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    This post is more of an information sharing than a question. I’m posting this in “WHAT BIKE” section so that it may be useful for fellow riders searching for a new bike especially for people who are in dilemma to choose between Dominar & Himalayan. If Mods think otherwise, please move this to appropriate section. Thanks.

    Intro:

    I bought my first bike “TVS Apache 180” way back in 2013, so it’s been 6 years now and clocked 40,000 KMs and it ran without any major issues for most part of the time since I used to get the bike serviced regularly (to make sure 4 years extended warranty is not void 😝 ). Lately I have been experienced few issues though, like shorting of starter motor and bizarre sound from silencer.

    For long (almost 2 years) I had been planning to buy a new bike. I used to love fully faired bikes like CBR 250R. And yes that is past, since I’m married (happily though 😊) now I need to take into consideration my pillion aspect too. As we know fully faired bikes don’t give great seating comfort to the pillion, so they are out of my list. Also I love travelling, so I need to consider touring capabilities of the bike too.


    Basic requirements/considerations:

    • Budget : Around 2L
    • Intended usage: Office commutes & occasional touring with pillion.
    • Fuel Efficiency requirement (approx., if any) : Not a concern since looking for higher CC bikes
    • Approximate Daily / Monthly running: Weekdays - 25KMs (to & fro) daily.
    • City / Town /Village of residence (so we can evaluate road conditions / traffic / terrain / altitude / OTR pricing): Hyderabad


    Physique:

    • Height: 168cm (5.5)
    • Weight: Hovering around 70 😊


    So taking these into consideration I shortlisted Dominar & Himalayan. I took inputs from the fellow riders here in this forum and decided to go for a test ride on both these bikes.

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    Dominar test drive:

    The nearest dealer to me who sells Dominar is Varun Bajaj, Kondapur. I felt that the sales people over there are either lazy or not interested in selling Bajaj’s premium offer. Rather they are more inclined towards people who comes for Pulsars & Avengers. No surprise as they get more revenue on them due to their higher sales. Nevertheless they should at least attend to prospective Dominar buyers with courtesy.
    After requesting the test drive, they kept waiting for 15-20 minutes. They finally attended and handed me 2019 UG Dominar. Had 3-4 Km test drive along with my wife. The bike felt rock solid, and enjoyed the short ride. That exhaust note when revving is awesome, and it’s an eye catcher on roads.


    Himalayan test drive:

    Visited RE showroom at Kukatpally. Wow, the showroom experience is way different than that of Bajaj. It really felt that I’m in some kind of motor club with beautiful ambience along with the bikes & accessories in display. Salespersons where quite responsive, but unfortunately they said they don’t have test drive for Himalayan and asked me to come another day. Returned home with disappointment. Next week I called them and visited the showroom again. They handed over the keys of Himalayan. Went on 5-7 KMs spin. The bike seating felt like I’m in commanding position. The bike looks pretty tall, but didn’t feel any difference in the seat height. The acceleration is not as aggressive as Dominar, but the ride is good when reaching speeds of 50-60kmph. Also revved the bike, but man, felt lot of vibrations on the handle bar, a typical RE bikes characteristics. My wife said she is more comfortable on Himalayan because of the backrest. I also felt the Himalayan’s seat has softer cushion when compared to Dominar.


    Having to choose between Dominar & Himalayan:

    Having had the test drives of both the shortlisted bikes, we didn’t have the real winner. Since we drove for a short distance, we two couldn’t figure out the pros & cons of both the bikes. So decided to go for long drives on both bikes.


    Long test drive on Dominar:

    Dominar is easily found on couple of bike rental sites, but they are 2017 models. After comparing tariffs I finally narrowed down to Drivezy.
    Booked Dominar for 12 hrs on drivezy (I will give my review on this rental service in a separate post). The booking amount is Rs.242 for 12 hrs with fuel included (they will reimburse fuel bills after deducting per km charges).
    After checking few locations around Hyderabad we fixed on “Singur Dam” which is 90Kms approx from city centre. It involves 25Kms of city ride, 45Kms of highway (Hyderanad-Mumbai NH65) ride and 20Kms of single lane road towards the dam.
    I documented this long test drive as a travelogue, the link of which is given below:

    https://www.xbhp.com/talkies/tourer/...long-ride.html


    First impressions of the bike:

    As I’m 168cm (5.5), I’m always sceptical about the bike’s weight and seat height. But upon sitting on the bike I’m surprised to see that both of my foot are almost planted on the ground and this made me very happy & confident.


    Pros & Cons of Dominar that I found during the long test ride:

    Pros:

    • Seat height is manageable for an average height like me.
    • Good pickup
    • Comfortable rider seat, and pillion is ok


    Cons:

    • Turning radius: Take longer path during “U” turns in city.
    • Weight: Isn’t much a problem as similar bikes in RE’s stable are much heavier. Said that, you need to keep more effort when taking out of parking. But the weight vanishes once you starts riding.


    Vibrations:
    Yes it isn’t as smooth as Yamaha and at the same time doesn’t vibrate as much as the Himalayan. So comparatively Dominar is much smoother than Himalayan.


