Spec comparo: Versys 650 vs Ninja 650 vs Tiger XR vs TNT 600GT vs Scrambler Icon vs Bonneville Street Twin

Team OD  /
29 Dec 2015 12:31:51 IST

The Kawasaki Versys 650, according to Kawasaki, is hard to classify. That's because it borrows the best of the adventure tourer, tourer, sportsbike, street bike and more. In essence, it is a tour-enduro, a term we heard recently at the EICMA show in Milan. While we wait for the Kawasaki Versys 650 test bike to come, we decided to place it in context via what the specifications promise. For normal middle-weight motorcycles, we drafted in the Kawasaki Ninja 650 and the Benelli TNT 600 GT.

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 (4)Kawasaki Versys 650

Ninja 650Kawasaki Ninja 650

The N650 is the natural comparison point - it's essentially identical in many, many ways. The Benelli is here because it claims to be a tourer - matching the role promise of the new Kawasaki Versys 650. On the other side, since the Versys also has good ground clearance and some promise of soft-road-ability, we drafted in the Triumph Tiger XR - the cheapest model - and the Ducati Scrambler Icon. Finally, we decided to throw the upcoming Triumph Bonneville Street Twin, a motorcycle that promises to be an excellent all-road tourer in our conditions. Here are the things that stood out.

MY15 Tiger XR Crystal White Front 3 quarterTriumph Tiger XR

The Tiger XR has the biggest engine here, the 800cc triple and there's no surprise that it offers the most horsepower and the best power to weight ratio by some margin. But beware of the new Street Twin, it has an even bigger engine - by February 2016, it'll be the biggest in this crowd - and offers incredible torque and at just 3,230rpm! If you leave the Street Twin out, the Kawasaki Versys 650 offers a good amount of torque and is tuned to deliver a relatively flat curve right off the bottom, trading in some horsepower at the top to attain this role-friendly goal.

17-02_DUCATI_SCRAMBLER_ICONDucati Scrambler Icon

Triumph Street Twin (36)Triumph

We know from experience that the Benelli isn't the fastest off the blocks but it does a reasonably good job in cruise mode. The Scrambler's much quicker in acceleration but without wind protection and an overtly sensitive throttle, it needs fine-tuning before it shines in long distance work.

TNT 600GTBenelli TNT 600 GT

If the Versys 650 proves to be a fast, efficient motorcycle at about 130kmph with minimal vibration and reasonable economy then the combination of its 21-litre tank, adjustable windscreen and upright ergonomics should be devastating. Especially considering that it's got the fanciest suspension spec here by miles and the second lowest price point of all.

Spec comparo: Versys 650 vs Ninja 650 vs Tiger XR vs TNT 600GT vs Scrambler Icon vs Bonneville Street Twin


  
Name Kawasaki Versys 650
Displacement (cc) 649
Cylinders 2
Bore (mm) 83
Stroke (mm) 60
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Valves 8
Camshafts DOHC
Max power (PS@rpm) 69@8,500
Max torque (Nm@rpm) 64@7,500
Power/Weight (PS/tonne) 319.44
Fuel delivery FI, 2x 38mm throttle bodies
Clutch Wet multiplate
Gearbox 6-speed
Chassis Steel diamond type
Rake 25°
Trail 108°
Suspension (F) 41mm USD fork, Showa SFF type, preload and rebound adjustable
Suspension travel (F) (mm) 150
Suspension (R) Offset remote preload-adjustable monoshock
Suspension travel (R) (mm) 145
Brakes (F) Dual 300mm floating petal discs
Brakes (R) Single 250mm petal disc
Tyres (F) 120/70ZR17
Tyres (R) 160/60ZR17
Traction control No
ABS Yes
Length (mm) 2165
Height (mm) 1400
Width (mm) 840
Seat height (mm) 840
Wheelbase (mm) 1415
Ground clearance (mm) 170
Fuel tank (l) 21
Kerb Weight (kg) 216
Factory luggage Optional
Availability Now
Price ex-Delhi (Rs) 6.6 lakh
  
Name Kawsaki Ninja 650
Displacement (cc) 649
Cylinders 2
Bore (mm) 83
Stroke (mm) 60
Compression ratio 11.3:1
Valves 8
Camshafts DOHC
Max power (PS@rpm) 72@8,500
Max torque (Nm@rpm) 64@7,500
Power/Weight (PS/tonne) 344.50
Fuel delivery FI, 2x 38mm throttle bodies
Clutch Wet multiplate
Gearbox 6-speed
Chassis Steel diamond type
Rake 25°
Trail 110°
Suspension (F) 41mm telescopic fork
Suspension travel (F) (mm) 120
Suspension (R) Offset preload adjustable monoshock
Suspension travel (R) (mm) 125
Brakes (F) Dual 300mm petal discs
Brakes (R) Single 220mm petal disc
Tyres (F) 120/70ZR17
Tyres (R) 160/60ZR17
Traction control No
ABS No
Length (mm) 2100
Height (mm) 1200
Width (mm) 760
Seat height (mm) 790
Wheelbase (mm) 1410
Ground clearance (mm) 130
Fuel tank (l) 15.5
Kerb Weight (kg) 209
Factory luggage No
Availability Now
Price ex-Delhi (Rs) 5.37 lakh
  
