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KTM Duke 200 vs Yamaha R15 V2.0 vs CBR250R – Shootout

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Shootout – Yamaha R15 vs KTM Duke 200 vs CBR250R

600 cc, 67 BHP and Rs. 4.2 lakhs. No, this is not one but three of the best performance on sale in India today. I am about the Yamaha R15 . KTM Duke 200 and the CBR250R . When the KTM Duke 200 was we did a quick comparison with its (here ), but little did we know on the road everything would out so different.

Yes, we rode the motorcycles back to back to find out which emerges as the winner as the best performance in India today. So stay to your chairs as this is the interesting battle in the Indian industry we have seen in

Before we started the shootout, the new kids on the block went to pay a to the motorcycle which started it The Bajaj Pulsar 220 has not been in this test because the 200 NS is coming soon and thus it make sense to buy a P220 at stage. The Pulsar 220 is still fun though and quite fast

The Honda CBR150R is grossly and thus has not been included in test.

Styling — All the motorcycles have very styling. Based on the looks it will be difficult to chose one all are very pleasing to look at. All the bikes take inspiration their bigger siblings, the R15 look like a mini R1, the 200 takes heavy cues the Duke 990, while the CBR250R draws styling from none other the mighty VFR1200F. Thus all acclaimed designs so you can’t go with either.

But which draws the most eye candy is the

The simple answer is the Yamaha R15 2.0 which is an outright sporty motorcycle. Inspired from the R1 and any angle you view the R15 pleases the senses to a great extent. from the twin headlights in the to the R6 inspired tail, the R15 looks balanced and proportionate.

Infact the R15 so good that many end up it just for the way it looks.

The KTM Duke … street-fighter styling and the minimum parts ensure it its muscles and proudly at that. from the orange colour to the trellis frame, the Duke has to attract eye balls. Mind pictures just don’t do to the Duke 200 and one needs to see it in person to how hot it looks.

Even though the Duke is a 200 cc bike, it looks much thanks to its beefy looks.

The CBR250R on the other end features styling, which is-int a bad The design is quite neutral and all. Honda has not really much about the styling and small changes (black LED tail lights) could the CBR250R looks so much

The inspiration from the VFR1200F on a is confusing though and the CBR250R not feature cuts and creases the other too.

Styling — Yamaha R15 V2.0, KTM 200, Honda CBR250R

Cluster and Switch Gear – One of the important parts of a motorcycle is the cluster. It is your dashboard and to vital information. All the three have very good clusters and deciding the best them is not an easy task.

But the KTM Duke 200′s instrumentation is the winner here. The simple, square cluster is light and features a plethora of information, the other two don’t even close to. You have two trip-meters, to empty, average fuel average riding time, shift indicator and what not on the console.

An analog tachometer and bigger read outs only improve the Duke’s cluster.

The Yamaha R15′s cluster comes in second, to the large tachometer and decently display for the speedometer, odometer and meter. The R15 features twin meters and one will love the way the needle bounces around as you every ounce of juice the 150 cc motor. The Honda CBR250R’s comes in a close third and the is simple and nothing eye catchy.

The has been given the prime on the cluster, with a digital right below it. If Honda has styling cues from the why not take the instrument cluster the VFR too? All these motorcycles very good switch quality, with the usual of buttons.

The KTM Duke 200 is the only which has back-lit switches, is a cool touch.

Instrument Verdict — KTM Duke R15 V2.0, Honda CBR250R

and Gearbox – I am sure this is the important parameter which look at when buying any of motorcycles. All the three bikes are by single-cylinder, 4-…, 4-valve, cooled engines but that is the similarities end. The smallest and the least powerful bike is the Yamaha R15 Version 2.0, is powered by a 149.8 cc engine. The motor produces 16.76 BHP (17 PS) of power at 8500 RPM and 15 Nm of peak at 7500 RPM.

With a weight of 136 kgs, the R15 has a power to weight ratio of 123 BHP / This gives the Yamaha a 0 – 100 time of 11.5 seconds and a top of 130 km/h.

The most powerful here is the Honda CBR250R, is armed with a 249.6 cc, engine, producing 25 BHP of peak at 8500 RPM and 23 Nm of peak torque at RPM. The CBR250R is the heaviest weighing in at 167 kgs. This the CBR250R a power to weight of 150 BHP / ton. Twist the throttle of the with full force and it reach 100 km/h in less 9 seconds.

