Kawasaki ER-6f review — Telegraph

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Kawasaki ER-6f

The popular middleweight has been with quality taking over price-cutting.

Launched in the ER-6 has been something of a to Kawasaki because it attracts more customers than the expected. It is now facelift time for models, the … ER-6n last October and available January) and the faired ER-6f, is due in showrooms in the next week or so.

bigger sales predicted for the version (during development, at collapsing banks weren’t into account), the economies of gave Kawasaki the choice of the price or providing superior quality for the same money. The line was that Kawasaki had Option B and that’s how it felt I first rode the ER-6n.

levels were too severe on the model, but this was addressed various rubber mountings of them fitted between and frame, others applied to and footrests). The previously plastic grab handles were by aluminium and the suspension became sophisticated. This was in addition to revisions, which gave the a more conventional, attractive than the vaguely curved

All of this applies equally to the which also has a new frame and to improve handling and steering. The two are identical aside from the bodywork differences and small changes to suit the ER-6f’s frontal weight, which the vibration puzzling.

The ER-6f I in the UK buzzed noticeably more all the contact points between and bike than the ER-6n I in Majorca. This might be to inevitable production differences two machines, the newness of the test (which had done only a few miles when I collected it) or the fact that attaching a has altered how the frame resonates and the vibes.

I did get used to it, so much so I wonder if the extra miles some difference, and it didn’t any numbness in fingers or toes. unlikely to trouble owners in the term, but I was surprised nevertheless.

The qualitative improvements have bypassed the ER-6f’s mirrors, are the worst I’ve used on any Japanese bike. That set too narrow is admitted by Kawasaki, unusually lists mirror in its options list, and there are aluminium-stem alternatives that as though they stretch although I haven’t tried

With the standard mirrors, when you’ve swung elbow inwards to get some of a rear view, the image is fuzzed by vibration and distorted at the of the cheap glass. This is scooter stuff and has no place

Not a good start to riding the then, but other aspects are impressive. My test bike was with the optional ABS, also comes with front suspension to maintain when the anti-lock system The ride might be a little for some riders, but it provides control at speed, especially cornering.

The bike tracks true up to speeds and there’s good too, making it a good machine, while it steers and is satisfyingly agile when through corners.

The fairing the main difference between 6f and 6n and the former more versatile: high speeds can be maintained all day windblast tiring your or neck, and comfort is further by minimal screen turbulence. mixed riding the bike about 53mpg, too, for 130 miles (the tank 3.4 gallons) before the low-fuel blinks on the austere LCD dash.

The is reasonably frugal but still as it is in the ER-6n. It’s crisp and at low revs and, while not as as Suzuki’s Gladius, it’s for inexperienced riders when through traffic. The mid-range is which enhances trips on B-roads, and it revs willingly up to 9,500rpm.

After this a slog to the limiter, just 11,000rpm, but the bike doesn’t for that this is really an facility that you’d normally use. It’s a the gearchange is rather heavy it well enough, but a lighter would be more in keeping the bike’s general feel.

For many the ER-6f will be a “big” bike and its appeal to riders is important, because will only just passed their test and be confident unless they can the ground easily. The seat is low and at the front, which helps, the weight isn’t carried too the fairing makes it feel heavier than the 6n, but not enough to For taller riders, the distance footrests and seat is a little cramping legs wrapped in winter clothing after distances, but it’s not severe and is otherwise good.

Mirrors the quality is generally excellent, the feel of the suspension to the progression of the and the overall finish. You also get the of Kawasaki’s badge, as the company vies with Honda in the stakes.

Kawasaki ER-6f

As for style, it has borrowed from Ninja sports bike and looks well-balanced, modern and without the overt aggression of bikes. The traditional bright is rather loud, but black and are calmer and more sophisticated.

Its rival will be the faired of Suzuki’s Gladius, but we won’t see until 2010. The 6f creates a more work than its sibling (and the Gladius) in situations, but is far better suited to roads. Pity about the and buzziness, but it’s still enough to do well.

Price/availability: on the road (+£350 ABS). On now. Contact: Kawasaki UK (01628 856600, www.kawasaki.co.uk ).

649cc, twin-cylinder four-… eight valves; 71bhp at 49lb ft of torque at 7,000rpm. gearbox, chain final

Performance: top speed 125mph average fuel consumption

We like: Engine’s eagerness, wieldiness, quality.

We don’t Poor mirrors, heavy vibration.

Alternatives: BMW F650GS, Honda CB600F Hornet, Honda CBF600S ABS, Suzuki SV650 Sport, Suzuki GSX650F, £5,200.

XJ6 Diversion, £4,600. Yamaha FZ6 S2, £5,750.

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