The Kawasaki ER-6 is very nimble: excellent for nipping around town or hooning along twisty lanes. It copes with everything up to 100mph, after which the suspension can complain just a little. Otherwise, it’s well set up, the gearbox is smooth and the brakes are fantastic. Low-ish seat and narrow riding position make the Kawasaki ER-6 ideal for smaller folk but even taller riders seem to find it comfortable.
The Kawasaki ER-6's fuel injected, parallel twin is full of surprises. Expecting a relatively sedate ride? You’ll be amazed at the accessible, wide band of power, the responsiveness of the throttle and the sheer go of this little motorcycle. It thrives on handfuls of revs and doesn’t run out of breath until you’re way over the ton. Life on the Kawasaki ER-6 is very, very entertaining.
The Kawasaki ER-6 has a reputation for being bullet-proof, just look at how many riding schools and courier firms use them. Visually, the finish can go downhill really fast, the welding’s a bit untidy in places and the wiring’s a bit of a mess. But the engine is solid and the bile is tough as old boots.
The Kawasaki ER-6 really was excellent value. It looked so tame but was spectacular fun to ride and genuinely able to deal with pretty much everything. Even the most experienced riders have a ball on them but a novice will find it agreeably accommodating too. Price/performance-wise, its biggest rival was and is the Suzuki SV650 and the Kawasaki ER-6 certainly gives that a bloody good run for its money…
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Wavy discs, off-set rear suspension and an underslung exhaust made the original Kawasaki ER-6 a stylish, contemporary option. On the dash, there was no fuel gauge (boo!) but both the brake and clutch levers were adjustable (yay!). Aftermarket Kawasaki ER-6 bits include a little screen, crash bungs and a top box. ABS was also an option for around £300. No centre stand but that helps the Kawasaki ER-6 have excellent ground clearance.