Photos of the new Kawasaki ER-6n began popping up on the Internet the other day and Kawasaki has confirmed its existence. It has a fuel injected parallel twin displacing 649cc, a monoshock rear suspension and styling that takes a jump forward from older models. It looks nice and could be a great beginners bike or just a lot of fun all around for any rider. It will be introduced as a 2006 model in Europe, no word on a U.S. introduction.
From the press release:
Conceived at the exclusive Kawasaki design facility in Akashi, Japan, the ER-6n represents a bold new era for Kawasaki and fresh opportunities both for existing riders and those who have previously not considered the merits of motorcycling.
A machine for riders of all ages and abilities whether male or female, the core appeal of the ER-6n is that of a motorcycle at the very cutting edge of contemporary design, just as pleasing to look at as it is to ride.
Incorporating ergonomics perfectly suited to a variety of riders, the ER-6n makes optimum use of a compact two-cylinder engine to deliver a sleek chassis that is extremely manoeuvrable and fun-to-ride.
Update: The official Kawasaki web site for the ER-6n Thanks, to D. Elwood