The KTM 200 Duke is the oldest bike present in the list while the Dominar 400 and Yamaha FZ25, both are fairly new in the market. The 200 Duke revolutionized the Indian auto market when it was launched back in 2012. It was for the very first time that an affordable performance motorcycle came with sporty bits like trellis frame, fully digital instrument panel, steel braided brake lines and to top it all, a performance that reminded of Yamaha RX era. Then came the Bajaj Dominar 400 and then the Yamaha FZ25 which is the most recently launched product. By now you must be wondering why we are comparing three different motorcycles with entirely different engine capacities. All three motorcycles fall into similar price brackets, Yamaha FZ25 being the easiest on pocket one while Duke being the most costly proposition.
What are the similarities and dissimilarities among all?
All three are naked motorcycles, and every one of them is fairly comfortable. You can choose any one of them for daily commute and you will be happy to ride all day long without any fuss at all. Dominar is designed to serve the purpose of a cruiser in a sporty package with soft suspension setup and riding ergonomics for the riders who appreciate relaxed riding. The KTM on the flip side is stiff, it is focused and precise which is built to serve a sensation instead of being comfortable on the back. The Yamaha FZ25 is a balance of both, it is not soft and it’s not stiff. It can do daily commute easily while suspension setup is so tuned that even long distance riding should not be a hard task on the FZ. Unlike KTM, it is not built just to go fast but instead, it serves the dual purpose of going quick and riding easy.
Which is fastest among all?
Technically, the Dominar 400 is supposed to be the fastest of the trio because it has a slightly better power to weight ratio which is around 196bhp per tonne when compared to the power to weight ratio of the 200 Duke which is 187bhp per tonne. If only talking about the numbers then the FZ25 has a ratio of 144bhp per tonne which makes it the slowest bikes of the whole trio.
But the story takes another turn when the bikes are taken on a short test track. The lazy riding dynamics of the Dominar might not help the bike when diving into a hairpin curve or trying to capture fast chicanes. While FZ25 should be decently quick if not the quickest.
On the other hand, the KTM has been designed to capture tracks unlike the rest two, It’s trellis frame working with the stiff suspension setup should make the bike an authoritative tool on a track. The shotgun from Austria should be quickest among all when raced on a short test track. Even though we ourselves haven’t taken these bikes on a track but all the calculations are simple and reveal why the Duke might manage shortest lap time among the trio.
Which one should you buy?
It totally depends on your preferences. If you love laid back riding stance and won’t mind additional features such as ABS or slipper clutch technology in your bike then Bajaj Dominar 400 makes a lot of sense. And whatever the case may be, you can’t ignore the fact that it’s the most powerful bike than the rest two. When it comes to pricing, it sits in the middle of the two at Rs 1.38 lakh for non-ABS version while Rs 1.52 lakh for ABS version.
If you can spend a bit on the higher side and can't comprising on the quality, performance or striking looks of a mean class hooligan that has proven its mettle in the domestic as well as global market, then KTM 200 Duke is the best option for you. The KTM 200 Duke will cost around Rs 1.44 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
While if you are on a tight budget and prefer comfortable and smooth ride quality with the reliability of a Japanese manufacturer then Yamaha YZ25 is the best deal out of the rest two. Because FZ is a better commuter than the KTM any day, especially for the road conditions we have in India. The 200 Duke will even prove to be a little more costly to maintain in a longer run when compared to the FZ25. Yamaha FZ25 is the most affordable at Rs 1.20 lakh which is Rs 24,000 less than the KTM.