Keep going and the CBR250R will gladly past 150 km/h, thereby the highest top speed of the trio.

The KTM 200 also produces 25 BHP of peak but at a higher 10,000 RPM. by a 199.5 cc, short … the Duke 200 produces 19.2 Nm of torque at 8000 RPM. The weighs the same as the R15, at 136 kgs gives it insane power to ratio of 184 BHP / ton. The Duke 200 100 km/h in 9.4 seconds and hits a top of 138 km/h. All the three motorcycles very different engines, the power output concentrated in bands.

The KTM Duke 200 has good low and punch, the Yamaha R15 and Honda have good mid and high end None of these bikes disappoint you though and you can have as fun on either of these.

On paper the looks like the most machine, thanks to its low weight the Yamaha R15 feels the slowest due to the power it produces. But on the road, could change. So without ado, lets talk is faster.

Simply put, with a 30 kgs disadvantage, it is the Honda which is the faster machine The Duke 200 might out run it in in gear timings but the CBR250R makes up for it in out acceleration. The tall geared still has some steam when the Duke 200′s limiter kicks in at 10,500

In a quarter mile drag ( video can be viewed here . actual experience and yes the riders are lining up for one), the Honda just edges out in front and is all thanks to the shorter gearing of the 200. Initially the Duke 200 forward but as speeds built up, the KTM has to keep up-shifting, causing loss of time.

At the end of the 400-meters, the Duke 200 hits 126 in sixth gear, while the will still be pulling at 128 km/h in fourth gear two gears to go! The top-end of the CBR250R is amazing and the Honda engine special mention for the top levels of which the other two don’t come close to matching.

The problem with the KTM Duke 200 in its short gearing, which a problem if you don’t compare it to the CBR250R. The red-line comes quickly and one can’t really at the right time due to the speed at the revvs climb in the Duke The Duke doesn’t feel out of near its red-line and the deliberate at 10,500 RPM has been done for

The Honda CBR250R’s tall gives the rider plenty of to plan up-shifts, ensuring shifts and optimum use of power.

The R15 Version 2.0 is no match for the other two and simply doesn’t have the to keep up with them on out acceleration. The highly aerodynamic also means that one has to forward aggressively to boost top At around 118 km/h, the R15 starts and the wind resistance is too much to at times.

Reaching 130 km/h a very long time, the other two are very quick in past 130 km/h thanks to the power and torque they

The Yamaha R15′s engine sporty as revvs build up. The engine sounds refined and all throughout the power band and does it feel stressed or no matter how much you thrash it. The 200 on the other end is vocal from the go.

The sound from the engine is right from idle to the and the Duke 200 sounds like a motor. The Duke’s under exhaust gets really and boomy around 6000 RPM and the build up very quickly, its Japanese rivals whose don’t build up near as

If one wants to ride on the track, the motor is very well for on the limit throttle. For the city, the 200′s powerplant feels good and upto the job and the torque is insane. So good is the torque that one can simply put the KTM in 6th gear at 30 without a single hesitation the powerplant. In-gear acceleration is the best and the Duke 200′s is very crisp and eager.

All the bikes have a 6-speed gearbox, with light and shift action. There is little to differentiate between the and gearbox of these performance The mileage is more or less the too with the bikes stretching litre of petrol to 35 km/l.

Performance Verdict – Honda KTM Duke 200, Yamaha R15

Ride, Handling and Braking – No for guessing which motorcycle can the others a thing or two about Armed with the famous frame, which was developed on Yamaha’s experience in Moto GP, the R15 like a train on rails. bike will make you your mental limit and you start riding the R15 you will start exploring the Rossi you.

The R15 is point and shoot and accurate at that, because its sharp handling gives it immense flick-ability, that you every turn on the road is a on the track. Grip levels are and sometimes you would feel you are to the road.

The KTM Duke 200 is a very handler too but not close to the R15 in terms of You can point and shoot the Duke 200 and it The KTM is very flickable, and being a it doesn’t have to be as track as the R15.

The wide rubber the Duke very good and the light steering gives the ample feedback. The Honda though is not as sharp or nimble as the too and the extra 30 kgs are quite evident. The is more suited towards and cruising then putting knee down.

