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Kawasaki ER-5

Kawasaki ER-5 (May

One of the great urban myths at the is that the sensible all-rounder is no longer available. Guido living proof that a load of old cods

It was over was probably the fourth beer in a and excessive weekend that I myself chatting with from the NSW motorcycle council. The of conversation was learner approved and I’d just explained the Kawasaki ER-5 was the best for the concept that I’d across in a long time.

Eh? approved motorcycles, or LAMs, is an that’s been kicked for years now. It’s one anyone with half a would have taken up ago, which may explain why so far been too much for any government to

The concept is that learners ride bikes bigger 250cc, so long as they met criteria such as a power to ratio. This would a newby to get on something that actually be comfortable, and a good proposition. Maybe then wouldn’t fall such prey to peer pressure and straight from a quarter-litre to monster that’s four the size.

Fitting in

Which is where the fits in. It’s no rubber-burning, monster ­ just a easy-to-ride bike that everything without fuss. It suit a learner perfectly, having proper open performance and space to carry a of people with some of dignity.

While I’m of it, who came up with the name? I I would have preferred

Whoever wrote the media for the bike obviously got a little excited about the whole It runs, Specially developed for the X it is fashionable, hip and totally cool. keep going, but have a stomach.

The drugs seemed to worn off by around the second which suggests, the ER-5 is what many people are looking for in a motorcycle. If that’s then good luck to though local experience otherwise for the time being.

Just ask Suzuki about its a similarly appointed vertical with an identical $6990 Sales haven’t set the Australian alight, though we believe something of a success story in of Europe.


So what’s an Essentially it wraps Kawasaki’s now 498cc liquid-cooled four-… in a fairly basic chassis. been some dress-up done, like the addition of a cowl over the radiator, the package itself is very

We’ve seen the eight-valve in two other bikes from K, the GPX500 road bike of and the KLE500 dual-purpose machine of Both were pleasant models and sold in modest

Kawasaki says its played the powerplant a little, which claimed around 60 horses. The version has the marque’s KCA system which injects fresh air the exhaust for lower emissions. In this prevents having to run the lean to achieve the same allowing the manufacturer to gain all the possible.

Though hardly a major a nice touch is the fitting of a rather paper air filter. means it can be reused and thus to reduce what would be low running costs. Power is fed a wet clutch and six-speed box ­ no there.

The chassis is very The twin loop steel design includes a removable to ease engine removal. up each end is a set of 37mm forks and shocks on the rear.

Preload up is the only adjustment. Braking is by a single disc with a caliper up front and a mechanical rear.

Rounding all this off is a instrument package, a 16-litre tank, and a claimed dry weight of 174

Urban animal

People who every day seem to be thin on the compared to 20 years ago. If one of them, and do most of your in the city, you’d like motorcycle.

Being dumb enough to a 280-kilo tourer through hour’s finest most I was in for a shock when I first hit the of the Kawa. In fact I damn turned it inside out the first we went to make a tight and was quite chuffed we didn’t in the boot of a taxi in the process.

Kawasaki ER-5

You can from that the ER is a nippy through the traffic ­ and light to steer. The ride assists by being fairly with a natural enough between the handlebars, seat, and A welcome addition is adjustable levers.

Power is fine, enough on tap to fry the opposition at the red light without doing that of time and space continuum that big ZZ-Rs are so good at. It out at around 180kmh (indicated), the horses arriving in a predictable

Tuning has put the real urge in the hands by 7500rpm, with noise than neddies from there to the 10,500rpm

Braking is fine and the suspension a reasonable job around town. the suspenders start to get a little when you push the bike on the open road. The basic is get a sports bike if that’s gig ­ cruising at a sane is okay, but a combo of pace and tends to tie the chassis in knots.

action is slick, though the had a marginally narrower than take-up band. It’s an owner would adapt to enough, though.

Fuel is predictably frugal, with being standard fare.

through the handlebars and footpegs noticeable at 95kmh in top (around and increases with engine It’s not intrusive enough to be until you start pushing the beyond the 120kmh mark. takes the edge off the bike’s abilities.

Courier material

If I was embarking on the and just that little bit too career of being a motorcycle the ER-5 would be very on the shopping list. It’s the size and weight, is a snip to in the city, has plenty of performance for the while being cheap to buy and

For all of those reasons the Kawasaki also make a great It and the GS500E are living proof the lamented ‘sensible’ all-rounder is still very much and kicking.

Story: Guy Allen

Thursday, 11 May 2000


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