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.
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.
The main versions of the Kawasaki ER-5:
- 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.
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Specifications Kawasaki ER-5:
|Motorcycle type||road (classic)|
|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|
|Number of valves per cylinder||DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder|
|Fuel supply system||Carburetor, 2x Keihin CVK34|
|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)|
|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|
|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)