CFMoto 650GT vs Kawasaki Ninja 650: Spec Comparison

  • Jul 19, 2019
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Here’s how the CF Moto 650GT stacks up against its rival on paper

Chinese brand CFMoto has introduced the 650GT in India at a jaw-dropping price of Rs 5.49 lakh (ex-showroom). At this price point, it undercuts its rival, the Kawasaki Ninja 650, by an impressive Rs 40,000. To add to this, the bike comes with a host of features that pretty much trumps the feature list of the Kwacker. That said, the latest iteration of the Ninja 650 has a lot going for it on paper. So will the CFMoto 650GT hold its own or crumble against its rival? We pit them against each other on paper to find out.


  CFMoto 650GT Kawasaki Ninja 650
Displacement (cm³) 649.3cc 649cc
Type 2-cylinder inline, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Bore & Stroke 83mm×60mm 83mm×60mm
Compression Ratio 11.3:1 10.8:1
Max. Power Output 62.5PS @ 9,000rpm 68PS @ 8,000rpm
Max. Torque 58.5Nm @ 7,000rpm 65.7Nm @ 6,500rpm
Transmission Type 6-speed 6-speed

The Kawasaki Ninja 650 with its new-generation engine feels more lively compared to the previous-gen bike. And this shows in the way it delivers its power. You also have a lot more power and torque at your disposal and a 30kg weight advantage over the 650GT. While we haven’t ridden the GT, the Kwacker’s clear weight and power advantage should help it get off the line a lot quicker.

That’s not all, the Kawasaki’s lower compression ratio should help it run cooler compared to the 650GT, at least theoretically. Furthermore, the inclusion of a slip & assist clutch will enable you to slam down a couple of gears without having to worry about wheel locks.


  CFMoto 650GT Kawasaki Ninja 650
Length x Width x Height 2100 x 930 x 1340mm 2115 x 740 x 1135mm
Wheelbase 1415mm 1410mm
Seat Height 795mm 790mm
Ground Clearance 150mm 130mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 19-litres 15-litres
Kerb Weight 226kg 196kg
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The sheer width of the CFMoto 650GT could prove to be a bit problematic while squeezing through city traffic. Its width paired with a weight of 226kg (kerb) could be quite a handful while making slow speed turns. What the 650GT has going for it is a higher ground clearance - perfect for Indian road conditions - a tall adjustable windscreen and a generous 19-litre fuel tank which should help you munch in miles with ease.

On the contrary, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 is more on the sportier side with the ability to tour if need be. Moreover, its compact proportions, easier to reach handlebars, lower seat height and weight will prove to be beneficial for shorter riders.


  CFMoto 650GT Kawasaki Ninja 650
Chassis NA Trellis Frame
Front Suspension KYB 38mm USD forks 41mm USD forks
Rear Suspension Monoshock with preload adjustability Monoshock with preload adjustability
Front Brake Twin petal discs Twin 300mm petal discs
Rear Brake Single disc 220mm petal disc
Front Tyre 120/70ZR17 120/70ZR17
Rear Tyre 160/60ZR17M 160/60ZR17M
ABS Dual-channel Dual-channel

Both bikes stand shoulder to shoulder in terms of cycle parts, however, the 650GT’s suspension setup is claimed to be on the softer side in order to carry the extra weight. That’s also a plus, since a softer sprung suspension setup would be better equipped to handle our Indian road conditions. On the flipside, the Ninja 650 has chunkier forks and tuned to be more pliant. Also, thanks to its lower weight, the Kawasaki Ninja 650 should prove to be a better handler theoretically.

Price and verdict:

To put it simply, if you’re looking for a proper tourer with comfortable ergonomics and features befitting its touring capabilities, we’d suggest the CFMoto 650GT. Besides this, you have a tonne of features like a 5-inch full-colour TFT screen, an adjustable windscreen, all LED lighting and proper big bike looks - all while saving Rs 40,000 over the Kawasaki Ninja 650.

Having said that, if you’re planning to use the bike for brisk weekend rides, and hope to tour occasionally, the Ninja 650 fits the bill.

Also Read:CFMoto 300NK, 650NK, 650MT & 650GT Launched In India

Also Read: CFMoto 650cc Range Explained

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