A Closer Look at the Kawasaki ER-6n

Kawasaki might have gotten away with leaving the 2006 ER-6n model just as it was for some few more years, especially since there was nothing wrong with the machine. Instead, the Company thought it best to give the middleweight all-rounder an elegant facelift. Basically, the Japanese motor manufacturer thought it best to revamp almost everything apart from the engine. The new ER-6n model has a more muscular appearance and prides in more squat than before, and a dash display that draws in towards the machine’s rider for a snub-nosed look. The new model, however, does not lose its relation to the celebrated 2006 model, especially since the rear shock is still fitted into the frame of the motorbike’s right side.

The swingarm and the frame have a new design; they incorporate a tube design that is surely going to add into the machine’s visual outlook. More specifically, the high-tensile swingarm and the perimeter frame improve the machine’s stability, handling, and dynamics. The single shock, which has adjustable preload, has been revised accordingly to offer superior comfort. The resultant upgraded body accommodates the rider’s seat to render this bike more pleasant and easier to ride. Moreover, there are about 5 millimeters of more suspension at each end of the bike: this allows for softer damping and springs.

The engine remains unchanged, apart from the fact that this new model has a smaller compression ratio. The exhaust system has, however, been revised. This revision of the exhaust system has led to a significant increase in the spread of torque down the rev range; it has also led to a slight reduction in the peak figure.

The first thing that is likely to strike your eyes is the machine’s compact size. The seat has been placed low for short riders; this, however, means that taller riders will find the bike awkwardly small at the beginning. The engine’s design is a marvel, with an alacritous, fluid feel and a lot of thrust on offer without so much of hard revving. Leave the bike in sixth or even seventh gear and it will still feel crisp. Please note that fuel consumption will also increase accordingly if you work the bike too hard. An Eco indicator, which normally appears on the LCD dashboard, will disappear when you open the motor’s throttle too wide or spin the bike more than 6000 rpm. Motorway cruising will return 54 mpg, while lively riding will reduce the economy to as low as 40 mpg. Therefore, the ER-6n bike is good for 190 miles.

The dashboard is better than the old one: it is definitely easier to read and understand, and it is less prone to sunlight reflection issues. At this price, such details are an unusual luxury. The dash, moreover, display the miles you will cover before your fuel runs outs, and it does this with uttermost accuracy.

Additionally, the facelift shows in the bike’s finish and build, which the company has been improving on all its middleweight motorbikes for a few years now. The bike, due to the considerable changes made in build design, assures a comfortable ride. Comfort can be attributed to the two-piece seat and the plush ride. The machine’s suspension has a high-quality feel. The suspension starts to feel out of shape once you extend the bike’s sporting ability; that, however, is a downside worth having given its considerable accomplishments. Stability on bumpy roads is considerably good, this might be a very useful trait given the state of off-road surfaces.

The bike does not have an ABS, which might feel like a weakness. Riders who want to have anti-lock braking can get it added as an option on ER-6f, which is basically identical to the ER-6n at around 400 US dollars.

Bottom Line

There are very many reasons as to why you should purchase a Kawasaki ER-6n. Not only is this machine a delight to own and ride, but it is also a superb buy given its cheap pricing. Kawasaki did not alter the bike’s engine, but they have put in place a few important alterations to better its flexibility. This is good for riders and beginners who do not wish to switch gears often. The 649 cc engine prides in a few pound-feet of torque, which assures a generous supply of power.

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