BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Bajaj Auto’s product marketing team has gone on an overdrive to ensure markets are aware about its forthcoming entry-level sportsbike Dominar 250 before its official in a few days.
A teaser of the soon-to-arrive machine is on social media and reports are coming in that enthusiastic dealers are accepting unofficial bookings. While, it is rare to actually see a product at a dealership before the official launch, the bike has already been spied arriving at dealerships.
At first glance, it fits the Dominor family as an extension as it faithfully carries forward similar design cues to its larger displacement sibling, the Dominar 400. The Dominar 250 will get a slightly detuned version of the KTM 250 Duke powertrain shoehorned in its frame. Interestingly, the KTM donor engine has also been used in the recently launched Husqvarna 250-twins — Svartpilen and Vitpilen.
Bajaj has indicated that it will follow a subbrand naming strategy based on cubic capacity of the machines. Bike displacing 250cc or more will be sold under the ‘Dominar’ nameplate, while smaller displacement machine will continue under the ‘Pulsar’ umbrella.
Several pre-production prototypes of the Dominor D250 have been spotted testing recently, and spotters have manage to get an idea of the cosmetic differences between the siblings.
The quarter-litre variant of the Dominar spotted during tests were equipped with full-LED lighting, split instrument cluster, upside-down telescopic front forks, preload-adjustable rear mono-shock, disc brakes on both wheels and a dual-channel ABS.