I wanted a bike to get me to work everyday, all year round, in comfort. Not that my ZX6R was failing me, I just wanted a new toy.
I had decided on a second hand ER6N with a budget of £2500. I headed to the kawasaki dealership and asked them to keep an eye out for used one for me. After a couple of months, Bournemouth kawasaki sorted me out a really good and affordable 0% finance deal on a 2009 ER6N, in Black.
It was much better looking than its predecessors, more angular and mean-looking. The engine was now black in colour and the grab rails in silver finished the look.
Even running it in and keeping the revs low, there was plenty of grunt off the line and enough to make dual carriageways comfortable.
Now thatit's run it, the commute is even more enjoyable. the engine pulls all the way through the rev range with ease.
The ride height is low, which suits my 5'3" frame. It's the first bike I have ever owned that I can actually get two feet on the groudn and actually walk backwards while on it. Bonus.
The fuel economy is great. A full tank will give you about 125 miles before the fuel light starts flashing, and then only about £9.00 to fill it up again.
In the wet, the tyres handle grip well, and because of it's relatively low power (compared to sportsbikes, etc) You can ride it hard in the wet too, full power and it holds.
Handling - it flicks from left to right and back again like a dream! It feels so light and don't let the 200kg weight tag fool you, it is well distributed so the balance is superb for low speed maneuvers around town.
The insurance was really cheap, and I reckon it would suit a newbie down to the ground. Especially with the finance deals available and the price tag.
My friends love to look of it, and all want a ride on the back. It handles pillions very well, not squatting too much to affect the handling. It looks to them like a safer option to be pillion on than the ninja. The seat is more comfy and those grab handles provide added feeling of security for them.
Fantastic all rounder. And sexy looking too.