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The new face of the sporty middleweight?

Published: 04 March 2017

Updated: 03 March 2017

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Would you buy Kawasaki's new Ninja 650 sporting all-rounder or a second-hand supersport 600 for the same money?

In this week’s MCN we explored the potential of Kawasaki’s new Ninja 650 against Suzuki’s old GSX-R600 to find out if the sporty middleweight class is returning to its do-it-all roots.

This got us thinking, what 600 sportbike can you buy for the same price as Kawasaki’s new Ninja?


2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650

You can buy this Ninja 650 for £6,349 in standard trim and offers a lot more for your money, especially when you consider that the full-fat, four-cylinder Ninja ZX-6R will set you back £8,999. 

This new machine is aimed at riders who won’t necessarily be riding on the track, or testing the limit of the machine' suspension or chassis on a regular basis, it’s more for the everyday. 

So, what if you decide that you need the full-bodied experience, when nothing but a supersport 600 will do? We had a look and checked out what else was available on MCN Bikes for Sale to see what else you could get for the same money as a new Ninja 650. 

2014 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R - £6,395

The obvious bike to look at when comparing the Ninja 650 to a supersport 600 is its brother, the current Ninja ZX-6R. It hasn’t had a major update since 2013, so this model is near enough the same as what you would pick-up from a dealership today, only with nearly £3,000 off the list price. The obvious upside over the Ninja 650 would be its fully adjustable suspension, over the non-adjustable front and nearly impossible to adjust rear suspension of the 650. Then of course there’s the fact the ZX-6R pushes out 135bhp, over double the 67bhp of the Ninja 650. 

Seller says:

“2014, Kawasaki ZX6 RCF Ninja with just 5884 miles. Fitted with Leo Vince can, seat cowl, tank pad, engine cover and tail tidy. Comes with three keys.”

2014 Suzuki GSX-R600 - £6,395

Back in 2011, Suzuki brought out a completely new and redesigned GSX-R600, however it hasn’t been updated since. Considering the list price is £8,999, unless you specifically are hankering after a brand-spanking new machine, it makes perfect sense to look at alternative options, especially as there aren’t any electronic aids such as ABS or traction control on new models.

Seller says:

“Suzuki GSX-R 600 L4 blue and white. This bike is part of the famous GSX-R family and is a great example, great colours and overall an amazing bike. The spec is at a high with Brembo brakes and Showa Big Piston front forks. The GSX-R600 is one of the most desired 600 sportsbikes in the market. One owner from new with full Suzuki service history. This GSX-R600 L4 has the added protection with R&G Tail Tidy, R&G Fairing Protection and R&G Bobbins.”

2015 Honda CBR600RR - £6,395

The Honda CBR600RR is the last of the Japanese 600cc sports machines. With tightening Euro4 emission regulations,  Honda ceased producing the CBR600RR at the end of 2016, opting instead to continue focussing on bikes that are slightly more tailored to everyday riding like the CBR650F.  

Seller says:

“This 2015 Honda CBR600RR has ABS, one owner from new, is in excellent condition, sold with service and manufacturer’s warranty.”

2011 Yamaha R6 - £6,549

The R6 is the only mid-capacity sportsbike that has been updated in line with Euro4 regulations. With 133bhp on tap, it’s beaten only by Kawasaki’s ZX-6R in terms of outright power in this segment. Over the next year, a lot of eyes will be on the R6 to find out if it might be worth rejuvenating the 600cc market or if slightly softer and more sensible bikes such as the Ninja 650 or Ducati’s new Supersport will take the reins.

The 2017 R6 is more expensive than any other mid-capacity sportsbike (£10,999) a price that is only nearly matched with Triumph’s Daytona 675R, which comes in at £10,950. It does however come with Ohlins on the suspension and Brembo brakes.

Still, with such a large price for a new machine, a second-hand bike is a much more likely consideration. The above 2011 model comes ready to thrash, slightly less affected by depreciation as other 600s and is the same model that was produced up until last year making it a tempting prospect.

Seller says:

“The ultimate and the fastest 600 on the market. This YZF R6 has low miles, just over 6k and it's loaded with a lot of extras, including an Akrapovic exhaust, a full service history, an immobiliser and custom rear lights and indicators. Low mileage. MoT'd. Owners manual. Seat cowl. Upgraded brakes. V5 registration document. Custom handlebars/clip-ons. Custom windscreen. Steering damper. Special exhaust/slip on. Tail tidy.”

2013 Triumph Daytona 675 - £6,250

With one more cylinder and 25bhp than the Ninja 650 and one cylinder less than the Japanese rivals, the 675 is an absolute weapon and is Triumph’s answer to the mid-capacity sportsbike market. The updated model in 2013 gave improved agility and handling from a more road-oriented chassis. A new Daytona 675 will set you back £9,600 in standard spec, a whole £3,300 more than the Ninja 650.

Like many of the other bikes in the mid-capacity class, the Daytona hasn’t seen an update for a long time and isn’t likely to with Triumph’s new Street Triple 765 indicating a change in the Hinkley firm’s mid-capacity focus. This bike is the latest model and with a few miles on its engine you can save nearly £3,500 off the list price.

And if any of these bikes have sold, never fear. There are plenty more! Visit MCN Bikes For Sale website or use MCN's Bikes For Sale App.

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