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2012 Kawasaki ER-6n Review

Feel the beat of the city

Ride to a different rhythm and stay in tune with your passion to arrive on time and in style. Welcome the new ER-6n into your world and transform cross-city travelling from negative need to positive want.




2012 Kawasaki ER-6n ABS

Contemporary design any rider will love

The ER-6n ABS is at the very cutting edge of contemporary design, with bold angles and sensuous lines that scream attitude at every curve. But don’t be fooled by this motorcycle’s aggressive looks - the ER-6n ABS is highly accessible to riders of all ages and abilities.

Its compact chassis/engine combination, ideal rider ergonomics and impressive but controllable performance make the ER-6n ABS an extremely user-friendly motorcycle with enough sass to put a smile on any rider’s face.



2012 Kawasaki ER-6n Features and Benefits

All-new double-pipe perimeter-style frame

Like on its predecessor, the all-new double-pipe perimeter-style frame is a key component of the ER-6n’s identity. As before, the new bodywork accentuates the frame, rather than hiding it. The double-pipe design of the new frame, made from high-tensile steel, contributes to the bike’s lightweight appearance.

Taller fuel tank

The fuel tank is 20 mm taller, helping to visually concentrate the ER-6n’s mass at the front of the bike. The rear of the tank slopes back in a straight line to the seat.

Lighter Handling

The rigidity balance of the double-pipe frame and swingarm contributes to a lighter, easier handling package. Rigid-mount engine is a stressed member, contributing to the frame’s idealised rigidity balance.
The swingarm’s new double-pipe design makes use of a D-section tube (upper right tube) for optimal rigidity. Revised suspension has longer stroke front and rear, offering both sporty handling and enhanced comfort. Rear shock length and stroke are 2 mm longer; front fork is 15 mm longer with 5 mm longer stroke to match the rear. The longer strokes enable lower spring rates. Damping has been revised accordingly.

More torque in every day range

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.

Intake ducts through frame tubes

Intake ducts extend through the frame tubes to ensure a source of cool fresh air for the engine. This also contributes to the induction note, adding to rider excitement.

New instruments

To enable the more compact front area, the instrument cluster was moved as far back as possible. It is mounted above the handlebar.

A stacked instrument cluster features an easier-to-read layout and an analogue-style tachometer uses white LED backlights for excellent visibility at night. The multi-function LCD screen has blue backlighting. 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.

Raised tick marks on the tachometer dial face, a bubble lens and elevated instrument frame construction contribute to the instrumentation’s greater legibility as well as a high-quality image.

Optional ABS

Compact new ABS unit has a more advanced processor that enables more precise ABS control.

Euro-III Compliant

The combination of efficient fuel injection and a 3-way catalyser inside the muffler result in low emissions. Revised muffler internal construction and catalyser layout ensure clean emissions that will pass stringent Euro-III regulations.

More compact headlamp

More compact headlamp shroud is shorter front to back, and designed to make it look slimmer vertically as well – an image reinforced by the smoked instrument visor. Angular design of the stacked dual headlamp helps maintain the identity of the ER-6n while contributing to the sharp new street-fighter style looks.

Compact, quick-revving engine with stronger low-mid range

The ER-6n’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 motorcyclists. The engine’s compact size was one of the keys to realising the ER-6n’s slim package. The 2012 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.

Increased Comfort

Sporty looking tandem seat with thick cushioning ensures good passenger comfort.
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 bracket is rubber-mounted at the front to reduce vibration transfer.

New swingarm

Following the lines of the frame and rear shock, the swingarm also features the new double-pipe design, complementing the design of the frame and contributing to the ER-6n’s high-quality appearance. The swingarm’s gull-arm style design on the right side enables the more aggressive angle of the muffler.

Revised shrouds

Revised shrouds are narrower when viewed from the front. Front turn signals, previously built-in to the shrouds, are mounted on the headlamp shroud. quality appearance.

Sharper tail cowl

Sharper tail cowl is 10 mm shorter, helping to move volume away from the rear of the bike. A sharper new LED taillight contributes to the slimmer look.


An offset laydown rear single-shock suspension flows smoothly from the frame to the swingarm.


2012 Kawasaki ER-6n - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price:



2012 Kawasaki ER-6n - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price:
See Canadian Kawasaki Dealer for pricing.

