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.

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:

ModelKawasaki ER-5
Motorcycle typeroad (classic)
Release year1997-2005
Framesteel, type "double cradle"
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume498 cc cm.
Bore / Stroke74.0mm x 58.0mm
Compression ratio9.8: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 2x Keihin CVK34
Ignition typetransistor
Maximum power50.3 h.p. at 9000 rpm (since 2003 - 49 HP at 8700 rpm)
Maximum torque45.0 Nm @ 7200 rpm (since 2003 - 43 Nm @ 7200 rpm)
Drive typechain
Front tire size110 / 70-17 54H
Rear tire size130 / 70-17 62H
Front brakes1 disc 280 mm, 2-piston caliper
Rear brakesdrum, 160 mm
Front suspension37mm telescopic fork, 125mm travel
Rear suspensionpendulum 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
Wheelbase1430 mm
Saddle height800 mm (up to 2001 - 780 mm)
Acceleration to 100 km / h6 sec
Maximum speed180 km / h
Fuel tank capacity17 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)