After being shown to Malaysian media during a visit to the Bajaj plant in India, the 2018 Modenas Dominar D400 has been launched in the local market at a special launch price of RM14,615, including GST, but excluding road tax, insurance and registration. Based on the previous generation KTM Duke 390, the Dominar D400 is Modenas’ first foray into the ‘big’ bike market.
Debuting into the above 250 cc motorcycle segment in Malaysia, the Dominar D400 originates as a joint-venture between Modenas and Bajaj, which previously saw the introduction of the Pulsar NS200 and RS200, and the V15 cruiser. Having ridden the Dominar D400 both in India as well as the UNITEN test track in Perlis, the Dominar D400 carries a single-cylinder 373 cc engine derived from the KTM 390 mill, fed by EFI.
Claimed to produce 35 PS at 8,000 rpm, with 35 NM of torque at 6,500 rpm from the triple-spark, four-valve, liquid-cooled engine, the Dominar D400 gets power to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and slipper clutch. The trellis frame from the KTM Duke is gone, replaced with a beam-type perimeter frame.
Standard on the Dominar D400 is two-channel ABS, using a single 320 mm diameter disc with dual-piston calliper in front and a 230 mm diameter unit at the back clamped by a single-piston calliper. Suspension on the Dominar uses a standard telescopic front in front, 43 mm in diameter, with a pre-load adjustable monoshock in the rear.
Inside the cockpit, the instrument panel is a backlit monochrome LCD panel, and LED lighting is used for the headlight and tail lights. Fuel for the 2018 Modenas Dominar D400 is carried in a 13-litre tank, and kerb weight comes in at 182 kg while warranty is two year or 24,000 kilometers, with five free service visits included.
During his launch speech, Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah, chief operating officer of Automotive Distribution for DRB-HICOM said Modenas sold more than 41,800 motorcycles for the 2017/2018 financial year. Of this, the Modenas Pulsar and V15 contributed 11% of this number, translating to 4,500 units sold since its launch in May 2017.