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Old 10-01-2014, 03:13 PM   #1
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thinking about a er650n.....anybody before I dive in.?

I have recently returned from a 2 week trip in Europe where I rented a 2014 13? Kawasaki ER 650 n with ABS. I thought the bike was a hoot and it fit me very nicely at 5"4 . It had a surprising am out of get up and go and I managed to sling a good sized set of soft bags on it.

I am looking to sell my gs, that I have never gotten on with, to pick up one of these, will prolly make a couple of bucks as well to put towards my next alps adventure.

I like the yella one, it looks fun and goofy.

I would like to hear so excited inmates thoughts and reviews on the er. Also, I would be setting it up for touring with bags, a windscreen, heated grips, Ect. Can a nekked bike be a tourer.?
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Old 10-01-2014, 03:46 PM   #2
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There is a million reviews, but I will give my opinion for free.
I took a decent test ride (15-20 minutes), mainly highway.
Position works VERY well for me (being about 25 cm taller than you) bars are a bit buzzy. Lots of air but not a hint of buffeting. Nice engine character, ok gearbox with good ratios. Brakes and handling was good enough for what I do.
The one i rode was a broken in 2013.
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Old 10-01-2014, 04:24 PM   #3
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My friend has one, instantly became a better rider after years on a GSXR600 that was too much and too extreme in ergos.

My brother chased a bar vibe on his 650 Ninja and cured it with Salamander (iirc?) bar weights. I never noticed bad vibes on it.

Solid but cheap looking. Typical Kawi budget bike.
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:28 PM   #4
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My friend has one, instantly became a better rider after years on a GSXR600 that was too much and too extreme in ergos.

My brother chased a bar vibe on his 650 Ninja and cured it with Salamander (iirc?) bar weights. I never noticed bad vibes on it.

Solid but cheap looking. Typical Kawi budget bike.
Neat machine, peppy, light, good value for money. IMHO: Faired one is better.
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Old 10-02-2014, 12:23 AM   #5
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Since you have tested in two weeks, your the best one to answer the question. If you want to set it up for touring you might look at the ER6F, same bike but dressed. Put on givi racks and bags and you have a sportstourer.
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Old 10-02-2014, 01:39 AM   #6
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Consider a Versys as well?

I'm short and I didn't have much trouble with that bike. The difference will be softer and taller suspension, as well as a shorter 1st and 2nd gear I think so even more pep from a standstill.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:07 AM   #7
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I have looked at the faired ones, I like the more nekked look. I also own a hayabusa and I want to get away from acres of plastic.
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Old 10-02-2014, 11:33 AM   #8
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Also, I have a BMW f650gs and I am not a fan of the sit straight up position. I like to be a bit more over the front end. The front end of the beemer seems very far away and has a vague feel that I can't get used to.

I come from years of sport bikes and I am looking for something kinda in between I think.
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