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Triumph Tiger Sport 660 vs Kawasaki Versys 650: specification comparability | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

How does Triumph’s newly launched journey sports activities tourer examine to the established favourite, the Kawasaki Versys 650?

Triumph not too long ago launched its new journey sports activities tourer, the Tiger Sport 660.  It’s primarily based on the Trident 660 bare roadster, which has been on sale in India since final yr, however with some modifications to make it higher suited to the lengthy haul. Whereas it doesn’t have a direct rival within the type of a triple cylinder journey tourer, its closest competitors comes from the twin-cylinder Kawasaki Versys 650, which has carried out moderately nicely for itself in India. So, let’s check out how the 2 stack up in opposition to one another.

Triumph Tiger Sport 660 vs Kawasaki Versys 650: design and options

The Tiger Sport 660 made its international debut not too long ago, sporting a fairly neat and slender journey tourer design. In contrast to the corporate’s bug-eyed bare fashions (and even its bigger Tigers) that may have considerably polarising designs, this Tiger Sport will get a extra universally acceptable and historically fairly look. Whereas the Versys 650 has been up to date abroad with Kawasaki’s newest design language, the Indian mannequin continues to soldier on with the sooner look, which could not be such a nasty factor. The place it does lose out, although, is within the instrumentation division, lacking out on the up to date bike’s TFT display and settling for a fundamental  digi-analogue design as a substitute. The Triumph ups the ante with a totally digital structure that even features a small TFT show and elective Bluetooth connectivity. Each bikes get adjustable windscreens,  however the Tiger’s LED headlights trump the Versys’ halogen items.

Triumph Tiger Sport 660 vs Kawasaki Versys 650: engine and gearbox

Triumph Tiger Sport 660 vs Kawasaki Versys 650: engine and gearbox
Triumph Tiger Sport 660 Kawasaki Versys 650
Engine 660 cc inline 3-cylinder 649 cc Parallel Twin
Energy 81hp at 10,250rpm 66hp at 8500rpm
Torque 64 Nm at 6250rpm 61Nm at 7000rpm
Transmission 6-speed gearbox 6-speed gearbox

Whereas each bikes are fairly evenly matched on displacement, the Tiger boasts an additional cylinder, which contributes to it being the higher-revving engine of the too. The Avenue Triple-derived unit has a transparent energy and torque benefit, however peak energy is available in a great deal greater up the rev vary, north of 10,000rpm, that means you do need to work the motor tougher to entry it. 

The distinction in torque is way smaller, and the 2 bikes are nearly neck and neck. On this case, it’s the Kawasaki that produces its peak determine barely greater up the tachometer. It’s additionally value noting that along with being down on displacement and energy, the Kawasaki’s motor has to haul round barely extra weight as nicely. The Triumph additionally boasts switchable traction management which the Versys doesn’t get, and whereas neither bike will get a quickshifter as normal fitment, the Tiger could be fitted with one as an choice, whereas the Kawasaki doesn’t give you that luxurious.

Triumph Tiger Sport 660 vs Kawasaki Versys 650: underpinnings

Triumph Tiger Sport 660 vs Kawasaki Versys 650: underpinnings
Triumph Tiger Sport 660 Kawasaki Versys 650
Wheelbase 1418 mm 1415 mm
Gas Capability 17.2 litres 21 litres
Seat Top 835 mm 840 mm
Floor Clearance 162mm 170mm
Suspension (f) 150mm 150mm
Suspension (r) 150mm 145mm
Brakes (f) Twin 310mm discs Twin 300 mm discs
Brakes (r) Single 255mm disc Single 250 mm disc
Tyres (f) 120/70-ZR17 120/70-ZR17
Tyres (r) 180/55-ZR17 160/60-ZR17
Kerb weight 206 kg 218 kg

It’s clear even on the spec sheet that these are each distinctly road-focused bikes, with 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in street-focused rubber. Heck, the Triumph’s tyres are even known as Michelin Street 5! We discover these to be significantly higher than the Dunlops that the Kawasaki comes shod with.

What provides each bikes some touring credibility is that they provide slightly extra suspension journey and floor clearance than their bare counterparts, and each bikes are fairly evenly matched on these two parameters. However the place the Kawasaki edges forward is by providing preload and rebound damping adjustability on its USD entrance fork, along with the rear preload adjustability that each bikes get. The Versys additionally has a significantly bigger gas tank, which mixed with what must be a extra gas environment friendly engine, will assist it go longer between fill-ups.

Execs for the Tiger embrace a barely decrease seat top and 12kg decrease kerb weight, each of which ought to make it a barely extra manageable bike than the Versys. It additionally sports activities a chunkier rear tyre and bigger entrance brake discs, and all issues thought of, it ought to have an higher hand relating to dynamics and dealing with.

Triumph Tiger Sport 660 vs Kawasaki Versys 650: worth and verdict

If you happen to’ve been studying the article fastidiously thus far, it ought to come as no shock to you that the Triumph Tiger Sport 660 is the dearer bike. However simply how far more costly, could come as a little bit of a shock.

At Rs 8.95 lakh (Rs 13,000 extra in order for you it in crimson), the Triumph is near Rs 2 lakh dearer than the Rs 7.15 lakh Versys 650. And whereas it does supply a great deal of additional efficiency and options over the Kawi, some individuals could discover it troublesome to justify that premium. Maybe, when you throw within the premium notion related to the Triumph badge, you may be capable of, nevertheless it’s additionally value noting that there will probably be premium upkeep and working prices to go together with that luxurious as nicely.

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