    Long test drive on Himalayan:

    I had searched for two weeks for renting Himalayan, but couldn’t find anywhere. So I reached out to the sales manager in RE showroom that I visited earlier and told him my concern. He reacted positively and said he can arrange it on a weekend for a complete day and shared his number to remind him next week. I messaged him the next week but didn’t get any reply for next 4-5 days, so messaged him again and waited for a week for his response and realised that it is of no use.
    So upon searching for a rental Himalayan for almost a month now, I gave up.

    The Conclusion:

    So finally me and wife decided to go for Dominar (Well I bribed my wife for her vote 😝. I promised her that I would be getting a backrest fixed on Dominar for which she happily agreed.)


    The booking, purchase and delivery:

    Coming soon…

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    Re: Dominar Vs Himalayan

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    • #3
      Re: Dominar Vs Himalayan

      Congrats on choosing your new ride.
      For seat comfort, you can get gel/air seat for both rider and pillion. This will ensure better butt comfort during the long hauls.
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      • #4
        Re: Dominar Vs Himalayan

        Originally posted by hellgate View Post
        Congrats on choosing your new ride.
        Thank you :-)
        Last edited by Swadeshi; 01-06-2020, 01:31 PM.

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          Re: Dominar Vs Himalayan

          The booking, purchase and delivery:


          So since the bike is finalized I had to choose the dealer where I have to buy the bike. I stay in Hyderabad, the nearest Bajaj dealer where Dominar is available is Varun Bajaj, Kondapur. I already had test driven a 2019 UG Bajaj Dominar which I had mentioned in my earlier post.


          So when I decided to book a Dominar, to my shock the Bajaj had increased Ex.Show room price by about 10k , making the price 1.9 lakhs Ex.Showroom.

          I hated myself for delaying the booking. 10 days before Dussehra festival in the “Bajaj Dominar 400 Ownership Experience Thread” someone shared info that Bajaj is giving festival discounts upto Rs.6,000 and two extra free services. Wow, what a marketing gimmick by Bajaj, hiking the price and then giving offers in the name of festival discounts.

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          Better late than never, I visited the showroom and booked the bike(Savana green) by paying an advance amount of Rs. 5,000. They informed me that it will take 7-10 days for the bike to arrive.



          Dealer experience:


          Originally posted by Swadeshi View Post

          Dominar test drive:
          The nearest dealer to me who sells Dominar is Varun Bajaj, Kondapur. I felt that the sales people over there are either lazy or not interested in selling Bajaj’s premium offer. Rather they are more inclined towards people who comes for Pulsars & Avengers. No surprise as they get more revenue on them due to their higher sales. Nevertheless they should at least attend to prospective Dominar buyers with courtesy.


          The felt the same bad experience during purchasing & taking delivery of bike from Varun Bajaj that I had earlier while taking a test drive(Please see quote above).



          The sales manager is Mr. Pavan Kumar. I have seen the same kind of negligence/ arrogant attitude in him that I saw in sales executive over there. He doesn’t give a damn about customer especially who are looking to purchase Dominar. But I had to stick to Varun Bajaj as there is no other dealer near me which supplies Dominar.


          After 7 days of booking they never called me, so I rang them, they said that the bike is ready. They never at least bothered to inform the customer about this. I told them that I would come on weekend and will make final payment only after I’m done with PDI check.



          When they had given me the final quotation for the payment, I carefully examined it to look for any hidden charges. I found that they had added Rs.800 in excess, when asked they said its commission for the broker. This amount they added without my consent since I had never asked for any broker. They deducted that amount after I told them again that I don’t need any brokers help for registration.



          Amount
          Ex.Showroom Price
          184003
          RTO TAX
          16570
          5 Yrs Comprehensive Insurance
          26671
          TR+PR Charges
          1900
          Accessories + Handling
          1580
          Total
          230724

          Now that the final amount is quoted, I went for PDI check.


          Originally posted by sanjeet286 View Post
          This is why I used when picking up my 2018 version. Please change it for the 2019 one :-) [ATTACH]251142[/ATTACH]
          Thanks to fellow-XBhpian Sanjeet for sharing the PDI check list. I took almost 15-20 mins for carefully examining all points in the checklist.

          So here comes the Mean Machine :
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          Odo reading :

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          I’m very happy to see that the ODO on the bike is just 2Km. So after I felt satisfied with the PDI check, I had given a green signal to make the bike ready for delivery.


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          I went ahead and made the final payment.



          Delivery experience:


          This is worse. I’m taking delivery of 2+lakh bike, and the way they handed over my bike is disgusting.

          The bike is kept outside showroom, some technician came and explained about warranty and other stuff, handed over the keys and left. The sales man is nowhere found, not even a pic is taken . I had far better experience when taking delivery of TVS Ntorq last year.

          When I went inside the showroom to collect the receipts, it started raining. When I came outside, the bike is drenched in rain and no one is bothered to move it inside the shade .





