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Kawasaki Z650RS Vs Triumph Trident 660: A Detailed Comparison

An updated version of the Kawasaki Z650RS, which boasts retro aesthetic as well as modern features, was recently introduced in India. The price of the updated version involves Rs 7000 extra cost because of a new traction control system in place. Still, the motorcycle offers value for money as it is one of the best options available in the modern-retro motorcycle segment.

Edited By : Auto Desk | Updated: Mar 4, 2024 15:00 IST
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Kawasaki vs Triumph
Kawasaki vs Triumph

Apart from other main rivals in the segment, the Kawasaki Z650RS gives direct competition to the Triumph Trident 660. We bring you a detailed comparison of Kawasaki Vs Triumph between the two arch rivals. This will help you choose the best option for yourself.

Kawasaki Z650RS vs Triumph Trident 660: Design

Kawasaki Z650RS gets a classic design inspired by its larger sibling, the Z900RS. What gives it a classic retro look are design elements like round headlight, slim, upswept tail section and teardrop-shaped fuel tank.

The design highlights of the Triumph Trident 660, on the other hand, includes a few retro elements such as a chunky fuel tank and distinctively-styled headlight. The motorcycle looks more modern as compared to the Kawasaki Z650RS with design features like a slim tail section with an integrated LED tail light, low-set headlight, a small tire hugger and an exposed subframe. However, both the motorcycles are good in terms of quality, fit and finish.

Kawasaki Z650RS vs Triumph Trident 660: Features

Kawasaki Z650RS and Triumph Trident 660 are well-equipped as far as the features are concerned. In terms of safety, both the bikes offer features like all-LED illumination, traction control and dual-channel ABS. However, one thing where the Triumph Trident 660 gets an edge over its rival is the more modern TFT/LCD with Bluetooth connectivity. It also offers two ride modes – Rain and Road.

Engine Specs

The engine department is where the Kawasaki Z650RS vs Triumph Trident 660 are significantly different. A 649cc, parallel-twin engine powers the Kawasaki Z650RS and churns out 68bhp at 8,000rpm and 64Nm at 6,700rpm. Its torque spread in the mid-range is good and the top-end performance too is satisfactory but the sound of the engine may not meet the expectations of some riders in terms of sound.

On the other hand, the Trident 660 comes equipped with a 660cc, inline-triple engine, known for its distinctive sound, be it the exhaust scream or the intake howl. The engine is more powerful as compared to the one used by the Kawasaki Z650RS. The powerhouse delivers 80bhp at 10,250rpm, however, the peak torque remains the same at 64Nm, but at a lower 6250rpm.

Hardware

Talking about the hardware, the Kawasaki Z650RS sits on 17-inch alloy wheels and gets a steel-trellis frame. Twin 272mm discs at the front and a 186mm disc at the rear handle the braking duties.

On the other hand, the Triumph Trident 660 gets a tubular steel perimeter frame with a mono-shock at the rear and a 41mm USD fork at the front. On paper, the Triumph Trident has better hardware than the Kawasaki Z650RS as it gets larger 310mm discs at the front and a 255mm disc at the rear.

Price

The updated version of Kawasaki Z650RS got a minor raise in price but it still remains more affordable than the Triumph Trident 660 with a price tag of Rs 6.99 lakh, ex-showroom.

The Triumph Trident 660, on the other hand, costs Rs 8.12 lakh (ex-showroom), which is over a lakh more compared to the Kawasaki Z650RS.

Verdict

The price difference might be an important factor for some customers as they choose between Kawasaki Z650RS and Triumph Trident 660. Although both motorcycles offer unique advantages in the modern-retro motorcycle segment, the Kawasaki Z650RS might catch the attention of those in love with classic design with a reliable engine. On the other hand, those who want a more modern and sportier bike equipped with a powerful engine may find the Triumph Trident 660 more appealing.

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First published on: Mar 04, 2024 03:00 PM IST

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