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2009 KAWASAKI ER6n – If you’re into riding – and not posing – the 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n could be the right bike for you.

By • Apr 15th, 2009 • Category: ! Daily Info & Reviews, Vehicles

2009 KAWASAKI ER6n - If you’re into riding – and not posing – the 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n could be the right bike for you.

Riders seeking the performance and practicality of Kawasaki‘s popular Ninja 650R sportbike, but desiring something with a tougher, more muscular image need look no farther than the new 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n. Sharing mechanicals with the Ninja 650R, but with street-smart styling that reveals its trellis frame and compact parallel-twin engine,the ER-6n offers a unique blend of stunning good looks combined with nimble handling and a comfortable riding position. The ER-6n has all the performance of its Ninja sibling, in a new and distinctive guise. Like the Ninja, expect a punchier, but smoother engine 72bhp engine, reduced vibrations and a friendly low, slim seat. But, unlike the Ninja, the ER6-n gets only a dinky headlight fairing,  and to our minds, better looks.

Kawasaki is also claiming that is has upped the quality of the finish on both the 650cc parallel-twin models, something that was desperately needed. With more than 22,000 units sold worldwide, the Kawasaki ER-6n remains a popular, all-around capable motorcycle. It’s no ZX-6R of course, but it looks interesting and manages to pack in enough thrills so it doesn’t bore you to death. So is the 2009 version better than its predecessor?

2009 KAWASAKI ER6n - If you’re into riding – and not posing – the 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n could be the right bike for you.


In the ER-6n, Kawasaki have a bike that responds to the needs of the urban biker, and it’s one machine that’s actually attracted many new/first-time buyers to the Kawasaki brand. It’s utilitarian, modern and inexpensive, and it’s been further improved for 2009. With the 2009 ER-6n, the aim was to improve the aesthetics, improve the finer details and make the bike even more stable and easier to ride. The overall styling has been retained, but the seat and bodywork have been chiseled, making the bike more compact and muscular. It has modern styling and features, with low-seating ergonomics, a low center of gravity, and respectable, manageable power output. Its design was intended to appeal to a wide-ranging audience from newcomers to seasoned riders. The design was meant to maximize rider comfort and integration, and be aesthetically equivalent to larger, more powerful superbikes.

Enter the re-styling, with more angular lines front and rear and that’s about it. It’s a cliche to say it, though it doesn’t make it any less true, but, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The original model ER-6n was a good bike and so is this new model. The twin engine is punchy and flexible, letting you away with extreme laziness when it comes to gear selection and, above 8,000rpm all the way to the 11,000rpm rev limiter, you get a decent amount of thrust out of it.

2009 KAWASAKI ER6n - If you’re into riding – and not posing – the 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n could be the right bike for you.

The soft forks (the designers claim heavier springs than the previous model) and compliant rear shock soak up the bumps and the front end (certainly in the non-ABS model)
give you a good indication of what the front Dunlop Roadsmart is doing. The brakes aren’t going to throw you over the bars but it’ll wheelie off the throttle if you give it the proverbial handful.

The ER-6n’s 649cc, 8-valve, DOHC, Wide radiator offers plenty of cooling efficiency, New coolant routing travels directly to the engine cases, then on to the cylinder and head through internal passages, which reduces external plumbing and keep the cooling system simple, liquid-cooled parallel twin isn’t as smooth as an inline-four. And despite all the rubber-lined handlebar grips, seat and footpegs, some vibration still filters through to the rider, especially above 7,000rpm. But it isn’t nearly enough to make it annoying.

With just 72bhp, the bike is easy to manage, fun to ride and practical for everyday use – both experts and beginners are likely to enjoy the ER-6n. At 200 kilos
(204kg for the ABS version), the bike isn’t very light, but given its ergonomics, it feels very manageable and handles well. The brakes are adequately powerful
and the ABS is non-intrusive.

So there you are – here’s a Kawasaki that’s just right for most types of riding and is capable enough to be fun for experienced enthusiasts as well as those whose
riding capabilities are relatively modest. If you’re into riding – and not posing – the 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n could be the right bike for you.


2009 KAWASAKI ER6n - If you’re into riding – and not posing – the 2009 Kawasaki ER-6n could be the right bike for you.

 ER6n SPECS

Engine Type      Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve per cylinder, parallel twin
Displacement     649 cc
Bore & Stroke     83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression Ratio     11.3:1
Maximum Torque     48.5 lb/ft @7,000 rpm
Cooling     Liquid
Fuel Injection     Digital fuel injection with two 38mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition     Digital CDI
Transmission     6-Speed
Final Drive     O-Ring Chain
Frame     Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake/Trail     24.5°/4.0 in.
Front Tire Size     120/70-17
Rear Tire Size     160/60-17
Wheelbase     55.3 in.
Front Suspension / wheel travel     41mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.
Rear Suspension / wheel travel     Single offset laydown shock with adjustable spring preload / 4.9 in.
Front Brake Type     Dual 300mm Petal Disc with 2-Piston Caliper
Rear Brake Type     Single 220mm Petal Disc with hydraulic caliper
Fuel Tank Capacity     4.1 gal.
Seat Height     30.9 in.
Curb Weight     442 lbs.
Overall length     82.7 in.
Overall width     29.9 in.
Overall height     43.3 in.
Color            Shining Black, Glossy White, Candy Plasma Blue
Warranty     12 months
Good Times™ Protection Plan     12, 24, 36 or 48 months

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3 Responses »

  1. Really good bikes!! ;)

  2. kawasaki ninja zx-6 (134 horsepower) but this er-6n (72 bhp), so which one powerful?

  3. Power yang lebih nombor hp. Dua selinder mana boleh lawan empat selinder.

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