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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) - £5,570 (2014)
Private used prices
£3,080 (2010) - £5,020 (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)

  • 16k miles and 18 months later...

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I have had my ER6-n for 18 months now and it's been my workhorse clocking up 16k miles in that time through all kinds of weather, heatwaves, torrential rain, ice, fog, snow the lot. I can safely say that I have no idea what lotusman33 is comparing the ER6-n to but I dare say it's a bike that costs a lot more money. One star? I doubt he's even ridden it. For the price this is a seriously great bike for commuting on A-roads, B-raods and short motorway stretches (I admit that if you're on the motorway for more than an hour the seat gets a little hard) and is great fun when having a Sunday blast. A good rider will manage to keep up with lesser experience riders and rusty Sunday scratchers on litre sportsbikes through twisties. It'll shrug off any tail-gaiting sports car or grand tourer (it's a 72bhp motorcycle in a frame that's as light as a BMX afterall) and will put a smile on your face when you squeeze through traffic like a cyclist leaving couriers and 'serious' motorcycles stuck between the gaps. Quality? Well I haven't really looked after it particularly well. Giving it a wash roughly every 1k miles instead of weekly. Cleaned and oiled the chain roughly every fortnight or 400 odd miles (chain and sprockets replaced at about 11k miles). Being a naked bike dirt has crept in to some hard-to-reach places but I have it a good deep clean yesterday (first time ever) and during my inspection the paintwork is holding up pretty well considering the abuse it's had and the amount of salt that's been left after regular 100 mile wet rides. The only sign of paint problems is on the rear break peddle (from where I dropped the bike when backing it into a parking space and didn't notice a very loose paving slab which was covering a pot hole) where the rust is creaping in, on the ends of the swing arms from where the guy replacing my tyres chipped them and scratches on the tank and rear subframe bodywork (from the wear and tear of strapping tank bangs, bungies, tailpacks and panniers weekly and not using any protective layers underneath). The stock tyres are not great in the wet so after getting a puncture in the rear with less than 1k miles on the clock upgraded to some cheap Michelin Road Pilot 1's which lasted over 10k miles and would have kept going for another 2-3k miles if I wasn't as picky about them squaring off when I stuck to the motorways over the icy winter months. A further tyre upgrade to Michelin Road Pilot 3's has given the bike and me a new lease of life, they have already covered nearly 5k miles and are just starting to bed in. This bike does not eat tyres like more powerful bikes will. Having said that the power is more than enough to have plenty of fun, get into and out of trouble and also get into trouble with the law. Treble figures comes so easily you'd think you were on a bigger, more powerful bike. Having said all that it's economical too. At best I've seen 68mpg (yes that's correct) at worst 49mpg (giving it some for the first time after the running-in period). And with an average of 56mpg it's definitely saved me a lot of cash over using the old car in the past 18 months. The bike can get vibey on the bars over 80mph, especially on rough road and bumpy road surfaces (like the M1 North around Leicester). This is made even worse when you trade the bar-end weights with handguards as I have but I've heard that getting a vibe-reducing handlebar riser or renthal bars eliminates this issue entirely. This will probably be the next upgrade once I've upgraded the seat to a Bagster Presto. It's been a love/hate relationship of sorts but 99% in favour of the love, only hating it when caught in torrential rain on the motorway for 2 1/2 hours riding no more than 40mph through standstill traffic. Only then did the riding position seriously cause me issues the next morning! I've ridden the Honda NX700 and while it's a nice bike for commuting is nowhere near as fun. The Suzuki Gladius came closest in the fun department but didn't inspire as much confidence through the twisties and the SV650 is £1000 cheaper for a reason - you definitely know it's an older-designed bike. After 16,000 miles I am confident that I made the best choice in this category of motorcycles.

    14 July 2013

  • Poor quality

    lotusman33

    Average rating rating is 1

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    Engine gives bad vibration and build quality is terrible with poor finish and awful frame welds. Handling is good though but let down by poor brakes and rough engine.

