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Kawasaki ER-6f

Kawasaki ER-6F

WHEN WE the … ER-6n a few months ago it a real surprise. On paper the twin motor, wilfully odd and curious paint combinations unpromising. But, basic it was, the ER-6n’s feisty charmed everyone who rode it. obviously decided to adhere to our American cousins charmingly the KISS principle: Keep It Stupid.

You want a bike to to a new rider? Okay, give it handling, a low seat height, motor, decent brakes and a that doesn’t advertise the price tag. In the ER-6n collection of virtues gels as a package.

But would adding a upset this balance?

The answer to that is ‘No’. are so few differences between the two bikes Kawasaki would have had to up spectacularly for this to be any less than its … sibling. from the fairing, the ER-6f has a longer wheelbase, subtly geometry to compensate for the extra and a 5mm higher seat.

That’s it.

Even the bars are the as the … bike. In the UK we’re to low clip-ons (or at least clip-on bars) with faired Grasping the raised bars for the time is a trifle discombobulating, but on the it makes sense. A commonly complaint about Suzuki’s (probably this bike’s competitor) is that in town the bars can cause wrist especially for shorter riders. just doesn’t happen the ER-6f.

It may not be as handling-focused as the SV, but for a newer the advantages of comfort probably any loss in cornering performance.

That’s not to say the ER-6f is a slouch. not heavy (Kawasaki claims dry; we reckon it’ll be over 200kg wet and fuelled up) and mass there is has been located, hence the underslung As with the unfaired bike gives the ER a nimble, fast-steering

Looking at the statistics from we tested the ER-6n against the (TWO, February ’06), the SV weighs less — but on the the ER feels lighter.

Although in a head-to-head the SV’s chassis a sportier ride, through corners the ER requires virtually no to get it to change direction, aided by the leverage from the flat It may be set on the soft side — and apart from preload on the — but this complements the and it’s fine for normal riding. The stage where the starts to get overwhelmed is probably as far as you’d want to push the ER

It really is a lot of fun to ride within its limits.

Ah yes, limits. the ER-6f’s comfort zone the motor and suspension all work perfectly. Push beyond and it starts to unravel.

But for the kind of Kawasaki is aiming the ER at — and commuters — this going to happen often, on British roads.

It’s the story with the engine, is bang on for the ER-6f’s target It’s smooth, willing and though the rev limit is deceptively and it’s mated to a decent and a light clutch. Experienced will, after a while, treating the throttle like an switch and bouncing off the rev limiter.

Kawasaki ER-6f

So is the ER-6f the perfect commuter for new or experienced riders? Well definitely one to consider, but it isn’t The fairing does a good job of the wind but on every bike I it buzzed and rattled when through 5000rpm on overrun.

It from bike-to-bike and one was particularly Since they were all models we’ll have to judgement. It could be down to at the design stage or may be an early that will be solved they hit the showroom. While griping, the mirrors show a lot of which is poor on a bike for potentially nervous new riders.

And no fuel gauge.

There’s an ABS option but, tried it, I wouldn’t recommend it you’re particularly fearful locking the wheels, in which it would justify the £400 The system is effective, but kicks in and shudders a lot. Kawasaki UK planning to import many ABS

So, overall, how does the ER fit into the class? Its closest competitor in and configuration is the SV650S, and for inexperienced it beats the Suzuki. For town and just generally getting to the world of two wheels, the ER-6f exactly what a newer would want.

But for the more rider the SV has a longer life It’s got more strength in — you can even take it on and ride it pretty hard. And there are the deals.

Suzuki is offering two years servicing on the SV (although this stops soon), and it costs Kawasaki may have to lay on some to compete.

The ER-6f’s easy-going and performance will win it an army of and deservedly so. In the market for a cracking bike? You’re probably at it.

Kawasaki ER-6f
Kawasaki ER-6f
Kawasaki ER-6f

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