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Bajaj Dominar 250 Vs KTM Duke 250 Spec Comparison; Sports Touring or Hyper Riding?

Amit Saraswat

Car Expert, Editor at 91Wheels

30 Apr 2020

KTM motorcycles are ready to race, as always and enjoy a cult following in the Indian market owing to their regal performance and stupendous agility. The KTM Duke 250 is renowned for its both sports and touring capabilities. It is also one of the best road-going KTM with great refinement. Bajaj motorcycles have also dropped a younger counterpart of the popular Dominar 400. The new Dominar 250 sports the same 250cc engine we get in the Duke 250 but its tune has been altered. We have prepared a spec comparison of Bajaj Dominar 250 Vs KTM Duke 250 to see how the new home-grown sports tourer fairs against its Austrian sibling.

Bajaj Dominar 250 Vs KTM Duke 250

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Bajaj Dominar 250 Vs KTM Duke 250 - Dimensions and Design

Bajaj Dominar 250 looks identical to the 400cc counterpart and that works in its favour. The thick and robot-face front LED headlights gives it a menacing stance and the LED taillights looks also good in the night. It doesn't lack equipment either, with dual-channel ABS, USD forks, twin-pot instrument cluster and dual-barrel exhaust makes it more appealing.

KTM Duke 250 has also been updated with fresh looks and features. It now gets a new paint job and updated 320mm front brake router with supermoto mode. The orange-coloured trellis frame steals eyeballs and makes it a KTM. The KTM Duke 250 is smaller in every dimension and also sports a smaller wheelbase than the Dominar.

FiguresBajaj Dominar 250KTM Duke 250
Wheelbase1453mm1357mm
Weight180kg169kg
Fuel tank13 litres13.5 litres
Ground clearance157mm151mm

Bajaj Dominar 250 Vs KTM Duke 250 - Engine and Performance

FiguresBajaj Dominar 250KTM Duke 250
Displacement248.77cc single-cylinder DOHC liquid-cooled 248.8cc single-cylinder DOHC liquid-cooled
Power27 PS @ 8500rpm30 PS @ 9000rpm
Torque23.5 Nm @ 6500rpm 24 Nm @ 7250rpm
Transmission6-speed6-speed

Both the Dominar and Duke 250 have the same 248cc single-cylinder DOHC liquid-cooled engine but both have been tuned differently and the Duke is more powerful. The Duke 250 produces 3 PS more than the Dominar and also has 0.5 Nm of twisting force advantage. On the other hand, the Dominar produces 27 PS and 23.5 Nm of torque but both come at early rpm range. Which means that the Dominar will be zippier in the city than the Duke 250 which produces most of its power higher rpm.

Bajaj Dominar 250 Vs KTM Duke 250

Bajaj Dominar 250 Vs KTM Duke 250 - Features

FeaturesBajaj Dominar 250 KTM Duke 250
Front forks37mm USD43mm USD
Rear suspensionMonoshock Monoshock
ChassisPerimeterTubular steel trellis
ABSDual-channelDual-channel
Front brakes300mm disc, 4-piston320mm disc, 4-piston
Rear brakes230mm disc, 1-piston230mm disc, 1-piston
Front tyre100/80-17"100/70 R17
Rear tyre130/70-17"150/60 R17

The Bajaj Dominar 250 is a feature-packed motorcycle but if you inspect it side by side with the Duke, it starts showing its downsides. The USD forks on the Dominar are slimmer than on the Duke and also the disc router size of the Dominar's front brake is smaller by 20mm than the Duke's. The rear tyre on the Duke 250 is also wider than the Dominar's which is 130 section. And also the KTM 250 gets tubular steel trellis frame over Dominar's perimeter frame.

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Bajaj Dominar 250 Vs KTM Duke 250 - Price

PricesBajaj Dominar 250KTM Duke 250
Ex-showroomRs 1.60 lakhsRs 2.00 lakhs
Bajaj Dominar 250 Vs KTM Duke 250

At Rs 1.60 lakhs ex-showroom, Bajaj Dominar 250 offers a lot of features and screams value for money. It boasts of great equipment and a city-friendly & powerful engine. The KTM Duke 250, on the other hand, is Rs 40,000 dearer than the Dominar and it might seem a little overpriced. But if you want a KTM with top-notch refinement, Duke 250 should be your bet and its 30 PS of power will make your highway rides blissful. Both the bikes are very closely matched and your buy makes for what suits you better!

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