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The difference lies in the intended use, different approach in design and difference in the nature of power and handling. A 600cc sport bike is a street legal racing bike, designed for expert riders that can utilize the amazing performance. The engines are designed to run at high RPMs and at high speeds. Every aspect of the handling is intended to give the greatest advantage at the track.

Among the major and most recognizable differences is the type of engine. The Ninja 500 and similar bikes (including the Ninja 650) use a Parallel Twin engine which gives predictable, usable street power. Sport bikes use inline-four cylinder motors which make their power in the high end, having a powerband that really kicks in and can get you in a lot of trouble really fast. Furthermore, they overheat quickly at low speeds and, lacking low end torque, are tough for beginners to make normal starts from stop signs and lights.
 
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