Kawasaki ER-6f: Dream machine — Telegraph

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Kawasaki ER-6f
Kawasaki ER-6f

Kawasaki ER-6f: Dream

Erin Baker will be forced to part company her Kawasaki ER-6f. She reports on a affair.

Discovering a motorcycle suits you is like finding the pair of Christian Louboutins guys; what else?). You believe you’ve found that’s … yet comfortable; both suits and fits.

been through several in my two-year quest for the perfect I started on a Harley-Davidson Sportster (too heavy, not …; it), moved on to a Buell XB12Scg with a low seat lots of vibes through the dropped it), and followed with a low version of the BMW F800 ST response didn’t feel bit too powerful, ugly; kept it in one Finally, I came to rest on a ER-6f and here after my biking history that like a roll-call of the fates of VIII’s wives: crashed, survived, crashed, dropped, I shall remain for ever amen. It’s the bike for me, I am the for it and together we move down the as one.

We’ve had the bike at Telegraph since the spring, and the only that has got in the way of me and a perfect summer’s has been the absence of a perfect What a wash-out. I freely that I am hesitant about in the rain and will always four wheels in the wet if there’s a

If that makes me a derisory biker, so be it; I’m not proud, and ridden a Harley so I’m to the scorn of other bikers.

The ticks every box I have on my form. It’s gorgeous to at with curved lines, a spring running parallel the upper-frame tube which as part of the design, sporty and startling, classic Kawasaki paintwork (I polled readers of my motorcycling blog to see whether I go for black or green; by a tiny green won).

Kawasaki ER-6f

It’s exactly the right (790mm) for my 5ft 6in frame, meaning I can get my almost flat on the floor, and (392lb or 178kg dry), and you no idea how much confidence two things have instilled in me handling it. The switchgear is simple to with the indicator operated by a single button on the left bar of two fiddly BMW ones that I reach, or Harley self-cancelling which I sometimes switched on by mistake. The gear selection is clean and precise, although or twice, arriving home, has eluded me and after sitting clicking the gearlever fruitlessly and the clutch lever, I’ve up and left it in gear.

Above all though, it’s the with which the bike to my clumsy novice inputs has endeared me to it. Accelerating through a one evening, I found myself in scarily fast on the van in front of me, had stopped and I grabbed a handful of brake. The forks bore and I bobbed forwards in the seat, but the front brake isn’t fierce, the wheel didn’t up and bike and I simply settled on the road.

The throttle is similarly novice-friendly. I slightly unsteady hands doesn’t make me the ideal but the throttle response is dependable, and not over-sensitive: you twist it so much and you get an amount of acceleration. With at 8,500rpm, it’s plenty enough to beat traffic from the lights and overtake vehicles, but it’s not a speed and that suits me just

I have no interest in getting my down or scaring old ladies the noise; I just want to free as I travel along the I ride a bike to beat the charge, avoid traffic look good and have fun. The ER-6f fulfils all requirements.

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