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?
Here is how these motorcycles measure up against each other:
|Specifications||Kawasaki Ninja 650||Benelli TNT 600 GT||Honda CBR650F*|
|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|
|Seat Height (mm)||790||NA||810|
|Ground Clearance (mm)||145||150||130|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (Litre)||15.5||27||17.4|
|Kerb Weight (kgs)||211||243||210|
|Tyres and Brakes|
|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.
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.
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.
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