In what concerns middleweight streetfighter bikes, a powerful and smooth operating engine, comfortable ergonomics and light handling are all qualities that manage to do the trick each and every time. So what could have possibly been Kawasaki doing to the ER-6n that they ended up delivering such a versatile, aggressive looking and awesome performing motorcycle that it even ended up on the American market? Honestly, quite a lot.
The series of modifications improved almost every aspect of the light and attractive Kawi bike so that the highest demands would be easily met and so far it didn’t disappoint. Furthermore, the 2010 model year gets a lowered seat from 30.9 inches to 29.7 inches, making this an even more appropriate choice for beginning riders who need to be steady on their feet.
German tuners Hoely have recently put their hands on a Kawasaki ER-6n and transformed it into a faster, better looking and implicit more challenging bike that they call ER6-RR.
The engine now develops an impressive 98bhp – incomparable to the approximately 75bhp of the standard bike–thanks to a series of upgrades from which the gas-flowed head with an increased compression ratio of 13.8:1, balanced pistons, rods and crank, high-lift cams, advanced ignition, a modified airbox and a full Akrapovic system are the most important.
Chassis components have been borrowed from Kawasaki’s top supersport models so the bike features ZX-6R’s USD suspensions and ZX-10R’s radial brakes. Yet, the frame hasn’t been stiffen up so let’s just hope they did the math well and this will manage with the around 23bhp extra.
As the picture shows, this Kawi is built to perform on the track and we reckon that the parallel-twin engine is now capable to be put against any standard four-cylinder middleweight sports bike out there. Now that’s a great achievement to take in consideration!
In times of crisis, motorcycle makers would do anything just to sell and it seems that Kawasaki has developed an ingenious and unique strategy to promote their ER-6n in Europe. They launched the so called “ER-6n Design Competition” through which uncovered talents can design their own ER-6n and win one that was designed by Pasky of OCD Design (Troyes, France).
Everybody is invited to give it a shot. All you have to do is work your magic on a Kawasaki ER-6n pic (add different color schemes and graphics, modify the bike’s appearance like you would do to your own ER-6n) and then upload the picture onto http://www.kawasaki.eu/ER-6n/. Visitors will vote for the best (three of them will actually win a Kawasaki jacket) and if that’s your design, OCD’s ER-6n created specially for this contest will head towards you.
Pictures can be uploaded until April 9th 2009 so get on with the work.
Having launched the 2009 naked lineup, Kawasaki now creates a promotional video for one of their most notorious models, the ER-6n. The bike is presented as being in perfect harmony with the urban environment (something that was expected, considering the given category) and is positioned right in the middle of it.
Although we would like to see it role down the streets a little bit, Kawasaki seems to be keen on showing the bike’s static beauty. Can you argue with that?
Kawasaki has recently made some tests of the 2009 ER-6N in France, a perfect occasion for us to get a glance of the new features involved.
Even though the naked bike hasn’t suffered a major revision and stylistically it is pretty much the same, the front end is now more attractive due to the redesigned headlight and instruments. Together with the rear end they sharpen the previous clean looking design, making the ER-6N look like more of a challenge. A nice, distinctive touch is also given by the matte black painted engine, but that’s pretty much what sets it apart from the 2008 model year.
There have been rumors that the 2009 Kawasaki ER-6N will be fitted with the Z750 upside-down fork, but this picture disapproves them.
Together with the first official photos we will also find out the 2009 colors which will most likely have the major contribution at the renewing process of this fresh introduced Kawasaki.