Bajaj Dominar 400
Expected Launch Date: Jan 2017
This motorcycle is distinctively a Pulsar, but its stance suggests that the CS 400’s genetics have mutated from the standard Pulsar fare. The styling is muscular as always but there’s a bit more swarthiness to it. But despite all of that, the CS 400 has a more relaxed air too; the stepped seat looks more substantial and the raked-out forks suggest that steady riding is also something to be enjoyed on this motorcycle. Add all that up and the Cruiser Sport name starts to make perfect sense.
Think Ducati Diavel for the masses and you’ll get the idea. The tail-lamp looks like it's drawn inspiration from Bologna while the rest of the design is from its Chakan facility, expectedly edgy and satisfying. The masked headlamp looks sinister, the chiselled tank is beefy and the rear section looks like it was chopped by a meat cleaver. The CS 400 will be powered by the 373cc engine from the KTM 390 Duke and with the right kind of tweaks, it should continue to boast near 40bhp of power while offering a smoother and more easygoing feel. The CS 400 will be equipped with some premium kit – the steel perimeter frame aside, the CS will get USD forks and a beautiful alloy swingarm.
While the concept bike boasted multi-element LED headlamps, we don’t expect to see them on the production bike. However, the split digital instrument cluster would up the cool quotient significantly. Bajaj proved in 2015 with its first fully faired Pulsar – the RS200 – that the Pulsar range can confidently explore exciting motorcycling niches, without compromising on everyday usability. And that makes the CS 400 a very promising motorcycle for the growing legion of long-distance riders in India. Expect the CS 400 to be in showrooms around March 2016 priced at Rs 1.6 lakh.