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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Tests have shown that nine out of 10 road testers prefer the Kawasaki ER-6 to virtually any other middleweight machine. Bandits, Fazers, Monsters, SV650s… The Kawasaki ER-6 has trounced the lot of ‘em. A cunningly-disguised riot of fun, the Kawasaki ER-6 is cute, it’s capable and it’s competent just about anywhere. You’d have to be off your rocker not to enjoy the ride.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Kawasaki ER-6's fuel injected, parallel twin is full of surprises. Expecting a relatively sedate ride? You’ll be amazed at the accessible, wide band of power, the responsiveness of the throttle and the sheer go of this little motorcycle. It thrives on handfuls of revs and doesn’t run out of breath until you’re way over the ton. Life on the Kawasaki ER-6 is very, very entertaining.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Kawasaki ER-6 is very nimble: excellent for nipping around town or hooning along twisty lanes. It copes with everything until, over 100mph, the suspension can complain just a little. Otherwise, it’s well set up, the gearbox is smooth and the brakes are fantastic. Low-ish seat and narrow riding position make the Kawasaki ER-6 ideal for smaller folk but even taller riders seem to find it comfortable.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Wavy discs, off-set rear suspension and an underslung exhaust make the Kawasaki ER-6 a stylish, contemporary option. On the dash, there’s no fuel gauge (boo!) but both the brake and clutch levers are adjustable (yay!). Aftermarket Kawasaki ER-6 bits include a little screen, crash bungs and a top box. ABS is also an option for around £300. No centre stand but that helps the Kawasaki ER-6 have excellent ground clearance.

Kawasaki ER-6n (2005-2008)

Detail Value
New price £4,595
Dealer used prices
£2,330 (2006) - £3,470 (2008)
Private used prices
£2,030 (2006) - £3,120 (2008)
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Engine size 649 cc
Power 71 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Kawasaki ER-6 is so new it’s hard to gauge but, going by other Kawasakis, reliability should be in the “average to good” bracket. Finish is ok, although the welding’s a bit untidy in places and the wiring’s a bit of a mess. However, the Kawasaki ER-6 is not at all bad for the money.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Kawasaki ER-6 really is excellent value. It looks so tame but is spectacular fun to ride and genuinely able to deal with pretty much everything. Even the most experienced riders have a ball on them but a novice would find it agreeably accommodating too. Price/performance-wise, its biggest rival is Suzuki’s SV650 and the Kawasaki ER-6 certainly gives that a bloody good run for its money… Find a Kawasaki ER-6n for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

2005: Both the Kawasaki ER-6n and Kawasaki ER-6f versions launched. ABS models also available.

Other Versions

Kawasaki ER-6f: faired version, slightly heavier at 178kg and about £300 more expensive, otherwise identical.

Specifications

Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.5 secs
Max power 71 bhp
Max torque 49 ft-lb
Weight 174 kg
Seat height 785 mm
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 649 cc
Engine specification 8v parallel twin, 6 gears
Frame Steel tube
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 300mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/60 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(32 reviews)

  • Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Picked up new 08 er6n 13/11/08 and yes it was pissing it down! Traded in my Triumph Speed 4. Have bad neck so cant take low bars.First impressions lots of low down grunt im used to reving the nuts of 4 pot bikes.Still running it in at the mo so have a 5k rev limit but that still gets 70mph. Still early days so cant say much about rest of bike.But its the hardest bike ive ever had to clean!On ride home from dealer (30 od miles)It took me 3 hours loads of nooks and cranies had to take belly pan off to clean the can.But i dont mind to much i enjoyed it its the only way to get to know the ins and outs of your bike.Cant wait for weather to get a bit better and get first service out of the way.Then i can have some real fun on it.Will let you know how it goes.

    15 November 2008

  • Going better than ever

    Andy949494

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I thought I would re-visit my previous review. I now have nearly 9000 miles on the clock and the bike feels run in. Its quicker, more responsive and I am getting nearly 70mpg on my 58 mile each way commute despite riding much quicker than before (BTW My bike is NOT restricted. Don't know if this would make a difference) I had to buy the kawasaki Mirror extensions (£24) to improve the rear view and I am buying a hugger for the winter. Negatives still are the range is a bit low at about 200 miles per tank and I see a lot of my (albeit good) garage - the service intervals are every 4000 miles (600 and 1500 for new bikes), the front tyre wore out at 5000 miles and the rear is going in another 1000 or so. I also just rode a Yamaha Fazer 1000 and it was very nice. Probably too high for me filtering through traffic but the low speed control was far better, it had better throttle control and was more stable.

