While we await the official launch of the 2018 Modenas Dominar 400 in 2018, the gentlemen at Bajaj Auto of India let a trio of riders take the Dominar 400 on the Trans-Siberian Odyssey. This was an epic 15,600 km journey across six countries, and the entire trip took 53 days.

Starting their journey in Uzbekistan, riders Dilip Bhat, Sudhir Prasad and Deepak Kamath traversed Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and into Russia where they ended their journey in the city of Tomtor. This is the first time an Indian manufactured motorcycle has entered Tomtor, after travelling such a distance.

Riding unsupported, the riders reported no breakdowns and parts replacement was not necessary for the Dominar 400s they used. The single-cylinder 373 cc, liquid-cooled machines ridden on the journey were subtly modified with off-road capable tyres to handle unimproved roads encountered across much of the journey, as well as the necessary touring luggage.

Claimed to be putting out 35 PS at 8,000 rpm and 35 Nm at 6,500 rpm, the Dominar 400 has a unique three spark plug configuration in the cylinder head. The power plant is based on the thumper from the KTM 390 Duke, which was designed and engineered by Bajaj.

Weighing in at 182 kg, the Dominar comes standard with two-wheel ABS, and is good for a top speed of about 153 km/h, when we tested it in India at the Bajaj Chakan plant. Discussions with Modenas have revealed that the price of the 2018 Modenas Dominar 400, when it reaches Malaysian shores, is likely to be “at or below RM20,000.”