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2009 Kawasaki ER-6n Ride: Sporty Standard Under $7000

Newcomers to frequently face a range of that are simply beyond capabilities. We’re naturally to the edgiest sportbikes-the ones look menacingly tough. But of these bikes are just as they appear, posing a challenge to riders who aren’t for two-wheeled machines with ratios beyond those of any

Kawasaki, in addition to offering the Kawasaki Ninja 250R. has the ER-6n, an angular … that’s an approachable happy between novice and advanced. Its suggests speed, yet its underpinnings are and more forgiving. We took a on this approachable middleweight to see how the stacks up.

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The Specs

The $6699 ER-6n is essentially a … of the fully equipped Ninja The bike has a steel frame and in at 441 pounds. Its fuel-injected 649-cc engine is tuned for broad

This is the same DOHC also found in Kawasaki’s Versys. It features an auto-fast system for cold starts, and a cassette-style six-speed transmission. An exhaust is incorporated for mass and the rubber-mounted engine uses a shaft that drives the pump.

Vibration is also controlled a rubber-mounted handlebar and foot

The 17-inch front wheel a 41-mm hydraulic fork 4.7 inches of travel, while the uses a laydown shock offers 4.9 inches of travel. 300-mm petal discs are by two-piston calipers up front, a single 220-mm petal is paired with a single at the rear. Fuel capacity is 4.1 and the dual seat is situated inches aboveground—low enough for inseam-challenged riders.

Aluminum rails wrap around the lower portion of the saddle, and the gets a backlit LCD screen a digital tachometer, above rests an analog speedometer.

The Ride

Kawasaki ER-6n

Don’t believe the message conveyed by the ER-6n’s styling; though its parallel-twin starts up with a snarl, the low saddle and upright posture this bike feel and familiar.

Likewise, the powerplant’s vibrations convey a pulse feels somewhat muted; the is just distinct enough to a bit of character, not annoyance. Accelerate off the and the ER-6n responds with low-end and strong midrange redlining at an indicated 11,000 But a majority of usable torque can be in the middle register, where the twin hits its sweet

Though the seating position is enough for short and medium extended time in the saddle attention to the pushed-against-the-tank position. time on the road reveals a point created by the bike’s seat height. While clearance allows for large angles, the foot pegs a bit too high for a six-foot rider.

Such is the all-too-common compromise for beginner-friendly setups, trading seat comfort for a reduction in and the ability to press both firmly against tarmac at a

When the road surface the ER-6n complies with turn-in and nimble direction though some harshness transmitted from bumpy Traversing canyon roads the most riding satisfaction since it involves less spent on the center of the saddle), and conditions allow the bike’s asset to shine through: its handling. Though the digital/analog setup isn’t the easiest to at a glance and a digital gear would be handy (as found in the Gladius), the ER-6n’s able is a strong asset that be appreciated by more aggressive ditto the engine thrust.

The Bottom Line

The Kawasaki may not match the all-out performance of sportbikes or the long-distance comfort by serious tourers, but its modern and everyday usability make it an choice for commuters. The Er-6n predictable power, intuitive and more than enough to grow into—in fact, its and progressive powerplant is potent to safely push the bike beyond the beginner category. considering its sub-$7000 price the ER-6n’s mean looks and performance should fit the bill for entry level and more riders who don’t necessarily razor’s-edge performance.

Kawasaki ER-6n

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