    05 September 2008

  • sweet bike!!!

    blm1989

    Average rating rating is 4

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    i picked up my er6n on 2 days ago and its a really nice bike. its my 3rd bike i love it already .its restricted but still it rides really smooth and is rather nippy. cant say much on fuel as i havent filled up yet would recommend as a commuter fun bike but not as a speed machine ha brett

    09 July 2008

  • Great Engine but...

    ibriggs

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    If you are only going to ride a bike in summer on still days this is the bike to go for. Great engine, smoothish gears and nice to ride. Build quality is not great in terms of paint finish - winter did have an impact on my bike and I sold it as a result. It is the least stable of the three bikes I have owned when windy. I also felt nervous riding in the wet. Don't get me wrong though, the bike is good value for money. It's just that you are not getting a £6k bike for £4k. If you remember that you'll be pleased.

    28 June 2008

  • Great Engine but...

    ibriggs

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    If you are only going to ride a bike in summer on still days this is the bike to go for. Great engine, smoothish gears and nice to ride. Build quality is not great in terms of paint finish - winter did have an impact on my bike and I sold it as a result. It is the least stable of the three bikes I have owned when windy. I also felt nervous riding in the wet. Don't get me wrong though, the bike is good value for money. It's just that you are not getting a £6k bike for £4k. If you remember that you'll be pleased.

    28 June 2008

  • Compromise.....

    toe_down_sv_racing

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Ive had an SV650 so i know the "other side of the argument" here. i got one leased to me for a test ride when i had my SV in for its service to do some miles on, or get home, as i said. Initially i was very pleased with the bike, the SV felt clumsy and almost over eager thanks to that Vtwin, but it soon became a love hate relationship. many factors could of influenced why, or how it wasnt working for me, iam pinning any problems on the riding position or the tyre choice (after stepping off my velcro-esque Conti road attacks). i simply couldnt gel at anything like the demands i put on my SV daily, as for the roundabout gp, forget it. i can see the market however, people who dont really want the race-bike image, but want a fairly decent 600cc+ bike at the same time that has some interesting design or possibly a new born. Being a Kawasaki its clearly meant to turn away potential ZX6R buyers, as the ER is called the Ninja649 in the US. its a safe option, but i quicly found many limits i didnt have on the SV, which i felt odd due to the reviews ive seen. my biggest real quarm is the welding an manufacturing of the bike looking very hurried or mis-managed. i trust the rear swingarm and frame to be bulked up as the obvious stress points would be subjected openly for a lot of punishment from any right-minded rider. engine is a dime, is all i need to say there :P, if you wanted the silky inline feel, not the stompy Vtwin, here's youre choice for the first bike. in many ways im vry subjective as i feel that the first big bike will shape the likes and needs of the next and usually much more powerful latter bike, so it needs to be a guddun, sorry kawasaki, i dont have a good feeling i get from my SV.

    25 February 2008

  • Good enough for a reasonable commute

    Andy949494

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I am a novice (having come back to bikes recently after some X years) and had a 650 Deauville for a few months before the ER6F. I use my bikes on a daily 60 mile each way commute which includes A roads (some dual carriageway), B roads and filtering through traffic (for about 10 miles). Negatives first - the bike has a slightly strange riding position but after a while you adapt and it doesn't feel so odd. It is also built down to a price and I do worry about rust in the future. Simmarly a proper fuel gauge would have been better and the seat is a little bit hard (fine for 60 miles but I'm not sure I would manage 150 without pain). However the positives are the way it sits so solidly on the road (even in wild winds), the ease of handling at all speeds (helped by the light weight, narrow design) and its sense of fun. Lights are not too bad either even on dip. I find it very pretty (at least compared to the Deauville) and am getting close to 60mpg out of it even after running it in.

