A comparative analysis between the Pulsar F250 and the Duke 250
Bajaj and KTM are two bike brands with significant market shares.
This post in the following sections will conduct an analysis of Pulsar F250 vs KTM Duke 250.
Here goes -
The F250 Pulsar comes with a semi-faired design language. The bike is known for its muscular styling. The fairing makes the bike pretty aerodynamic. The LED DRLs add to the appeal. The bike comes with a 14-litre fuel tank. The seats on the bike are spacious and come in a split design. The grab rail is sporty to look at and the exhaust is a twin-barrel unit. The alloy wheels are amazing to look at and they are light for additional performance.
The Duke 250, similar to other KTM bikes in India, comes with edgy styling. The bike recently got a cosmetic upgrade. The bike now comes with a refreshed headlamp unit. Its DRLs too have been redesigned. The engine has been tuned to comply with BS6 emission norms. The ergonomics of the bike are more rider-friendly than in the previous iteration.
The Pulsar F250 comes with a full-LED lighting setup. The instrument cluster is a new one and comes with bare minimum bezels. It makes the cluster boast an infinity theme one can find in most smartphones these days! However, unlike its rivals, the bike misses out on the turn-by-turn navigation feature.
It also misses out on the Bluetooth connectivity feature that will become a standard feature in two-wheelers soon. The switchgear on the bike is backlit. The styling elements on the switchgear are not similar to the other Pulsar variants. The feedback from the switches is satisfactory. The switches are made from high-quality plastic. The USB charging port is covered with a spring-loaded cover.
The KTM Duke 250 on the other hand, comes with all the cool parts from its siblings. The suspension units are from WP’s Apex range. The brake callipers are from ByBre. The bike has a split-Trellis frame and comes with 17-inch alloy wheels. The tyres on the bike are from MRF and they belong to the Revz C1 range of the tyre brand. The bike comes with dual-channel ABS. It also comes with KTM’s revered Supermoto feature.
The Pulsar F250 is equipped with a clip-on handlebar. It is placed marginally higher than the ones found in other Pulsar variants. The riding triangle is ergonomic and sporty. The rider will be forced to sit aggressively that not only reduces air drag but improves overall handling.
The bike is comfortable for daily commutes. It is also ideal for long rides. Taking corners at high speeds will be backed with confidence as the bike’s frame makes it well-balanced. The bike is equipped with an all-new 249.07cc engine. It is a single-cylinder, oil-cooled motor. It is capable of producing 24.1bhp at 8,750 rpm. The torque output of the bike is 21.5Nm and it is produced when the motor is in the power range of 6,500 rpm.
The engine has a non-linear power band. It means that the rider will be able to enjoy high-performance mid-range from the motor. The top range of the motor is also tuned to deliver grin-inducing performance. Riders will feel as if the engine is willing to push itself. However, one will have to make peace with the vibrations from the motor when it is below the 3,000 rpm range.
Furthermore, the low-end performance of the engine is not that great. The true potential of the motor is unlocked when the tachometer is above the 4,000 rpm range. The acceleration of the bike is amazing. One can hit 140 KMPH in no time.
The Duke 250 on the other hand, sports a fuel-injected, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. The motor is tuned to deliver longer power strokes that lead to higher power outputs. The peak power of the motor is 29.6bhp which comes out at 9000 rpm. The peak torque output of the motor is 24Nm which comes out at 7500 rpm.
The F250 is a brand new bike from Bajaj and it will surely appeal to new-age riders. The Duke 250 is a tried and tested product. It is ideal for track riders and for riders who need a bike for short commutes. For more details, one must test ride each bike and take informed decisions.Apply for Loan Calculate Your EMI