Yamaha YZF-R15 Grease n Gasoline

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Overdrive Review – KTM 200 Duke vs Yamaha R15 v2.0 vs Honda CBR250R

Reviewed By Shubhabrata Marmar, Overdrive

How many times have you discovered a new gadget, a new workflow, a new shop or a new piece of software and thought to yourself, “Well, this changes everything!” It doesn’t happen often but when it does, it is usually wonderful. The KTM 200 Duke promises to be like that. But is it?

If, like me, you have read all the online reviews then you will know that most people who rode the motorcycle at the Chakan test track preview thought the world of the KTM.

The question we are finding the answer to today is simple – is the KTM as dramatic, as market-changing as the first ride suggests it should be or not?


So we called in the obvious frames of reference for the KTM. In alphabetical order, the Honda CBR250R is first. It makes the same peak power as the KTM but takes a very different route to the enthusiast’s heart.

It’s a soft, civil, versatile, comfortable motorcycle which enjoys its sense of being large, spacious and planted. But it also commands a premium of roughly Rs 60,000 for the ABS model and Rs 25,000 for the non-ABS model over the KTM.

The other motorcycle is the Yamaha YZF-R15. The little Yamaha is a bit of a legend and is here because it is, in our eyes, the ultimate enthusiasts’ ride on the market today. We know from extensive experience that the R15 is friendly, forgiving and fast.

Yamaha YZF-R15

However, it has a displacement, power and consequently, a performance disadvantage here while being just Rs 6,000 cheaper than the Duke 200. Has Yamaha lost its serve in not bringing out its 250cc competitor early enough? So many questions!

Styling, build and finish

The CBR looks like a scaled down VFR. I personally don’t like the VFR so I’m not particularly a fan of this design. But the CBR inescapably looks like a big motorcycle and ridden quickly in traffic creates and maintains the illusion that you are on something substantial.

It’s well-finished and good looking and the sole clue to its real nature, really, is the rear tyre which looks extremely tall for its width when seen from the back and hence, a bit odd. Finish levels on the CBR are excellent and build quality is pretty good. There used to be a niggle with rusting nuts in the early batches but that has since been fixed.

The R15 version 2.0, as Yamaha like to call it, wasn’t as big an update as the name suggests. But it did serve to sharpen the focus of the motorcycle. The subframe on which the seats sit is kicked up at a wild angle and the tweaking of the lower body panels does work.

Yamaha YZF-R15
Yamaha YZF-R15
Yamaha YZF-R15
Yamaha YZF-R15
Yamaha YZF-R15

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