Bajaj Dominar edges Yamaha FZ to win prestigious award!

  • Dominar beats the Honda Cliq and the Yamaha FZ 250. 
  • Dominar also won two other important awards, edging out Benelli and other brands.
  • Watch our first impression video at the bottom of this post.

The 373cc Bajaj Dominar recently bagged one of India’s most prestigious awards for two-wheelers, the NDTV Two Wheeler of the Year 2018 trophy.

In doing so, the Dominar trumped the Honda Cliq, and more importantly, beat the coveted Yamaha FZ 25. But, this is not the first time Bajaj has won the iconic award – in 2016 the company won the award with the Pulsar RS 200, in 2013 it won with the Pulsar NS 200 and in 2008, Bajaj won the award with the Pulsar 220 DTSFi.

The Dominar won the award by a huge margin, garnering 330 points out of 420 while the Cliq only managed 302 points.

The Dominar also won two other awards, winning its category to be crowned the Premium Motorcycle of the Year award (beating the Benelli 302R, Versys-X 300 and the KTM 390 Duke) and also winning the CNB Viewer’s Choice Two Wheeler of the Year award, winning 45% of the total vote.

We recently tested the Bajaj Dominar 400 at the Bajaj test track in Pune, India. The single-cylinder motorcycle is hailed by Bajaj as a sports touring bike that is more than capable of handling the demands of daily urban life, but also is perfectly suited for those who prefer some weekend fun or long distance touring.

NDTV CEO Suparna Singh presents the coveted award to Bajaj representative, Sumeet Narang.

On track, the Dominar was predictable and accurate. The engine offered decent power and the ABS system lets you brake late without worrying about the wheels locking up. On road, the Dominar offered a comfortable sitting position with a well cushioned seat, a comfortable reach out to the handle bars, good leg positioning even for taller riders and was good all round.

The Dominar comes with Bajaj’s triple spark technology which burns fuel cleanly and more efficiently. This gives the Dominar a good fuel range which makes the bike perfectly suited for everyday life, and more.

The Bajaj Dominar is expected to be offered in Malaysia within the first quarter of 2018, at which point it will be known as the Modenas Dominar 400. With a price range that is expected to be below RM20,000, the Dominar 400 is set to be among the most anticipated motorcycles of 2018, and judging on how good the bike is at what it does, we are expecting an immediate success story for Bajaj and Modenas.

Click here to read more about the Dominar 400. And don’t forget to watch our first impression video below:

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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