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Kawasaki ER-6n
Kawasaki ER-6n

2009 Kawasaki ER-6n: MD Review – “Not the Nice

Remember when your mom you to buy a pair of shoes? Back there were no cross-trainers, runners, urban sandals, shoes (whatever those or ice climbers. You got Nice Shoes, or you got

God help you if you wore the Nice to school.

So now you’re all grown up and you into a dealership to buy a new motorcycle. But are no motorcycles in the showroom. Instead, are only cruisers, sportbikes, sport-tourers, supermotos, sport-cruisers, and “…” sportbikes. There a lot of standards, though; basic with simple styling, a riding position and adequate (at handling, brakes and power.

bikes are just a tiny of the U.S. motorcycle market, and a chicken-or-egg situation: consumers there’s a lack of such and OEMs complain there a market big enough to justify in new models.

It’s different in where these machines up a far greater portion of the market. One that’s done well is Kawasaki’s ER-6n, where been sold for a few years. You may its twin brother, which in the U.S. market a few years ago as the 650R.

With a full fairing and looks, the micro-Ninja has been a with new riders, and with the of Honda’s 599, is just the only middleweight standard in town (along with new Gladius 650 Twin, which the nekkid SV650) if what you is a bargain-priced twin. So why not strip the and give consumers one more with a Kawasaki logo on the

After all, both are fundamentally the same, as we all are under our skins. And that’s where find Kawi’s great liquid-cooled parallel twin zesty (11.3:1) compression in its eight-valve, twin-cam head. bore and 60mm … at a short-…, revvy good

Fuel is sprayed all up in there via 38mm injectors, and a six-speed gets power out to an O-ring Changes to the motor for 2009 a bigger radiator and airbox, with the FI settings to take of these increased capacities.

The is also modded. It’s a semi-double cradle tube-steel but gets a new, more-rigid and rubber mounting for the motor, and handlebar to damp vibrations. The rear shock is a laydown bolted directly to the swingarm, linkage.

The fork, which damping, preload or rebound uses beefy-for-1990-but-meh-for-2009 41mm No matter; the bike weighs in at a 441 pounds fueled up, so the relatively tubes are adequate for the intended To fit the ER’s lighter weight and to be appealing to newer riders, it has a steering-head angle than the 650R and shorter fork, the center of gravity and the seat, is at a tidy 29.7 inches.

4 lower than the Ninja’s. are stylish petal-style rotors, but the pricing means two-piston calipers in front. At least the cylinder is revised (with a new for more leverage, along Kawasaki’s “Ball-Joint Actuation”) for feel.

Tires are radial and sporty, a front and 160/70-17 out back, helps provide quicker in.

The ER-6n’s styling is…distinctive. a …, but it’s still in minimalist bodywork shrouding the headlights and instruments. Aluminum grabrails – optional on the 650 Ninja – standard.

Blah, blah, a motorcycle, we get it. What’s it like to If you’re looking for grandpa’s parallel-Twin, go look under the behind the barn, because you find it here. The ER’s thanks to careful design and is as smooth as a 90-degree V-Twin, with a nice Inline-Four-ish on top. Power should be up there with the competition, 70 hp at the wheel.

Kawasaki ER-6n

Beginners are happy this motor all day long at rpm, where it’s of a wrong gear or missed Even 2-3000 rpm will you out of a turn. Expert riders have a good time at the top end of the rpm range, where there’s power for a good rider to entertained at a track day.

Handling is everything you’d from a budget-priced middleweight It’s light and easy to with the low, narrow giving newbies confidence long-distance riders a PITA). The feels slightly heavier to than a V-Twin might, but the wide handlebar means hardly a chore. High-speed are stable, despite the steeper and short, 55.3 inch

The suspension feels budget, and can a slight wiggle from the bar, but the Dunlop RoadSmart offer excellent grip and

The ER-6n is practical and easy to with. It offers good tuning, a smooth clutch and and it’s easy to find at a stop. There’s room for a under the seat, where you find two cable helmet (and not much else).

Passenger accommodations are decent, and the tank (good for magnetic holds a claimed 4.1 gallons; for around 150 miles of spirited riding.

The instrument cluster may be with interesting information, but all crammed into a small and requires some study to quickly. Kawasaki must freed the guy who designed the Z1000′s from the dungeon, because the unit is the same eye-blurring bar-graph thing. And the speedometer’s readout uses small tough to read in a hurry.

kudos for the fuel gauge, tripmeters, clock, and bright, backlighting.

There are better than an ER-6n for a brand-new (as in even smaller, less bikes), but it’s much manageable and forgiving than a 600. Returning riders or looking for a good commuter fun to play with on weekends like it too; it’s enough to be interesting, has predictable decent suspension and brakes and has a Euro-stylishness that doesn’t say

At $6399 it’s tough to and like a pair of sneakers, the is comfortable, affordable, practical and fun to get on. It may not be the bike that empties the and sends drooling spectators out the street when you pull up for Sunday latte, but that’s it takes the pressure off and lets you go and have a good time. And you have to worry about mom hollering at you when you scuff up nice shoes.


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