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2013 Kawasaki ER-6nL

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There aren’t many motorcycles that can go head to head with success with the Kawasaki ER-6nL. This muscular mechanical beast is wrapped in an aggressive street-fighter skin which underlines its unstoppable character.

It is worthy of being mentioned that the 2013 version comes with a slimmer new chassis and a fresh seat design that gives you a more comfortable ride.

Talking about comfort, the motorcycle’s riding position was carefully adjusted to inspire confidence. Therefore, the handlebars, seat and footpegs are working together to give you a natural position that feels similarly comfortable for both short and long journeys.

Once on board you are also met by a stacked instrument cluster with analogue-style tachometer and multi-function dual-window LCD screen. In addition to the fuel gauge, digital speedometer, clock, odometer and dual trip meters, new 2013 features include: remaining range, average/instant fuel consumption and the Economical Riding Indicator.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki ER-6nL.

Overview

Kawasaki ER-6nL

This is the latest evolution of the model that introduced the “Fun. Style. Easy.” concept to the world. Increased engine performance makes the new 2013 ER-6nL ABS even more fun. Aggressive street-fighter looks make it even more stylish. And a slimmer new chassis and comfortable new seat make it even easier to ride than before.

Whether a new rider getting acquainted with the joy of motorcycling for the first time, or an experienced rider looking for a fun, stress-free way to get around, the package offered by the ER-6nL has never been more tempting.

The 2013 Kawasaki ER-6nL’s Parallel Twin engine configuration was chosen as the best balance of good power characteristics and compact size. Engine tuning delivered both a rider-friendly character ideal for new riders and performance to put a smile on the faces of more experienced riders. The engine’s compact size was one of the keys to realising the ER-6nL’s slim package. The 2013 engine offers more low-mid range torque for more fun and greater usability in everyday riding situations, while maintaining the smooth, high-revving character of its predecessor.

2013 Kawasaki ER-6nL ABS Features

Kawasaki ER-6nL

Improved Engine Performance

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 649 cm3 Parallel Twin with fuel injection delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low and medium rpm ranges. The engine was tuned for rider-friendly power characteristics that will inspire confidence in new riders.

Digital Fuel Injection

The DFI settings boost the engine’s bottom-end power while letting it rev more quickly. The sub-throttle valve equipped 38mm Keihin throttle bodies offer optimum performance and rideability. Located behind the main throttle valves, the sub-throttles are controlled by the DFI system’s ECU for a precise throttle response, similar to a constant velocity carburettor.
Under-engine muffler

Under-engine muffler with larger volume and revised internal construction delivers increased torque in the everyday range below 7,000 rpm. The increased performance facilitates control at lower rpm and contributes to the enhanced enjoyment of the new ER-6n.

Slimmer Lighter-handling Chasis

The ER-6nL’s compact size is due largely to its compact Parallel Twin engine, which enabled the use of a narrow, lightweight frame.
While the new double-pipe perimeter-style frame, clearly visible, maintains the key design elements of its predecessor, a new backbone-style rear frame design enables an even slimmer package. Rigidity balance of the new frame and swingarm, and new suspension settings deliver lighter, easier handling, while maintaining the sporty nature of the previous model. And with a new seat contributing to both comfort and peace of mind, care of an easier reach to the ground, the new ER-6nL is more accessible than ever.
More Compact Package

Together with the compact engine and new rear frame, the frame’s design realises a package that is slim, low, lightweight and compact. The compact engine allows use of a slim, minimalist frame, resulting in a design that is narrow at the knees and feet.

Increased Comfort for Rider and Pillion

The front seat is not only thicker at the top edge, but thanks to the new rear frame design the plastic seat base construction was completely revised, enabling much thicker cushioning throughout. Sporty looking tandem seat with thick cushioning ensures good passenger comfort and ergonomic passenger grips are positioned to make them easy for tandem riders to grab. Good passenger confidence makes it easier for riders when carrying a pillion.

Seat height

Thanks to the low seat height and slim overall design, it’s easier to keep both feet firmly on the ground when stopped, an important consideration for many riders. While the new seat does not lower the seat height, its construction and the narrower distance between the pivot covers result in a slimmer package between the rider’s feet. Riders are now able to put their feet on the ground approximately 50 mm closer together (each side), which makes the reach to the ground feel significantly shorter.

Rider friendly features

The 2013 Kawasaki ER-6nL ABS is equipped with a number of features that are designed to improve the riding experience.

Petal disc brakes with ABS

Dual 300 mm front petal disc brakes and 220 mm rear petal disc look great and deliver plenty of braking power. In addition to the very effective petal disc brakes, customers looking for an added degree of reassuring braking performance can also choose models with front and rear ABS

Multi-function Instrument Display

Stacked instrument cluster features an easier-to-read layout. Analogue-style tachometer and multi-function dual-window LCD screen use white LED backlights for excellent visibility at night. In addition to the fuel gauge, digital speedometer, clock, odometer and dual trip meters, new features include: remaining range, average/instant fuel consumption and the Economical Riding Indicator.

Rider-friendly Ergonomics

The riding position was specially designed to inspire rider confidence. An ideal relationship between the handlebars, seat and footpegs results in a comfortable and natural position suitable for a wide range of riders.

Colours: Candy Lime Green Type 2 and Metallic Spark Black

Specifications

Kawasaki ER-6nL
Engine typeLiquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Displacement649 cm³
Bore and Stroke83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression ratio10.8:1
Valve systemDOHC, 8 valves
Fuel systemFuel injection: ø38 mm x 2 (Keihin)
IgnitionDigital
StartingElectric
LubricationForced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Drivetrain:Transmission 6-speed, return
Final driveSealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio2.095 (88/42) 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 ratio3.067 (46/15)
ClutchWet multi-disc, manual
FrameType Perimeter, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel:Front 125 mm / Rear 130 mm
Tyre:Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) / Rear 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Caster (rake)25°
Trail110 mm
Steering angle (left/right)35° / 35°
Suspension:Front 41 mm telescopic fork / Rear Offset laydown single-shock with adjustable preload
Brakes:Front: Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Caliper Dual piston with ABS / Rear: Single 220 mm petal disc Caliper Single-piston with ABS
Dimensions:Overall length 2,100 mm / Overall width 770 mm / Overall height 1,110 mm
Wheelbase1,410 mm
Ground clearance130 mm
Seat height805 mm
Curb mass206 kg (includes full tank of fuel)
Fuel capacity16 L
Performance:Maximum power 35 kW 47.6 PS / 7,500 rpm — Maximum torque 52.5 N·m 5.4 kgf·m / 4,200 rpm
Colours:Candy Lime Green Type 2 Metallic Spark Black

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