The Er-6n is the naked version of the Ninja 650 that is already on sale in the country sharing the same powertrain and was designed to be equally comfortable in the city as well as on the highway.
Bringing an all-new middle-weight segment contender to the country, Kawasaki has launched the ER-6n street-fighter motorcycle in India priced at Rs. 4.78 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). Essentially a naked version of the Ninja 650 already on sale in the country, the ER-6n boasts of a street-fighter design that is complimented by a smooth powertrain from its full-faired sibling. Designed to be a friendly city tourer as well as a highway scorcher, the Er-6n is certainly one of the more rider friendly bikes to look out for that will appeal to novice as well as experienced riders alike.
Design – The Kawasaki ER-6n is certainly a one-of-its-kind motorcycle in the middle-weight segment. Featuring a funky yet aggressive design, the ER-6n offers a stylish look while the mass centralised design makes for easy handling. The most prominent feature is certainly the tall fuel tank that speaks volumes on the design front and adds to the funky nature of the motorcycle. The curves and creases are hard to miss, while the compact and angular dual headlamp gives the ER-6n a sharp look. The ER-6n gets an analogue-digital instrument console mounted above the handlebar and comes with an easier to read layout without being distractive.
Dimensions – The Kawasaki ER-6n measures 2110 mm in length, 770 mm in width and 1110 mm in height with a wheelbase of 1410 mm and ground clearance of 130 mm. The funky street-fighter rides on a double-pipe frame and has been tuned to offer comfortable riding in everyday conditions as well as on open roads. The bike comes with a seat height of 805 mm making it reasonably accessible for all, while the kerb weight of 204 kgs makes sure of a decent power to weight ratio. The fuel tank capacity is measured at 16-litres.
Engine – The Kawasaki ER-6n uses a 649cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, parallel-twin cylinder engine that has been tuned to produce 72.1 PS of power at 8500 RPM and 64 Nm of torque at 7000 RPM, paired to a 6-speed gearbox. Suspension duties are performed by 41 mm telescopic forks at the front, while the rear gets a single-shock with adjustable preload set-up. Stopping power comes from dual semi-floating 300 mm petal disc brakes at the front with dual-piston calliper, while the rear gets a single 220 mm disc with a single piston calliper. The bike rides on 120/70/ZR17 tyre at the front and 160/60/ZR17 tyre at the rear. ABS remains missing on the ER-6n, albeit it is offered on the international spec model.
Competition – Positioned below the Ninja 650, the Kawasaki ER-6n will be competing against the Harley-Davidson Street 750, Hyosung GT650N as well as the Triumph Bonneville in the same price range. With the middle-weight segment opening up, the Er-6n is expected to find competition from Benelli, Yamaha, Honda, Ducati and the likes which will also bring their offerings in the coming months.
The Kawasaki ER-6n surely packs in a lot of power and impeccable riding dynamics all of which is available at a competitive price. With limited competition in the segment, the Kawasaki ER-6n just happens to be a value for money product, offering a lot more than its rivals. However, the absence of ABS does pinch hard, especially for the price it is offered at. Kawasaki is bringing the ER-6n street-fighter as a CKD unit and will be assembling the bike at Bajaj Auto’s facility, localisation level is 25%. With bookings open, deliveries are expected to commence by early November. 200 units are targeted for sale in the near future.