The only bike of its kind in India is the recently released Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R. It is a genuine middleweight supersport motorcycle designed primarily for lightning-quick lap times. The Triumph Street Triple RS is another bike with a comparable price and power output that performs admirably on the racetrack. The Street Triple RS impressed by recording the third-fastest motorcycle lap time ever at the 2018 Autocar India Track Day.
Triumph Street Triple RS vs Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R – Features Comparison
Engine & gearbox
Track-oriented mid-capacity sports bikes don’t produce much power throughout the rpm range as liter-class sports bikes do. There is a valid reason why the powerband only starts in the middle of the rev range and peaks at the top. Power down low is unnecessary on a race circuit because you are always in the upper half of the rev range. It is the reason why the peak power and torque statistics of the 6R and RS are made much past the 10,000rpm threshold. The Street Triple RS will be easier to control on the road thanks to its extra 129cc and 7Nm torque. However, both machines will likely set lap times that are highly similar to those of superbikes with more horsepower.
Suspension & brakes
Both of these motorcycles meet the high standards for suspension and braking that are required of vehicles that belong on racetracks. The Kawasaki is outfitted with a Uni Trak mono-shock and a 41mm Showa USD fork (Separate Function Fork-Big Piston). A 41mm Showa USD fork with complete adjustment is also used by the Triumph (Big Piston Fork). However, it has a more expensive Hlins STX40 mono-shock at the back.
A four-piston radially placed Nissin-branded caliper is in charge of stopping the Ninja. The Nissin single-piston rear caliper is similar. Like the suspension, the Triumph’s brakes are a tad more high-end; it employs Brembo single-piston brakes at the back and four-piston M50 brakes up front. The front brake master cylinder on the Triumph may be adjusted for ratio and span. Both motorcycles include dual-channel ABS, although only the Triumph Street Triple RS has switchable ABS.
Both bikes have a decent amount of technology. Two power modes and traction control are features of the new Ninja. A system for monitoring tire pressure is among the additional electronics. Additionally, the 6R has an LED headlamp. The instrument cluster is still a digi-analog device, even if it shows all pertinent data.
There are a total of five riding modes available for the Street Triple RS: Road, Rain, Sport, Track, and a customizable Rider mode. Each method has a unique throttle map and traction control setting. Additionally, rear ABS can be disengaged, and the level of ABS intervention can be altered. A 5.0-inch TFT color screen, which is fully configurable and shows various information, is another characteristic of the Triumph. While the Triumph now has LED DRLs, the headlamp still uses halogen bulbs.
Triumph Street Triple RS vs Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R – Technical Comparison
|Specs \ Bikes||Triumph Street Triple RS||Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R|
Engine and Transmission
|Type||Liquid-cooled, 12-valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder||4-stroke, In-Line Four, DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled|
|Bore x stroke||77.99mm x 53.4mm||76.0 x 55.0mm|
|Frame||Front – Aluminum beam twin spar. Rear – 2-piece high-pressure die cast||Aluminum perimeter|
|Front Tire||120/70 ZR17||120/70 ZR17|
|Rear Tire||180/55 ZR17||190/55 ZR17|
|Front Suspension||Showa 41 mm upside-down big piston forks (BPF), adjustable compression damping, rebound damping, & preload adjustment.||43mm of inverted Balance Free Fork, adjustable stepless rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability|
|Rear Suspension||Ohlins STX40 fully-adjustable piggyback reservoir RSU||Horizontal back-link including Balance Free gas-charged shock, stepless, dual-range (low-/high-speed) compression damping, stepless rebound damping, fully adjustable spring preload|
|Front Brakes||Twin 310mm floating discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers||Intelligent Braking (KIBS), Brembo dual semi-floating 330mm discs featuring dual radial mounted monobloc 4-piston calipers|
|Rear Brakes||Single 220mm disc, Brembo single-piston caliper, switchable ABS||KIBS-controlled, single 220mm disc including aluminum single-piston caliper|
Dimensions & Weights
|Seat Height||32.5 inches||32.9 in|
|Rake/trail||23.9-degree / 3.9 in||25.0°/4.2 in|
|Weight||366 lb||456.4 lb|
|Tank Capacity||4.6 US gal||4.5 gal|
Triumph Street Triple RS vs Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R – Price and Conclusion
Priced at Rs 10.49 lakh, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R is more than Rs 60,000, less expensive than the Triumph Street Triple RS (Rs 11.13 lakh). The Ninja ZX-6R will catch your eye if you enjoy riding fully-faired sports bikes and prefer to spend most of your fantastic time on the racetrack. The Street Triple RS, though, is no slouch on the track, is better equipped, and because of its ergonomics, is also a more straightforward bike to ride daily.