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|Engine||498 cc parallel twin|
|Brakes||280 mm single disc with twin-piston caliper (front), 160 mm expanding brake (rear)|
|Tires||110/70-17M/C (54H) (front), 130/70-17M/C (62H) (rear)|
H 1070 mm
|Seat height||800 mm|
|Fuel capacity||17.00 liters|
The Kawasaki ER-5 is a naked commuter motorcycle produced in Japan by Kawasaki. The bike is powered by a liquid cooled four-stroke DOHC 498 cc engine based on the design used in the GPZ500. It also accepts being restricted to 25 kW (34 hp), which is the maximum power output permitted for certain types of restricted licences within Europe.
The Kawasaki ER5 is powered by a 498CC liquid cooled, parallel twin engine. A parallel twin engine has two cylinders of the same bore and stroke and sit in-line with one another. The engine generates around 48BHP and makes some 35nm of torque.
The ER5 has a front disk brake with a rear drum brake. Earlier A models have a two piston calliper with asymmetric pistons with a larger leading piston and a smaller trailing piston. Later C models had symmetric leading and trailing pistons, dramatically increasing the power of the front brake. Unlike many more modern motorcycles the ER5 has a fixed disk and floating calliper (far more common is the fixed calliper with floating disk).
Owners of earlier A models do tend to seek the calliper units from C model ER5s as they can be directly grafted onto the A model bikes. C model and A model bikes have identical fork legs and braking master cylinders. Another common braking upgrade is the replacement of the OEM brake hose with a braided brake hose to eliminate sponginess.
The ER5 has "right way up" front forks of 37mm diameter. They are considered non adjustable. 10 weight fork oil is the recommended fluid. Smaller, lighter riders may wish to use a less heavy oil, for example 5 weight. Although 5 and 10 weight oils can be mixed in equal proportions to create a happy medium of 7.5weight
The rear has a duel sided suspension which is not adjustable apart from pre-load.
The ER5 uses standard motorcycle controls; left hand clutch, right hand front brake and throttle, left foot gear stick, right foot rear brake.
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