Kawasaki is to replace the cracked frame of an MCN reader’s ER-6f as a goodwill gesture but has not acknowledged a fault with the model.
The firm has attributed failures on the ER-6n naked version to vibration caused by aftermarket crash protectors.
MCN reader James Mear has been told a similar failure on his 2006 ER-6f faired version – which has the same frame - is not covered under warrantee but that it will nevertheless be replaced.
We report in the current issue of MCN that owners on specialist ER-6 website have attributed the problem to a gap between the engine and frame bracket which pinches closed when the bolt us tightened, placing stress on the frame tube.
Mears said: “The dealer said that Kawasaki is going to replace the frame of my bike ‘in kind’ but not as a warranty claim.”
He added: “Thanks to MCN. I don't know if it’s a result of the item in this week’s MCN or not but it looks like I have got a good outcome. I hope they deal with any other similar cases fairly.”
Kawasaki dealer Drayton Croft Motorcycles, in Hinckley, Leicestershire, confirmed the offer of a new frame had been made to Mears.
A Kawasaki spokesman said the firm was investigating reports of failures on the ER-6f model. “We’re agreed to have a look at that frame as part of the investigation,” he said. “Obviously we need to give him a frame so that he’s got a motorcycle to ride.”