Both meant for long distance touring, here’s a very interesting drag race between a Bajaj Dominar 400 and a BMW G310 GS. Find out who comes out on the top.
The concept of long distance touring on motorcycles have gained a huge momentum in India recently. That’s primarily the reason why we have suddenly seen a huge influx of adventure tourer motorcycles come into our country. While these adventure tourer motorcycles are conceived to be off-road motorcycles as well, let’s just admit that those who buy these motorcycles primarily use it for long distance touring. And they are great at that, no doubt. But there’s also another class of motorcycles that does long distance touring with great stride – the power cruisers. And what better example to site in this category than the Bajaj Dominar 400.
The Dominar 400 is currently Bajaj’s flagship motorcycle and it has been grown hugely popular for how effortlessly it can munch miles on the highway. In fact, you will find a lot of Dominars frequently taking the trip to Leh these days. Its very important for touring motorcycles to be able to hold triple digit speeds on the highways consistently and the Dominar does it effortlessly. But coming back to adventure motorcycles, one of the most affordable premium adventure tourers currently available in the country is the BMW G310 GS. Both the Dominar 400 and the G310 GS are meant for long-distance touring but what happens when you put them against each other?
Here we have a very interesting drag race between the Dominar 400 and the BMW G310 GS. The video has been uploaded by Suraj Sharma on his Youtube channel. In this video, the race is conducted in two rounds. In the first round, the vlogger riding the Dominar 400 while in the second round, he swaps his motorcycle for the BMW G310 GS. However, the result of both rounds of the races are the same. In both the cases, the Bajaj Dominar 400 comes out on top. Let’s understand what really happened in these races.
Both the Dominar 400 and the G310 GS get off the line almost at the same pace and they are neck and neck till about the 100 km/hr speed. However, beyond this, the Dominar really comes in its stride and continues to pull strongly even in higher triple digit speeds while the G310 GS gradually falls behind. The Dominar has clear advantage on paper in terms of power and displacement and that shows in the results here as well. There’s however another factor that comes in the play. The G310 GS is a tall motorcycle and isn’t the most aerodynamically efficient. The wind blast at such speeds is so high that the rider can’t take the G310 GS beyond 147 km/hr. Meanwhile, the sleeker design of the Dominar cuts through the wind more efficiently and it even touches a speed of 160 km/hr. The Dominar even has windsheild and that really helps its case.
The Bajaj Dominar 400 is powered by a 373-cc, single cylinder, liquid cooled engine that puts out 39.4 Bhp and 35 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the BMW G310 GS is powered by a 313-cc, single cylinder, liquid-cooled engine which churns out a maximum of 34 Bhp and 28 Nm of torque. The Dominar 400 still costs almost half as much as that of the BMW. Bajaj retails the Dominar 400 at a price of Rs 1.95 lakh whereas BMW retails the G310 GS at a price of Rs 3.49 lakh. For 2020 however, BMW is expected to significantly drop the prices for the G310 GS in order to widen its appeal.