The Bajaj Dominar 400 has been aimed squarely at takers of the 350-cc offerings from Royal Enfield. This sports tourer, which is also the flagship model from Bajaj Auto Ltd, is a direct rival to the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350. While the T’bird 350 is a relaxed mile muncher, the Dominar is for those looking for a power-packed, long-distance tourer.
A Youtube channel recently decided to hold a tug-of-war competition between the two motorcycles. You can check out the video here to see the results.
Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 vs Bajaj Dominar
A total of five rounds of tug of war were held between the Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 and the Bajaj Dominar 400. As mentioned by the vlogger, both the motorcycles are in bone stock condition. As can be seen above, the Dominar 400 is the clear winner of this tug of war. While some of you might argue that the rider’s weight plays an important role in such competitions, the vlogger makes sure neither of the motorcycles enjoys any sort of undue advantage by exchanging his Dominar with the Thunderbird for the final two rounds. In the first round, the Thunderbird is seen outclassing the Dominar, but the vlogger mentions that the RE was able to do so only because of an error by the Dominar rider.
It’s not surprising to see the Dominar win this competition. Here are some reasons for the upper hand that the Dominar enjoys over the RE T’bird 350.
Punchier engine – The flagship Bajaj is powered by a 373-cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that outputs a maximum power of 34 Bhp along with a peak torque of 35 Nm. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350, on the other hand, is powered by a 346-cc, single-cylinder engine that outputs a maximum power of 19.8 bhp along with a peak torque of 28 Nm.
Better Tyres – While both the motorcycles come with MRF tyres, the Dominar gets wider, stickier tyres. The Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 comes with a 90/90-spec tyre at the front and 120/90-spec rubber at the rear. The Bajaj Dominar 400, on the other hand, gets 110/70-spec rubber at the front and a 150/60-spec tyre at the rear. Thanks to the wider tires, the Bajaj flagship enjoys better traction. Also, the Dominar gets stickier MRF Revz rubber instead of the Zappers on the T’bird.
Lower frictional losses – To start with, the Bajaj Dominar 400 has a more powerful engine than the 350-cc T’bird. To make matters worse for the RE model here, it experiences higher transmission losses. The Dominar 400 offers 27.5 bhp at the wheel. On the other hand, the T’bird 500 manages to offer only about 14 bhp at the wheel. This makes the Dominar almost twice as powerful.
Source – Indian Stuff on Youtube[“Source-cartoq”]