The Yamaha FZ25 is a promising motorcycle. Lightweight, decently powerful, comfortable, efficient and good-looking, the FZ25 checks all the right boxes. On paper it seems like the perfect bike for India. But to see if it is truly great, the FZ25 will have to hold its own against the Bajaj Dominar 400. No, it doesn’t seem fair at all. The Dominar 400 is a bigger, more powerful and a better equipped motorcycle. It is also sports a different body style and a higher price tag.
However, for an average buyer graduating from a 150cc commuter motorcycle, the displacement is hardly a concern. He wants a stylish and powerful motorcycle, something to fulfil the role of a daily commuter and a weekend getaway bike. And in return, he is willing to sacrifice a bigger chunk of his salary and visit the fuel station more often. And this makes the FZ25 and the Dominar 400 fit the bill perfectly. Both these bikes will serve you well for your daily grind and allow you to comfortably rip through the highways on weekends. But which one does it better?
While a standard non-ABS Dominar 400 would have been a better match in terms of pricing, the ABS version accounts for 90 per cent of Dominar 400 sales making it the obvious choice for this test. We would have also loved to throw in the KTM 200 Duke in the mix, considering that it falls in the same price bracket. But KTM for some reason was reluctant to lend us a motorcycle for a comparison test. We wonder why?