    27 April 2013

  • 11 months and 10k miles

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    So it's comming up to the first year anniversary since I bought a brand new ER6n and in the fact of riding through sunshine, rain, ice, snow and cow sh*t I can say that it's a great value motorcycle. Having said that I have had to make some mods in order to make it more comfortable to live with. First of all I added a screen which definitely helps keep more of the cold wind and rain away for longer but it's still not what I consider "good" weather protection at all. But this is a NAKED bike. Handguards help deflect the wind while the heated grips keep my hands warm and the £3 bit of plastic called a "crampbuster" does it's job on the long haul motorway miles. Some soft luggage carries what I need for a week away, sat nav helps tell me where to go and although the seat would make my arse hurt after an hour I've changed my riding style so I move around more on the bike which means no more numb bum (although a recent sheepskin rug purchase helps when you're stuck filtering through slow moving traffic). Total cost of all upgrades was less than £600 which still puts the total price of the bike at less than £6500 and it's a great winter bike, great commuter, has more than enough power and handling for keeping up with faster bikes on the motorway and country roads so it's fun in the sun too. Ok the suspension is budget (hit a pothole and you know about it) but it's the only thing I can really moan about. The bike has taken a lot of abuse this year along with a haphazard cleaning ethic but still buffs up well when I give it a detail clean. The gear shift can be a little clunky when it's cold and wet (and I mean VERY wet) and the chain and sprokets will probably need changing in the next thousand miles or so along with the tyres (had a puncture at 2k miles so the rear has 2k less wear than the front). Equipment is basic but dash is easy to read in all conditions. Fuel gauge is accurate, warning light comes on with about 30-40 miles range left in the tank. Great value bike and one I'll be keeping as a winter hack (it's already an all-year bike) when I upgrade.

    24 December 2012

  • ER Six Month Appraisal

    Daz Loczy

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I’ve had the ER6n for over 6 months now and it’s just gone through its 4k service with no issues (touch wood). The only thing to note is I’d overfilled it with oil which seemed to have a slight affect on the MPG but then I could also put that down to riding faster as I get more comfortable on the bike – actually the later is probably more likely! Having said all that I’ve just managed 67.9mpg on my last 100 mile ride which is a personal best for the Kwaka and me. It was mostly motorway at a steady 70-80mph with only a couple of blasts past license losing territory while overtaking. My brother has a 5 year old Honda Hornet 600 and can’t get anywhere near those figures, even riding carefully he has only ever managed to scrape just under 50mpg. So what has the bike taught me in the past 6 months? Well I was an avid cruiser fan before buying the ER6 but this machine has converted me. After four months I was starting to turn into a speed demon around twisty country roads but that fad soon faded as I sank back into my more laidback riding style, both of which suit the ER6 brilliantly. At one point I was even thinking I could do with a bit more power (for blasting up and down the motorway) but in real world situations you don’t need it as the ER6n is more than capable of trouncing all but the fastest cars. I do admit I did go through an “oh no what have I done” phase about three months in when I parked the bike next to a row of classics and cruisers (the other two bikes I was considering at point of purchase was the VN900 Custom and the W800 Special) but someone pointed out that these bikes only ever come out when the sun was shining and as I ride my motorcycle in all weathers this made me feel heaps better. I do have some grumbles with the gear shift which can be a little ‘clunky’ at times, something Kawasaki haven’t rectified since the ER5. The front suspension can perform some dramatic diving action under heavy breaking and the rear can be a bit twitchy when riding near the edge (and fully laden with luggage – whoops) but all these issues are negated when you consider the fact that this is a budget bike after all. For your money you are getting a very competent motorcycle that’s capable of being a great all-rounder; it will be sporty, it will cruise and it will tour but what it does best is commute a task that it excels at. For touring I’ve added a Puig screen which does a great job of keeping the wind off above 70-80mph and makes cruising at 90-100mph a breeze. However I’ve since taken the screen off – while the protection at speed is nice it is also ugly and until the winter weather returns I prefer the warm summer breeze anyway. I’ve also added some Acrebis handguards which also do make a Stirling effort of deflecting wind from your hands and also saved me from a mid-flight magpie which I hit at about 50mph. Amazingly it just got up and flew away! I’ve grown to love my ER6 over these past 6 months and with the 4k plus miles we’ve spent together I’ve only really had two problems – two flats both on the rear and within a month of each other! Of course this says more about either my riding or the state of UK roads than it does the little Kwaka. If you’re looking for a cheap to run middleweight motorcycle either as a commuter or an everyday alternative to keep your prised cruiser, classic or sports bike crisp then I can’t recommend the ER6n enough.

