Getting in is easier for Ken with the options you mentioned, but up close Ryu is almost as deadly (IMO). Ryu’s unique options include his close s.MK is safe on block, chains into specials/links into SA (if ducking); EX hurricane does good damage & chip and is almost totally safe on block. His overhead is faster. His EX Hado is fast as fuck + safe on block and gives you a knockdown for mixup time. And Ryu has the same great UOH and short,short,SA games as Ken.
And oh yeah, his kara owns, something Ken doesn’t have at all.
And if they get taken for a ride on his EX side, you have a good chance to reset them (in the air or ground) and super.
And it’s a small thing, but a lot of people don’t expect Ryu to be played really in-your-face for whatever reason, so that’s a huge advantage right there.
Ryu has a lot of moves to help him be aggressive. Neutered Ken… bah! I play with Ken too, but I just don’t get comfortable playing him as I do rushdown Ryu.