2006 Honda 599, Ninja 650R, Suzuki SV650S, Yamaha FZ6 Comparison

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2006 Honda 599, Ninja 650R, Suzuki and Yamaha FZ6 Motorcycle Comparison

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Mark Tuttle Jr.

January 1,

[This 2006 Honda Kawasaki Ninja 650R, SV650S and Yamaha FZ6 Motorcycle was originally published in the April issue of Rider magazine]

middleweight motorcycles sure nice as a pack.

Look at the motorcycle class and you’ll a bunch of very serious adventure tourers, dual-sports, and these four machines really, with the … not shown). Call them you will-standards, semi-… or … budget blasters, whatever-they affordable prices from to $7,399, dual seating and power for pretty much you care to do.

Their sporty and suspension give them all handling for airing-out your yet none has ergonomics  a la the Marquis de like their serious siblings. The Honda 599 . all-new Ninja 650R tested in the story and Yamaha FZ6 all share upright seating, in fact, the Suzuki SV650 we had in our 2004 of these machines.

We include the with its clip-ons and rearsets instead mainly for variety, and it has a small fairing and windscreen the Ninja 650R and FZ6. If drawn to these bikes for tubular handlebars and upright Suzuki’s … SV650 them and an identical engine and gear to the SV650S.

The engine the CBR600F3 powers the 599, a midrange boost.

What do you to do today? Split lanes on Interstate 405 commute? Drop a tankbag on the tank, strap a on the back and take off on a weekend tour of the Alps of Ohio? the nearest twisty road you’re nauseous and cross-eyed?

Are you an entry-level rider seeking you won’t grow out of, or an experienced pilot who wants a good bike? Any of these four will do it all pretty well, busting your buy-in, or maintenance budgets and, if you in the comfort of what us old-timers to call a UJM-Universal Japanese position. While the Yamaha has impressive top-end, none are to set new records at your local or dragstrip, but there’s enough on tap to put a grin on your face in a while, all with good economy in the low- to mid-40-mpg

Despite sharing a rather category, these two 650 twins and two 600 make power in very ways. All are liquid-cooled, with transmissions and chain final While the Ninja 650R, and FZ6 have electronic fuel the 599 gets by with carburetors, sophisticated 34mm flat-slide CV with a throttle-position sensor.

The 599 and FZ6 transverse, in-line engine DOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder valve and even have similar and … measurements and compression The Ninja 650R and SV650S . on the hand, have transverse twin and transverse 90-degree layouts respectively, giving the a personality more like an in-line four, and the latter a small Ducati.

Honda instruments are clean and functional.

the dyno results from our comparison of the 599, SV650 and FZ6 apply to their unchanged comparing them to the output of the new 650R leaves the FZ6 at the top of the rear-wheel horsepower heap with at about 11,800 rpm. The 599 83.6 at 11,700, the SV650 presumably our 2006 SV650S) 73 at 8,800 and the Ninja 650R horsepower at 9,000 rpm.

The Suzuki still gets the torque award, however, 47.2 lb-ft at 7,000 vs. 43 lb-ft at 8,500-9,000 in the 599 and FZ6 and 41.5 at in the 650R. And the SV650 mill makes significantly more and horsepower than the other from idle up to about rpm-in other words, it has power in the most-used part of the At 430 pounds wet it’s still the of the bunch, too, so it’s no that it bests the other in roll-on contests at legal

The Suzuki V650S shares the powertrain and running gear a … sibling with upright seating.

But let’s put the aside and look somewhat at engine character. We liked all bikes for their strengths-a top-end kick in the FZ6; smooth usable power the 599; the SV650S’s ripping-velvetlike with the grunt of an elephant and of a gazelle; and the split personality of the 650R, which gives it usable midrange with a screaming banshee hidden up

If any weaknesses are to be found, one is that the Ninja 650R and especially the FZ6 can be at times and fall flat at engine speeds, often a downshift to bump them the meat of their powerbands. are smooth at cruising speeds and easily ridden around however. We simply can’t fault with the SV650S which offers broad, power everywhere as well as and an exciting top-end hit.

On the this all translates to plenty of for passing and brisk sport-touring solo, albeit with an downshift on the 599 and FZ6 to get them spinning. and loaded, none of these have what you’d a surplus of power, so if you’re to ride that way often we at least recommend the FZ6 for its available large dual seat and big grabrails.

Overall though-around town, in the or on the highway-any of these bikes provide solo riders both utility and power when it’s asked of All have good, linear-feeling wet clutches and their six-speeds well, with the nod, if going to the Suzuki for its sportbikelike finesse.

