Now that many of us have had the taste of entry level performance motorcycles, the most obvious upgrade is to middle weight segment of machines. So here is a helping hand for all of you who are planning to upgrade from an entry level performance motorcycle to a middle weight machine.
The gap between the entry level performance motorcycle and the fully fledged litre-class machines in the Indian market was first, officially, bridged by Kawasaki Ninja 650 back in 2011. The competition began to pile up post the entry of Korean two-wheeler manufacturer Hyosung’s fully faired GT650R and Street fighter GT650N. Last year, Triumph Motorcycles too began their India operations and Benelli is scheduled to commence its sales in the country very soon.
Kawasaki intends to gain a fair share of the middle weight street fighter market and hence, has introduced the naked version of the Ninja 650, named the ER-6n. But how well does the Kawasaki offering fair against the competition? We compare the technical specifications of the most desirable mid-sized capacity motorcycles in the Indian market to find out which product outdoes the others.
|Specifications||Kawasaki ER-6n||Benelli TNT 600i||Triumph Street Triple||Hyosung GT650N|
|Type and Displacement||649cc Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin||600cc Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC in-line four||675cc Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder||647 CC liquid cooled, 4 Stroke, DOHC 8 Valve V-Twin|
|Number of Cylinders||Two||Four||Three||Two|
|Bore x Stroke (mm)||83.0 x 60.0||65 x 45.2||74.0 x 52.3||81.0 x 62.0|
|Power-to-weight (PS/tonne)||353 PS/Tonne||399 PS/Tonne||422 PS/Tonne||351 PS/Tonne|
|Seat Height (mm)||805||800||800||780|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||130||180||165||165|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litre)||16||15||17.4||17|
|Kerb Weight (kgs)||204||208||188||208|
Tyres and Brakes
|Front||120/70-ZR17 M/C 58W||120/70-ZR17 58W||120/70-ZR17||120/60-17 55W|
|Rear||160/60-ZR17 M/C (69W)||180/55-ZR17 73W||180/55-ZR17||160/60-17 69W|
|Front Brake (mm)||Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs||Twin floating discs 320 mm||Twin 310mm floating discs||300mm Hydraulic double disc brake|
|Rear Brake (mm)||Single 220 mm petal disc||Single disc 260 mm||Single 220mm disc||230mm Hydraulic single disc brake|
|Price (Ex-Showroom Delhi) (INR)||INR 4.89 Lakh||INR 5.15 Lakh||INR 7.65 Lakh||INR 4.08 Lakh|
The yet-to-arrive Benelli TNT 600i, with its 600cc inline four cylinder engine, is the most powerful motorcycle in this comparison. Triumph Street Triple, with its India spec tuning, comes second with 79.3PS. Hyosung GT650N takes the third spot with its 73PS motor while the newly launched Kawasaki ER-6n finishes last with 72PS of power. The torque rankings, however, are the exact opposite. The Kawasaki ER-6n has got the maximum amount of torque among the four products. Hyosung GT650N takes the second spot with 60.9Nm of torque while the Triumph Street Triple finishes third with 57.3PS. The Benelli TNT 600i comes last with its 52Nm torque output.
Things also change considerably once the weight of the motorcycles comes into play. The Triumph Street Triple aces the list with its lightweight, topping the chart with a power-to-weight ratio of 422PS/tonne. The Benelli TNT 600i, despite the most number of horses, comes in second with a power-to-weight ratio of 399PS/tonne. The Kawasaki ER-6n comes third with 353PS/tonne while the Hyosung GT650N comes last with 351PS/tonne.
DSK-Benelli India surprised the audience with an aggressive price tag of Rs 5.15 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) making it the most affordable inline four cylinder motorcycle in the country. In this comparison, however, the Hyosung GT650N is the most affordable product. The Kawasaki ER-6n, with an ex-showroom price tag of Rs 4.89 lakh comes second. The Benelli finishes third in this comparison while the Triumph Street Triple is the most expensive product among the four motorcycles.
This is how the motorcycles stand against each other. Which motorcycle would you like to bring home in 2015? Share your thoughts and opinions with us through comments section below. Stay tuned to Motoroids for more updates from the motoring world.