1998 Kawasaki ER-5 from United Kingdom

Summary:

It is what it is

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

1997 Kawasaki ER-5 from United Kingdom

Summary:

Good, reliable machine

Faults:

Since owning this bike, I have encountered only minor problems. The clutch cable has snapped (all motorbikes can have this problem!) and the side stand switch was faulty.

Overall a good strong, reliable bike.

General Comments:

Parts are easy to obtain, and there are no fairings to break if dropped!

After coming up from a 125cc, it feels like it has a great amount of power, despite leaving the previous owner's 33 BHP kit in it.

Very comfortable seat, which is great for commuting or riding long distances. However, due to being a naked bike, the wind isn't too pleasant at high speeds!

I would recommend this bike to anyone starting out in the motorcycling community.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th February, 2015

2003 Kawasaki ER-5 from United Kingdom

Summary:

Good Dog!..That's it, a good dog

Faults:

Nothing.

Brakes a bit spongy and leaky front forks.. Not the end of the world stuff.

General Comments:

What a cracking little bike! No, it won't set your backside on fire. Not the most economical bike in the world either. Not the best bike in the world.

That said, it is, perhaps, a modern day Superdream! No. The Superdream sounded much, much better.

The ER500 is a reliable and worthy bike. If you work on it, it'll 'go' really quite well, provided you keep it in the right gear.. An excellent bike for those who have just passed their test and want something with a bit of 'poke'... It has a 'bit' of poke and will cruise at 80-90 all day!

The ER is not a bike you 'love' it is a bike you respect. A reliable workhorse that won't turn heads. The rear brake is feeble, especially two up, but if you're honest about it, it's a very good bike!

In the hands of someone that knows what they're about, it'll 'go' very well indeed!

Rust! Watch out for that stuff. The swing arm is vulnerable. Indicators could be bigger.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th May, 2009

2005 Kawasaki ER-5 from United Kingdom

Summary:

Great commuting bike

Faults:

Water pump new seals at 8000 miles.

Clutch thrust bearing at 8400 miles.

Regulator rectifier at 8999 miles.

Starter motor bush at 8999 miles.

General Comments:

Nice bike for commuting, handles fantastic.

The seat is terrible for long journeys.

Very expensive for spare parts.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th March, 2008

2004 Kawasaki ER-5 from United Kingdom

Summary:

Great first bike after my test

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

My first bigger bike, and it's great. I tried about 4 or 5 different bikes of mid-sized engines from the dealer, and this one was the best. Single cylinder bikes tend to vibrate a lot, whereas this is very smooth.

It starts on the button every time, and the mpg is good. I get 55mpg in town, and 65+ mpg using faster roads (50mph+).

It's very stable and easily manoeuvred in town, and given I'm a new rider, it gave me confidence at speed. Not pushed it beyond 75mph, as it gets very windy, but it's great at that speed.

Only negatives, the seat gets a bit uncomfortable after an hour, and though I got a top box for it, there are very few pannier systems out there. Givi stopped selling their's, so I ended up having to fabricate brackets for an old Krauser one.

Its also OK for pillion, but again, not long distance. My wife says the seat is quite hard, and there is little room to move around.

Glad I got it!

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2007