1998 Kawasaki ER-5
It is what it is
Regulator blown, fork seals perished, CDI unit buggered, battery over charged, stator coils packed up, light bulbs blown, exhaust baffle whistles, sprocket carrier bearing knackered.
An easy to ride motorcycle for the beginner. Manoeuvres well, it's sturdy, and has a fair bit of poke.
The engine sounds terrible, it can only be described as an old petrol lawn mower.
Regulators have a habit of malfunctioning, causing the battery to overheat, the CDI unit to pack up, blown bulbs and possibly damage the stator coils, which is what happened to me.
Second hand parts are plentiful, and it's a fairly easy bike to do home mechanics on.
Fuel consumption isn't great though, and the petrol gauge isn't that accurate.
It is what it is. For the first time rider, it's great to plod around on and build up your confidence, ready to move onto bigger and better machines.
The wind really hits you at 60mph+, which isn't nice.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th June, 2015