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Kawasaki ER-6n (2005-2008)



Detail Value
New price £4,595
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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

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.

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)

  • Very Disappointing

    robbobiker

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Inital riding was promising and the best thing about this bike is the superb in line engine which delivers smooth power with character. But, oh dear...the ergonomics are simply awful. The bars promise comfort by their initial high position but somehow they are all wrong, and this isn't helped by the seat which is angled forward and makes your wrists ache at anything less than motorway speeds, so the ER6F is useless in towns. The pegs are way too far back for this kind of bike and my knees and shins ache after a few miles. The suspension is ok for smooth tarmac but unsteadies the bike on the slightest rough surface, and the rear wiggles about on white lines and ruts. The front transmits every tiny bump to the wrists and feels cheap and nasty. What a shame...this could have been a great bike if they got the ergonomics right. Strengths: Fantastic Engine. Weaknesses: Extremely uncomfortable/wrist ache. I now have a Guzzi Nevada which handles BETTER than this and is ten times more comfortable!

    28 September 2007

  • My first bike and it rocks.

    eddieknocker

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought this based on price, looks and reviews. Can only compare it to the 500cc Suzuki I rode for my D.A. and 3 different 125s. Am still running it in but am astonished at the acceleration. People at work give it admiring glances. I can't imagine finding the limits of the bike for a good while yet. Lack of fuel gauge was irritating at first (as an ex-car driver) but is fine now. Wind blast is "interesting" above 70mph but it's about the only excercise I get. Cannot recommend this bike enough. Can't comment on reliability as just got it.

    27 August 2007

  • Great little bike

    wombat4

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I bought this bike as my everyday commuter & workhorse, I have had it 9 months and it has covered just over 8000 miles. The engine is excellent the only fault being a little surging on small throttle openings. The same with the ride & handling the chassis only complaining when being really pushed. In terms of reliability I have had several serious electrical problems resulting in complete failure, the bike packing up completely, a new loom ultimately had to be fitted. I have just fitted a new back tyre (8K is not too bad on a BT020 - have replaced it with a BT021) I noticed some corrosion on the swing arm, it is used in all weathers and is also showing the usual signs of dulling and furry fasteners. I have fitted a Scottoiler which results in coating the underslung silencer in oil but I do like my chain well lubed. Overall it is a great little bike and the problems that I have experienced are probably a one off and it seems to be fine now.

    19 August 2007

  • Commuter perfect.

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    In places you can see where Kawasaki have tried to save money on this bike, as it is a bit plasticky but it is cheap to buy. Fuel efficiency is excellent, 55 mpg around the city, and my tyres are still in good condition after 8000 miles. It is extremely nippy. It has a 6 speed short ratio gearbox that accelerates to 100 very quickly without wanting to wheelie, however I often try to find a non-existent 7th gear even at 50 mph. In the traffic light GP, I have never been beaten. Audi RS6, Lamborghinis and BMW M5s have all been trounced... and they were pushing! Taking the bike past 7000 revs is like entering Hyperdrive or Warpspeed. If you have one of these bikes I seriously recommend changing the exhaust to a Scorpion (road legal), it makes a great noise also making the power delivery smoother, greatly increasing the low end torque... and what a noise it makes without the baffle! Of course I only put the exhaust on for the increased fuel economy, honestly guv (over 185 miles for a tank of V-power petrol).

    13 July 2007

  • Nearly Perfect

    bogof

    Average rating rating is 4

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    For a cheap 650 twin it's very very good. With better brakes (my ABS model lacks feel) and suspension it would be incredible. Most of the finish survived it's first winter but water running off the tailpiece ruined my electrics. Great fun to ride but I've not decided whether I'll keep it past the warranty period.

    08 July 2007

  • Your going to love one of these

    camperman

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is just what the bike market needed. It excells in all areas easy to ride and handles like a dream. My advice is get one you'll love it!!

    25 May 2007

  • ER6F

    Jacohen

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Love this bike, reliable & great fun for rips out to the country as well as the commutes! Very pleased so far, only niggle is lack of a fuel gauge, can't say I'm too bothered about that.

    17 May 2007

  • Excellent!

    cascadeair

    London

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Just bought an ER-6F ABS after selling a Bandit 1200. Expecting a good, but slow, commuter, have been pleasantly surprised at the handling and snappy enine. Excellent for filtering because it is narrow, and has good grunt for squirting between openings. The best commuter I have ever had, and I am in the 80 per day club.

    07 May 2007

  • Great bike...

    russb2u

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've just gone back to biking after a 10 year break. Great bike does what is says on the label :-) I'd recommend this to first and born again bikers like me... Thumbs up Kawasaki.. Strengths: Good bang for your buck.. Looks great rides wonderful.
    Weaknesses: Hard to clean the muck and grit on the frame due to no mud guard on back wheel... Fairing buzz - but can be fixed with a new kit now out, done under warranty.

    02 July 2006

  • Excellent first bike for a new rider or shorter rider

    owensj

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Fantastic bike! Easy to ride, looks great. A good first big bike too. Even with a restrictor fitted I'm getting plenty of welly out of it. Mpg in the range of 55 which is good and compensates for the small tank. Low centre of gravity and not too heavy. Difficult getting accessories for it as it's so new and so many were sold. Easier to get items from e-bay/China than main Kawasaki dealer! Strengths: Very easy for a new rider to ride. Also good for shorties. Excellent value for money. Weaknesses: Small tank. Fairing not fitting flush in one place. Not noticable but getting fixed under warranty.

    25 June 2006

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ginger 72

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er6n

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

eddieknocker

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er6n

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

old(ish)git

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er6-f

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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