The Ninja ZX-4R boasts a liquid-cooled 399cc inline-four engine that can churn out around 45-50 horsepower. This is an increase in power compared to the Ninja 650 that has a liquid-cooled 649cc parallel-twin engine that delivers around 67 horsepower. If speed and power are your top priorities, then the Ninja ZX-4R should be your pick. However, the Ninja 650 offers a smoother ride with its parallel-twin design and is ideal for long-distance rides.
Design and Ergonomics - The Ninja ZX-4R
has a more aggressive and athletic design compared to the Ninja 650
. It has a single seat and a sharp tail section, which gives it a sporty look. Its clip-on handlebars are positioned lower than the Ninja 650, which offers a more aggressive riding position. On the other hand, the Ninja 650 has a more relaxed riding position with a slightly raised handlebar and a 2-seater arrangement. If you plan on doing a lot of highway riding, the Ninja 650's more upright riding position is more comfortable.
Brakes and Suspension - Both bikes have similar front suspension but differ in their braking systems. The Ninja ZX-4R boasts dual 310mm disc brakes with aggressive monobloc calipers, while the Ninja 650 has a single 300mm disc brake. The Ninja ZX-4R also comes with advanced electronic rider aids such as a quick-shifter, traction control, and multiple riding modes. These features are not present on the Ninja 650. So, if you are looking for a high-performance bike with advanced technology, then the Ninja ZX-4R is the bike for you.
One of the most significant factors that affect the buying decision is, of course, the price. The Ninja ZX-4R has a starting price of around $9,999 MSRP and the Ninja ZX-4RR is $10,999 MSRP while the Ninja 650 starts at around MSRP $9,699- 9,999 depending on colour. However, if you consider the advanced features and performance of the Ninja ZX-4R, at no extra cost. the choice becomes just a personnel decision. Both bikes come with a 12-month limited warranty.
Choosing between the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-4R and Ninja 650
can be a tough decision. Both bikes have their unique features and benefits. The Ninja ZX-4R offers high performance, aggressive styling, and advanced technology. It's ideal for riders who want a thrilling ride with plenty of power. However, it may not be the best choice for riders looking for a more practical bike for long-distance rides. The Ninja 650, on the other hand, offers excellent build quality, comfortable riding position, and fuel efficiency. It's ideal for riders who want a more practical and versatile bike for daily commuting or long rides. Overall, both bikes offer value for money and are excellent options for their respective target audiences.
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