Let the comparison begin. Bajaj Dominar 250 Vs FZ25 Vs Gixxer 250 Vs Duke 250 Vs Vitpilen 250! Bajaj has recently introduced Dominar 250 in the Indian market and with this new introduction; the competitive landscape in the 250 cc bike segment has become even more interesting than before. We have already had the players like Husqvarna siblings (Vitpilen and Svartpilen), Suzuki Gixxer 250, KTM Duke 250, and the new BS6 Yamaha FZ25. All these bikes have been targeted to lure young buyers; the fact that is very much evident from the quirky design language all these two-wheelers have adopted. In this comparison, we pit these bikes against each other to find out which one comes on the top.
Bajaj Dominar 250 Vs FZ25 Vs Gixxer 250 Vs Duke 250 Vs Vitpilen 250 – Engine and Gearbox: All bikes here have an identical displacement in terms of their cubic capacity but they differ on the aspect of cooling technology. Gixxer uses an oil-cooled engine while FZ25 makes do with air cooling. All other players use liquid cooling for the engine unit. The power and torque figures are also identical although Vitpilen and Duke emerge as a winner with the maximum power output of 30hp and 24Nm. All bikes have got 6-speed transmission while Yamaha again cutting the corners with its 5-speed gearbox.
Features and equipment: All the bikes have dual-channel ABS as a standard part of the equipment. Thanks to the DRL around the headlamp, the look of the Husqvarna feels quite attractive. Suzuki and Yamaha are faired bikes although rest in the group follows exposed styling. All motorcycles get LED head lights. Bajaj Dominar 250 has the distinction here in terms of using perimeter frame and it also features a double-barrel exhaust. Both Japanese motorcycles miss on USD forks which the European and Indian motorcycle provide. Twin muffler exhaust design on Suzuki also bodes well for its styling appeal.
Fuel efficiency: Fuel efficiency is not something that is very dominating in this segment but still getting good numbers always add to an advantage to the manufacturer’s kitty. Yamaha is the most fuel-efficient bike here with a claimed mileage of 40 kmpl. This can be attributed to the fact that FZ25 is the lightest among the lot and offers the most modest performance. Expect all bikes to deliver around 30-35 km/l in real life situation.
Pricing and value for money: Dominar 250 comes on the top with its most competitive pricing. Suzuki Gixxer 250 also offers good value for your money. As far as the novelty factor is concerned, no one can beat twins from the Husqvarna – both bikes are fresh and updated. These are priced competitively too and offer a unique perspective to the 250cc bike segment. KTM continues to be expensive but it is worth its buck as it gets top notch hardware and software along with racing DNA!
Bajaj Dominar 250: Rs 1.60 lakh
Suzuki Gixxer 250 and Gixxer SF250: Rs 1.65 lakh and Rs 1.76 lakh.
The Husqvarna twins: Rs 1.85 lakh
KTM 250 Duke: Rs 2.05 lakh
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