Name Triumph Tiger XR
Displacement (cc) 800
Cylinders 3
Bore (mm) 74.1
Stroke (mm) 61.9
Compression ratio 11.3:1
Valves 12
Camshafts DOHC
Max power (PS@rpm) 95@9,500
Max torque (Nm@rpm) 79@7,850
Power/Weight (PS/tonne) 441.86
Fuel delivery FI
Clutch Wet multiplate
Gearbox 6-speed
Chassis Tubular steel trellis frame
Rake 23.9°
Trail 92.4°
Suspension (F) 43mm upside down telescopic fork
Suspension travel (F) (mm) 180
Suspension (R) Preload adjustable monoshock
Suspension travel (R) (mm) 170
Brakes (F) 308mm dual disc
Brakes (R) 255mm single disc
Tyres (F) 100/90-19
Tyres (R) 150/70-17
Traction control Yes
ABS Yes
Length (mm) 2215
Height (mm) 1350
Width (mm) 765
Seat height (mm) 810 to 830
Wheelbase (mm) 1530
Ground clearance (mm) NA
Fuel tank (l) 19
Kerb Weight (kg) 215
Factory luggage Optional
Availability Now
Price ex-Delhi (Rs) 10.6 lakh
  
Name Benelli TNT 600 GT
Displacement (cc) 600
Cylinders 4
Bore (mm) 65
Stroke (mm) 45.2
Compression ratio 11.5:1
Valves 16
Camshafts DOHC
Max power (PS@rpm) 85@11,500
Max torque (Nm@rpm) 54.6@10,500
Power/Weight (PS/tonne) 349.79
Fuel delivery FI
Clutch Wet multiplate
Gearbox 6-speed
Chassis Half trellis, cast pivot plate
Rake 24°
Trail 96°
Suspension (F) 50mm USD fork
Suspension travel (F) (mm) 120
Suspension (R) Preload adjustable monoshock
Suspension travel (R) (mm) 123
Brakes (F) 320mm dual disc
Brakes (R) 260mm single disc
Tyres (F) 120/70ZR17
Tyres (R) 180/55ZR17
Traction control No
ABS No
Length (mm) 2150
Height (mm) 1240
Width (mm) 840
Seat height (mm) 800
Wheelbase (mm) 1470
Ground clearance (mm) 150
Fuel tank (l) 27
Kerb Weight (kg) 243
Factory luggage Optional
Availability Now
Price ex-Delhi (Rs) 5.96 lakh
  
Name Ducati Scrambler Icon
Displacement (cc) 803
Cylinders 2
Bore (mm) 88
Stroke (mm) 66
Compression ratio 11:1
Valves 4
Camshafts Desmodromic
Max power (PS@rpm) 75@8,250
Max torque (Nm@rpm) 68@5,750
Power/Weight (PS/tonne) 403.23
Fuel delivery FI, 50mm throttle body
Clutch Wet multiplate
Gearbox 6-speed
Chassis Steel trellis
Rake 24°
Trail 112°
Suspension (F) 41mm USD fork
Suspension travel (F) (mm) 150
Suspension (R) Preload adjustable monoshock
Suspension travel (R) (mm) 150
Brakes (F) 330mm disc
Brakes (R) 245mm disc
Tyres (F) 110/80ZR18
Tyres (R) 180/55ZR17
Traction control No
ABS Yes
Length (mm) 2100
Height (mm) 1150
Width (mm) 845
Seat height (mm) 790
Wheelbase (mm) 1445
Ground clearance (mm) NA
Fuel tank (l) 13.5
Kerb Weight (kg) 186
Factory luggage NA
Availability Now
Price ex-Delhi (Rs) 6.62 lakh
  
Name Triumph Bonneville Street Twin
Displacement (cc) 900
Cylinders 2
Bore (mm) 84.6
Stroke (mm) 80
Compression ratio 10.55:1
Valves 8
Camshafts SOHC
Max power (PS@rpm) 55@5900
Max torque (Nm@rpm) 80@3,230
Power/Weight (PS/tonne) 253.46
Fuel delivery FI
Clutch Wet multiplate slip-assist
Gearbox 5-speed
Chassis Tubular steel cradle
Rake 25.1°
Trail 102.4°
Suspension (F) 41mm telescopic forks
Suspension travel (F) (mm) 120
Suspension (R) Preload adjustable twin shocks
Suspension travel (R) (mm) 120
Brakes (F) 310mm single disc
Brakes (R) 255mm single disc
Tyres (F) 100-90/18
Tyres (R) 150/70/17
Traction control Yes
ABS Yes
Length (mm) 2090
Height (mm) 1114
Width (mm) 785
Seat height (mm) 750
Wheelbase (mm) 1415
Ground clearance (mm) NA
Fuel tank (l) 12
Kerb Weight (kg) 217
Factory luggage NA
Availability Mid-Feb 2016
Price ex-Delhi (Rs) 6.6 lakh (estd)
  

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Rs. 7,17,500
Displacement
900cc
Transmission
5 - Speed
Max Power(ps)
55.00
Max Torque(Nm)
80.00
Mileage
27 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Rs. 6,37,000
Displacement
600cc
Transmission
6 - Speed
Max Power(ps)
86.30
Max Torque(Nm)
54.60
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Rs. 8,52,000
Displacement
803cc
Transmission
6 - Speed
Max Power(ps)
74.00
Max Torque(Nm)
67.00
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Rs. 5,33,000
Displacement
649cc
Transmission
6 - Speed
Max Power(ps)
72.10
Max Torque(Nm)
64.00
Mileage
-NA-
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Rs. 6,50,000
Displacement
649cc
Transmission
Max Power(ps)
69.00
Max Torque(Nm)
64.00
Mileage
-NA-

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