Kymco Building Kawasaki ER6-N-Based Naked Bike

Kymco naked based on ER6-n 3 photos
Photo: Kymco
ER6-N based Kymco 650 motorcycleER6-N based Kymco 650 motorcycle
Taiwanese firm Kymko is best known for its scooters, but it looks like the company is ready to move on and expand their range to bigger naked motorcycles as shown by these patent drawings. Isn’t that a familiar shape?
At first glance, you’ll say it’s simply another cheap motorcycle made in Taiwan for the Asian market, but if you look closer, you’ll see some familiar components. If Kawasaki ER6-N comes to mind then you’re right, as almost the entire lower part of the bike was borrowed from the model in question.

The engine used here looks identical to the 650 cc parallel-twin on the ER6, so it should output the same 71 hp at 8,500 rpm and 64 Nm (47 lb-ft) of torque at 7,000. Moreover, the exhaust system is the same along with the swingarm and rear suspension which follow the same recipe.

In fact, the only things different are the upper frame, with a trellis-style for Kymco opposed to Kawasaki’s parallel-tube, the brakes (radial), the fairing and the front suspension, where you see a more elaborate inverted fork. The rims are also a bit more sophisticated in styling.

The patents have been filed in Europe, meaning the bike could reach dealerships on the Old Continent. This means that it will be Euro IV compliant and will be offered with a standard Antilock Braking System.

No word of the name it will wear and when it’s going to find its way on the market, though. As to why would Europe need another ER6, there might be only one answer - it could be cheaper than Kawasaki’s model, although it could also be a choice of style, Kymco’s offer looking a bit fiercer than the former.

The two companies are known to having been worked together before, resulting in two new scooters in Kawasaki’s lineup - the J300 and J125 - both heavily relying on Kymco’s Downtown 300i and 125i models.
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