When it’s to turn, you won’t find a of more willing motorcycles, yet each has its own way of doing so. All share wheels with excellent rubber in popular sizes Bridgestone, Dunlop or Michelin, slightly wider 180-series on the back of the two in-line fours to the extra power. They share conventional forks and rear shocks with for spring preload-the Suzuki offers spring preload in front (but its effectiveness is in the showroom).

Diamond-shaped instrument is compact and gets the job done.

For the Honda 599 gets a new male-slider upside-down, whatever) fork transforms the bike, with a new instrument nacelle as well. may have tweaked the seat a too, as the 599 no longer locks you the back of the tank and can be sat on for much without pain (note we found a way to put the seat onto our test bike incorrectly makes it quite uncomfortable-perhaps what happened with our

None of these bikes particularly comfortable rider’s for long rides, however. The handlebar seems higher and now, and both ends of the are compliant and perform well mushiness in all situations. It doesn’t a fairing or windscreen of course, but if you one for the cold a number of bolt-on are out there (and they work better than any of the three’s fairing/windscreen combos!).

Ergonomically the all-new Kawasaki 650R reminds me of a 600 sportbike a high tubular handlebar Footpegs are still pretty It has the shortest wheelbase of the four but the trail, so it responds a bit more to steering inputs than the bikes but that wide, handlebar lets you quickly it where you want to go.

Suspension is on the firm side and the Kawi bumpy corners the best of the but it can be harsh on repetitive highway and frost heaves and such. unique rear shock works fine, but we missed the supple feel of the 599 and SV650S linked setups. The windscreen a nice job of keeping the blast off chest without too much though if it were mine I’d cut it a few inches for an unmolested flow my helmet.

Of the four the Suzuki has been around longest and has had the most refinement. This in its handling precision and suspension which slightly best the 599 for quickness with stability and control with taut but spring rates. The SV650S in tight corners from its low handlebars, which work in fast sweepers and allow you to in under that effective

The … SV650 has essentially the effective suspension components and a little easier thanks to its wider bar-again, adding a to it may be the best option of all.

R6 roots give the 2006 FZ6 screaming top-end with a redline.

Oddly enough the FZ6 (with its … new flat-black and swingarm finish for 2006) has the roomiest seating and most it’s hard to use all of either in the because its basic suspension and else-perhaps the chassis stiffness?-are when pushed. Sure, you may be faster than the other at that point.

But all that power, effort, and extreme engine braking a screaming four with a redline in the heart of its powerband at rpm aren’t much good if the and chassis are trying to unstick it. The works much better in the when you slow down a drop the revs and focus on Despite the lack of progressive on the rear shock it still pretty nicely elsewhere.

The stock windscreen is too low and far away to much protection, but Yamaha a 4-inch taller one as an accessory probably works well.

the Kawasaki Ninja 650R has a bit too pedal travel, otherwise all machines share brilliant with a good linear and stop hard when All have triple discs twin-piston calipers up front and brake levers-the Ninja adds an adjustable clutch

The bikes are fairly equal it comes to the little things mirrors, headlights, helmet underseat storage and toolkits, we note that the FZ6, and SV650 don’t require the choke found on the 599. The FZ6 and 599 have usable passenger and the FZ6 is the only one of the four with a The FZ6 is also the only one with a 5.1-gallon fuel tank, for a range of 224 miles, although all had fuel economy in the low to mid 40s.

The Ninja 650R’s fairing an all-new parallel twin broad power.

So, what’s the verdict? Comparison tend to unfairly magnify differences, and as simply great all four of these bikes are We’re splitting hairs but the overall nod has to go to the $6,499 Suzuki (and by extension to the $5,849

You simply won’t grow out of the or … bike’s overall they’re easy bikes for and their costs are in-line. The 599 and FZ6 be tied for second if it weren’t for the Honda’s $7,399 higher which makes the Yamaha’s fairing, windscreen, centerstand and fuel-injected power for $6,799 like a bargain.

The Ninja comes in last mainly it makes the least power-we’re that way-but its suspension is also no better than the and its fuel tank is tiny. still a unique and enjoyable with sharp handling and ergos. And at $6,299, there’s no way it can lose.

Also, if you’re in the 2006 Honda 599 . the Suzuki and the Yamaha FZ6 you might also be in a related Rider comparo: Honda 599 vs 2004 Suzuki vs 2004 Yamaha FZ6 .

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