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Bajaj Pulsar N250 vs Yamaha FZ-25: Which Prevails In The Real World?


Same price, similar displacement but quite different setups

If you’re in the market for a 250cc naked motorcycle, the Bajaj Pulsar N250 and the Yamaha FZ-25 are the most affordable options for you. While the FZ has been the trusty old workhorse in the segment, the Pulsar aims to provide a bit more oomph for the same buck. So, how do the two bikes fare against each other in the real world? Thankfully, our V-BOX testing data has the answers:

Acceleration

Acceleration

Bajaj Pulsar N250

Yamaha FZ-25

0-60kmph

3.98s

3.94s

0-100kmph

10.87s

11.32s

30-70kmph

5.1s

4.79s

40-80kmph

6.97s

6.08s

 

On paper, the Pulsar N250 is more powerful than the FZ-25. But since it is significantly heavier than the Yammie, it doesn’t shoot off the line as quickly. Where it gains the upper hand is in the mid-range and thanks to better top-end performance, the Pulsar trumps the FZ in the sprint to 100kmph by over half a second.

However, the FZ-25’s weight advantage, peak torque kicking in earlier, and closely stacked gear ratios result in quicker roll-on times, proving that the spec sheet doesn’t always tell the full story. 

Efficiency

Condition

Bajaj Pulsar N250

Yamaha FZ-25

City

43.60kmpl

50.33kmpl

Highway

42.23kmpl

42.42kmpl

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The Yamaha was made to do its bidding in the city. Hence, no surprises then that the FZ-25’s more frugal engine triumphs here, delivering nearly 7kmpl more than the ‘largest’ Pulsar ever. 

When ridden conservatively on the highway, both are quite closely matched and will return around the same range over long rides. That said, when you want to ride at a slightly quicker pace, the Pulsar’s power advantage and linear spread of torque will return better efficiency. 

Braking

Speed

Bajaj Pulsar N250

Yamaha FZ-25

100-0kmph

54.53m

52.44m

80-0kmph

34.89m

31.67m

60-0kmph

18.79m

17.79m

 
Right Side View of FZ 25

Even though the Yamaha FZ-25 has smaller disc brakes than the Pulsar N250, it comes to a halt in a significantly shorter distance, regardless of the speed. Not only does it weigh significantly less than the Pulsar, but even the brake feel and bite is better. Also, you have dual-channel ABS to save your skin. The Pulsar skimps on this tech, using just single-channel ABS.

So, to conclude, the FZ-25 may cost Rs 1,200 less than the Pulsar N250, but it is the Pulsar that will keep you happy for longer, thanks to its better overall rideability. Unless, that is, you want a no-nonsense 250cc commuter. In that case, the FZ would suit you quite well.

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