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2006 Kawasaki ER-6f

2006 Kawasaki ER-6f

Because motorcycles are fun. Because motorcycles make you feel alive. And because there are few experiences in life more exhilarating than going for a ride on a Kawasaki motorcycle.

The new ER-6f is a bike that only Kawasaki could have built. Exciting, eye-catching and bursting with energy, this is a lightweight and responsive machine that all riders can enjoy. For both novices (or those just moving up from smaller machines) and experienced riders, the ER-6f offers a combination of versatility, performance and style that is hard to resist.

Combining Kawasaki's proven engineering prowess with a refreshingly contemporary design, the all-new ER-6f is one of the most innovative motorcycles on the market today.

Conceived at Kawasaki's design facility in Akashi, Japan, the ER-6f represents a bold leap forward for Kawasaki. Featuring an innovative engine and chassis, the ER-6f introduces a new genre to motorcycling: the entry-level bike with the styling, build quality and performance of much pricier machines.

This broad-spectrum machine is suited to riders of all ages and abilities. Whether male or female, the core appeal of the ER-6f is that of a motorcycle at the very cutting edge of contemporary design, as pleasing to look at as it is easy to ride.

Powered by a compact two-cylinder engine mounted in a sleek, lightweight chassis the ER-6f is extremely manoeuvrable and very rider friendly. And don't be fooled by that compact power unit, the ER-6f punches out plenty of satisfying power. Low-effort controls, wind and weather protection care of full fairing bodywork and ergonomics suited to a variety of body sizes make the ER-6f an ideal bike for a wide range of riders.

For new riders, the ER-6f experience will open their minds to the freedom of the motorcycling experience. For existing riders, this fun-to-ride machine will help them rediscover the fundamental joys of motorcycle riding.

The ER-6f is an expression of Kawasaki's vision of motorcycling's future - a vision born of a passionate commitment to offering the sheer enjoyment of motorcycling to the widest possible audience.

Shop to ride, rider-friendly and great looking, the ER-6f has something for everyone, from beginners to experienced riders. How did we build a bike with such broad-spectrum appeal? Simple, we started with the rider, not the bike. Our engineers took a close look at how riders interface with a motorcycle. Riding positions were studied to discover which posture instilled the most confidence. Narrowing the distance between the footpegs and using a lower seat made it easier for riders to reach the ground with their feet. And low-effort controls make for easy operation.

The ER-6f is very easy to ride. Nimble handling qualities come courtesy of a narrow and lightweight trellis frame featuring an offset laydown rear shock mounted to a triangulated swingarm. This innovative short-wheelbase frame (together with the compact engine) is key to the ER-6f's high comfort and rider-friendly handling qualities.

The engine is no less innovative. With light weight and high compactness primary design goals, V-Twins and In-line Fours were out of the question. Our engineering team developed an all-new compact parallel twin engine that pumps out plenty of smooth, responsive power across a mile-wide rev range.

This 649cc, liquid-cooled power unit is the most compact engine in its category. But don't be fooled by the small size, this baby punches out power levels that are more than a match for any machine in its category. Electronic fuel injection ensures seamless power delivery across the rev range. The ER-6f is as nature-friendly as it is rider-friendly, as it is the only machine in its category to meet the stringent Euro-III emissions regulations.

Shop to ride and easy to operate, the ER-6f welcomes new riders with its non-intimidating size and comfortable ergonomics, while also appealing to experienced riders with its gutsy engine performance and responsive handling qualities.

The ER-6f - the size and feel of a 400 with the power of a 650.

  • Engine Type - Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
  • Displacement - 649 cm3
  • Bore and Stroke - 83 x 60 mm
  • Compression ratio - 11.3:1
  • Valve system - DOHC, 8 valves
  • Fuel system - Fuel injection: 38 mm x 2 (Keihin)
  • Ignition - Digital
  • Starting - Electric
  • Lubrication - Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump
  • Transmission - 6-speed, return
  • Final drive - Sealed chain
  • Primary reduction ratio - 2.095 (88/42)
  • Gear ratios - 1st: 2.438 (39/16), 2nd: 1.714 (36/21), 3rd: 1.333 (32/24), 4th: 1.111 (30/27), 5th: 0.966 (28/29), 6th: 0.852 (23/27)
  • Final reduction ratio - 3.067 (46/15)
  • Clutch - Wet multi-disc, manual
  • Frame Type - Diamond, high-tensile steel
  • Wheel travel - front: 120 mm, rear: 130 mm
  • Tyre - front, 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), rear: 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
  • Caster (rake) - 25
  • Trail - 106 mm
  • Steering angle - (left/right) 32/32
  • Suspension - Front: Type, 41 mm telescopic fork, Rear: Type, Offset laydown single-shock with adjustable preload
  • Brakes - Front: Type, Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs Caliper Dual piston, Rear: Type, Single 220 mm petal disc Caliper Single piston
  • Overall length 2,105 mm
  • Overall width 760 mm
  • Overall height 1,210 mm
  • Wheelbase 1,410 mm
  • Ground clearance 145 mm
  • Seat height 790 mm
  • Dry weight 178 kg
  • Fuel capacity - 15.5 litres
  • Maximum power 53 kW {72.1 PS} / 8,500 rpm
  • Maximum torque 66 Nm {6.7 kgfm} / 7,000 rpm
  • The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.