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Economy, handling, reliability

lack of Wow factor, power

As some of you may remember I managed to blow up the engine of my beloved Harley Sportster in the early part of last year. Luckily at the time I was working for a Harley dealership so was loaned a replacement bike while mine was being rebuilt. Not so luckily I got sick of my job and quit while...

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Lightweight, economical, good in town, Only OK for...

Handling gets spacey at high speed.

My friend runs a motorcycle school and we often road test bikes. At present the ER makes up 70% of the school bikes. My experience of the ER is somewhat mixed. As a first bike it can be a really good bike. It depends on your weight. If you are small or under 11 stone, the bike tends to handle...

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Excellent

Great commuter and fun to ride

Drops into corners a bit too quick if u are light!

Motorcycle: Kawasaki ER5 (2001 model) For: Good commuter bike and fun to ride Against: Gets a bit windy at speed Value: No doubt that you are getting quite a bit of bike for the money! Costs: Parts are pretty cheap and servicing can easily be done at home in the garage. Fuel consumption is very...

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“My Saviour”

published 23/08/2007

Great confidence booster, nippy, good for touring,...

Get worse the better the rider gets

My little ER5 has been my saving grace. I passed my motorbike test on this great little bike, despite falling off it 10 minutes before my test (hit a curb on my practice -u-turn). After passing my test i went to purchase my first motorcycle, i was dead excited and explained what i wanted to my...

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Very cheap to run easy to maintain loads to choose...

Poor spongy brakes build quality a bit shoddy in p...

I bought my Er-5 in March 2008. So far it has been a great bike! I bought it second hand with just 11,500 miles on the clock at a very reasonable cost of £1300.00. To date this bike has been a real money saver it is very economical about 65 miles per gallon with tax and insurance prices being...

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“Honest riding on a budget”

published 19/05/2007

Cheap to run,reliable. Low insurance, easy self ma...

Unexciting. Clunky gearbox. Minimal wind protectio...

I bought a second hand er-5 A3 with 9500 miles on the clock. This bike is like a Ronseal advert, does exactly what it says on the tin. Its a simple machine thats perfect for the daily commute or the simple fun of a ride. The engine is out of the ark but it starts every time and if you look after...

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Good

cheap to buy, run and maintain, great for new ride...

gets boring the more experienced you get, looks a...

Ive had the er5 for 2 years now and she has never let me down, she was the first big bike ive had and she has helped me gain the experience i needed when i moved up from my honda nsr 125r. ive been restricted to 33bhp but my restrictions up in march and i intend on getting a new bike , i will...

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Excellent

published 25/06/2008

I bought a new ER5 in 2005 It has served me well with no major headaches. It costs next to nothing to insure and runs on fresh air. My wife and I go out on it all the time, we bought a gel seat because she complained of a sore bum, apart from that its stock. It looks good and is simple to maintain but must be kept clean and tidy otherwise problems with rust on the forks start showing. I have ridden bigger bikes in my 34 years of riding but enjoy my ER5 very much. I recommend them for new riders as a step into a bigger bike without being to powerful and fast.

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“Kawasaki ER 5”

published 07/07/2004

User friendly

poor finish

Moved up from 125 class to the ER 5 and what a surprise....... made me realise how dangerous 125's are. With this bike it does what you ask of it! Ok it aint in the super sports league but........lets face it you are still looking at Ferrari type acceleration all the way to 100 mph. It will go...

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“Take a step up on this.”

published 28/09/2003

Price/Value for Money - Handling

Quality of Finish - Lack of Fairing

I've owned my ER-5 for exactly 1 year now from new. I had been riding a 125 for years. I'm no loony just to and from work so this bike is ideal. It gets me away from the lights in front of all the cars, stops without too much fuss (even with a fat sod like me on it), but I will agree that it does...

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Super

“Kawasaki ER5”

published 08/08/2000

Cheap to buy, insure and run.

Slow and unfaired.

The Kawasaki ER5 is as always stated an ideal first bike. I have owned a 1997 model for about 18 months, since passing my test and have covered many miles since its purchase. Is it any good? Well yes the ER5 is a totally competant machine, it does everything a novice rider could ask of it. It is...

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Excellent

“Excellent first bike”

published 02/08/2000

Handling,price new,running costs

second hand values

The Kawasaki ER5 is as the title states an excellent first bike. The handling is smooth and user friendly and the fuel consumption, (when riden in a sensible fashion)can exceed 65mpg which is not too shabby for a 500cc machine. I bought my bike new two years ago and have not had any mechanical...

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“all rounder”

published 20/01/2007

reliable , easy to handle

bit old fashioned, drum rear brake

I bought one new in 2001 for 1995, and still have it. I am a part time biker though! It is good fun and will be comfortable for around 300 miles before seat goes hard. It is capable of fast gettaway at lights but most saloon cars will out run it on the open road- so what. I had it ip to...

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Excellent

“the er5 one to trust”

published 20/01/2004

easy to ride

not for any speed freaks

Do you remmember the Honda xbr 500?i can hear you saying ahhhh yes they dont make them as reliable as that anymore . Oh yes they do the kawasaki er500 weather this bike has been standing for a year in total solitude press the button and she will go excellent .Fuel consumtion ? well fat wallet...

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Super

easy to handle, really manoeuvrable, exelent in ci...

likes petrol. Sometimes a lot.

I've bought my Kawasaki ER5 in 2005 it is made in 1998, so a bit old, by it was in really good condition, so I had no bad thoughts about taking it or not. It was perfect thing for buying, and it cost not much - just 800 pounds. (Everything is taking place in Lithuania - prices are a bit bigger)...

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