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Dominar 400 completes gruelling 7-country tour

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Sep 13, 2017-Bajaj’s latest motorcycle, the Dominar 400 has managed to survive a gruelling journey spanning 7 countries in a journey nearly 12,000 kilometres long.

The Asia de Tour team formed to undertake the cross country challenge with the motto, “Peace for Environment” selected the Dominar 400 as it offered the riders a perfect balance between power and comfort.

With the Dominar 400 proving more than a capable machine, team members Dipak Prasad Poudyal, Shyam Prasad Subedi, Ramesh Dhital, Ram Krishna Nepal and Suraj Adhikari managed to complete the tour in just 92 days.

This was more than 9 days ahead of their expected completion schedule of 101 days.

At the start point of the tour in Kathmandu, the five member team was handed the Nepali flag by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. A special caravan tourist permit was also issued and handed to them by former minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat.

The team kicked off the tour from Kathmandu riding their own Dominar 400 motorcycles.

Their journey took them to Kakadvitta , Fulbari (India), Dhaka (Bangladesh), Sutarkandi (India), Mohare (India), Tamu (Myanmar), Mesot(Thailand), Sadawa (Thailand), Jorbaru (Malaysia), Singapore and back again.

They covered nearly 11,599 kilometres during the 92 day tour. When asked about their experiences about the tour, the riders stated, “Most of our friends thought it was an impossible venture. We were determined to complete the tour and our hopes were raised when we got encouragement from the President.”

Riding on the Dominar 400 was the right choice for the riders as the power cruiser from Bajaj handled the ardous journey without a hiccup.

Unlike other motorcycles that have gained a reputation for being loud yet unreliable, the Dominar 400 is one that looking to reshape the touring landscape for motorcyclists.

It packs a whole lot of technology in a compact package such as full LED headlamps, dual-channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), 43mm telescopic forks at the front and a multi-step adjustable mono shock at the rear.  The motorcycle is powered by a 373.33cc triple spark DTS-I engine that churns out a massive 35PS @ 8000 rpm and a head-snapping torque of 35NM @ 6500 rpm. Combined with the 6-speed gearbox and slipper clutch, the Dominar 400 allowed the team to travel long distances without a problem.

“We rode 700km nonstop in torrential rain, overcoming dangerous obstacles on our Dominar 400,” said the riders.

The 92 day journey cost the team Rs10 million rupees but as a result, they made unforgettable memories and gained experiences that most would dream of.

“It was a fantastic experience with lots of adventurous memories, warm reception from native locals, encounters with friendly foreign bikers team while roaming in scenic beauty,” said the riders.

Even after completing the cross country tour, the team said that this was just the start of something more. With the team having already toured most parts of Nepal such as Dhunche, Gosainkunda and Muktinath, it was no surprise that they wanted new places to tour on their motorcycles.

“The successful venture of Asia Tour has boosted our confidence, experience and knowledge. Our next objective is to go on a world tour,” said the five member team.

Published: 13-09-2017 08:35

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