KAWASAKI ER-6N (2012-on) Review

Published: 09 January 2014

"The old ER-6n was already excellen, yet the'vee succeeded in enhancing every aspect of its appeal"

KAWASAKI ER-6N  (2012-on)

"The old ER-6n was already excellen, yet the'vee succeeded in enhancing every aspect of its appeal"

  • At a glance
  • 649cc  -  70 bhp
  • 47 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (804mm)
  • £5,899

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The old ER-6n was already an excellent bike – which is why it sold so well in the UK and even more so in Europe. So Kawasaki didn’t have to do much. Yet they have succeeded in enhancing every aspect of its appeal. The looks are better and the ER-6n is now even easier to ride and more manageable which should also attract more new riders, especially women because it’s small, thin and not intimidating. The revised engine is a peach and the chassis is brilliant in town.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

On board you instantly notice how narrow the new ER-6n is. Anyone over 5ft 2in will have no problem reaching the floor, making it a very reassuring bike to ride at low speed. The taller tank makes you feel more ‘in’ the bike and on the move the new softer suspension set-up is excellent. Speed humps, cobbles, potholes and huge manhole covers are all taken easily in the Kawasaki’s stride. Onto faster roads, away from town, the engine has nice punch while the handling is predictable, stable, easy and great fun.

Engine 4 out of 5

The liquid-cooled parallel twin is virtually unchanged however it does gain revised fuel-injection settings and ECU. This has made the spread of torque wider and the acceleration even better. There is a different rasp from the more angular exhaust and the 650 fires off the throttle with near-perfect fuelling. Snap the throttle open and the parallel twin gives you an instant kick of power, taking you by surprise. 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.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

For the money you'll struggle to find a bike which can do just as much, just as well, as the ER-6n. ABS costs an extra £600.

Insurance group: 10 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

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.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2012
Year discontinued -
New price £5,899
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 804mm
Bike weight 204kg
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-6n was updated in 2009 with revised frame and styling.

Other versions

The ER-6f is a fully faired version and costs £5,649 or £5,999 with ABS.

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