Both Bajaj and Royal Enfield has dominated the Indian market for a long time now. Bajaj and Royal Enfield has brought countless superficial motorbikes and introduced new technologies to keep up with the rest of the world. The Dominar 400 from Bajaj is a machine in the higher performance segment with a 400 cc engine, standing against SS 400. On the other hand, Royal Enfield has a great history of making great two wheeler since 1893 and their never stopped either! The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 has an even higher specification than the Bajaj Dominar 400, but they reside on the same segment. Bullet 500 is based on an older Bullet model which keeps getting face-lifts as a year passes by. Apparently, the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 itself is enough to challenge a whole frontier of motorbikes in the same category.
Bajaj Dominar 400
The history of Bajaj Dominar 400 doesn’t really go a long way back. In 2014, this Indian automobile magnet first introduced the Dominar 400 as a concept motorbike by the tagline CS 400, where CS stood for Cruiser Sport. Later on, Bajaj had moved on with the naming and Dominar 400 was the final title Bajaj had settled for. Bajaj typically goes with the Pulsar tagline, however for a higher segment motorbike like this one they decided to ditch the Pulsar title and go with a new one, Dominar. There’s significant difference in the look and feel of Dominar 400, which we can surely mark as the beginning of a new motorbike series.
- With a 400 cc engine that can pull off 35 ps of maximum power and 35 Nm of maximum torque and still maintain a 35 kmpl fuel efficiency, the Bajaj Dominar 400 is undoubtedly the most powerful motorbike from Bajaj.
- The front headlights in this model are full LED, allows for better lighting through even the darkest of nights.
- The bike is slightly longer than regular Pulsar motorbikes, offering a sense of largeness. Also, the design and aesthetics are excellent.
- Despite having the almost same engine capacity, KTM Duke 390 seems to be a better performer when it comes to acceleration.
- Upside-down forks are missing in the Bajaj Dominar 400.
- With a long profile and heavy curb weight, the handling could feel stiff and unfriendly in heavy traffic scenarios.
Price: Rs. 153,623.
Royal Enfield Bullet 500
In the latest face lifted version of the Royal Enfield Bullet 500 motorbike, the fuel injection technology has been updated to incorporate with the BS-IV norms and a detailed description on this is provided on the Royal Enfield website, if any motorbike enthusiast is really interested they can have a look. In terms of power, the 500 cc engine can pull off 27.2 bhp of maximum power and 41.3 Nm of maximum torque. Also, the fuel efficiency for Royal Enfield Bullet 500 is 30 kmpl – quite impressive for a motorbike that has a 500 cc engine. Royal Enfield motorbikes tend to come in darker color shades, Bullet 500 is no different.
- Vintage design admirers will simply love the Royal Enfield Bullet 500.
- Down torque is sufficient to pull the motorbike out of troublesome terrains.
- The seating is very comfortable, ideal for long journeys through highways.
- In comparison to the price and reputation, we expected the build quality in Royal Enfield Bullet 500 to be much better.
- Having a heavy bike body ends up in better stability in high speed, however for city traffic it causes trouble maneuvering.
Price: Rs. 184,337.