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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
£2,360 (2006) - £3,010 (2008)
Private used prices
£2,040 (2006) - £2,740 (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)

  • My first bike ever; been riding the ER-6F ABS since April 2006. Done 2000, mainly motorway, miles.

    carlroach

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I wanted the ER-6F because it was the only modern bike on offer with high-bars and a fairing. Despite only 2-days experience on a bike (I passed my test on a BMW 650 2-years ago) the ER-6F has given me a lot of confidence. Bought it from www.phmotorcycles.co.uk who were great; pre-sales was patient and informative; price was competitive and included 1st-service labour costs and 4-hours of on-road advanced training. On top the basic £4699 for the ABS model I added a topbox, U-Lock, Immobiliser and R&G Crash Protectors (phmotorcycles made me wait for the R&Gs because they don't rate Kawa's version at all!). Oh, and I extended the warranty for two further years for only £165 as it's identical to the 2-year you get by default). The deal was wrapped in 0% finance over 3-years (about £140/month).
    Strengths: Low centre of gravity is great for a new biker. ABS is reassuring too. Parallel twin is forgiving. Bike feels well screwed together (Bandits and SV650s didn't). Weaknesses: When low on fuel the dash flashes the word "FUEL" so one can't view the miles one is covering. Fairing could be taller to offer more wind protection. Mirrors do show mostly elbows but on the otherhand they don't stick out too far! It's not available in Kawa green :).

    20 June 2006

  • Good first time bike

    joBurg

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought my silver ER-6f on 1st March 2006 from my local dealer. Being my first bike (passed my test via direct access Nov 2005) I am enjoying it alot, it is so easy to ride, very nimble and light so has great handling round the bends, easy at low speeds and for a first bike more than fast enough. The fairing gives good weather protection at speed and the upright riding position is good for seeing whats going on around you. Only problem I've had with the bike is an annoying fairing vibration, my 6F is back at the dealer this week having the fairing refitted to get rid of the rattle.
    Strengths: Excellent first time bike, very easy to ride, quick, nimble and (in my opinion) looks great. Weaknesses: Fairing vibration below 5K rpm needs fixing. Rear mirrors show alot of arm.

    24 May 2006

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ginger 72

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ginger 72says

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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