It's light and agile around town, but with wide wheels and sticky tyres it can dance along B-roads too. Its sleek, sexy fairing provides good wind protection meaning it is a capable tourer, while its up-right riding position is comfortable and makes sense for road riding. The narrow seat and low seat height (790mm) mean it's perfect for shorties or new riders, but it never feels cramped for taller riders. The rear engine mounts have been rubber mounted, as have the handlebar mounts and pegs making it a much smoother ride.
Kawasaki took on board criticism of the old ER-6fs vibey engine, made some revisions and came up with a much improved 649cc parallel twin. It has smoother throttle response, especially below 4000rpm and a surprisingly accessible, wide band of power. It will sail past a ton with no problems, and needs to be hammered to reach its limits. But is still a breeze for new riders.
It's Japanese so reliability doesn’t seem to be an issue. Predictably quality is basic as befits the price tag, but this means any parts that need replacing are affordable. Irritatingly the seat is reluctant to part with the body work, and the key equally reluctant to leave the petrol cap post fuelling. You’ll need to look after the ER-6 to keep it in a corrosion free state.
The ER-6f can be a comfortable workhorse or a machine to leave you beaming from ear to ear if you want it to. It ticks all the boxes, its affordable, will make a gentle first big bike for new riders, or provide experienced riders with a fun ride. It has all the looks of a Kawasaki sports bike, but is accessible to pretty much everyone. Find a Kawasaki ER-6f for sale.
This is not just an ER-6n with a fairing thrown on. Kawasaki has gone to the trouble of integrating the Ninja inspired fairing in to the design. From the front it looks like a small ZX-6R, thanks to its flush indicators and twin headlamps. Adding to its good looks are the neat underslung exhaust, side mounted shock and petal shaped brake discs. It's impossible not to fall in love with its looks, but this equipment is not just visually pleasing; it all performs. The brakes are reponsive, the dash has a fuel gauge, but is not always easy to read, and the rear shock has adjustable pre-load.