2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 vs. 2012 Yamaha FZ6R | Next Besters

By Ari Henning, Photography by Kevin Wing

2012 Kawasaki Ninja 650 | $7499

Tech Spec

Engine type:l-c parallel-twin
Valve train:DOHC, 8v
Bore x stroke:83.0 x 60.0mm
Fuel system:EFI
Clutch:Wet, multi-plate
Frame:Steel-tube perimeter
Front suspension:Kayaba 41mm fork
Rear suspension:Kayaba shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brake:Dual Tokico two-piston calipers, 300mm discs
Rear brake:Tokico single-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire:120/70ZR-17 Dunlop Roadsmart II
Rear tire:160/60ZR-17 Dunlop Roadsmart II
Rake/trail:25.0°/4.3 in.
Seat Height:31.7 in.
Wheelbase:55.5 in.
Fuel capacity:4.2 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty):462/437 lbs.
Measured horsepower:63.1 bhp @ 8700 rpm
Measured torque:2.9 lb.-ft. @ 6900 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile:12.32 sec. @ 105.70 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph:4.40 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.):54/34/44 mpg
Colors:Black, green, red
Warranty:12 mo./unlimited mi.
Contact:Kawasaki Motors Corp. USA
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618

2012 Yamaha FZ6R | Price $7590

Tech Spec

Engine type:l-c inline-four
Valve train:DOHC, 16v
Bore x stroke:65.5 x 44.5mm
Fuel system:EFI
Clutch:Wet, multi-plate
Frame:Tubular-steel perimeter
Front suspension:Soqi 41mm fork
Rear suspension:Soqi shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brake:Dual Akebono two-piston calipers, 298mm disc
Rear brake:Nissin one-piston caliper, 245mm disc
Front tire:120/70-ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart
Rear tire:160/60-ZR17 Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart
Rake/trail:26°/4.1 in.
Seat Height:30.9-31.7 in.
Wheelbase:56.7 in.
Fuel capacity:4.6 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty):4.6 gal.
Measured horsepower:64.4 bhp @ 9750 rpm
Measured torque:38.8 lb.-ft. @ 8000 rpm
Corrected ¼-mile:12.48 sec. @ 104.01 mph
Top-gear roll-on, 60-80 mph:4.40 sec.
Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.):49/38/42 mpg
Colors:White, black
Warranty:12 mo./unlimited mi.
Contact:Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630

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