The R15′s seating position makes the feel at home when you put knee down.

The Duke’s is upright which doesn’t the sense of sportyness. This goes in the Duke 200′s as for long distance riding, the feels extremely comfortable, the R15 feels too sporty and aggressive. The CBR250R’s seating is right the Duke 200 and the R15 as its not too sporty nor too upright and is a of both.

While the Honda handle well, it doesn’t close to the nimble, flickable and sharp behaviour of the R15 and Duke But all this changes as speeds up and once past 120 km/h, the 200 doesn’t feel as stable as the The R15′s wind tunnel shape gives it insanely stability at high speeds but beat the CBR250R in this

The extra 30 kgs of weight give the a massive advantage at high You never feel your fast enough, because the stays glued to the road, at 140 km/h. At such speeds, the is still very sharp and one can do flicks from one lane to without any twitch whatsoever. The R15 and 200 feel as good a handler in the of a beginner but one really needs to be experienced to extract the best out of the

All the three bikes have good weight distribution. If you are to ride on the track often, you get the Yamaha R15, there is no two about it. But if you ride at very speeds frequently, then the is your best bet.

For a mix of track and highways, the KTM Duke 200 the bill perfectly.

Braking of all the three motorcycles is very All of them feature disc all around with grippy and rubber. Honda offers as an option, which makes the brakes easily the best of the But when you consider the non-ABS of the CBR250R, it is the Yamaha R15 which outshines the others in braking offering stupendous stopping

The R15′s brakes are so good if you brake hard from digit speeds, it doesn’t or slide and stops … in its The KTM Duke 200 also has extremely brakes, slightly better the CBR250R (non-ABS). You can’t go with either of these though, as all offer extremely pedal feel and brake

The ride quality of all these is aided by monoshock suspension at the while the front is telescopic in the CBR250R and the R15, while the 200 has upside-down forks made by WP. The feels the most comfortable of the absorbing bumps and offering a compliant ride. The Duke 200 and R15 are a second with slightly settings, giving the rider feel of terrible roads.

The seat of the Yamaha R15 Version 2.0 is un-useable due to high rear and lack of grab rails.

The KTM deserves a special mention for its Yes the baby Duke is very to stunt on (Rok Bagoros that already!). The light torquey engine and sharp ensure that you can do stoppies

Dynamics Verdict – Very to chose one as all three motorcycles the very best in ride, braking and high speed If I had to chose one though, I would the Duke 200 as I don’t ride on the and there are not many roads you can do speeds which the Honda is capable off!

Conclusion – riding three of the most made in India bikes, I am in a loom of confusion as to which is the The problem is that all three so much, yet differ drastically in aspect. The Yamaha R15 is less and if it came with a 250 cc engine, it easily out run the other two, but it doesn’t and hence comes three in this shootout.

This makes it a close between the Honda CBR250R and KTM 200, both of which are powerful machines with dynamics. The Honda CBR250R is a you can tame, delivering power in a and refined manner. The Duke 200 on the hand is all out bonkers, wanting to gallop away with so eagerness all thorough out the power

The Honda CBR250R Standard is at Rs. 1.65 lakhs, the KTM Duke 200 is at Rs. 1.32 lakhs and the Yamaha R15 2.0 is priced at Rs.1.21 lakhs prices on-road, Mumbai). At prices, the KTM Duke 200 looks the tempting of the three offering the power per Rupee and the most making it our choice.

But at the end of day, you go wrong with either and it all down to personal preference. this exhaustive comparison gave me a sense of satisfaction, we the bikers are not starved of good anymore. So are you Ready To Race . I am!

Trivia – In a poll conducted on (Which is your performance 46% selected the Duke 200, 24% the Honda CBR250R and 20% selected the R15 (the rest 10% selected the ZMR).

Why Pick Up The Yamaha R15 The KTM Duke 200 and Honda CBR250R?


Razor Sharp

Excellent Brakes

Why Pick Up Duke 200 Over The Yamaha R15 and CBR250R?

Insane Power and Spread

Exhaust That A Racket

Beefy Looks

30 day

Why Pick Up The Honda CBR250R The KTM Duke 200 and Yamaha R15?

Refinement and Performance

High Stability

Ride Quality

– Deepak Dongre, Hanoz Mohit Soni ; Photography Dr. Javeid A Khan

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