Kawasaki ER-6f Ash On Bikes

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Kawasaki ER-6f

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I really like the new — you can read the test The 09 model represents the first of a bike that turned out a bit more popular than was expecting, the original parallel ER-6n which started out of showrooms towards the end of 2005. The version is smoother, fuels is sharper handling with suspension and reduced vibration, of an issue with the older

Click on image for gallery The new like the old ER-6f, is identical to the 6n from its obvious additional and front suspension tweaked to with the extra weight of the so I ought to like that as much. It-s a shame that a couple of things to spoil it, although not fatally. The might seem relatively but when you live with a it will take on greater and start to irritate more.

The is the mirrors, which are quite the I-ve used on a larger bike for many years. Not are they set too narrow so you can only see if you swing an arm out of the way, they badly from the bike-s irritation, a buzzing vibration, and on top of the mirror glass used is and distorts badly towards its

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There-s tacit admission Kawasaki that these right when you look at the list, which includes extensions and even alternative mirrors — when did you see either of those outside a or Ducati accessory catalogue? especially poor form you consider the bike aims to riders moving up to their big bike, inexperienced people who as much help as they can get their machine, not obstructiveness.

that out of the way things get a lot better, but we get onto the good stuff, the main annoyance is the vibration. is a surprise because it-s than on the new ER-6n yet ought to be the so either this is down to machine differences or possibly attaching the fairing changes how components resonate and transmit the

These are felt through the and footrests mostly, although a longer trip I did find the faded into the background either I was getting used to or the bike really was smoothing out as the accumulated, quite possible as it had 250 (400km) racked up when I it. It-s worth noting too I didn-t get any numbness or real so I-ve relegated this the mirrors on the irritation chart.

as the 6f shares the 6n-s new frame, and suspension, it does steer well. There are minor changes — a half-a-degree raked out head angle, 5mm trail, 5mm more wheelbase, due to the front end sitting a little on the suspension, and at speed it-s stable as you-d expect due to the extra 10lb (4kg) weight and the smoother airflow, and agility is slightly reduced is still a fun bike to sling a series of corners.

The suspension in fact feels firm which helps the sports ability, but note the ABS has stiffer fork springs and to maintain control when the is in operation. The brakes work too, from gentle to full-on white knuckle being progressive with of power when you need it, the ABS doesn-t upset the bike-s too badly.

If there-s little from the 6n in corners the 6f is far superior on and at high speeds generally, is no great surprise. Three cruising is painless (160kph-plus if metric) and clever aerodynamics the turbulence from the screen is and even though shorter just about catch it on helmets it won-t bother Economy is better than the 6n in mixed riding I was being with 53mpg (18.8km/l, 44mpg US), the low fuel blinking unmissably after 130 at this rate with 2.5 (11.5 litres, 3 gallons US) of the 3.4 (15.5 litres, 4.2 gallons US) consumed.

Gentler riders will on this even, which is as the engine also happens to be a lot of pulling eagerly at low revs, strongly in its mid-range then willingly when you ask for more. The 1,500rpm to the 11,200rpm rev limiter are but this doesn-t matter as the rev is plenty wide enough and the motor also sounds good when the throttle-s wide. The fuelling doesn-t either, being smooth and at all revs and in particular with small throttle openings at low when you need it most.

New (and the rest of us) might not the mirrors but the low seat helps especially for shorter ones. been narrowed at the front too with the old ER-6 which again, although leggier will find their being cramped with periods aboard — is a compact machine, and that show in the seat to footrest although the reach to the bars is

Kawasaki ER-6f ABS

Between your hands is a gloomy dash, lots of plastic with an odd, case finish and a curved display allegedly inspired by bikes — well don-t need it to look do they? It-s clear though.

The bodywork-s styling was to ape Kawasaki-s Ninja sports and it does this effectively, good without being too and it should help attract the riders Kawasaki is after alienating the oldies. Colours are the inevitable lime green as as a rich blue and black.

One useful advantage the ER-6f has is Suzuki has chosen to launch the version of the Gladius next so while the ER-6n has to battle the excellent Suzuki the 6f is on its own at the moment, must help sales. But I it-ll still hold its up even in 12 months time, it-d do better with mirrors and reduced vibration.

£5,075 (ABS version:

Available: March 2009

Kawasaki Motors UK, 01628 www.kawasaki.co.uk

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