maxresdefaultTwo bikes with around 400cc of displacement, Made in the same plant, Look very different and have different badging too. Well, the Duke 390 has been a hit not just for its performance but even for its value for money.

Now Bajaj has taken the fight to this popular bike with its new offering – the Dominar 400(Bajaj’s most powerful and most expensive bike yet)

Meanwhile,KTM too is updating its Duke 390 with the 2017 edition.Both bikes are being manufactured at Bajaj’s  facility in Chakan, near Pune. Which  bike is suitable for you? Is it worth the going for the Duke 390 or go for the Dominar  400?

Let’s see the Bajaj Dominar 400 vs 2017 KTM Duke 390 Comparison.


Model                                                                      Ex-showroom Price

KTM Duke 390                                                       1.95 Lakh

Bajaj Dominor 400                                               1.36 Lakh


The Duke 390, with ABS (as a standard fitment), is priced at Rs. 1.95 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The Bajaj Dominar 400, on the other hand, is made available at an introductory price of Rs. 1.36 lakh.bajaj-dominar-review-test-ride


Bajaj Dominar 400                                                                            KTM 390 Duke

Engine Displacement-

373 cc, single cylinder,                                                                373 cc, single cylinder,                  fuel injected, liquid cooled                                                    fuel injected, liquid Cooled

Power-                                 35 PS @ 9,000 rpm                                        44 PS @ 9,500 rpm

Torque-                                35 Nm@ 7,000 rpm                                      35 Nm @ 7,250 rpm

Transmission-                    6-Speed                                                          6-speed

Mileage-                              30 kmpl                                                          25 kmpl

Top Speed-                         148 kmph                                                       165 kmph

0-60 km/h-                       3.0 seconds (est.)                                            2.60 seconds

Brakes-                              Front – 300 mm Disc                                  Front – 300 mm Disc                                                       Rear – 230 mm Disc                                   Rear – 230 mm Disc

ABS-                                   Yes                                                                    Yes

Both bikes will share the same single cylinder engine, the power and torque figures will be different.


We’re almost certain the Dominar 400 will be more fuel efficient than the KTM 390 Duke. However, the 30 kmpl figure is just an estimate.


The lower power output of the Dominar 400’s engine will mean a lower top speed. Bajaj claims a max. speed of 148 KMPH. In comparison, the 390 Duke easily breaches the 160 KMPH figure with a top speed of around 165 KMPH


Bajaj Dominar 400 (estimated) KTM 390 Duke
Length 2100 mm 2145 mm
Width 800 mm 760 mm
Seat Height 780 mm 800 mm

Design and Features:

In terms of design and styling, the Duke 390 looks more or less similar to the Duke 200. It is quite difficult to find out the difference when the two bikes are on the road. Though, the Duke 390 features slightly larger tank, lightly lower positioned seat and different stickers and paint job. The bike looks more rugged than the smaller siblings. There are black lines that run from the rear brakes, trellis and other parts look different, while the contrasting orange trellis and the orange wheels make the wiring visible. Features like ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) and Metzelers come as standard on the bike.

On the flip side, the Dominar 400 Cruiser Sport’s design is inspired from the Ducati Diavel. This performance bike also shares its styling cues with the 200NS, but is slightly bigger in proportion. The bike has large LED headlamp and well-designed front cowl with a sweptback visor. It comes equipped with a split instrument cluster with two units, gear shift indicator with white backlight. The bike also gets an LCD display on the fuel tank. Talking about features, the Bajaj Dominar has stepped saddle seat, signature Pulsar twin-slash LED taillights and larger alloy wheels.

Bike should i prefer you to buy ?

Duke 390 is for speed fans, not for practical usage (To make it practical, you’ll have to work hard). Bajaj Dominar is purely for daily ride bike. The decent amount of power, decent mileage (claimed 30 kmpl), comfortable riding position and cheaper cost makes Bajaj Dominar a winner.

If you are not power hungry, then never think about Duke 390, it’s purely for enthusiasts.



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