Jul 29, 2009
The Kawasaki ER6 motorcycle is a great all-rounder able to fit into all road environments as a capable machine. For the size of this machine, it’s no light weight at 190kg wet, but steers, brakes, accelerates way above expectations. It is so easy to ride, I highly recommend this for new, or returned riders, or as handy commuter. This is one I’ve decided to keep for commuting, stunts, & a spare loan bike for friends.
Kawasaki ER6 Motor:
This motor is a real pearler. A 649cc parallel twin fuel injected that revs over 11,000 rpm with surprising smoothness, with acceleration that really impressers, taking it quickly to an indicated top speed over 200KPH. The engine management is faultless, from the crack of the throttle to the limiter. This is the most controllable engine I have ever experienced. The smoothness of this motor is unmatched by any twin I’ve ever ridden, being the only bike that doesn’t cause fatigue & numbness of my right hand. I’ve seen no need to do any modifications other than to cut open the muffler & make it freer flowing. Fuel economy is better than any bike I’ve owned this decade, getting up to 270Km before the light comes on still having up to 60Km left from the 15.5 litre tank.
Kawasaki ER6 Suspension:
The front & rear suspension is nothing to rave about… It has no adjustments, other than spring preload on the rear, which I have on the hardest setting. While it is only just adequate, it works ok, & the bike handles great with no hint of tank slap over the roughest of roads. I’ve even taken it on many gravel & dirt roads of the north NSW boarder forest national parks, leaving my mates on their duel purpose machines for dead.
From the first time I rode this motorcycle, I new it was gunna be easy to ride on one wheel. It is simply the most controllable wheelie bike I have ever ridden. It can be clutch up from stand-still, or, on the move in 1st 2nd & even 3rd if you are aggressive enough. It will wheelie straight of the throttle, if you jerk on the bars in 1st, & while on balance I manage changing through to 4th gear. While the rear guard is standard, I’ve totally worn away the reflector from scraping on the road when going past balance & riding the rear brake, & it is also easy to steer on one wheel.
While the brakes are adequate, the rear wheel is easily lifted with hard braking, although I did replace the front brake pads with Metal Gear” full sintered pads, which improved the brakes making stoppies much less effort. With the crap rear shock, landing the back wheel can be harsh, bottoming out pretty hard with a loud bang. While this bike is totally standard, apart from pads, I’m even able to pull off good “left handed stoppies” on this one.
This motorbike smokes it up quite good by standing on the pegs & dropping the clutch at 9,000RPM with a finger on the front brake, although you need to keep the rear spinning fast so as not to let it start gripping. While I’ve been able to keep it spinning to 4th gear, it’s not real easy to steer it exactly where you want.
If you’re looking for something to learn to stunt, the Kawasaki ER6 might be the best choice for you.
All in all, I’ve had a lot of fun on this motorcycle, & have no intentions of selling it in the future.
Try to get yourself a test ride on this one!!!
German tuners Hoely have recently put their hands on a Kawasaki ER-6n and transformed it into a faster, better looking and implicit more challenging bike that they call ER6-RR.
The engine now develops an impressive 98bhp – incomparable to the approximately 75bhp of the standard bike–thanks to a series of upgrades from which the gas-flowed head with an 1) increased compression ratio of 13.8:1, 2) balanced pistons, 3) rods and crank, 4) high-lift cams, 5) advanced ignition, 6) a modified airbox and 7) a full Akrapovic system are the most important.
Chassis components have been borrowed from Kawasaki’s top supersport models so the bike features ZX-6R’s USD suspensions and ZX-10R’s radial brakes. Yet, the frame hasn’t been stiffen up so let’s just hope they did the math well and this will manage with the around 23bhp extra.
As the picture shows, this Kawi is built to perform on the track and we reckon that the parallel-twin engine is now capable to be put against any standard four-cylinder middleweight sports bike out there. Now that’s a great achievement to take in consideration!
Jul 27, 2009
Pendapat saya yg tak seberapa nie performance er6n dah terbaik dalam keadaan standard.....kalau nak increase performance lakukan pada handling dgn hyperpro spring rate,good brake pads,performance air filter dan tayar yang baik......lepas tu just enjoy riding.
Ini adalah performance increase yag selamat dan tidak memerlukan duit yg banyak utk dilaburkan. Kadang2 air filter yg baik boleh meningkatkan sehingga 10% torque dan performance motor.
Jul 1, 2009
Mr. Mark seem very knowledgable about the bike, ER6N... I managed to talk to him, quiet a lot of things I gained from him, he has been the moderator for www.brp650forum.com , an active forum based in USA
Based from 25 minutes talking, I think I will do some more modification as I list them below:
1. To change the air filter, (a hi flow - DNA) at Sunny Cycle, Jln Pahang, (RM400) - akan terasa nanti lebih ringan, dan responsif,
2. Jika teringin nak tukar exhaust juga, Mark suggest Leo Vince GP style, (RM2,700).
3. Tukar tayar BT 016/ 021 (Dunlop sekarang nih sgt tak bagus), bila tukar nanti, lalu atas line putih/kuning, tak terasa sikit pon.
4. Tukar absorber belakang jenis Oileen (RM2,900), (yg sekarang sgt keras).
5. Mesti tukar, brake pad jenis ebc, 2H ratings.
6. Yg ni mungkin tak kot (potong head) - Mark buat, katanya dapat tingkatkan dari 11.3 compression ratio kpd 12.5 - 13. (lagi laju lah).
Selain dari itu Mark beritahu :
1. Catalytic conversion dalam exhaust original nih satu masa nanti akan rosak juga,
2. Fuel pump - nanti akan rosak, tak boleh start langsung, (Jadi beli spare senang bila rosak, tak payah tunggu order lama)
3. Motor model 09, ni dikurangkan 25% lembut chasis, jadi bila bawa laju, rasa gegar lebih.(bahaya juga kalau impact accident)
4. Tayar 016 ni 3 medium lebih lembut, 021 - 2 medium. 016 mahal sikit (RM50) dari BT021 (RM930-Rm880)=RM50).
Mark dah bawa lebih 30,000 km , dapat top 10 dalam Race Kawa Cup 150cc.