2010 Kawasaki Versys, ER-6n, and Ninja 650R Review — Riding Tour Through…

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Kawasaki ER-6n

Jason Fogelson tests street bikes from to Idyllwild

In a time when is everything, what is a motorcycle to do when there’s not much new to about? If you’re Kawasaki, you a few journalists out for a ride, and let the bikes for themselves.

Last week, I up with five other and a passel of Kawasaki staffers for a from Kawasaki Motors U.S.A. Headquarters in Irvine, to Idyllwild, a small artsy high in the San Jacinto Mountains. the way, we traveled from sea all the way up above 5,500 ft. We traversed freeways, across the famous Highway. though canyons, passes and small town for a 160-mile day.

Our mounts for the day an assortment of 2010 Kawasaki Ninja 650R and ER-6n The weather was glorious, the roads open, and the riding spectacular.

The selection of bikes was not accidental. The Ninja 650R and ER-6n be considered variations on a theme. bike shares the same 649 cc engine with liquid digital fuel injection and mounting.

They each the same six-speed transmission, 300 mm front disc brakes and 220 mm rear brakes. The Ninja and are tuned for a bit more top end, an 11.3:1 compression ratio, the Versys arrives with a compression ratio, 10.6:1, and is to deliver its torque at slightly rpm. Final drive on all bikes is o-ring chain.

The story of the 650s is how different are, despite their

My favorite of the 650s was the Versys. Kawasaki staffers described to me as the you didn’t know you needed. arrives with a few changes its US debut in 2007. New bodywork angularity, and a new stacked dual-beam reinforces a sense of height.

The bigger, three-way adjustable provides good protection adding bulk. Rubber was added for the rear engine and the footpegs were covered hollow rubber pads to the transmission of engine vibration. 41 mm front forks are adjustable, and the Showa rear shock has a spring that soaks up and gets stiffer as demand

The Versys’s upright riding suited me very well. At with big bones, I’m wary of bikes with below a liter. It’s not the power that I’m I’m looking for some to stretch out while I ride.

The while compact, was not cramped. I was comfortable on board, and I never more power, even on County’s harum scarum system. The Versys is a very bike, with a hint of sport mated with a of super sport.

For 2010, the Versys comes in any you like — as long as you Metallic Spark Black with a list price of

Switching over to the Ninja 650 some contrast. It took me a few and a few slow starts to find my on a consistent basis. The Ninja’s position is not quite superbike, but it demands a good degree of from longer legs. I found the non-adjustable footpegs and controls to be decidedly small for my 14 boots — I’d to go to the aftermarket or to a fabricator to make the fit.

Kawasaki ER-6n

Once I got settled in to the though, I found a lot to like. A clear digital speedometer big numbers shares space a digital tachometer that rpm with a bar, and quick gave me all the information I needed my ride. I experimented with the running the bike up in the rev range short-shifting. The Ninja didn’t to much care — it pulled at most any rpm above

Ninja’s full bodywork is current, and super attractive. I like how the underseat muffler in, leaving the rear wheel out in the Ninja 650R comes in Metallic Island Blue and Lime Green — the color a true Kawasaki would want — at $7,099.

Somewhere in the middle, the Versys and the Ninja, sits the Basically a … derivative of the the ER-6n made its US debut in and returns fundamentally unchanged for Of the three 650 variants, this one was my favorite, by a hair.

The ER-6n lacks the wind that the Ninja’s tiny and bodywork provides, while a similar compact riding I guess the Ninja’s bodywork fit me better, giving me smoother of contact. Your fit may vary. I found the ER-6n’s instrument less useful, as the digital needle speedometer always more than a glance to More miles in the saddle probably negate that but that was my first impression.

is one of those bikes that entirely current, mean and right now — and will look silly and out of date in a few years. Only time tell. ER-6n comes in Flat Spark Black only, with a suggested price of $6,699.

It’s fashionable to tout as beginner bikes , but any one of these Kawasakis has enough potential to experienced riders well. owners have even their Versyses (Versailles?) for touring. For riders of average or stature, the Ninja 650R and represent excellent choices for riding, from commuting to romps through the countryside.

The would be my choice of the bunch for fun and comfort.

Kawasaki ER-6n
Kawasaki ER-6n
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