previous model at very good discounted price.

    Use this to your advantage and bargain for good discounts of ₹20-30K or free 3yrs insurance during Feb-Mar 2020 time frame, when every dealer will looking be to clear off their Bs4 stocks before 31/Mar/2020 cut off. Remember the Bs3 cut off time you got Activa free or 50K cash discount with CBR250R, Mojo was offered at 40K discount.
    Well in Delhi, the difference between both the bikes is around 70k which is fine by me.

    I really love the Duke 390 but my real concern with it, is its mechanical issues. A lot of people seem to have problems with the engine (engine oil mixing with coolant, engine oil burning etc.) in mere 25k KMS which leads to getting the engine rebuild. A lot of electrical issues seems to have been sorted in the 2019 model but I m still not sure about the mechanical issues.

    On the other hand, Dominar seems to be more reliable on the mechanical front as I haven't seen many people complaining about the engine breaking down but it is not that fun to ride and is not as feature packed as the D390 (no offense intended ) hence causing the confusion.

    As I have already stated, I ll be using the bike mainly for touring purpose (planning to clock at least 30k KMS in a year), what do you guys suggest and also are there any other bikes I should consider in this budget (3.5 Lacs)??

    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Bajaj Dominar 400 Ownership Experience Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by DukeNukem7 View Post
    On the other hand, Dominar seems to be more reliable on the mechanical front as I haven't seen many people complaining about the engine breaking down but it is not that fun to ride and is not as feature packed as the D390 (no offense intended ) hence causing the confusion.
    The answer to your question lies in your post itself about why you don't see many Dominar owners complaining about breaking down engine.

    You don't see many Dominar riders who will be hooning the bike gunning the throttle upto 9.5K rpm hitting the revv limiter or doing sudden burst of acceleration or doing rev matching downshifts aggressively from 6th gear to 2nd gear, most of them will be either doing calming cursing speeds and/or riding fast but in a much more smoother manner.

    Where as the the Duke 390 has aggressive power delivery that you'll be doing still looking to shift up even in 6th gear, do ride the Dominar like the Duke 390 like doing all of the above things, and trust me you'll then hear stories of even Dominar engine breaking down.

    P.S. I'm not trying to disrespect the riding style of any of the Dominar owners
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    Quote Originally Posted by DukeNukem7 View Post
    Thanks for your answer guys!Well in Delhi, the difference between both the bikes is around 70k which is fine by me.

    I really love the Duke 390 but my real concern with it, is its mechanical issues. A lot of people seem to have problems with the engine (engine oil mixing with coolant, engine oil burning etc.) in mere 25k KMS which leads to getting the engine rebuild. A lot of electrical issues seems to have been sorted in the 2019 model but I m still not sure about the mechanical issues.

    On the other hand, Dominar seems to be more reliable on the mechanical front as I haven't seen many people complaining about the engine breaking down but it is not that fun to ride and is not as feature packed as the D390 (no offense intended ) hence causing the confusion.

    As I have already stated, I ll be using the bike mainly for touring purpose (planning to clock at least 30k KMS in a year), what do you guys suggest and also are there any other bikes I should consider in this budget (3.5 Lacs)??

    Thanks in advance!
    As @kiran2508 said, your answer lies right in your question. If you're a sedate rider, wanting to go the occasional triple digit and don't care about absolute torque, Dominar should be your pick.
    But if you're gunning for torque and acceleration numbers (which I assume is your meaning of "fun") Duke 390 should be your go-to. If you'd describe your riding style as Hooliganism, look nowhere else than the Duke. Still, I want to put it out there that Dominar would not really feel too far off from D390 if you're upgrading from a 125/150cc bike. In a Dominar, you'd get the advantage of midrange pull and and slightly longer gearing and comfortable city riding (both ergonomically and mechanically) at the cost of acceleration. Both have similar suspension and braking setups, similar engines but a different engine tune. On the technology front, D390 gets ride by wire and TFT console, if that makes any difference.

    For your budget, I'd also give Interceptor 650 a thought. Twin Cylinder, more powerful than either of these bikes, needs a good seat replacement to be comfortable, but has huge touring potential. Installing saddlestays and panniers on Dom and RC/Duke just looks like an afterthought, it spoils the look of the bike. Whereas on the interceptor, they feel right at home. There is no compromise on technology like the rest of the RE's too.

    Take each for a test drive. Get a feel for each of them, choose for yourself. I'd not want a stranger on the Internet making my choice for me. Don't pull the trigger without taking a test drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiran2508 View Post
    The answer to your question lies in your post itself about why you don't see many Dominar owners complaining about breaking down engine.

    You don't see many Dominar riders who will be hooning the bike gunning the throttle upto 9.5K rpm hitting the revv limiter or doing sudden burst of acceleration or doing rev matching downshifts aggressively from 6th gear to 2nd gear, most of them will be either doing calming cursing speeds and/or riding fast but in a much more smoother manner.

    Where as the the Duke 390 has aggressive power delivery that you'll be doing still looking to shift up even in 6th gear, do ride the Dominar like the Duke 390 like doing all of the above things, and trust me you'll then hear stories of even Dominar engine breaking down.

    P.S. I'm not trying to disrespect the riding style of any of the Dominar owners
    True that, but I also have a friend who owns a 2018 D390 and rides it very calmly, has mostly used his bike for long tours and clocked 25k KMS. Recently his bike started showing warnings of low engine oil pressure and started shutting down abruptly. After inspection with the service center he learned that the bike has started to burn engine oil and will have to get his engine opened for further process. Also talking to a lot of KTM riders everyone suggests that reliability is a hit or miss and widely depends on luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DukeNukem7 View Post
    KTM riders everyone suggests that reliability is a hit or miss and widely depends on luck.
    The way I see it, for the kind of performance KTM RC/D390 or Dominar offers and for the price there is nothing under 7-8L that even comes close the performance offered by the KTM RC/D390 and its derived bikes like Dominar, the way one needs to hold on to the bike post 7k rpm is something a experience that I did not even get on the Kawasaki 650cc twin cylinder bikes which costs 6L+, probably the closest and cheapest is the Z800/900 that matches the pulling force the Duke 390 bikes, even the CBR650F feels tamer and controllable.

    So that way say even if the engine only last 25-30K kms worst possible case and a full brand new engine rebuild with everything brand new parts maximum costs 30-40K. I'd say thats dirt cheap price for the fun and performance its has offered for the last 25-30K kms, which overall converts to ₹1K spent for every 1000kms you had fun on it, say even if you do 2 engine rebuilds the bike will be still VFM.
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