Kawasaki Ninja 500 vs Rivals: Specifications Compared

Engine & Output

Kawasaki Ninja 500 Aprilia RS 457 Yamaha R3 KTM RC 390
Engine Liquid-cooled, 451cc, parallel-twin Liquid-cooled, 457cc, parallel-twin Liquid-cooled, 321cc, parallel-twin Liquid-cooled, 373cc, single-cylinder
Power 45hp at 9,000rpm 47.6hp at 9,400rpm 42hp at 10,750rpm 43.5hp at 9,000rpm
Power-to-weight ratio 263hp/tonne 272hp/tonne 248.5hp/tonne 253hp/tonne
Torque 42.6Nm at 6,000rpm 43.5Nm at 6,700rpm 29.5Nm at 9,000rpm 37Nm at 7,000rpm
Gearbox 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed

The Kawasaki Ninja 500 maintains similar peak power output to its predecessor but sees a significant increase in torque, enhancing its performance at lower speeds. The Yamaha R3 delivers its power figures at higher rpm, while the Aprilia RS 457 stands out with its distinctive 270-degree firing order, offering a unique exhaust note. Despite being a single-cylinder, the KTM RC 390 boasts a higher power-to-weight ratio compared to the Yamaha R3.

Weight & Dimensions

Kawasaki Ninja 500 Aprilia RS 457 Yamaha R3 KTM RC 390
Kerb weight 171kg 175kg 169kg 172kg
Seat height 785mm 800mm 780mm 835mm
Wheelbase 1375mm 1360mm 1380mm 1347mm
Fuel capacity 14 litres 13 litres 14 litres 13.7 litres
Ground clearance 145mm 150mm 160mm 160mm

The Yamaha R3 is the lightest among the bikes listed, while the Kawasaki Ninja 500 offers a larger engine displacement with minimal weight increase compared to the R3. For riders of shorter stature, the Japanese bikes provide the lowest seat height, with the Ninja 500 offering the least ground clearance among the group.

Suspension & Brakes

Kawasaki Ninja 500 Aprilia RS 457 Yamaha R3 KTM RC 390
Suspension (f) Telescopic fork USD fork USD fork USD fork
Suspension (r) Monoshock Monoshock Monoshock Monoshock
Brakes (f) 310mm disc 320mm disc 298mm disc 320mm disc
Brakes (r) 220mm disc 220mm disc 220mm disc 230mm disc
Tyres (f) 110/70-R17 110/70-R17 110/70-R17 110/70-R17
Tyres (r) 150/60-R17 150/60-R17 140/70-R17 150/60-R17

The Kawasaki Ninja 500 stands out with a telescopic fork, while others feature USD forks. The Aprilia RS 457 offers a preload-adjustable fork, and all bikes come with monoshock rear suspension. Japanese bikes use axially mounted Nissin calipers, while European bikes use radially mounted ByBre calipers. Tire sizes are similar, but the compounds vary, with Japanese bikes using Dunlop tires and European bikes using Metzeler and TVS Eurogrip tires.

Features & Price

Kawasaki Ninja 500 Aprilia RS 457 Yamaha R3 KTM RC 390
Features LCD dash with Bluetooth connectivity Riding modes (Aprilia), TFT dash Bidirectional quickshifter
Price (ex-showroom, India) Rs 5.24 lakh (introductory) Rs 4.10 lakh Rs 4.65 lakh Rs 3.18 lakh

The Kawasaki Ninja 500 and Yamaha R3 are priced higher due to their CBU route, while the KTM and Aprilia offer more affordable options with a similar twin-cylinder experience. The Aprilia RS 457 and KTM RC 390 offer additional features like riding modes and traction control, with the RC 390 featuring a bidirectional quickshifter as standard.

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