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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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.

Ride and Handling

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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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

Kawasaki ER-6n (2012-current)

Detail Value
New price £5,899
Dealer used prices
£4,170 (2012) - £5,580 (2014)
Private used prices
£3,750 (2012) - £5,020 (2014)
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Engine size 649 cc
Power 70 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

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

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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.

Specifications

Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 70 bhp
Max torque 47 ft-lb
Weight 204 kg
Seat height 804 mm
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Average fuel consumption 47 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 649 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame Twin tube steel perimeter
Front suspension adjustment 41mm conventional forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Side mounted shock, adjustable preload
Front brakes 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

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