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Kawasaki ER-6f: long-term test report

Published: 25 November 2014

Winter’s on the way – so I’ve treated my Kawasaki ER-6f to a new screen in a bid to gain some extra weather protection. And, so far the results are promising. 

The screen is a double-bubble job from Skidmarx (£54.95 www.skidmarx.co.uk) and was an absolute breeze to fit. It’s a simple task of undoing four screws, taking off the old screen, putting the new one in position and putting the screws back in. The only thing to watch is that the translucent nylon washers can be a pain to find if you drop one on the floor. You’ve been warned.

The Kawasaki’s original screen was already pretty good, but I’ve found the aftermarket one does an even better job of deflecting wind away from my chest (the ER’s relatively upright riding position means that you don’t need much in the way of windblast to keep the weight off your wrists).

On the topic of winter, I’ve been treating metalwork to Muc-Off bike spray as part of the regular cleaning regime. To date the roads haven’t been too salty, but I am keen to keep the finish in decent condition.  So far, it’s holding up well.

The bike, which is now nudging the 4000-mile mark, is a frugal little beast, too. The last fill-up saw the twin return just over 56mpg. I have seen better figures at times, it depends on the sort of riding I am doing. Keep the revs down and 60mpg plus isn’t out of the question.

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