Kawasaki ER-5 Overview
The Kawasaki ER-5 is a low seat, basic bike that is a good choice for those who simply want to get from one place to another without the need of all of the gadgetry that usually comes with today’s motorbikes.
It has been dubbed a straightforward, easy bike that has parallel-twin engine that gives 498cc and 48 bhp, not the fastest machine out there but, if you’re not looking for speed then you won’t mind this model. Its 46 mpg and 170 miles range is modest but, despite this, it is very good on fuel, its tyres are really built to last and its gearbox will last a good few years before needing to be replaced.
For ride quality, the Kawasaki ER-5 pips its other rivals to the post. However, even though it is a good ride, the brakes aren’t considered to be of good quality so it’s advised to get them replaced. Another issue with the Kawasaki ER-5 is that it can corrode easier than other Kawasaki models and therefore needs to washed regularly and sprayed frequently with spray to prevent water causing your bike to rust.
It is incredibly cheap to buy and to run, with insurance prices being so affordable, it is a great run around for the summer and winter months but, be warned, motorways are its weakness and it will really struggle with two people on the bike without a side-car.
Kawasaki ER-5 Spec
- Top speed110mph
- Average fuel consumption46mpg
- Seat height800mm
- EngineParallel twin, 4v, liquid cooled
Kawasaki ER-5 Insurance
Kawasaki ER-5 Photos
1 / 4 Photos
Very comfortable but not on long rides, will need an upgraded seat
Parts are easy to source and replace
Just had them redone so they are very hot
Smooth and easy to ride, often used as a learners bike for tests
Cheap insurance and cheap to tax., £10 to fill up 130 mile. From a tank
Just feels perfect to ride!
Love the sound of it
Me… the rider :)
I always wanted to have a naked bike like him
Serves me well
With Brigestone tyres handles good enough. It's no sports bike but it was never meant to be.
Plenty of power for a 500cc after all its a commuter bike
There's really nothing to improve on this model.
This one is definitely a fixer up, but with TLC is a very reliable machine. No real faults to mention.
Stops as it should. Front disc and a drum on the rear can haul it down from motorway speed fast enough.