    02 July 2012

  • Just bought one in Brasil

    David Green

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Hi, I have just bought a brand new ER6n in Brasil. I have to say I agree with most things written on here about the bike. Only covered about 300 Km so far but my findings are; SUSPENSION - Rubbish. On smoothe roads it's fine. On anything with the slightest bump in it really jolts when upright! Anyone tried a replacement shock that they can recomend? INSTRUMENTATION - Fine for me. No problems reading anything. I just think that the analouge speedo should be the rev counter and the digital rev counter, a speedo! COMFORT - Like many others, I find 1 hour in the saddle is enough. Any longer and numb bum sets in. VIBRATION - As I am running her in I am restricting the revs to 5,000. I find a lot of vibration runs through the handlebars at 4,000 to 5,000 revs.Leabves my arms tingling at filling stations. Oh, by the way. The low VALUE rating is only because I bought the bike in Brasil. Taxation means it's twice the price here as opposed to the UK. In the UK, I'd have given it 5 stars. Has anyone tried a MRA Screen on their bike? I am thinking of getting one. I want some wind protection but I am not keen on the Kawasaki screen offered as an accessory. The MRA one is smaller and looks to suite the bike styling more. I would love to know if they are any good before I buy one.

    09 October 2011

  • Fun

    dude9575

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought my kawasaki er-6n about 6 months ago and I love it all the reviews I read about were right. My favorite thing about this bike is turning, it is so easy to handle and fun on the s curves. It is a quick bike too with a sexy look, I get compliments all the time. There are two things about it it, the first thing is on long rides that are more than a hour my but gets sore, the second thing is when riding on the freeway the wind blows my body around, not the bike but my body probably because I have no windshield which I plan on purchasing. This bike make me want to hug whoever invented the motorcycle.

