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Excellent review of Kawasaki ER-6n

Reviews of the Kawasaki ER-6n concur: it’s a bike for all reasons. Nimble in the city, surprisingly good in the twisties and a mile-eater on the open road.

The 650 parallel twin is a gem, with a nice spread of power and torque. This is a “little” naked motorcycle with a big heart.

One of the best reviews on the Kawasaki ER-6n is the excellent video by the Moto Journal team. The aptly call it, “Test Kawasaki ER6-n: the schizophrenic bike!”

Moto Journal is a popular French bike mag but they also have a very entertaining English channel on YouTube: “All the motorcycle videos made by the crazy team of Moto Journal are now in English ! Bike reviews, races, motor shows, stupid tests, humour, fun… Our videos will kick your ass !!!”

“Crazy” is the word! It was Moto Journal reviewer Lolo Cochet who famously dumped a FJR 1300 into the Saint Martin harbour.

Lolo has his own YouTube channel. It’s worth watching for all his antics. This is one out-of-the-ordinary moto journo! In fact, talking of the ER-6n, on the following video he is on another escapade (think bike + river + snorkel). It is in French so you might want to skip to 6:10 minutes.

Well now, even in the video the ER-6n comes out tops.

2015 Kawasaki ER-6n specs

Kawasaki-ER6n 2015ENGINE:
649cc 4-stroke liquid cooled 8-valve parallel twin
Bore and stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Digital fuel injection with two 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies
Digital Ignition
Lubrication Forced lubrication (semi-dry sump)
PERFORMANCE:
Maximum Power 53 kW {72.1 PS} at 8,500 rpm
Maximum Torque 64 N.m {6.5 kgf.m} at 7,000 rpm
BRAKES:
Front: Dual piston calipers, dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Rear: Single piston caliper, 220 mm petal disc
DRIVETRAIN:
6-speed transmission with positive neutral finder
Final drive sealed chain
Primary reduction ratio 2.095 (88/42)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.438 (39/16)
Gear ratio: 2nd 1.714 (36/21)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.333 (32/24)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.111 (30/27)
Gear ratio: 5th 0.966 (28/29)
Gear ratio: 6th 0.852 (23/27)
Final reduction ratio 3.067 (46/15)
Clutch: manual, wet multi-disc
FRAME
Type Perimeter, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 125 mm (4.9 in.)
Tire: front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Wheel travel: rear 130 mm (5.1 in.)
Tire: rear 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Caster (rake) 25º
Trail 110 mm (4.3 in.)
Steering angle (left/right) 35º / 35º
SUSPENSION:
Front: 41 mm telescopic fork
Rear: offset laydown single-shock with adjustable preload
DIMENSIONS:
Overall length 2,110 mm (83.1 in.)
Overall width 770 mm (30.3 in.)
Overall height 1,110 mm (43.7 in.)
Wheelbase 1,410 mm (55.5 in.)
Ground clearance 130 mm (5.1 in.)
Seat height 805 mm (31.7 in.)
Curb mass 204 kg (449.7 lbs.)
Fuel capacity 16 litres (3.5 gal.)

Motorcycle News caps the ER-6n off well: “For the money you’ll struggle to find a bike which can do just as much, just as well, as the ER-6n.”

19/06/2015. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

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