Although Yamaha took a little longer to enter the quarter litre segment in India, the launch of the FZ25 pretty much puts the brand back in the game. In terms of quick throttle response and speed, the 250 Duke is perhaps the winner, however the FZ25 provides comfort while registering respectable speeds.
Design: The KTM 250 Duke shares its design with its elder sibling 390 Duke and gets a lightweight steel trellis frame, halogen headlamps with LED DRLs, side-slung exhaust and open-cartridge USD suspension. The motorcycle gets a 13.4 litre fuel tank. Yamaha FZ25, on the other hand, is a blend of performance and a commuter motorcycle. It is an aggressive looking street-fighter. The sculpting on the fuel tank clubbed with additional bodywork on either sides make for most of its looks.
Engine: KTM 250 Duke is powered by a 250cc liquid cooled, single-cylinder engine that delivers 28 hp of power and 24 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed transmission with slipper clutch technology. The FZ25 comes with a 249cc air-cooled, four-stroke engine makes 20.6 bhp and 20 Nm of torque. The motorcycle isn't all that heavy at 148 kg of kerb weight, it is capable enough to beat the Kawasaki Ninja 250 off the line.
Equipment: For braking duties, the 250 Duke is equipped with a 300 mm disc at the front and a 200mm disc at the rear with ABS. The FZ25 has 282mm disc in the front and 220mm disc at the rear. A major drawback in the motorcycle is there is no ABS. While some may be comfortable with its absence, a optional one would've been much better.
Price: KTM priced the 250 Duke at a price of Rs 1.73 lakh and it is available in two colours. The FZ25 comes at a slightly smaller price tag of Rs 1.19 lakh. The 250 Duke's price can be justified by the fact that is quicker and faster, and comes with ABS. However, not every motorcyclist is performance hungry, and hence some in the FZ25, which in itself is also no slouch. It gives the thrills while providing comfort on everyday commute.
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