KAWASAKI ER-6F (2012-on) Review

Published: 09 January 2014

"The ER-6f is a brilliant commuter and a great first big bike. What's not to like?"

KAWASAKI ER-6F  (2012-on)

"The ER-6f is a brilliant commuter and a great first big bike. What's not to like?"

  • At a glance
  • 649cc  -  70 bhp
  • 47 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Insurance group: 10 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • £6,099

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The outgoing ER-6f was already a very popular bike and thankfully Kawasaki haven’t felt the need to radically alter it, rather improve its slight failings and make a good bike even better. The new chassis and looks are improved and the fairing adds an element of practicality that its naked brother, the ER-6n, is lacking. The seat height is low, engine punchy and fun and the handling light. In or out of town, the ER-6f is a brilliant commuter and a great first big bike. What’s not to like?

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

With its suspension slightly firmer than the ER-6n, the ER-6f feels a touch sportier to ride. In town it is just as adept at absorbing potholes, however when the pace increases outside the city’s streets the ER-6f is surprisingly agile with predictable, stable and light handling. The fairing is reasonable effective at deflecting the worst of the weather and more importantly it gives the ER-6f a cool sporty look. Like the ER-6n, anyone over 5ft 2in will have no problem reaching the floor, making it a very reassuring bike to ride at low speed.

Engine 5 out of 5

The small changes Kawasaki have made to the ER-6f’s fuel-injection settings and ECU have increased the parallel twin’s spread of torque and made it feel even punchier and quicker to accelerate. There is a different rasp from the more angular exhaust and the 650 fires off the throttle with near-perfect fuelling. For newer riders the engine is friendly when needs be, yet get it going and it is deceptively fast which is satisfying for more experience riders. It’s not intimidating in the least, just faster than you would expect of such a relaxed machine.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

The engine is reliable but the build quality and finish can often come in for criticism and the fairing is known to rattle.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Whether you want a capable commuter or a bike for weekend thrills, the ER-6f can give you both. It may 'only' be a 600 but it's a bike that's accessible and fun for everyone.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

The dash has a fuel gauge, eco mode display and the petal discs are a nice touch. ABS is an optional extra.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their KAWASAKI ER-6F (2012-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Good little all rounder

09 July 2014 by KayTannee

I've had about 3 ER-6Fs over the years among other bikes. It was my first and after a detour around some other bikes, I'm now back with one. I traded in a ZX-6R to go back to it. So lets compare, I do miss the top speed and it doesn't corner anywhere... Read more near as nicely. But... it doesn't do that bad of a job and it's still stupidly quick off the line in the low speeds. But with its upright riding position, its so much more comfortable, along with a quite comfy seat, including pillion. Filtering and commuting through traffic is so easy with its great turning, light and nippy body. With a few extras it's also a nice baby tourer, with top box and givi side panniers - When fully loading though, be prepared to adjust lights and preload - but once done gets the job done. Now for the negatives, The Mirrors. ... Get mirror extenders, otherwise the mirrors are awful. Once done though, they're acceptable. The stock factory tyres, they're not particularly grippy in the wet or even dry. The negatives, are the mirrors. They are awful. Get mirror extenders for them as a priority. Also the stock tyres are pretty terrible in the wet too. Anyhow, great starter bike, commuter, baby tourer (With addons). Not a good sports bike, but then it isn't one, even though has the looks.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Ticks most boxes

16 January 2014 by mdr1970

Back to biking after 23 years, after a BIG crash. Bought this bike to ease myself back in, and what a GREAT little machine it is. You get what you pay for + SOooo much more! It's got a punchy little engine that gets you to 60 in a little over... Read more 4secs. It's good for just under 130mph. If you cruise with the eco light on (Under 6K revs = approx 80mph) it'll return 60mpg! Sporty looks, with an upright, comfortable riding position. The only thing I didn't like is/was the sound of the parallel twin engine. Aftermarket Scorpion = Job done! Happy to recommend this as a first big bike to anyone recently passing their test, or as a fun/comfortable/economical/cheap insurance bike for leisure & commuting for the seasoned rider.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2012
Year discontinued -
New price £6,099
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 10 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 70 bhp
Max torque 47 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 47 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 649cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame type Twin tube steel perimeter
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 209kg
Front suspension 41mm conventional forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Side mounted shock, adjustable preload
Front brake 2x300mm petal discs. Tokico two-piston calipers
Rear brake 1x220mm petal disc, single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 160/60ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

Launched in 2005, the ER-6f was updated in 2009 with revised frame and styling.

Other versions

Kawasaki ER-6n

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