Kawasaki ER-6N vs. Suzuki Gladius - Tickets To Ride

MC Comparison

By Ari Henning, Photography by Kevin Wing

Kawasaki ER-6N | Price: $6399

Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c parallel-twinRear suspension: Single Kayaba shock with adjustable spring preloadMeasured horsepower:62.6 bhp @ 8500 rpm
Valve train: DOHC, 8vFront brake: Dual two-piston Tokico calipers, 300mm petal discsMeasured torque: 43.4 lb.-ft. @ 7000 rpm
Displacement: 649ccRear brake: Single-piston Tokico caliper, 220mm petal discCorrected 1/4-mile: 12.17 sec. @ 107.82 mph
Bore x stroke: 83.0 x 60.0mmFront tire: 120/70 ZR-17 Dunlop Sportmax RoadsmartTop-gear roll-on:4.46 sec.
Compression: 11.3:1Rear tire: 160/60 ZR-17 Dunlop Sportmax RoadsmartFuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 47/37/40 mpg
Fuel system: EFIRake/trail: 24.5 deg./4.0 in.Colors: Candy Plasma Blue
Clutch: Wet, multi-plateSeat height: 29.7 inAvailability: Now
Transmission: 6-speedWheelbase: 55.3 in.Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Frame: Tubular-steel semi-double cradleFuel capacity: 4.1 gal.Contact:
Kawasaki Motor Corp.
9950 Jeronimo Rd.
Irvine, CA 92618
Front suspension: 43mm inverted cartridge forkWeight (tank full/empty): 448/423 lbs.

The ER-6n doesn't start breathing efficiently until 6000 rpm, but after that it builds power in a hurry before peaking at 8500 rpm. That downward slope after 9000 rpm is misleading; the ER feels strongest near redline and begs to be revved high.

Shorter riders rejoice: The ER-6n is welcoming with a low seat and narrow handlebars. The 17.6-inch distance between that plush seat and those footpegs is good for sub-6-footers, but anyone taller will feel cramped.

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