Modenas Dominar D400 Launched in Malaysia. From RM13,788

  • After much enquiry and waiting, Modenas has launched the Dominar D400 tonight.

  • Priced at an ultra-competitive special introductory price of RM13,788 (for a limited time only), it is set to shake up the sub-400cc market.

  • Check out our full review by clicking on this link.

18th April 2018, Pullman Bangsar – The much-anticipated Modenas Dominar D400 has been launched tonight. The 373cc naked bike is termed as a “sport-tourer” by Modenas and Bajaj Auto. It is priced at a competitive introductory price of RM13,788 (basic selling price inclusive of 6% GST) for a limited time only.

The Modenas Dominar D400 features:

  • A 373cc, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valves, engine.
  • Engine is electronically fuel-injected with Digital Triple Spark ignition.
  • 6-speed transmission with slipper clutch.
  • Dual-LCD displays; one main LCD and a smaller LCD on the fuel tank.
  • Backlit switchgear on both sides of the handlebar.
  • Dual-channel ABS for front and rear disc brakes.
  • Conventional telescopic forks.
  • Monoshock rear suspension.

As the Dominar D400 is termed as a sport-tourer, the bike’s ergonomics are geared toward comfort: Upright seating position, footpegs placed forward and lower, comfortable seats, supple suspension.

In the aspects of safety, the bike features a dual-channel ABS system for both the front and rear wheels. a dual-channel ABS means that while the system is activated for one locked wheel, some brake pressure is also applied to the other wheel for chassis stability. A single-channel ABS, on the other hand, only performs its duty on that single locked wheel while still allowing the non-locked wheel to continue spinning freely – the large speed difference may cause the non-locked wheel to get “out of control.”

Modenas felt that it was the right time to introduce the model, based on their success with the Pulsar RS200, Pulsar NS200 and V15. Those bikes have sold well beyond Modenas and Bajaj Auto’s projection – 4,500 units have thus been sold since their introduction in May 2017.

The Modenas Dominar D400 had undergone some long distance journeys, according to Dinesh Kulkarni, Vice President, Bajaj Auto Limited. “The Dominar D400 successfully completed one of the world’s longest motorable journeys, the Trans-Siberian Odyssey covering 15,000 km in 53 days. The journey from Uzbekistan to Russia through six countries was successful without a single breakdown.”

We had the opportunity to test the Dominar D400 during our visit to Bajaj Auto’s factory (please click here for our first impressions) and actually test ride in Malaysia prior to the launch, so please click here for the full review.

Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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