    24 August 2011

  • Excellent

    Gavin Davies

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've come onto this from a GPZ500s and a ZXR400L, both of which I still own (both undergoing engine rebuilds due to high mileage), looking for a reliable new bike. I rang OnYerBike ne Bicester on a wednesday evening, left a deposit, and picked up the newly registered bike on Saturday morning, despite MCE being slow with the documentation, leaving OYB to sort the registration out at 2pm friday! They were excellent, and I got to any anything from their shop to the 0% finance with 10% off... see the new Schuberth C3... Now, onto the bike. First of all, my zxr (1997) revs to 14,000rpm, has touched 141mph on one occassion (level ground, slight tailwind I assume), has a full ally chasis and USD forks and massive brakes,and makes about 60ish bhp at the rear wheel. So when I say that this new bikes pulls ALOT harder, accelerates faster to the ton, and handles as well, if not better, you'll understand what an amazing job kawasaki has done with a steel chasis and cheap suspension. It also shows what nearly 15 years will do to an exceptional bike. Despite still breaking it in, the fuel economy appears good (50mpg+ at 80ish) and should improve a little soon. Build quality is excellent, and the overall feel of finish is also brilliant. The handling is excellent, easy going, but with enough built-in confidence to help rid you of the dreaded chicken strips in short order. The ride back from the dealer should do it! Once you've scrubbed them in I mean - I live 75 miles from OYB so mine were scrubbed. Several 120+ miles journeys have shown it to be comfy up to 80, after which I expect the windblast will get a little severe. Seat is very firm (Think ZXR more than GPZ) but well shaped. Brakes also firm. Throttle nice and linear. Cable clutch excellent as per usual (I always find cables give better feel than hydraulic), and gear change crisp. Comparison to my friends '97 GSXR 600 SRAD shows it to be as fast through the twisties thanks to the low down grunt, only loosing out on the longest of straights. In short, you might be able to get a used 600 from the late 90s for a grand, but it won't be as reliable, in as good a condition, will only be marginally faster, and you'll be paying a grand up front, and probably £50 to £100 a month to keep it alive (if like me you use it more often than summer sundays). Of you could get a brand new bike for £130ish per month on 0% finance for £100 down, 2 years warrenty with the option to extend anytime, NO RUST, and it'll still be worth £3000 in a few years. I know which option I should have chosen two years ago when I was looking for my first bike. Oh, and for you experienced riders... I've done several trackdays, and this will hold its own in the inters group, and in good hands, maybe even the fast group. So if you're looking for anything less than a new 750 sports bike, look this way. Only down sides - no mpg read out, no radiator stone guard, and kawasaki's extortionate crash bungs. Gonna see if SES racing ZXR400 bungs work, for a third of the price!

    20 May 2011

  • ER6N for Oldies too???

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Having bought my ER6N about a month ago, not yet done 700 miles so still riding it with care. Having been riding for the last 40+ years I am no novice! This is why I am submitting my report as most testers suggest this is a good "first big bike" I can confirm that is well worth considering for experienced riders too. Overall this is a great handling light and very forgiving bike. I am looking forward to testing the performance after the first service next week. I do have a bigger tourer as well, but as efficient as the tourer is, it does not stir the soul! Hence the purchase of this fun bike. I do however have two niggles, as follows. (1) If like me you have decent eyesight but do need reading glass's, the speedo and tacho are virtually useless. you need to study and memorise what is where whilst stationary, or you could be in trouble on the road!!! (2) My bike from day one had a really annoying resonnance (buzz) traced to the instrument pod, I have effected a cure by wedging a piece a rubber tube between the pod and the headlamp nacelle. Although this does'nt sound ideal, I don't really want my dealer to delve too deep into this, because in my experience dismantling a lot of bits usually ends up creating more problems than it solves! As a matter of interest I did manage to get a test ride on a demo ER6N, whilst also considering a Yamaha XJ6 and a Suzuki Gladius, no demo was offered. I understand that no dealer can have every model on demo, but this would always infuence my buying decision. Cheers MV

    19 June 2010

  • first bike

    G4RF

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    I picked up my er6n last week. its my first bike since passing my direct access course last month. really happy with it so far and have been out everyday. I feel its a great bike for a first 'big' bike. easy to ride around town, corners very well and has enough power to learn how to ride the bigger bikes giving the rider confidence. Im 6'4" and find the bike comfortable to ride, even on a longer trip, no aching. Also I think the bike looks very nice, sporty and stylish. :) er6n = good times

    27 April 2010

  • Very promissing start

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I picked up my new ER-6n from the dealer yesterday. I rode through central London and boy...is this bike easy to ride or what!! After riding my much loved Honda CBF125cc for 8 months it was a piece of cake to make the transition to the ER6. It felt so light and easy right from the start and all the controls felt in exactly the right place. Admittedly I do not have much experience ,( having ridden only my CBF 125 and the ER5 where I took my test on) so I dont have much to compare with but I take that as a proof that this bike is very easy and forgiving to ride. It looks stunning in white too. I am a bit worried about the reported cracks on the frame but the dealer reassures me that this has only happened in the previous models and if anything similar happened it will be covered by the manufacturers warranty. I will put some miles in and I will let you know how it goes.Hence the reserved 3* for quality and reliability.

    15 October 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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