Yamaha has launched the Fazer 25 in India for a price starting from Rs. 1.29 lakhs (Ex-showroom, Delhi). This makes it in direct line of competition with the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 and even the YZF-R15 V2.
Let’s check out which among the three comes out better.
|Yamaha Fazer25||Rs. 1.29 lakhs|
|Yamaha R15 V2||Rs. 1.18 lakhs|
|Bajaj Pulsar RS200||Rs. 1.22 lakhs|
Yamaha Fazer 25 vs R15 V2 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS200 design
Personally, I feel that the Yamaha YZF-R15 V2 is still the best looking bike here. It is, however, showing signs of age and is in need of an update.
The Fazer 25 is based on the FZ25 and looks good from the sides and rear. Its front fascia is controversial to say the least, and I feel it could have been made so much better. On the contrary, The Pulsar RS200 has twin-projector headlamp set-up at the front, which looks good. However, its design as a whole has garnered mixed reactions, and picking a clear winner out of these two bikes is difficult.
The Fazer 25 is longer and wider than both the RS200 and the R15, and even has longer wheelbase and better fuel tank capacity. The Fazer 25 also gets a much sportier all-digital instrument cluster. However, the Pulsar is taller and has better seat height.
Verdict: While the R15 looks best, both the Pulsar and Fazer are bigger, fresher and have better list of features.
Yamaha Fazer 25 vs R15 V2 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS200 engine, specification
The most powerful bike here is the Bajaj Pulsar RS200. It gets a 199.5 cc single-cylinder fuel-injected engine that makes 24 bhp at 9750 rpm and 18.6 Nm of peak torque at 8000 rpm. This engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission.
The Fazer 25 gets a 249 cc single-cylinder air-cooled engine producing 20.6 bhp at 8000 rpm and 20 Nm at 6000 rpm. Transmission duties will be carried out by a 5-speed unit.
Though the R15 V2 gets a proper 6-speed box, its 149.0 cc single cylinder, liquid cooled mill will only produce maximum of 16.7 bhp @ 8500 rpm and 15 Nm @ 7500 rpm. This is much lower than both the other bikes.
The R15 V2 gets a fan-favourite Deltabox frame while the Pulsar and Fazer gets pressed steel Perimeter and Diamond frame respectively. However, both the latter are much better equipped, the Pulsar RS200 even more so. All three bikes have telescopic front forks and a monoshock setup at rear.
Braking duties of the Pulsar RS200 is carried out by 300mm front and 230mm rear disc brake, while the Fazer 25 gets a 282 mm front and 220 mm rear disc brake. The R15’s front unit is even smaller at 267mm. The Pulsar RS200 comes with single-channel ABS, which gives it extra points for safety.
Yamaha Fazer 25 vs R15 V2 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Price
The Yamaha YZF-R15 V2 being the smallest and least equipped of the bunch, is also priced the lowest. The standard Bajaj Pulsar RS200 is priced starting from Rs. 1.22 lakhs, which is almost Rs. 7000 lower than the Fazer 25. This makes it a huge bargain. Even if you opt for the optional ABS, the RS200 is still only Rs. 5,000/- more than the (non-ABS) Fazer.
Yamaha Fazer 25 vs R15 V2 vs Bajaj Pulsar RS200- Verdict
It seems that the Bajaj Pulsar RS200 comes out the winner in this comparison. It looks good, has the most power and is also very comfortable. However, if you are looking for a bigger brand and typically better refined engine, the Fazer is the one to choose.
The R15 V2 is still a solid machine but is pushed to last on our list because of its age and lack of power. It is however the least priced bike here and probably one the best looking fully faired offerings under Rs. 1.5 lakhs.