          After a week I went to the showroom to collect the documentation. When I’m going through them I noticed that there is a difference of almost Rs.700 between the amount paid and bills received. I paid them Rs.700 in excess. I went directly to sales manager Mr.Pavan and told him, he has given an expression like “what the hell should I do”. After confronting him before other customers in the showroom, he finally agreed to refund the amount in 7-10 days. After almost 3-4 weeks of follow up, they finally credited the amount.



          This is hell of an experience with Varun Bajaj.

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          Thanks for reading

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          • #6
            Re: Dominar Vs Himalayan

            Originally posted by Swadeshi View Post
            The booking, purchase and delivery:



            Thanks for reading

            Very good write up

            Sad that you had to go through awful experience with Bajaj, hope they will improve during services and support.
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              Re: Dominar Vs Himalayan

              Try writing a complaint to Bajaj Customer Care. It should teach them lesson.
              Originally posted by Swadeshi View Post
              The booking, purchase and delivery:


              So since the bike is finalized I had to choose the dealer where I have to buy the bike. I stay in Hyderabad, the nearest Bajaj dealer where Dominar is available is Varun Bajaj, Kondapur. I already had test driven a 2019 UG Bajaj Dominar which I had mentioned in my earlier post.


              So when I decided to book a Dominar, to my shock the Bajaj had increased Ex.Show room price by about 10k , making the price 1.9 lakhs Ex.Showroom.

              I hated myself for delaying the booking. 10 days before Dussehra festival in the “Bajaj Dominar 400 Ownership Experience Thread” someone shared info that Bajaj is giving festival discounts upto Rs.6,000 and two extra free services. Wow, what a marketing gimmick by Bajaj, hiking the price and then giving offers in the name of festival discounts.

              [ATTACH]252465[/ATTACH]


              Better late than never, I visited the showroom and booked the bike(Savana green) by paying an advance amount of Rs. 5,000. They informed me that it will take 7-10 days for the bike to arrive.



              Dealer experience:




              The felt the same bad experience during purchasing & taking delivery of bike from Varun Bajaj that I had earlier while taking a test drive(Please see quote above).



              The sales manager is Mr. Pavan Kumar. I have seen the same kind of negligence/ arrogant attitude in him that I saw in sales executive over there. He doesn’t give a damn about customer especially who are looking to purchase Dominar. But I had to stick to Varun Bajaj as there is no other dealer near me which supplies Dominar.


              After 7 days of booking they never called me, so I rang them, they said that the bike is ready. They never at least bothered to inform the customer about this. I told them that I would come on weekend and will make final payment only after I’m done with PDI check.



              When they had given me the final quotation for the payment, I carefully examined it to look for any hidden charges. I found that they had added Rs.800 in excess, when asked they said its commission for the broker. This amount they added without my consent since I had never asked for any broker. They deducted that amount after I told them again that I don’t need any brokers help for registration.



              Amount
              Ex.Showroom Price
              184003
              RTO TAX
              16570
              5 Yrs Comprehensive Insurance
              26671
              TR+PR Charges
              1900
              Accessories + Handling
              1580
              Total
              230724

              Now that the final amount is quoted, I went for PDI check.




              Thanks to fellow-XBhpian Sanjeet for sharing the PDI check list. I took almost 15-20 mins for carefully examining all points in the checklist.

              So here comes the Mean Machine :
              [ATTACH]252459[/ATTACH]
              [ATTACH]252460[/ATTACH]


              Odo reading :

              [ATTACH]252461[/ATTACH]


              I’m very happy to see that the ODO on the bike is just 2Km. So after I felt satisfied with the PDI check, I had given a green signal to make the bike ready for delivery.


              [ATTACH]252462[/ATTACH]


              I went ahead and made the final payment.



              Delivery experience:


              This is worse. I’m taking delivery of 2+lakh bike, and the way they handed over my bike is disgusting.

              The bike is kept outside showroom, some technician came and explained about warranty and other stuff, handed over the keys and left. The sales man is nowhere found, not even a pic is taken . I had far better experience when taking delivery of TVS Ntorq last year.

              When I went inside the showroom to collect the receipts, it started raining. When I came outside, the bike is drenched in rain and no one is bothered to move it inside the shade .





              After a week I went to the showroom to collect the documentation. When I’m going through them I noticed that there is a difference of almost Rs.700 between the amount paid and bills received. I paid them Rs.700 in excess. I went directly to sales manager Mr.Pavan and told him, he has given an expression like “what the hell should I do”. After confronting him before other customers in the showroom, he finally agreed to refund the amount in 7-10 days. After almost 3-4 weeks of follow up, they finally credited the amount.



              This is hell of an experience with Varun Bajaj.

              Before sign off here are final pics:
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              [ATTACH]252464[/ATTACH]

              Thanks for reading

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              • #8
                Re: Dominar Vs Himalayan

                Originally posted by vivek_k_p View Post
                Very good write up

                Sad that you had to go through awful experience with Bajaj, hope they will improve during services and support.

                Thanks Vivek. I too hope that I won't face any issues in the future for the service & support.

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                Originally posted by samvijay05 View Post
                Try writing a complaint to Bajaj Customer Care. It should teach them lesson.
                That won't change anything bro. We should just hope at least the post sale service is good.

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