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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-07-2007, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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How much HP does a 1997 Ninja 600 have?

Just curious...just the plain old 600

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80 hp

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Nah dude I'm pretty sure it's more like 90.
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87.5 at the rear wheel according to Motorcycle online.

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More than 90% of us can handle.

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It's depends on which Ninja 600 you're talking about. There were a couple of different generations available in '97. The weakest was 85 hp at the crank.
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More than 90% of us can handle.
suppose i fall into that 10%. woot!

90hp on a bike surely isnt slow... but it definitely isnt fast.
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It's depends on which Ninja 600 you're talking about. There were a couple of different generations available in '97. The weakest was 85 hp at the crank.
Yeah it isn't the ZX whatever..it was just the red Ninja with the purple rims. My co-worker let me take it for a spin yesterday. It was sure as hell a lot more powerful than my 250


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More than 90% of us can handle.

i truley wish i could be a god like you and handle an outdated liter twin...
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suppose i fall into that 10%. woot!

90hp on a bike surely isnt slow... but it definitely isnt fast.
I completely disagree with on this one. 400lbs. powered by 90hp is definitely fast. Sure it may not be as fast as the new 600s, but still plenty fast.
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i had a 96...same bike 95-97....she was a quick little girl, but eh 160 rear tire sucked.

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90hp on a bike surely isnt slow... but it definitely isnt fast.
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160 rear tire? The '88-'97 Ninja 600R had a 130. Personally, I felt it had easily enough power. It was the handling that bothered me.

Stock they have very short gearing, which makes for a lot of shifting, but to me it was a lot of fun. And it really pulled in the lower gears because of it. It could get to 140ish (actual) if you weren't afraid to run it into the red in sixth. Sounded like a cross between a muscle car and a lawn mower at idle, and resembled a 2 stroke's wail at 11k RPM. Not the most refined-sounding engine, but oh so fun in a "my neighbours think I'm the devil" sort of way, with a very distinct power band coming on at around 6,000 RPM. It could get mid-50's mileage cruising on the highway to boot.

It looks - and I bet feels - like a heavier, more powerful 250. Old tech (even in '88 it was hardly cutting edge), but still a sportbike and still fun. Honestly, because of its outdated (and I'm sure worn out) suspension and frame, and non-linear powerband, my Ninja 600 felt far quicker than my buddy's YZF 600 (reality check: it wasn't, but it also wasn't THAT much slower. Handling was a joke in comparison, though).

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