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Battle of the Bikes - Ninja 650R vs. Suzuki SV650

Battle of the Bikes - Ninja 650R vs. Suzuki SV

>> Ashley Benson

Whether you're a new rider looking for the perfect bike to get you on the road or you're a veteran rider looking for something new to kick the post winter boredom, the debate over what is the best mid-sized sportbike is never-ending. The two main contenders? The Kawasaki Ninja 650R and the Suzuki SV650.

Here's how they stack up on paper:

2012 Ninja 650R
MSRP: $7,499

Engine type: Liquid-cooled
Displacement: 649cc
Bore x Stroke: 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Fuel System: Digital fuel injection
Final Drive: O-Ring Chain

Length: 83.1 in.
Seat Height: 31.7 in.
Rake/Trail: 25 degrees / 4.3 in.
Wheelbase: 55.5 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.2 gal.
Wet Weight: 460.8 lbs.

Front Tire: 120/70-17
Rear Tire: 160/60-17

Front: Dual 300mm petal discs with two-piston calipers
Rear: Single 220mm petal disc with single piston caliper
  2012 Suzuki SV650
MSRP: $7,499

Engine type: Air-cooled
Displacement: 645 cc
Bore x Stroke: 81.0 x 62.6 mm.
Fuel System: Injection
Final Drive: Chain

Length: 82.1 in.
Seat Height: 31.5 in.
Wheelbase: 56.1 in.
Fuel Capacity: 4.49 gal.
Wet Weight: 432.1 lbs.

Front Tire: 120/60-ZR17
Rear Tire: 160/60-ZR17

Front: Double disc
Rear: Single disc

While Suzuki seems to have put a hold on the production of new and improved versions of the SV650, it's still a prominent bike in the mid-weight sportbike range. But does it beat out the Ninja 650R? Or is it really the Ninja that needs to try and keep up with the Suzuki? We could the specs side by side all day long but it really just comes down to the feel and the ride. If you had to pick just one to ride for the rest of your days? Who would be getting your money, Suzuki or Kawasaki?




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