The 10 best-selling bikes in Britain for the first half of 2014 makes fascinating reading.
BMW holds three out of the top five positions (for bikes over 125cc); the best-selling bike in the UK is one of the most expensive you can buy, especially in fully loaded trim, and there isn’t a sports bike in sight – with only the Street Triple having a slight nod towards any track potential. On top of that, there's a Vespa scooter strutting its stuff in the best-sellers chart.
To find out why these bikes are proving so popular we spoke to the people who have parted with hard-earned cash. Only they can give the full story: How good was the dealer? Have they had any problems?
We rode around the UK to meet the owners and their bikes, and set off from popular bikers' haunt Squires café, near Leeds.
How long have you owned it?
Just over three months.
Where did you buy it from?
I paid £6000 at Swadlincote
Kawasaki as it has ABS. They were also supposed to fit heated grips and lower it, but the grips were fitted upside down and they'd only lowered the rear. I complained but they didn’t want to know so I took it to Clay Cross Kawasaki who were amazing. They sorted the grips and the lowering, solving the problem of why it handled so badly.
Why go for the ER-6F?
I had a Ninja 250R and like Kawasakis but wanted more. It was just too slow when out with the lads, trying to stay with them. This was light and looked good.
What’s the best bit?
The looks. I wanted a white one but couldn’t find one, but I like this.
And the worst?
Anything under the seat gets wet if it rains and the footpeg bracket is flimsy.
What do you use it for?
Just for fun. We go to the coast and rallies etc... I just throw on the panniers. I sometimes use it for work, too.
Would you change anything?
The exhaust. This one's too quiet, but I can't justify £500 when I’ve just spent £6000 on the bike.
Would you recommend it?
Definitely. I’m only 5ft 4in and lowered it fits me fine, it's like a bigger Ninja 250.
Find a Kawasaki ER-6f for sale here.