It’s one thing that kids tend to ask when you pull up on your bike “how fast will it go?” Well the other day I got chance to give it a go and see for myself. Kawasaki claim a top speed of 130 mph for the Kawasaki ER6n, more than anyone needs in real world riding but it’s nice to know it’s there if you need it. Indeed I wondered if I’d ever get the opportunity to let it rip but the other day I got my chance.
There had been a crash on the motorway and I had filtered through 8 miles or so of traffic and managed to get to the front of the queue where the old bill had stopped the traffic. Luckily I was only waiting 10 minutes before the copper opened the road and waved us through. With nothing in front of me for miles and the cars behind me slowly getting up to motorway speed I decided once I got clear of the fuzz I’d let loose the beast. Now I’m no road racer or GP star and I’ve been called a “slow but steady rider” or “Tortoise” by other bikers before but I’d loved to have seen the grin on my face when I opened the throttle.
Now I’m not going to completely incriminate myself here so all I will say is Kawasaki were being a little conservative with their performance stats. With the needle nudging the claimed top speed I bottled out, the wind was yanking my head back like I was being punched in the face but I’m sure the Kwaka had more in it. There was still another centimetre of play in the throttle so by my reckoning that should be good for another 5-10 mph, if not more?
Now in the interest of keeping my license I will state that this is a completely fabricated story in the interest of light entertainment, officer! But if anyone is wondering if the Kawasaki ER6 is good for its performance figures then all I will say is it gets my nod.