Kawasaki ER-5

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The Kawasaki ER-5 first appeared in 1997 and lasted until 2005. This motorcycle was based on the sports 2-cylinder engine from Kawasaki GPZ500, which received different camshafts, a lower degree compression, other exhaust system and other carburetor settings.

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The Kawasaki ER-5 was intended primarily for the European market (the official full name is Kawasaki ER-5 Twister). In 2006, due to the release of new emission standards Euro-3, it is finally phased out and replaced with a more modern flagship motorcycle - Kawasaki ER-6. The Kawasaki ER-5 features a liquid-cooled, in-line 2-cylinder engine producing 50 hp. power and 45 Nm of torque. The motor had a flat shelf of power and torque, providing confident traction from low to medium revs. In addition to Kawasaki GPZ500 and Kawasaki ER-5, this engine was also installed on the enduro tourist Kawasaki KLE 500 and cruiser Kawasaki EN500 Vulcan.


  • Kawasaki ER-5 (49-50 hp) - the standard full-strength version of the motorcycle.
  • Kawasaki ER-5 (34 hp) - "strangled" version of the motorcycle (for the German market).

The bike also had a cheap steel frame, a classic double shock at the rear, and rear drum brakes, which, even at the time of production, was a rather archaic decision. Meanwhile, the main advantages of the Kawasaki ER-5 are low cost, engine efficiency and simplicity. It is these qualities that made the Kawasaki ER-5 a fairly popular model in Europe.



Specifications Kawasaki ER-5:

Model Kawasaki ER-5
Motorcycle type road (classic)
Release year 1997-2005
Frame steel, type "double cradle"
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume 498 cc cm.
Bore / Stroke 74.0mm x 58.0mm
Compression ratio 9.8: 1
Cooling liquid
Number of valves per cylinder DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system Carburetor, 2x Keihin CVK34
Ignition type transistor
Maximum power 50.3 h.p. at 9000 rpm (since 2003 - 49 HP at 8700 rpm)
Maximum torque 45.0 Nm @ 7200 rpm (since 2003 - 43 Nm @ 7200 rpm)
Gearbox 6-speed
Drive type chain
Front tire size 110 / 70-17 54H
Rear tire size 130 / 70-17 62H
Front brakes 1 disc 280 mm, 2-piston caliper
Rear brakes drum, 160 mm
Front suspension 37mm telescopic fork, 125mm travel
Rear suspension linkage with two shock absorbers (5-stage preload adjustment), stroke - 105 mm (since 2001 - 114 mm)
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2040 (from 2001 - 2070) x 730 x 1070 mm
Wheelbase 1430 mm
Saddle height 800 mm (up to 2001 - 780 mm)
Acceleration to 100 km / h 6 sec
Maximum speed 180 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 17 l (up to 2001 - 16 l)
Motorcycle weight (dry) 174 kg - ER-5 (1997-2000)

179 kg - ER-5 (2001-2005)

Motorcycle weight (curb) 193 kg - ER-5 (1997-2000)

199 kg - ER-5 (2001-2005)