The Yamaha Fazer 25 was recently launched for a price of Rs 1.28 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). After the launch of the Yamaha FZ25 back in January, it was only a matter of time before its faired sibling, the Fazer 25, was launched. The Yamaha Fazer 25 shares the same engine as the FZ25 and produces the same amount of power and torque at 20.9PS and 20Nm respectively. However, it costs Rs 10,000 more than the FZ25 and is 6kg heavier. Yamaha claims the Fazer 25 can go 600km on a single fill of fuel due to a larger tank. The Yamaha Fazer 25 has entered a segment that is on the decline, and it currently has only one motorcycle for competition, the Bajaj Pulsar RS200. Let's have a look how these two competitors stack up against each other, spec-wise.
Like the Fazer, the RS200 is also based on a naked motorcycle - the Bajaj Pulsar 200NS. While it is down 49cc in the displacement game, the Pulsar RS200 produces more power and torque, has a sixth gear and costs Rs 4,000 less than the Fazer 25 for the non-ABS variant. However, it weighs 9kg more at 165kg and has a 13-litre tank compared to the Fazer's 14-litre fuel capacity. The Pulsar RS200 also has a liquid-cooled engine with two valves and two sparkplugs more than the Fazer 25. Although looks are subjective, the RS200 looks better with its aggressive lines, and twin projector headlamps. While the RS200's fairing is worlds apart from the design of its naked sibling, the Fazer 25 uses the same exact headlamp as the naked FZ25 within its fairing.Both bikes have telescopic front forks, and a monoshock setup at the rear. The Fazer 25 employs LEDs for the headlamps, tail-lamps as well as the auxiliary lamps. The Pulsar RS200, on the other hand, gets twin projectors for the headlamps and LEDs for the auxiliary and tail-lamps. The Pulsar RS200 is available for Rs 1.24 lakh for the standard and Rs 1.36 lakh for the ABS variant, (all prices ex-showroom, Mumbai).
With both the bikes neck-and-neck in terms of equipment and price, only a real-world ride comparison will tell which one's truly better.