The 250cc bike scene is getting hotter. The new Yamaha FZ25 has been already launched it has been priced aggressively. Another bike that is looking at kickstarting its Indian innings is the KTM Duke 250. The Dukes are well known for their light weight and performance. Both these bikes are naked and hence direct competitors. How does Yamaha FZ25 stack up against the KTM Duke 250? Which one should you go for? We find out in the KTM Duke 250 vs Yamaha FZ25 comparison.
KTM Duke 250 vs Yamaha FZ25 Design
Both the bikes have an appealing design. The new Yamaha FZ25 looks macho and seems to be bigger. It is also looks more muscular compared to the Duke 250. The Duke 250 is sharp looking and aggressive in styling. It is difficult to choose a winner here as both bikes look good, though being quite different in their styling.
KTM Duke 250 vs Yamaha FZ25 Engine and Performance
While both the bikes have similar cubic capacity, in terms of performance, the Duke 250 has the upper hand with 31bhp of power. The Yamaha FZ25 has 20bhp in comparison, which is less. The KTM Duke 250 is also approximately 10 kgs lighter than the FZ25. This means that the Duke 250 is much quicker than the Yamaha. The Yamaha FZ250 has a smooth motor and will have a more relaxed ride that the Duke 250. The KTM Duke 250 has a sense of urgency that the FZ250 does not. The ride quality on the Yamaha FZ25 is expected to be better than the KTM Duke 250. This is because the Duke 250 has a stiffer suspension set up. But the Duke 250 will have better handling characteristics. The tyres on the Duke 250 also are expected to be better than the FZ250.
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The Yamaha FZ25 comes with daytime-running LEDs and a LED headlamp. The 2017 Duke 250 doesn’t get a split headlamp like the Duke 390 but there is a LED surround and a halogen headlamp. The Duke 250 will come with ABS, which currently is not offer in the FZ25. ABS is an important differentiator and the Duke 250 inches ahead here.
KTM Duke 250 vs Yamaha FZ25 Mileage
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Yamaha FZ25 will be more efficient than the KTM Duke 250. This engine is tuned for better mileage and performance. The Duke 250 is a performance oriented bike, hence mileage comes second. The Duke 250 is expected to return 30-35 km/l and the FZ250 will return around 35-40 km/l, depending on riding conditions
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KTM Duke 250 vs Yamaha FZ25 Price
The Yamaha FZ25 will be the cheaper of the two. The FZ25 is priced at INR 1.3 lakhs (on-road). The Duke 250 is expected to be priced around INR 1.8 lakhs. There is a significant price difference between the two bikes, though being of similar capacities.The Duke 250 will also get ABS, more power and torque. I will also have better brakes and tyres. In terms of pricing, the Yamaha FZ25 falls in the Duke 200 range.
The FZ25 is a well-priced machine, has good ride quality and looks stylish too. It strikes a good balance between performance and fuel efficiency. The Duke 250 on the other hand is a powerful buke and beats the FZ250 in powr, torque and also weight. But this comes at a higher price. Both bikes look attractive. So, if its outright performance that you want, then paying approximately 50k more for the Duke 250 is worthwhile. However, if it is comfort, mileage and economy you are looking for, then the FZ250 is a good option.