2012 Kawasaki ER-6n from United Kingdom
Competent Multi-role Ugly Duckling
The good bits:-
A wonderful budget multi-role machine. The ER6N vibrates quite a bit, but being a twin, that's pretty normal and, bizarrely, adds character to the bike. Being a twin it also means bucketfuls of torque, which means when you twist the throttle it gets up and goes and goes... It really goes!... The top speed isn't remotely close to that of a sports bike, but in the real world, acceleration is what counts, not top speed, and I promise you, it accelerates very well indeed.
The ER6N is very slim and relatively low, which helps with handling no end and makes for confident filtering and slinging it through the twisties.
In short, there are very few things to grizzle about the ER6N, so what are they?
The bad bits:-
Subjective, I know, but I haven't met anyone who's said 'Wow! What a gorgeous looking bike.' It's not pretty and it's not macho and it's not sporty and it's not funky or retro or very nice to look at all, and if I'm honest, it's a bit of an ugly duckling really.
The pillion seat... There's only one word to describe it... Woeful... Come to think of it, the pilot's seat isn't one you'd be happy sitting on from London to Edinburgh, either.
To sum up... Wonderful spirited machine that will delight any commuter... It's an ugly little pig, but one which will put a smile on your face every time time you leap on board... Cheap to buy, cheap to run, an ideal first 'big' bike with 70 horses under the tank, plenty!!
Cracking bike, highly recommended. Well done Kawasaki.
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th April, 2020