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Kawasaki ER-6n 2009

Submitted by on April 5, 2012 – 4:13 amNo Comment

You’ll also find commonality in the engine room, as both the Ninja and the ER use the compact 649cc parallel-Twin with 4 valves per cylinder actuated by double overhead cams. Both also share electronic fuel-injection systems with 38mm throttle bodies; sub-throttle valves mimic the smooth response of constant-velocity carburetors. Changes to this engine from the previous 650R consist only of a larger airbox and revised ECU mapping.

Although the ER is sure to find friends among pragmatic experienced riders, the bike has also been developed to please beginners. As such, it has such rider-friendly aids as an automatic fast-idle program to make simple cold-starts, adjustable clutch and brake levers to accommodate a variety of hand sizes, and a non-stressful upright riding position. The new frame is narrower at its midsection, allowing a slimmer seat for a shorter reach to the ground from the relatively low seat height of 30.9 inches. The ER’s transmission is also equipped with Kawi’s neutral-finder design that eases access to neutral when stopped.

Punch the starter button and the 649cc Twin blats out a tune familiar to anyone who’s heard a Ninja 650, as it has the same under-engine muffler and bullet-shaped exhaust tip. A light clutch pull eases commuter duties, and a responsive pull from the torquey engine keep you one step ahead of cage traffic. ZX-style mirrors are stalk-mounted on the handlebar to offer a clear view of the vehicles you just left behind.

The front brakes on the previous Ninja 650 drew criticism for their lack of feel, so Kawasaki made some revisions to the componentry of this updated package also seen on the ER-6n. A new front brake master cylinder was added, and it uses a new ball-joint and a different pivot location to actuate old-tech 2-piston calipers on dual 300mm discs. They provide a newbie-friendly soft initial bite and decent power once past the initial squeeze but still don’t transmit much feedback.

The Er-six-en impresses most when faced with a twisty, technical road – grins are sure to ensue. It proves to be very nimble despite the narrowish handlebar and conservative steering geometry (24.5-degree rake, 4.0 inches of trail). Aiding agility is a fairly short wheelbase of 55.3 inches made possible by an engine with triangular-stacked gear shafts to keep its length condensed while retaining a relatively long swingarm. Kawi claims a 442-lb weight with all fluids and a full tank (4.1 gallons) of fuel.

The ER’s instrumentation is a mixed bag. On the plus side, we appreciate having a clock, fuel gauge, and dual tripmeters on the multi-function LCD screen, and the white-faced analog speedometer at the top of the pod is easy enough to read. However, the bar-style digital tachometer is too small to be seen at a glance. A gear-position indicator would be a nice touch on a newbie-friendly bike like this.

In terms of style, the ER both impresses and depresses. Its Candy Plasma Blue color (with matching shock spring) really pops, and its new frame and swingarm have an improved level of finish that adds to the bike’s perceived quality. A nifty chin spoiler frames the dual header pipes snaking curvaceously in front of the engine. On the other hand, the ER’s distinctive proboscis looks a trifle odd, making us wonder why Kawi can’t seem to make cool noses for its bikes. That said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

After reading this far, our affection for the ER-6n should be obvious. Riding Kawi’s newest naked around made us think that no one really needs more motorcycle than this.

“Bikes like the ER-6n or Suzuki’s recently released Gladius make sense for a lot of riders,” commented Senior Editor Pete Brissette who rode the Gladius before the ER. “They have plenty of power, sporty handling and very livable ergos. How much more should we ask for?”

Yes, you should anticipate an upcoming duel between the ER and the Gladius. It’s worth noting that the Kawi’s $6,399 MSRP undercuts the Glad’s by $500. The fully faired Ninja 650R also competes for your dollars with a $6,799 retail price.

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