2001 Kawasaki ER-5 from United Kingdom
Generally underrated, especially by the press, a kind of Ford Fiesta of the motorcycle world.
Handles well, good on fuel (I've been getting high fifties to the gallon), brakes are fine, gearbox is very good, comfort is OK too.
Apart from a dead regulator-rectifier, mine has been reliable, starts on the button and has been used in all weathers.
Comments from others about rapidly deteriorating finishes are true, but regular spraying with WD40 etc (I've been using ACF50) helps a lot.
I would recommend the ER5 as I consider it a very competent bike, as long as you expect of it what it was designed for.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th December, 2019