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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Tests have shown that nine out of 10 road testers prefer the Kawasaki ER-6f 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-6f 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-6f'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-6f is very, very entertaining. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

The Kawasaki ER-6f 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-6f ideal for smaller folk but even taller riders seem to find it comfortable.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

Wavy discs, off-set rear suspension and an underslung exhaust make the Kawasaki ER-6f 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 crash bungs and a top box. ABS is also an option for around £300. No centre stand but that helps the Kawasaki ER-6f have excellent ground clearance. Compare and buy parts for the ER-6f in the MCN Shop.

Kawasaki ER-6f (2005-2008)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£2,550 (2006) - £3,560 (2008)
Private used prices
£2,140 (2006) - £2,850 (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 4 rating is 3
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 2.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 2.5
Value rating is 5 rating is 3

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

The Kawasaki ER-6f is 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-6f is not at all bad for the money.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 3

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-6f certainly gives that a bloody good run for its money… Find a Kawasaki ER-6f 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.
2009: Updated ER-6F and ER-6n modela launched.

Other Versions

Kawasaki ER-6n: 4kg lighter naked version. £300 cheaper when new.

Specifications

Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 71 bhp
Max torque 49 ft-lb
Weight 178 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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£3,950

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£3,649

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3(6 reviews)

  • Fantastic All Rounder

    Zeee

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    A fantastic all round bike that is nimble in traffic when commuting and will put a smile on your face at the weekend. They look good, they're comfy, they handle beautifully and are fairly economical with low insurance. I ride mine all year round and in all weathers, the fairing gives reasonable weather protection and with a decent set of tyres (Pilot Roads are a good choice) it corners like it's on rails in all but the worst conditions. The gearbox is smooth and positive, it's can sit up when accelerating hard and will make sportsbikes look silly if you feel that way out. If you look after them they keep their looks, don't and you'll get a bit of rust on the welds and corrosion everywhere. I've just bought my second after being knocked off the first, they're a great fun bike on a budget.

    09 February 2014

  • Change The Bars!

    captaincoconut

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've had my 08 ER6f (in green) for a few months now, and have to say it's a really great pice of kit. Simple sure, but does what you need it to, and then some! I'm a little biased as this is my first big bike, but I looked round at bandits, fazers, SV, hornets all the typical first bike choices and can honestly say that I made the right choice. I commute 100miles a day in & out of London and the ER6 takes it in its stride. The good: Great engine that pulls magnificently (can beat faster bikes off the line with all the low down grunt, but they'll get you in the end!) excellent manners and very predictable so won't catch you out. I've got the fared version and looks great. The newer models even more so. Great basic set up with not a lot to go wrong. The bad: Ok, so this is a budget bike which does show in palces. The farings buzz, which can be solved by taking them off and putting dampers in (I like to get my hands dirty so not a problem for me). Some of the joints do show signs of rust if you don't look after it, but nothing to get too worked up about. Could use a hugger too to help keep it clean, especially in the winter months. The main thing I changed was changing the handlerbars. I found the riding position to sit up for my liking, which meant the faring didn't really work on motorway. Swapped it over to some clip on style sports bars (you can import them from America) and completely chagnes this bikes attitude for the better! Handles much better, makes the faring actually work, and suits the style of the bike. I would highly recommend doing this. In the end, great bike to start on, you can have a lot fun at the weekend with your friends, and still be a great commuter for the week. Probably going to keep this as my commuter when I look to upgrade, I like it that much!

    19 April 2013

  • Poor suspension

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 2

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    The engine is lovely and it looks good but in my opinion the front suspension is poor. I have been road riding for over 30 years, I have also owned several motorcycle shops in the past so I have ridden hundreds of bikes and this must have the worst suspension in its class that I have ever experienced. Anyone trying a bumpy corner on one will find that there's very little front grip.Then try it in the wet if you dare! I bought a brand new one and got rid within 9 days. Kawasaki say there's no problem but I disagree. On one occasion I really thought I was going to die.Don't take my word for it, Before you buy I recommend you ride one or do a google search on ER6 front suspension and check out what the forums say, then make up your mind.I wish I had.

    26 September 2011

  • Utter sh*te!

    Feakster

    Average rating rating is 1

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    I had this for 2 hours and came off it. I didn't voluntarily pick/buy it. It was the only courtesy bike in the shop at the time. The handling is shocking! Engine's not great either. If you're thinking about buying this, slap yourself, then go and buy a better bike. I have no doubt there are many out there.

    20 August 2011

  • Good bike, pity about the build quality

    Shakeyjake

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Had my ER6-F for two years. I've done 18k miles in all weathers so you could say I have experience now. Apart from having a high centre of gravity making it difficult for beginners to handle in slow turns the ride is good and enjoyable. If I lived in a dry country I would buy another but in the UK the paint just falls off, welded joints weep rust and the exhaust downpipe sheered after 10k and cost £350 (part only) to replace. All the other spares I've needed seem to be the most expensive in the book, with little or no cheaper options from non Kawasaki manufacturers. So overall good good bike but not built to last and seems more expensive to run than I expected.

    29 November 2010

  • Fantastic commuter

    mastermaw

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I drive my '06 ER6f across London every day. It's light, cheap to insure - yet still looks good and goes like stink (0-60 professionally timed at 3.6 seconds!) Only issues are the old fashioned clocks and vibrating fairing - both of these resolved in the '09 model - grab one of those for £4k and you will not be disappointed. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

    18 June 2010

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I would not recommend this bike for several reasons. the gearbox is vague especially from first to second and sometimes takes several attempts to home, informed Kawasaki within days of purchase and only got a flippant reply saying they hadn't heard anything, even though i'd just informed them, they did nowt!. Secondly the ultra thin exhaust sheared after 7,500 miles (no not come uncoupled) .thirdly the throttle grip position constantly slips. fourthly it is very hesitant to go into corners as if the weight is too forward or the front suspension is too far under the bike. MCN HOW DO I GET THEM TO DO SOMETHING AS I'VE NOTICED THIS LAZY ATTITUDE ON OTH ER SITES,BLAMING ANYTHING BUT THEMSELVES, LIKE SLIPPERY FISH. ARE MCN GOING TO BALLS UP AGAINST ONE OF THEIR CLIENTS AND DENOUNCE THIS BIKE AND IT'S OBVIOUS INHERENT PROBLEMS?

08 May 2013 06:19

gsxwarby

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ER6F

just got rid of mine after 18 month I hated the bike I know I must be the only one but I did .rust developed on swing arm in first week it wanted to let go with rear tyre all the time and got tank slap at 80mph its gone and i got GSX650 F

29 June 2010 16:52

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