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When Yamaha first launched the Yamaha FZ series in India, it completely changed the way how naked motorcycles should look. The Yamaha FZ series quickly became a favourite among the youngsters with its fat 140-section rear tyres, chiselled fuel tank, beefy front forks and a minimal tail section and headlights.
However, the motorcycle always carried an opinion of being able to handle much more power. Fast forward to 2017, Yamaha launched the much-awaited 250cc version of the Yamaha FZ series.
The Yamaha FZ25 improved on every single aspect over its 150cc counterpart. It produced more power, more torque without sacrificing a lot on the fuel economy.
On paper, the FZ25 may not command attention like the Bajaj Pulsar RS200s and NS200s of that time, but it surely more than made it in real-life scenarios.
Now, Bajaj has introduced two motorcycles with a very similar recipe as the Bajaj Pulsar 220F and we shall compare the naked version with the Yamaha FZ25.
In this comparison, we will compare the motorcycles under five different categories - Design, Features, Powertrain, Suspension & Braking, and Price.
The Yamaha FZ25 echoes Yamaha's FZ lineup of motorcycles with its muscular fuel tank and slightly raised and neat-looking tail section.
On the other hand, the Bajaj N250 comes with a more conventional design that consists of sharper lines and a more conventional-looking stance.
Moreover, both bikes also have a fair amount of similarities such as the use of short and stubby exhaust, low and wide handlebars, chunkier front forks, single-pod projector headlamps and a few more.
Both these bikes are aimed at younger demography who are looking for a decent city bike that is equally at home during long weekend trips. However, both bikes miss out on the Bluetooth connectivity functions which are nowadays considered essential.
Both the Yamaha FZ25 and Bajaj N250 come with features such as LED projector headlamps, LED tail lamps, LED DRLs, front and rear disc brakes, and many more.
However, on the new Bajaj Pulsar N250, the tachometer is an analogue unit, whereas the speedometer, trip meter, fuel efficiency indicator, service reminder, gear-position indicator, distance-to-empty fuel gauge, clock, are shown on an LCD display.
The Yamaha FZ25, on the other hand, comes with an all-digital instrument display, however, it misses out on a few features such as gear position indicator, distance-to-empty fuel gauge, clock, and a service reminder.
Moreover, the Bajaj Pulsar N250 comes with a USB charging port as standard, whereas it is an optional accessory in the Yamaha.
The Yamaha FZ25 is powered by a 250cc, oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine that pumps out 20.51 bhp and 20.1 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the Bajaj Pulsar N250 puts out 23.5 bhp and 21.5 Nm of torque.
On paper, it may seem like the Bajaj N250 has destroyed the Yamaha FZ25, but weighing in at 162kg, the Yamaha FZ25 weighs almost 9 kg less than the Bajaj Pulsar N250. So, what Yamaha lost in outright power, makes it up in the power-to-weight ratio department.
Apart from that, both the bikes offer an urban-friendly 5-speed gearbox rather than a 6-speed unit. However, Bajaj offers a slipper clutch with the Bajaj N250.
4. Suspension & Braking
Clearly, the Yamaha FZ25 reigns superior in this comparison with its dual-channel ABS set-up as opposed to the single-channel ABS set-up.
However, the Bajaj Pulsar N250 comes with 18mm and 10mm larger front and rear disc brakes at 300mm and 230mm. Both the bikes come with meaty looking front forks and a mono-shock set up at the rear.
The Yamaha FZ25 is priced at Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), whereas the Bajaj Pulsar N250 is priced at Rs 1.38 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) whereas the semi-faired Bajaj Pulsar F250 is priced at Rs 1.40 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Thoughts About Yamaha FZ25 & Pulsar N250 And F250
The Bajaj Pulsar N250 is clearly the edgier and more modern motorcycle of the two with a slightly more powerful engine and more features. However, the Yamaha FZ25 claws back the advantage by weighing lesser and offering a safer dual-channel ABS unit as standard.