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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The first Kawasaki ER-6n already offered fantastic value for money – fun, practicality and decent looks for £4500. It didn’t need a revamp, but for this year it now has a classier more grown up image. The chassis has been tweaked to isolate vibration, and suspension quality was also improved in response to owner comments.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The parallel twin engine was created just for this bike, and makes around 65bhp at the rear wheel. It doesn’t sound much, but it has a wide spread of torque that’s enough to make gear selection less crucial. It’s fun and up for some stunt riding, but the ER-6n will also mollycoddle new riders with it’s friendly power delivery.   

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Basic suspension and chassis should translate to a crude ride, but the Kawasaki manages to provide an entertaining back road handling package. Bump absorption is OK, but over fast surface the shock rebounds a little too quickly. But it never gets out of hand, so you can overlook it. Again, newbies will appreciate the easy handling.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

A digital rev-counter/analogue speedo has a useful fuel gauge incorporated, and plastic trim around it hides the fittings where the old model was bare and ugly. Pillion grab handles, decent mirrors and a comfy seat are welcome for the modest price tag.

Kawasaki ER-6n (2009-2011)

Detail Value
New price £5,799
Dealer used prices
£3,430 (2010) - £5,510 (2014)
Private used prices
£3,080 (2010) - £4,950 (2014)
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Engine size 649 cc
Power 72 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Build quality is basic as befits the price tag, though the metallic paint looks great. Look after it and should stay looking good for years - neglect it and corrosion, paint fade and seized brakes are the likely result. The engine largely the same, and no major problems have been reported.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

For the money you’ll struggle to find such a match of rider friendliness, fun factor and good looks. It’ll do most things you ask of it without feeling inadequate, and only the shortest of riders will struggle to get a firm footing, so it’s accessible to just about everyone. Find a Kawasaki ER-6n for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

2005: ER-6n introduced.
2009: All new parallel twin ER-6n 650 with steel frame.

Other Versions

ER-6f – same mechanics with a useful full fairing

Specifications

Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.06 secs
Max power 72 bhp
Max torque 48 ft-lb
Weight 200 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 649 cc
Engine specification 8v, liquid-cooled, 6 gears
Frame Tubular steel diamond
Front suspension adjustment none
Rear suspension adjustment Preload only
Front brakes Tokico sliding twin-piston calipers, 300m discs
Rear brake Single-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 ZR17
Rear tyre size 160/60 ZR17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(13 reviews)

  • Average rating rating is 2.5

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    The bike picks up quite nicely for it's power band. The revving through the gears is nice and smooth. The bad points; Uncomfortable seat. The part of your arse that sits on the sides of the seat gets sore because the seat squashes down basically onto steel. The wide open front end means you take a battering - as with all nakeds. The clutch is very bumpy. Bike almost jolts forward just putting it into first. The suspension is RUBBISH, and non-adjustable. Go over any bump at any sort of high speed and you feel really unsafe. The suspension feels wobbly and as if it's going to chuck you off. Good stuff: Nifty little electronic speedo.

    22 August 2009

  • 2009 ER6-N

    paul evans

    Newcastle Emlyn

    Average rating rating is 4

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    was given one as a loan bike while my gsxr1000 was having repairs carried out, collected the bike with 40 miles on the clock,After an hour of gentle riding started to get used to the feel of the bike, and was really impressed, using the bike to comute 60miles a day in all weather gave me a good test ride, really impressed with cornering abilities, No chicken strips left there,lights were brilliant, engine good right through the rev range, could possibly do with a slightly higher ratio 6th gear, seating position great,higher speed riding 60+ got a little uncomfortable, but this is a naked bike after all, seriously considering buying one for commuting on, would fit a small wind deflector screen and hand guards, but all round bloody good bike

    16 May 2009

  • 2009 ER6N Ideal daily hack

    wonderpupp

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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.

    21 April 2009

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GasmanDan

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Whilst hooning around the Kent/Sussex countryside last summer I hopped off my GSXR 600 K8 and tried out three of my friends uprights/nakeds to see what I fancied as a second touring, commuting and hack bike.  Out of the GSR 600 Suzuki, the Z750 Kwaker(2008)  and the ER6N, I have to say although the others made me smile my chops off, the ER6N was the most fun.  Been riding since 1977 but growing old disgracefully as far as bikes are concerned.  This little bike has the lot.  It handles well, (knee virtually down by the second roundabout!!) heaps of torque, lack of bhp is not really noticable to be honest.  I completely agree with one of these reviews I just read. . . Its not just a good first bike.  Its a great bike, period.  Superb fuel economy and drop dead looks in the flesh has made me put this bike top of the wish list.  Fantastic value new but unbelievable value at a year old.  Go on, you know you want one . . . .

30 December 2010 15:45

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04 November 2009 20:53

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