Honda CB300R or Bajaj Dominar 400: Which sub Rs 3 lakh bike to buy?

Honda CB300R price, Bajaj Dominar 400 mileage.

I’m considering upgrading from my 2017 Pulsar 150 and have shortlisted two options – the CB300R from Honda or a Dominar 400. I will be using it mostly for my 20km commute and the monthly weekend ride to my home in Boisar. I don’t want to spend more than 3L out the door. Please help me make the final decision. 

Hari Singh, via email

Autocar India says: Both the options you have shortlisted are quite good and have their unique strengths. The 146kg Honda CB300R is the lightest bike in its class – by some margin – and that really makes it very potent in the urban jungle. Further bolstering the little CB’s case is recent price revision which now prices it at Rs 2.40 lakh, nearly Rs 40,000 less than what it used to command previously. The Honda’s reliability, refinement and inexpensive service is another plus point in the long run. 

On the other hand, the 193 kg Bajaj Dominar is anything but lightweight. However, to its credit the weight doesn’t really come in the way of the riding experience and it does outscore the CB300R when it comes to comfort – both for the rider and the pillion, should you choose to travel two-up someday. While it is quite powerful, especially in this price bracket, the Rs 2.30 lakh Dominar does feel quite buzzy at highway speeds and its plastics aren’t of the highest quality and don’t age well in our rough environment which might be a dealbreaker over time. 

Since both bikes have a rather small price difference and keeping in mind the above points, we suggest you opt for the Honda CB300R over the Bajaj Dominar 400.

All prices ex-showroom, Delhi.

Also See:

Honda CB300R review, road test

2021 Bajaj Dominar 400 review, first ride

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