Benelli TNT 600GT vs Kawasaki Ninja 650 vs Honda CBR 650F: Tourer Motorcycle Tech Spec Shootout

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Kawasaki Ninja 650’s dominance in the middle-weight tourer segment is about to get challenged by new competitors. While the Benelli TNT 600 GT is already here, the Honda CBR650F will soon be making way to Indian shores making the competition stiffer. But which motorcycle will outrun the others, on paper?

DSK-Benelli India Launch - TNT-600-GT (5)

 Here is how these motorcycles measure up against each other:

Specifications Kawasaki Ninja 650 Benelli TNT 600 GT Honda CBR650F*

Engine

Type and Displacement 649cc Liquid-cooled, DOHC 8 valve 4-stroke Parallel Twin-cylinder 600cc Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC in-line four-cylinder 649cc Liquid-cooled, DOHC in-line four-cylinder
Number of Cylinders Two Four Four
Power (PS) 72 @ 8500 RPM 85 @ 11500 RPM 87 @ 11000 RPM
Torque (Nm) 64 @ 7000 RPM 54.6 @ 10500 RPM 63 @ 8000 RPM

Dimensions

Length (mm) 2100 2150 2110
Width (mm) 760 840 754
Height (mm) 1200 1280 1145
Seat Height (mm) 790 NA 810
Wheelbase (mm) 1410 1470 1450
Ground Clearance (mm) 145 150 130
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litre) 15.5 27 17.4
Kerb Weight (kgs) 211 243 210
Tyres and Brakes
Tyre Size
Front 120/70-17 ZR17 120/70-ZR17 120/70ZR-17
Rear 160/60-17 ZR17 180/55-ZR17 180/55ZR-17
Front Brake (mm) Dual 300 mm petal discs with two-piston calipers Hydraulic Dual Disc Brakes Two-piston calipers with dual 320mm discs
Rear Brake (mm) Single 220 mm petal disc with single-piston caliper Hydraulic Single Disc Brake Single-caliper 240mm disc
Price (Ex-Showroom Delhi) (INR) INR 5.30 lakh INR 5.60 lakh INR 8 Lakh (expected)

*Honda CBR650F tech specs are for the international models. Figures for India spec models may differ.

The Honda CBR650F stands out as the most powerful motorcycle with its 649cc in-line four cylinder motor that delivers 87 PS of power at 11,000 RPM. The Benelli TNT 600 GT finishes a close second with its 600cc inline four cylinder motor churning out 85 PS of power at 11,500 RPM. The Kawasaki Ninja 650, with its 649cc twin-cylinder motor puts out 72 PS of power at 8,500 RPM.

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The Ninja 650, however, packs in highest amount of torque at 64Nm. The Honda CBR650F, which has the highest power output in this comparison, delivers 63Nm of torque. The Benelli TNT 600 GT finishes third with a relatively lower 54.6Nm of torque. The Honda CBR650F is the lightest vehicle while the Kwacker tips the weighing scale at 211 kilograms. The Benelli TNT 600 GT has the heaviest motorcycle 243 kilograms.

Upcoming Motorcycles 2015 - Honda CBR650F

Although the Honda CBR650F is yet to arrive on Indian shores, the prices are expected to hover around the Rs 8 lakh mark which will make a relatively expensive that the other two motorcycles in this comparison. The Benelli TNT 600 GT, at Rs 5.60 lakh is slightly more expensive than the Rs 5.30 lakh worth Kawasaki Ninja 650. But the Benelli offers an inline four cylinder motor that will definitely be worth the extra buck.

DSK-Benelli India Launch – TNT-600-GT (7)
DSK-Benelli India Launch – TNT-600-GT (5)
DSK-Benelli India Launch – TNT-600-GT (4)
DSK-Benelli India Launch – TNT-600-GT (3)
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So which motorcycle would you like to buy to explore the far corners of the country? Do let us know your choice through the comments section below.

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  • Quite confused as to how that happened. The tech specs might have been updated or we may have gone a bit off. Thank you for pointing out dear reader.

    Cheers

  • Nitrometh says:

    Umm, the specs are a bit off. The CBR650F has a torque rating of 62.4 and on the dyno the gap between the Ninja’s and the CBR’s torque figures are even more close which is what matters since the figures are off the rear wheel and not the crank. The Ninja 650 has a kerb weight of 211 kilos as mentioned on the probiking website and other international magazines. So the point of it being the lightest is moot.

  • Piston Head says:

    Benelli cannot run on usual unleaded petrol. it needs high octane fuel, which is difficult to find in city fuel stations

  • Dixie says:

    @Autocrat. Well Said, experienced.

  • Autocrat says:

    Definitely the Ninja… Agreed the I4s have their advantages and charm, but practically speaking, torque is what I rate higher than absolute power, for thats what gets you rolling. Good torque at lower RPMs result in more usable bike. We still dont know how quickly the other bikes reach that rpm though. Let the story unfold 🙂