Yamaha FZ25 and KTM Duke 250 were launched a few days back in the 250 cc entry level sport motorcycle segment. Now on sale across India, it will be interesting to see how these two motorcycles compete with each other. In this post, we will show you how the two rivals fare on paper.
Along with that, we also have two special videos, thanks to PowerDrift – which show the 0-60 kmph, 0-100 kmph and top speed time videos of both the bikes.
KTM Duke 250
Talking about the new KTM Duke 250, it carries a similar styling update as seen on the Duke 125 and the Duke 390. In the front is a similar headlight cluster as before, with the addition of new LEDs. It does not get the bifurcated headlight like the we saw on the Duke 390. Paint job is same as that of the new Duke 390. It also gets the new exhaust system as the belly mounted exhaust is no longer to be seen.
Powered by a 248.8 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine is essentially a downsized version of 390’s 373.2 cc mill. The motor which tips the scales at just 37.2 kg produces a healthy 31.3 PS and 24 Nm of torque. A 6-speed transmission is mated to the motor by means of a slipper clutch.
Like the new 390, the quarter litre KTM employs steel trellis frame, WP inverted telescopic front fork, rear monoshock. Duke 250 has a kerb weight of 139 kg. In India it is not offered with ABS, and Metzeler tyres. It comes with MRF RevZ tyres. Another point worth mentioning is that the Duke 250 does not get the technological updates which the Duke 390 received. For eg, the smart touchscreen instrument panel.
New Yamaha FZ25 gets a similar styling as seen on the current FZ 150 But that is where the similarity ends. Built from the ground-up by Yamaha India R&D, new FZ25 is priced at just INR 1.2 lakh, which is about INR 55,000 lesser than the KTM Duke 250. This makes the Yamaha FZ25 a brilliant value for money preposition.
Talking about the engine, it is powered by a 250 cc air cooled FI engine. This engine delivers 20.9 hp power and 20.4 Nm torque via a 5 speed gear box. This when compared to what the KTM Duke 250 has to offer, seems very inferior. But, as in the real world conditions, the two are not very different when it comes to comparing 0-60 kmph, 0-100 kmph acceleration numbers. Same is the case when it comes to comparing top speed.
KTM Duke 250 does a 0-60 kmph in 3.44 seconds, 0-100 kmph in 8.64 seconds and has a top speed of 142 kmph. On the other hand, Yamaha FZ25 does a 0-60 kmph in 3.37 seconds, 0-100 kmph in 8.58 seconds and a top speed of 142 kmph. Yes. Hard to believe. Right?
Surprisingly the more affordable Yamaha FZ25 is not only matching the Duke 250 on top speed, it is also quicker than the KTM do do 0-60, and 0-100 kmph. Watch the two videos below from PowerDrift and see for yourself.