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the dominar d400 is a big bike that s small on price

The Dominar D400 is a big bike that's small on price

Looks like Modenas and Bajaj wants to flood the highways and byways with this bike

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Christopher Ng

19 Apr 2018

Think what you like but the Modenas Dominar D400 is really a decent big bike that should be priced higher but isn’t. The price tag reads RM13,788 (before GST) but even after you’ve forked out cash for taxes and insurance, you still can have the D400 for under RM20,000.

Although one can say the D400 is cheap, the bike comes loaded and its performance proved with the completion of the Trans-Siberian Odyssey that covers 15,000km of motorable roads, six countries from Uzbekistan to Russia in 53 days without a single breakdown. This journey must have given the telescopic front fork and mono-shock rears a good workout.

Power comes from a 373cc, four-valve engine that features digital triple spark ignition that produces 35hp and 35Nm of torque. Paired with a six-speed transmission with a slipper clutch, the D400 completes the century sprint in 8.23 seconds and up to a top speed of 148kph. Stopping responsibility is shouldered by ByBre, complete with ABS, to return the bike to a standstill from 100kph in 46.19 metres.

Mechanicals aside, the Dominar D400 does have some nifty features for a bike at this price. It comes with auto-on LED headlamps and LCD meter-display, which is something that the rider will appreciate when the sun goes down.

This is Modenas’ first foray into the big bike world and its success solely depends on flooding the market with the D400. Already, with the Pulsar NS200 and RS200, and the V15, Modenas have managed to have a healthy slice of the market. Let’s see Dominar D400 pushes that number even higher.