Kawasaki ER-6f (2006 - 2011)

For town riding and just generally getting used to the world of two wheels, the ER-6f offers exactly what a newer rider would want.
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£5599
Available from
2006 to 2011
Excellent for town riding
No fuel gauge, poor mirrors
Easy going and ticks all the boxes for Commuters and inexperienced riders, but if you've been around bikes for a bit it's charms pall quickly.

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Submitted by Thomas Walker on Sun, 16/03/2008 - 13:30

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A bike for all seasons,roads and journey lengths. A newcomers dream machine and a commuters pal.

Strengths

Looks great, standard exhaust sounds brill bit like an old british bike on start up, comfortable,easy handling for new riders,quick enough, fast enough, no surprises,turns heads,loves country lanes and motorways.

Weaknesses

Mirrors show plenty of elbow. No rear wheel hugger so gets a bit gruby.

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Submitted by User 71174 (not verified) on Sun, 16/03/2008 - 19:56

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After 25 years away from biking, I've found it a very pleasant bike to ride. As my confidence improved it still has enough oomph to have me grinning from ear to ear.

Strengths

Great handling & very forgiving.

Weaknesses

Not as smooth as a 4 cylinder machine.

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Submitted by psycho on Thu, 03/07/2008 - 11:14

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great bike, looks good, rides really well especially around town.

Strengths

easy to ride, even for a lanky bloke.

Weaknesses

no fuel guage

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Submitted by topgolfer on Sun, 23/11/2008 - 16:35

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Fun bike and exceptional value for money. Happy to tootal around town yet once out of town as fun as a sportsbike (if a bit slower)

Strengths

Torquey engine, easier to ride, decent quality for a very modest price

Weaknesses

No fuel gauge. Screen could do with being a bit higher

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Submitted by Tiger Mike on Mon, 15/12/2008 - 22:32

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Excellent bike for beginers or those returning to biking. Economy is brilliant as is the neutral handling and the strong, gutsy twin. Fit a hugger as it will constantly plaster it rear end in crud.

Strengths

Easy to ride, light and stable. Fairly quick with a smooth engine. Confidence inspiring ride and handling. Fantastic fuel economy of 55+mpg even if you do wring its neck. Noise turns more heads than a Ducati!

Weaknesses

Poor underseat storage; weedy headlamp as standard; fit extenders to mirrors or you'll just see arms! Terrible exhaust noise! Aaaaaaaaaaargh! Loads of vibrations lower in the rev range (wife's bike and she loves it!).

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Submitted by exciseman on Tue, 16/12/2008 - 13:03

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why buy more expensive machines?

Strengths

Weight, character

Weaknesses

wind protection could be better

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Submitted by MrFube on Wed, 11/02/2009 - 16:31

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A remarkabley capable all-rounder considering the meagre price tag. If it's been made to a budget, then it's been well concealed. The styling may not be to everyone's tastes, but it's not bland, and it's definitely modern. ABS (optional), petal disks, underbelly exhaust. I've been very impressed. Superficially it feels like a very benign choice for the experienced biker, but actually it's the whole package of good handling, lively motor and all-day long comfort make it great fun. The new 2009 model has even upped the stakes on the looks too. Wow!

Strengths

It's ideally suited to urban commuting. The compact twin lump makes it much narrower than any supersports or other naked 600 I've seen, which makes filtering a doddle. It's got a fantastically punchy engine too, making it very squirtable, when you're looking for gaps in the traffic. The parallel twin has plenty of character too, not quite as much as a V-twin of say, it's nearest direct competitor - the SV650, but more than any flat 4. Low seat height makes it good for shorties without looking like a bike for dwarves. Balance and handling are great! Feels very natural to ride.

