2018 Honda CBR 250R vs Bajaj Dominar 400 - spec comparison

22/03/2018 - 12:36 | ,  ,  ,   | Praveen M

Honda brought back the CBR 250R in the form of the 2018 Honda CBR 250R. While the brand has only made subtle changes to the bike, it now faces stiff competition from bikes like the Bajaj Dominar 400.

2018 Honda CBR250R front right quarter at 2018 Auto Expo
Other than the visual changes, the mechanicals are similar to the previous generation bike.

The 2018 Honda CBR 250R features a new LED headlamp and new graphics on the bodywork, apart from the BS-IV compliant engine. The design is the same as the previous generation bike. The Dominar, on the other hand, is more of a power cruiser than a sporty tourer. Nonetheless, both bikes are potent highway machines which can munch miles with ease. Let’s see if the CBR 250R is still relevant, at least on paper.

Specifications 2018 Honda CBR 250R Bajaj Dominar 400
Engine 249.6 cc DOHC engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection 373.3 cc triple spark DTS-I engine with liquid cooing and fuel injection
Maximum Power 26.5 PS at 8,500 rpm 35 PS at 8,000 rpm
Peak Torque 22.9 Nm at 7,000 rpm 35 Nm at 6,500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed 6-speed with slipper clutch
Front Suspension Telescopic fork 43 mm telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Pro-Link monoshock Nitrox monoshock
Front Brake 296 mm disc with ABS 320 mm disc with ABS
Rear Brake 220 mm disc with ABS 230 mm disc with ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity 13 litres 13 litres
Kerb Weight 167 kg 182 kg
Ground Clearance 145 mm 157 mm
Front Tyre Size 110/70-17 (Tubeless) 110/70-17 Radial
Rear Tyre Size 140/70-17 (Tubeless) 150/60-17 Radial
Price, ex-showroom, Delhi STD (non-ABS): INR 1,63,584

ABS: INR 1,93,107

Non-ABS: INR 1,44,113

ABS: INR 1,58,275

Tthe 2018 Honda CBR 250R has a smaller engine than the Bajaj Dominar, and has lesser output. Though the two bikes have 6-speed gearbox, the Dominar enjoys the advantage of having slipper clutch. It makes aggressive downshifting safer by letting the wheel slip rather than locking up. The Dominar also has bigger brakes, and weighs 15 kg more than the CBR.

2018 Bajaj Dominar 400 unveiled red front left quarter closeup
Unlike the CBR, the Dominar has an all-LED lighting system.

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Coming to the pricing, even the ABS version of the Dominar undercuts the non-ABS variant of the CBR by INR 5,309. The price difference between the ABS version of the two bikes stands at a whopping INR 34,832. Clearly, the Dominar offers better value for money when it comes to features and performance. The CBR 250R is ideal for those who are willing to pay a premium for a no-nonsense, reliable Japanese sports tourer.

2018 Honda CBR 250R - Image Gallery

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