Type 4-stroke, Parallel Twin
Displacement 649cc
Bore and Stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression Ratio 10.8:1
Valve System DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel System Digital fuel injection with two 38 mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition Digital
Lubrication Forced lubrication (semi-dry sump)


Transmission 6-speed, with positive neutral finder
Final Drive Sealed Chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 2.095 (88/42)
Gear Ratio: 1st 2.438 (39/16)
Gear Ratio: 2nd 1.714 (36/21)
Gear Ratio: 3rd 1.333 (32/24)
Gear Ratio: 4th 1.111 (30/27)
Gear Ratio: 5th 0.966 (28/29)
Gear Ratio: 6th 0.852 (23/27)
Final Reduction Ratio 3.067 (46/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


Type Perimeter, high-tensile steel
Wheel Travel: Front 125 mm (4.9 in.)
Tire: Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Wheel Travel: Rear 130 mm (5.1 in.)
Tire: Rear 160/60ZR17M/C (69W)
Caster (Rake) 25º
Trail 110 mm (4.3 in.)
Steering Angle (Left/Right) 35º / 35º


Suspension, Front 41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, Rear Offset laydown single-shock with adjustable preload


Front: Type Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Front: Calipers Dual piston
Rear: Type Single 220 mm petal disc
Rear: Caliper Single-piston


Overall Length 2,110 mm (83.1 in.)
Overall Width 770 mm (30.3 in.)
Overall Height 1,110 mm (43.7 in.)
Wheelbase 1,410 mm (55.5 in.)
Ground Clearance 130 mm (5.1 in.)
Seat Height 805 mm (31.7 in.)
Curb Mass** 204 kg (449.7 lbs.)
Fuel Capacity 16 litres (3.5 gal.)
Fuel Consumption N/A


Maximum Power‡ 53 kW {72.1 PS} / 8,500 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 64 N.m {6.5 kgf.m} / 7,000 rpm


Colours Pearl Shining Yellow, Metallic Spark Black
Warranty 12 months warranty


Good Times Protection Plan 24 or 36 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after the standard limited warranty expires)

Good Times Protection Plan 24 or 36 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after the standard limited warranty expires)
* The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.
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.



2012 Kawasaki ER-6n - UK/European Specifications/Technical Details
See UK/European Kawasaki Dealer for pricing.


Fuel system
Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 2 (Keihin)



Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump

Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin

649 cm³

Bore x stroke
83.0 x 60.0 mm

Compression ratio

Valve/Induction system
DOHC, 8 valves

Wet multi-disc, manual

Primary reduction ratio
2.095 (88/42)

Gear ratios: 1st
2.438 (39/16)

Gear ratios: 2nd
1.714 (36/21)

Gear ratios: 3rd
1.333 (32/24)

Gear ratios: 4th
1.111 (30/27)

Gear ratios: 5th
0.966 (28/29)

Gear ratios: 6th
0.852 (23/27)

Final reduction ratio
3.067 (46/15)

6-speed, return

Final Drive
Sealed Chain

Frame type
Perimeter, high-tensile steel

25° / 110 mm

Wheel travel, front
125 mm

Wheel travel, rear
130 mm

Tyre, front
120/70ZR17M/C (58W)

Tyre, rear
160/60ZR17M/C (69W)

Steering angle, left / right
35° / 35°

Suspension, front
41 mm telescopic fork

Suspension, rear
Offset laydown single-shock with
adjustable preload

Brakes, front
Type: Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Caliper: Dual piston

Brakes, rear
Type: Single 220 mm petal disc
Caliper: Single-piston

Dimensions (L x W x H)
2,110 mm x 770 mm x 1,110 mm

Ground Clearance
130 mm

1,410 mm

Seat height
805 mm

Fuel capacity
16 litres

Curb Mass
204 kg (ER650E) / 206 kg (ER650F)

Maximum power
53 kW {72.1 PS} / 8,500 rpm

Maximum torque
64 N.m {6.5 kgf.m} / 7,000 rpm



2012 Kawasaki ER-6n ABS - Australian Specifications/Technical Details
Australia MSRP Price:
See Australian Kawasaki Dealer for pricing


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: Ø 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

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) 24.5°
Trail 102 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 32° / 32°

Front: Type 41 mm cartridge fork
Rear: Type Offset laydown single-shock with adjustable preload

Front: Type Dual semi-floating 300 mm petal discs
Caliper Dual piston with ABS
Rear: Type Single 220 mm petal disc
Caliper Single-piston with ABS

Overall length 2,100 mm
Overall width 760 mm
Overall height 1,095 mm
Wheelbase 1,405 mm
Ground clearance 140 mm
Seat height 785 mm
Curb mass 204 kg Inludes full fuel tank
Fuel capacity 15.5 litres

Maximum power 53 kW {72.1 PS} / 8,500 rpm
Maximum torque 66 N·m {6.7 kgf·m} / 7,000 rpm