Weaknesses

Tops out at about 120. That's not truly a weakness though, considering the focus of the bike. The stock windscreen aims the wind directly into your face, unless you adopt a race crouch, which isn't comfortable given the naturally upright riding position suggested by the bars. I fitted an Ermax aftermarket double bubble screen - problem sorted. At first there was a lot of buzz from the fairing at mid-rev range, which spoiled the otherwise great soundtrack, but kawasaki recognised that problem and issued a fairing damper kit under warranty - just a few little sticky rubber bits to stop the fairing panels rubbing against each other. Again- problem sorted. I wish it had a fuel guage though considering it could (with the aftermarket screen) otherwise be a great small touring bike. The mirrors show you a load of elbow. I've got used to lifting my arms to look behind me, which isn't too much of an inconvenience, but I can't help but think kawasaki must have been aware of this issue and just chose not to do anything about it. You can get mirror extenders, but I chose to stay narrow for the filtering advantage.

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Submitted by David G on Mon, 11/05/2009 - 21:24

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I bonded instantly with my ER6-F and two years on I still love it to bits. It does everything I need a motorcycle to do. It has load of character and must be about the most user-friendly bike on the market

Strengths

As a short-arse (29” inside leg) I appreciate its slender dimensions and the ability to get both feet firmly on the ground . I use it mainly as a commuter on my daily 40 mile round trip when it copes brilliantly with heavy traffic at either end of the journey and a fast dual carriageway blast in between. So far (about 10,700 miles) it's been completely reliable. It starts first time every time, it's amazingly economical and it's comfortable for as long as the fuel lasts. I replaced the standard windscreen with an MRA touring screen which made a big difference as well as looking sexy with its adjustable deflector. I also fitted Kawasaki's own mirror extenders. Apart from these small mods and Oxford heated grips the bike is standard.

Weaknesses

Standard mirrors are a liability. Lack of centre stand is a nuisance. Build quality is adequate rather than good and unfortunately even copious quantities of FS365 haven't prevented two salty winters taking a bit of a toll.

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Submitted by stinkweasel on Sat, 13/06/2009 - 20:00

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I’ll be waiting for the boos and jeers but it’s time for a not so positive review of the Kawasaki budget twin. I bought my ER-6F six months ago after receiving an insurance payment for my last bike. Of course it wasn’t anything like the bikes value so the reasonably priced Kawasaki seemed the practical choice. Since owning it I have commuted to work, gone on ride outs and spent a long weekend in France. No matter what people say the bike is built to a budget, the fastenings showed furry rusty bits quickly even with liberal amounts of ACF50. The engine when up and running is fine, it can sit at 80 all day but the fuelling isn’t as smooth as most reviewers say. Whilst riding around town there is surging between 3 to 4 thousand revs and often feels lumpy even for a twin. It can out accelerate most cars but when riding with friends you’ll be left behind. My main gripe is the budget (cheap not very cheerful) suspension. The front is not adjustable and the rear only has preload. It is appalling! Check out the ER6 forums and you will see a lot of owners have upgraded front and rear but at a cost of around £700! I can see why people do spend the money as I experienced the bike standing up mid bend if it encountered a bump and the front wallowing under braking. Speaking of the brakes, they work, eventually. Just don’t expect R1 braking. A change of pads apparently works wonders and shouldn’t cost too much. So in conclusion, if it’s a budget bike your after this is the one, the professional and I would hope independent reviewers like them. I can’t agree. Just don’t believe the hype and be prepared to spend some money setting the thing up. As for me I’ve traded mine in…!

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Price

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Submitted by Andy949494 on Thu, 24/11/2011 - 13:40

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I ran a 2007 ER6F for 36K and it never went wrong. Just needed standard servicing, tyres, chains and brake pads. Good little bike that can be used for anything but excels on the commute when its sensible riding position gives a good view and its never uncomfortable. Useful extras are a hugger, heated grips and mirror extenders although many also fit a higher screen.

Strengths

Much comfier to ride slowly than most because its riding position is much more upright and the fairing more effective. Reliable handling, narrow seat and low weight makes an easy to ride bike popular with people who are short in the leg and/or ride in horrible weather. Nice "thumpy" exhaust note. Bike goes very well when revved. Cheap to insure and run.

Weaknesses

Not a dedicated touring bike such as a deauville so not as comfy or warm (but has more zip and is smaller). Brakes are very weak on all ER6 and the suspension spring is soft. Early bikes (pre 2008) did not have petrol gauge and tank is only 15.5 litres.

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