The Japanese automaker, Yamaha finally launched its quarter-litre naked street bike, the FZ25 in the Indian market recently. The bike received a positive response and of course, why not? This is the ultimate predecessor of the highly admired FZ16. The latter is among one of the most famous bikes in the Indian market which still rules the streets after 8 years of its debut.
After the launch of the new Yamaha FZ25, Bajaj Auto played its trump card with the announcement of the 250 Duke’s launch. The new 250 Duke gets the same design as seen on the new generation 390 Duke but lacks in terms of special equipment seen on the latter such as ABS, new TFT display or ride by wire technology.
The question is why someone would invest in the KTM when they can get the FZ25 for less than Rs 52,000. But the answer to the above is that both are world apart machines, the KTM is built to serve a sensation while the Yamaha has been built to cruise at comfortable speeds and not to hit the apex. The KTM has a rapid power to weight ratio and handles like a pro when it comes to taking sharp corners. While the FZ25 focuses more towards the everyday usage with the compromise over the performance.
When talking about the looks, the new KTM 250 steals the show as it has been given exactly the same styling as seen on the new generation 390 Duke. This styling has been derived from the big daddy 1290 SuperDuke. From the front sleeker headlamp to the tail section, the new design on the 250 Duke makes it looks like a smaller SuperDuke. While the Yamaha FZ25 is not a bad looking bike either, in fact, it can shame a lot of bigger bikes when it comes to detailing bits and parts quality. It carries a similar overall design as seen in the FZ16. Its headlamp gets LED lighting whereas there is still a conventional bulb light headlamp in the 250 Duke. The tail light on the FZ25 gets LED lights as well, which is same in the 250 Duke. Though the KTM carries an amazing design which reminds of the flagship SuperDuke but the Yamaha is not far behind and has a very good looking design as well.
Both the bikes are powered by a similar 250cc single-cylinder engine, but the unit on the Duke is a liquid-cooled while the one on the Yamaha is an air-cooled one. Also, 250 Duke churns out close to 31bhp of power while the FZ25 delivers almost 10bhp less than its Austrian rival and power output stands at 19.6bhp. The KTM also comes with slipper clutch technology which is only found in high-end spec bikes. So in terms of overall performance, the FZ25 comes nowhere closer to the 250 Duke.
The ground clearance on the 250 Duke is almost 15mm higher when compared to its Japanese rival. The KTM has a ground clearance of 185mm while the Yamaha has a ground clearance of 160mm. Talking about the suspension, KTM gets WP upside down front forks which aid to sporty handling and sharp cornering performance. While the Yamaha gets conventional telescopic forks which are also present in its smaller sibling the FZ16. This setup doesn’t complement its sporty handling much but is perhaps tuned for easy daily commute and comfort.
KTM’s meter display is far ahead of what is seen in the FZ25, as it displays tons of information of what’s going inside the system such as low oil pressure, high coolant temperature, distance to empty and much more. While the full digital meter on the FZ25 only displays basic information such as speed, rpm, fuel gauge and time etc.
The 250 Duke is for the ones who want to learn more about motorcycles and the right way to ride them. It has been dedicatedly built to go faster than anything else around it. It will also teach the rider to lean into a corner and to hit the apex the right way but in the process, it will also demand higher dedication and focus while riding. The Yamaha FZ25, on the other hand, is a different machine altogether, it is adequately fast and is still highly comfortable for everyday use. Both have a big difference in terms of overall pricing, the Yamaha costs Rs 1.20 lakh while the KTM demand a much higher price tag of Rs 1.73 lakh. You will be purchasing a fast, comfortable and cushiony ride with the trust of Japanese engineering when going for the Yamaha. While the KTM will be a proper hooligan which demands one and only thing, to go faster and lean harder.