Bajaj Dominar 250 Vs Rivals: Specifications Comparison

The new Bajaj Dominar 250 goes up against 250 cc rivals from Suzuki and Yamaha. Here's what it looks like from a specifications point of view.

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The Bajaj Dominar 250's direct rivals are the Suzuki Gixxer 250 and the Yamaha FZ-25

Highlights

  • The Bajaj Dominar 250 is priced at Rs. 1.60 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi)
  • The Suzuki Gixxer 250 is also priced at Rs. 1.60 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi
  • The Yamaha FZ-25 is priced at Rs. 1.37 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi)

The Bajaj Dominar 250 has been launched at a price of ₹ 1.60 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). The smaller Dominar 250 borrows the same design and dimensions as its bigger sibling, the Bajaj Dominar 400. The Dominar 250 is based on the KTM 250 Duke, but with a slightly different state of tune on the engine, completely different frame and bodywork, and is substantially heavier than the KTM as well, apart from being ₹ 40,000 more affordable. In pure engine displacement, and specifications, the Dominar 250's closes rivals are the Suzuki Gixxer 250 and the Yamaha FZ-25. So, here's a look at how these three motorcycles stack up against each other, at least on paper.

Also Read: All You Need To Know About The Bajaj Dominar 250

Bajaj Dominar 250

1.6 Lakh * On Road Price (New Delhi)
Bajaj Dominar 250

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The Bajaj Dominar 250 has the exact same dimensions as the Dominar 400, but thinner wheels, and a smaller diameter front fork

Design

All three bikes look a lot different. While the Suzuki and the Yamaha follow a more conventional naked street design, the Bajaj Dominar 250 has a unique design. It's butch, muscular and looks bulky compared to the sleek and sporty rivals. The Dominar 250 has what is described as the "power cruiser" design, with faint hints of inspiration from the Ducati Diavel, and it strikes a handsome and muscular pose. And unlike the sportier and 'ready-to-spring' type design of the Yamaha and the Suzuki, the Dominar 250 takes on a more relaxed posture, when standing still. But it does strike a muscular pose, with the sculpted and muscular fuel tank, and the beam type perimeter frame.

Also Read: Bajaj Dominar 250 Launched At ₹ 1.60 Lakh

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The 248.8 cc DOHC engine based on the KTM 250 Duke puts out 26.6 bhp at 8,500 rpm, 23.5 Nm at 6,500 rpm

Engine & Performance

The Bajaj Dominar 250 is powered by a single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve, 248.8 cc engine, sourced from the KTM 250 Duke, but in a slightly different state of tune. On the Dominar 250, the engine puts out 26.6 bhp at 8,500 rpm and 23.5 bhp at 6,500 rpm. Claimed top speed is 132 kmph, and acceleration from 0 to 100 kmph is claimed at 10.5 seconds. In comparison, the Suzuki Gixxer 250 seems well-matched in terms of performance, at least on specifications.

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(The Gixxer 250 uses the same engine and frame as the Gixxer SF 250)

The Gixxer 250 is powered by a 249 cc, oil-cooled, SOHC, four-valve engine which puts out 26 bhp at 9,000 rpm and 22.6 Nm of peak torque at 7,500 rpm. The Yamaha FZ-25 is also powered by a similar sized engine, but it makes the least power among the three. The 249 cc, air-cooled, SOHC, two-valve engine of the Yamaha puts out 20.6 bhp at 8,000 rpm, and 20 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. And unlike the four-valve engines of the Dominar 250 and the Gixxer 250, the FZ-25 gets a two-valve engine, and is air-cooled.

Bajaj Dominar 250 Suzuki Gixxer 250 Yamaha FZ-25
Engine Type DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled SOHC, 4-valve, oil-cooled SOHC, 2-valve, air-cooled
Displacement 248.8 cc 249 cc 249 cc
Max Power 26.6 bhp @ 8,500 rpm 26 bhp @ 9,000 rpm 20.6 bhp @ 8,000 rpm
Peak Torque 23.5 Nm @ 6,500 rpm 22.6 Nm @ 7,500 rpm 20 Nm @ 6,000 rpm
Gearbox 6-speed 6-speed 5-speed

Dimensions

In terms of dimensions, it's the Bajaj Dominar 250, which is the longer, wider and taller bike among all three. The wheelbase of the Bajaj is also the longest, and side by side, there's no doubt that the Dominar 250 will look slightly bigger than both the Gixxer 250 and the FZ-25. But with the bigger size, the Bajaj Dominar 250 also gets some more weight. In fact, it's a whopping 24 kg heavier than the Suzuki Gixxer 250, and 28 kg heavier than the Yamaha FZ-25. How that translates to real world performance and feel will only be apparent after a full comparison. But the added weight of the Dominar 250 certainly will make it feel heavier, and possibly even slower in terms of pure acceleration. The Yamaha has the biggest fuel tank capacity of 14 litres, and the Suzuki has the smallest fuel tank, with 12 litres, while the Bajaj sits in the middle with 13 litres fuel capacity.

Bajaj Dominar 250 Suzuki Gixxer 250 Yamaha FZ-25
Length (mm) 2156 2010 2015
Width (mm) 836 805 770
Height (mm) 1112 1035 1075
Wheelbase (mm) 1453 1340 1360
Kerb Weight (kg) 180 156 152
Fuel Tank Capacity 13 Litres 12 Litres 14 Litres

Chassis & Cycle Parts

The Bajaj Dominar 250 is the only bike in this comparison to have a beam-type perimeter frame. While the Suzuki gets a steel downtube frame, the Yamaha gets a diamond-type frame. All three bikes employ different frame architecture, but that's not to say that one type will provide better dynamics. In fact, the added weight of the Dominar 250 may actually make it slower around a set of corners than the Suzuki Gixxer 250. The Dominar 250 is also the only bike in this comparison to get an upside down front fork.

Bajaj Dominar 250 Suzuki Gixxer 250 Yamaha FZ-25
Frame Type Beam Perimeter Type Steel Downtube Diamond
Front Suspension Telescopic 37 mm upside down Telescopic Fork Telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Monoshock Monoshock Monoshock
Front Brake 300 mm Single Disc Single Disc Single Disc
Rear Brake 230 mm Single Disc Single Disc Single Disc
Tyre Size (Front) 100/80-17 110/70-17 100/80-17
Tyre Size (Rear) 130/70-17 150/60-17 140/70-17

Price & Value

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The Yamaha FZ-25 has clearly a price advantage here, but the upcoming BS6 model is likely to get marginally more expensive, in our estimates, at around ₹ 1.45 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi). But the fact that it's a two-valve engine, with a single overhead cam and comes with a five-speed gearbox, the other two, the Bajaj Dominar 250 and the Suzuki Gixxer 250 seems like they have better hardware. Both the Bajaj and the Suzuki come with four-valve engines, but the Bajaj Dominar 250 is the only bike to get a liquid-cooled engine. While it may be on the heavier side, but the Dominar 250 will appeal to a lot of buyers, primarily those who will be looking for slightly bigger appearances, as well as highway comfort. Both the Bajaj Dominar 250 and the Suzuki Gixxer 250 are evenly matched in pricing, but we'll wager the choice will come down to looks, riding style and purpose, to choose one over the other.

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