The launch of the Bajaj Dominar 250 begs the inevitable question. How is it going against the fiery KTM 250 Duke and the majestic Gixxer 250 Suzuki? Here’s a fast analysis of the spec.
The quarter-liter or 250cc variant of the Bajaj Dominar eventually arrived after months of waiting. The Dominar 250 is built on the same basis as the Dominar 400. So, this makes us think it would be of tremendous benefit to consumers, much like its elder sibling.
We’ll only be able to test that in a few days though. Because we’ll get our hands on the Dominar 250 early next week.
Meanwhile, we wanted to see if the current Dominar 250 is staking up on paper against its biggest competitor–the Suzuki Gixxer 250–and its very own twin–the KTM 250 Duke. So, here’s the…
Technology & Facilities
The Bajaj Dominar 250 powered by a liquid-cooled 248.7cc single-cylinder engine. Which produces a torque of 26.6bhp and 23.5Nm. The engine gets twin-spark technology from Bajaj and fits a gearbox of six speeds.
The KTM 250 Duke uses the same powertrain, minus the twin-spark engineering, but produces a torque of 29.6bhp and 24Nm. It comes equipped with a six-speed gearbox too.
On the other hand, the Gixxer 250 has an oil-cooled 249cc single-cylinder engine which produces 26.1bhp and 22.2Nm of torque (which is0.4Nm less in the BS-VI version). The engine comes mated to a gearbox with six speeds.
Now, the Gixxer may be the trio’s least strong, but it’s the lightest here, tipping the scales at 156 kg. At 161 kg the KTM weighs significantly more heavily. But here, the Dominar is the heaviest–and by quite a margin. Weighing 180 kilograms!
Both the Bajaj and KTM give a slipper clutch but the Suzuki lacks it.
Suspension, tires & braking
Like the Dominar 400 which gets 43 mm upside-down (USD) front forks, the front forks of the Dominar 250 get 37 mm USD slimmer. The rear wheel features a mono-shock setup similar to that of the Dominar 400.
The KTM holds up to its sporty expectations, featuring beefy WP 43 mm front forks and a mono-shock on the rear. The Gixxer 250 has front forks of 41 mm but they’re standard and not USD. The Suzuki gets even a mono-shock rig at the back.