    14 February 2008

  • Best Budget All-Rounder

    Victor9098

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    I have had my ER-6F for 4 months and have covered almost 4,000 miles, mostly commuting and a few long trips. Not a thing has gone wrong so far. It is my only means of transport so is used all year and the fairing brings some added weather protection. Will cruise happily at motorway speeds for hour after hour and still a healthy amount of poke for quick overtakes. Only complaint is the wiring is a bit untidy behind the fairing, that is really it! Great riding position. I only have a 29" leg and can get both feet down with the standard seat. Great in traffic and everybody loves the neat touches like integrated indicators, under belly exhaust and plenty of pillion space with grab handles. Though at slow speed with a pillion she can feel a bit sluggish. Can not recommend this bike enough, best budget all-rounder! For some pictures of mine go here http://www.flickr.com/photos/victor9098/

    20 January 2008

  • Brilliant little bike!

    the elements600

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've just came back from a test ride of the ER6F and it's fantastic! It's the biggest bike I've ridden so far and is quite a step bigger than my 125. Initial responses: Surprisingly light and easy clutch, extremely healthy amount of useable power despite being restricted, a peach to ride even at speed and seat height gives you a nice clear view of the road ahead. The mirrors show a litle too much of your shoulders to be of much help; you're much better off doing a lifesaver and having a good look for yourself. The bike is a little heavy when you first get on it (although to be fair I am quite a small guy) but the moment you set off the weight dissapears. I can't comment much on fuel consumption or reliability because I was only out on it for half an hour but being a 4 stroke I'm sure it's not bad.

    29 December 2007

  • A right little riot of fun!

    leeboy21

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have owned my orange er6n from new now for a couple of months and have done approx 2500 miles. All i can say is this bike is a wolf in sheeps clothing!i part exed my 600 bandit for this little beauty and have not felt the slightest glimpse of disapointment. The twin engine is a stomper and is consistantly surprising, feels very strong with bags of useable torque where you want it. This makes the bike great fun and easy to ride. Makes a nice noise as standard too. The bike handles extremely well, very precise and confidence inspiring compared to the bandit, needing only small input from the rider. This would be an excellent choice for the commuter, I have been getting around 215 miles to a tank on a regular basis. Or even if its a bike just for fun it definatly delivers without costing the earth. The bike also looks absolutley stunning, with so many nice touches, it shares qualitys of a bike with a much bigger price tag. So stop looking at pics on the internet and go and take a look for yourself. The lack of fairing i havent found an issue as i am use to the bandit. Any how i dont think the er6f looks a patch on the 6n, so its worth the sackrifice. Its a engineering masterpiece, and for the money, i paid £3995 with ABS its excellent value. All in all its a fantastic bike and i certainly wont be rushing back to the inline fours! well done kawasaki!

    08 October 2007

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ginger 72

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Just about to take delivery of a new 2008 er6n, so interested in hearing how other owners rate it.Its my first bike in six years and the first big one.

28 May 2008 14:36

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Had this since new August 07 (see above) as first bike. Having lived with it still love it. Still as nimble, as fast and accelerates as much as I need.Definitely recommend fly-screen for longer/motorway journeys (and looks better with). Some nut furrage over winter! Still looks great. Still keeps up with the big boys in real world conditions. For me is better looking than the er6f which it seems Kawasaki agree as they are revising the looks of the faired version to make it more "ninja"! LOVE THIS BIKE!!!

26 May 2008 03:38

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I am one of those born again bikers who bought the er6-f from my local dealer when the interest free credit deal was introduced.I fancied a mid sized bike to get back into biking and the er6-n appealed to me but was'nt available on interest free,so I went for a 2007 model er6-f because I liked the blue colour(always the best way to buy a bike).I reasoned that the fairing would be better for distance stuff.I'm doing O.K. so far but I find the mirrors nigh on useless for seeing whats actually behind you and the lovely fairing sounds like marbles in a washing machine when you are chugging along at 2000rpm so you get a nice throaty rumble from below and steam engine noises up front.It's going to need a bit of rubberising round those top panels or else it's going to be very irritating at low speeds.On a posotive note a new Ford Focus came across into my lane on a roundabout and my back wheel nut took his front end completely off as I accelerated out of the way. got away with a slight scuff mark on swinging arm and stayed upright.It feels good to survive.

16 April 2008 01:08

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