The faired Kawasaki Ninja 650R
, also known as the ER-6f
, and its un-faired sister model ER-6n
were introduced in 2006 by Kawasaki
. They are middleweight, parallel-twin
engined motorcycles, designed for normal use on paved roads. They have modern styling and features, with low-seating ergonomics, a low center of gravity
, and respectable, manageable power output. The design was intended to appeal to a wide-ranging audience from newcomers to seasoned riders.
The engine is relatively unusual in employing a 180 degree crankshaft. This results in an uneven firing interval
(180 degrees, 540 degrees) which gives the engine note a distinctive "throbbing" quality.
The 650R/faired ER-6, known as the ER-6f overseas, was introduced to the market in 2006. The unfaired ER-6n was not sold in North America until the 2009 model year. The motorcycle fits above the Ninja 250R
and Ninja 500R
models, which already existed in Kawasaki's sportbike lineup, which includes the Ninja ZX models. For 2009, Kawasaki released an updated Ninja 650R which includes new bodywork, mirrors, gauges, lighting, and a new tune on the same 649 cc engine. The curb weight is reported as instead of the previous dry weight of .
In Europe the Ninja 650R is sold as the ER-6f ("f" denoting faired
) version of the ER-6, the "naked"
roadster version is sold as the ER-6n. In 2009, Kawasaki introduced the ER-6n in the USA. The ER-6f differs slightly from the Ninja 650R as... Read More