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How Much Horsepower Is a 650cc Motorcycle? (Examples)

The amount of horsepower a motorcycle has is an important consideration that people should take into account when choosing a motorcycle.

However, there are a lot of variables when it comes to engines and their capabilities. So how much hp do 650cc motorcycles have?

650cc motorcycles have between 41 hp and 94 hp. Most 650cc sport, sport-touring, and cruisers usually have between 60 to 94 hp. By comparison, 650cc dual-sport or dirt bikes will usually have between 40 to 50 hp. Restricted 650cc motorcycles usually go as low as 34 hp.

Below I go a little more in-depth about what determines the horsepower of engines and what that means for us. I will also go over different 650cc motorcycle and their horsepower ratings.

How does the cc of a motorcycle affect its horsepower?

The engine size of motorcycles is measured in cubic centimeters (cc). The cc of most commonly used motorcycles usually varies between 50cc to 1,500cc. However, motorcycles with as much as 10,000cc or more can be found.

The cc of the engine determines how much fuel it can displace or burn. In other words, the higher the cc of the motorcycle, the more fuel its engine can burn through each stroke of the piston(s).

The cc is connected to the engine’s power and torque and thus it is connected to the engine’s horsepower. More ccs usually mean a more powerful engine that also has more torque. On the other hand, the bigger the engine capacity, the less efficient it is in terms of fuel consumption.

However, the power and torque of the engine are not determined only by the engine size. This is evident by the fact that 650cc motorcycles will vary a lot in terms of how fast they can go, and not all 650cc motorcycles have the same amount of horsepower.

Let’s take a look at a few examples.

Examples of 650cc motorcycles horsepower

This is how much horsepower some of the most popular 650cc motorcycles have.

  • Royal Enfield Continental GT 650: 47 hp (35 kW)
  • Honda CBR650: 82 to 94 hp (61 to 70 kW)
    • 2013-2016 Honda CBR650F: 82 hp (61kW) at 9500 rpm
    • 2017-2018 Honda CBR650F: 89 hp (66 kW) at 11000 rpm
    • 2019-present Honda CBR650R: 94 hp (70 kW) at 12000 rpm
  • Kawasaki Ninja 650: 64.8 to 71 hp (48.3 to 53 kW)
    • 2006-2011 Ninja 650: 71 hp (53 kW) at 8500 rpm (claimed); 64.8 hp (48.3 kW) at 9000 rpm (rear wheel)
    • 2012-2015 Ninja 650: 71 hp (53 kW) at 8,500 rpm (claimed)
  • Kawasaki Z650: 67 hp (50 kW) at 8,000 rpm
  • Kawasaki Versys 650: 55.3 to 68 hp (41.3 to 51 kW)
    • 650: 68 hp (51 kW) at 8500 rpm 
    • 650L 55.3 hp (41.3 kW) at 8000 rpm (restricted model sold for Australian Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS))
  • Suzuki SV650: 64.2 to 74.9 hp (47.9 to 55.9 kW)
    • 1999-2002 SV650 / SV650S: 64.2 hp (47.9 kW) at 9000 rpm
    • 2003-2014 SV650 / SV650S / SV650A / SV650SA / SV650SF: 73.4 hp (54.7 kW) at 8800 rpm (rear wheel)
    • 2017 SV650 / SV650 ABS / SV650X: 74.9 hp (55.9 kW) at 8500 rpm (claimed) 69.3 hp (51.7 kW) at 8530 rpm (rear wheel)
  • BMW-F650GS: 34 to 50 hp (25 to 37 kW)
    • 1993-2000 F650 and F650ST: 48hp (35kW) at 6500rpm
    • 2000-2008 F650GS: 50 hp (37 kW) at 6500 rpm
    • 2000-2008 F650GS Dakar: 50 hp (37 kW) at 6500 rpm
    • 2008-2016 G650GS: 48 hp (35 kW) at 6500 rpm
    • 2001-2005 BMW F650CS: 50 bhp (37 kW) at 6800 rpm (claimed); 34 bhp (25 kW) at 6500 rpm (restricted)
  • CFMoto 650 NK: 69.7 hp (51 kW) at 8500 rpm
  • Royal Enfield Cruiser 650: 47 HP (35.05 kW) at 7250 rpm
  • Royal Enfield Interceptor 650: 47 hp (35.05 kW) at 7250 rpm
  • Suzuki V-Strom 650: 66 to 70 hp (49 to 52 kW)
  • Kawasaki Vulcan S ABS 650cc: 61 hp (44.5 kW) at 7500 rpm
  • Kawasaki KLR650: 34.6 to 41.7 hp (25 to 31 kW)

Why are there fluctuations between the different 650cc motorcycles?

Horsepower is the rate at which work is done. And moving something from point A to point B faster requires more work than moving it slowly, all else being equal. This means that a motorcycle engine capable of producing more horsepower will be capable of doing more work or, in other words, be faster and accelerate quicker.

Horsepower is dependent on the torque the engine can produce and the RPMs. Generally speaking, more torque or higher RPMs means more horsepower. The actual torque and RPM of the engine and thus its potential horsepower can vary depending on a number of different factors like the engine configuration, how it has been tuned, gearing, bore, stroke, and more.

Because of these variables, we tend to observe different motorcycles and different engines reach peak horsepower and peak torque at different RPMs and have different peak horsepower.

All these fluctuations are also the reason why certain 650cc motorcycles can be great beginner motorcycles while others can be too dangerous for first-time riders. If you are interested in looking at a few examples, I recommend checking out my articles on the best 650cc motorcycles for beginners.