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ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by Spongefinger » Fri May 22, 2020 7:10 pm

Hi all,

Doing my full license this year and been looking at bikes. Looked at the obvious ones Bandit ( which is my fave) , hornet , Fazer and Er6 N. On a selling group today a ER 5 came up pretty cheap and I wondered if it's worth considering as a first bike to knock about on ? My biking will be purely for fun , Sunday rides etc. I realize it's HP is pretty low compared to the others I listed I'm wondering if I would get fed up with it quickly ? I'm a pretty large chap as well 6ft and over 18st. Thoughts 😀



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Re: ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by Stu » Fri May 22, 2020 7:18 pm

Personally I would get one of the others
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Re: ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by Rob Taylor » Fri May 22, 2020 7:20 pm

Good all rounder bikes, like cb500s. I personally love them and they accelerate as good as any other similar type of bike with a good top speed. Well built and cheap to maintain.

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Re: ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by Tiggie » Fri May 22, 2020 7:25 pm

Any of those would be ok. It will be down to personal preference too, I don't like bandits and would steer towards the hornet or Fazer as they are what I like. You won't go wrong with any of them though :cheers:
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Re: ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by James in Brum » Fri May 22, 2020 7:29 pm

@fastbob has one and thinks it’s perfectly adequate :-)
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Re: ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by XTreme » Fri May 22, 2020 7:32 pm

Pay more and get a Fazer!

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Post by James in Brum » Fri May 22, 2020 7:55 pm

Get a Zzr600, everything you want or need in a bike :-)
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Re: ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by JRH » Fri May 22, 2020 8:08 pm

Go for the Bandit, but only if it’s the 1250. :wink:
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Re: ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by Mawsley » Fri May 22, 2020 11:56 pm

Got the wife one when she passed her test, then took it touring Northern Europe.

Thought it was a great little bit of kit for the local corners, brakes were gash in an emergency, and the seat cantered my nads into the tank on long journeys.
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Re: ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by Spongefinger » Sat May 23, 2020 12:19 pm

Cheers guys...it's sold already 🤣

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Re: ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by Richzx6r » Sat May 23, 2020 2:03 pm

My first bike was a zx6r, really it doesn't matter how big the engine is as you only go as fast as your right wrist
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Re: ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by Old-codger » Sat May 23, 2020 6:31 pm

The ER5 is a good bike the engine is bomb proof they have issues like all bikes main one being vacuum tap but there are easy fixes if it happens to you. Spares are plentiful and cheap its a solid work horse that wont cost a fortune to run and if you want to move on to something bigger you wont lose on it.

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Re: ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by fastbob » Sat May 23, 2020 6:37 pm

Yes .

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Re: ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by Old-codger » Sun May 24, 2020 8:46 am

Just a thought but if you fancied something a bit different have a look at the Kawasaki KLE500 they use the same engine and a more sit up riding position. They are a bit rarer and prices are a bit higher than an ER5.

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Re: ER 5 Good First Bike ?

Post by onesea » Mon May 25, 2020 12:01 am

Another to consider is TDM 900.

Upright riding position, not the fastest my FZ6 was quicker.

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