Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500): review, history, specs


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Class: naked

Production: 1997-2005

Also called: Twister, ER500

Successor: Kawasaki ER-6 (Ninja 650R)

Models
Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500) Twister

1997-2000

(Europe)

Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500)

2001-2005

(All regions)

Kawasaki ER-5 Twister (1997-2000)
Kawasaki ER-5 (2001-2005)

History

History
Year Country Name / Frame / Engine
1997 Europe Name: Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500) Twister

Frame: JKAER500AAA 000001 to JKAER500AAA 015000

Code: ER500-A1, ER500-B1

1998 Europe Name: Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500) Twister

Frame: JKAER500AAA 015001 to JKAER500AAA 028000

Code: ER500-A2, ER500-B2

1999 Europe Name: Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500) Twister

Frame: JKAER500AAA 028001 to JKAER500AAA 041000

Code: ER500-A3, ER500-B3

2000 Europe, USA, Israel, Mexico Name: Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500) Twister

Frame: JKAER500AAA 041001 to JKAER500AAA XXXXXX

Code: ER500-A4, ER500-B4

2001 All regions Name: Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500)

Frame: JKAER500ACA 051001 to JKAER500ACA 067000

Code: ER500-C1, ER500-D1

2002 USA Name: Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500)

Frame: JKAER500ACA 051001 to JKAER500ACA 067000

Code: ER500-C2

2003 All regions Name: Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500)

Frame: JKAER500ACA 067001 to JKAER500ACA 072000

Code: ER500-C3

2004 All regions Name: Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500)

Frame: JKAER500ACA 072001 to JKAER500ACA 082000

Code: ER500-C4P

2005 All regions Name: Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500)

Frame: JKAER500ACA 082001 to JKAER500ACA XXXXXX

Code: ER500-C5P

Specifications

Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500): specs.

Specifications
DIMENSIONS Overall length 2040 mm / 80,3 in – ER500-A

2070 mm / 81,5 in – ER500-C

Overall width 730 mm / 28,7 in
Overall height 1070 mm / 42,1 in
Seat height 780 mm / 30,7 in – ER500-A

800 mm / 31,5 in – ER500-C

Wheelbase 1430 mm / 56,3 in
Ground clearance 125 mm / 4,9 in
Dry weight 174 kg / 383 lbs – ER500-A

179 kg / 394 lbs – ER500-C

Curb (wet) weight 193 kg / 425 lbs – ER500-A

199 kg / 439 lbs – ER500-C

FRAME Type Tubular, double cradle (steel)
Front suspension, travel 37 mm telescopic fork, 125 mm / 4,9 in
Rear suspension, travel Swingarm with twin-shock, 105 mm / 4,1 in – ER500-A

Adj.: spring pre-load

Swingarm with twin-shock, 114 mm / 4,5 in – ER500-C

Adj.: spring pre-load

Front tire size 110/70-17 54H
Rear tire size 130/70-17 62H
Front brake Single disc, 280 mm, 2-piston caliper
Rear brake Drum, 160 mm
Fuel capacity 16,0 l / 4,2 US gal (incl. reserve – 4 l) - ER500-A

17,0 l / 4,5 US gal - ER500-C

Trail 102 mm / 4,0 in
Fuel economy 4,0-5,5 l / 100 km
ENGINE Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke
Cylinder arrangement 2-cylinders, inline
Bore & Stroke 74,0 x 58,0 mm
Displacement 498 cm³ (30,4 cu in)
Compression ratio 9.8:1
Valve train Chain driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Max. power 50,3 hp (37 kW) / 9000 rpm – ER-5 (1997-2002)

49 hp (36 kW) / 8700 rpm – ER-5 (2003-2005)

Max. torque 45 Nm (4,6 kgf*m) / 7200 rpm – ER-5 (1997-2002)

43 Nm (4,4 kgf*m) / 7200 rpm – ER-5 (2003-2005)

0 to 100 km/h 6,0 sec
Top speed 180 km/h (112 mph)
CARBURETION SYSTEM Type Carburetor, 2x Keihin CVK34
ID
DRIVE TRAIN Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction 2.652
Final reduction 2.470
Gear ratio

I

II

III

IV

V

VI


2.571

1.722

1.333

1.125

0.961

0.851

ELECTRICAL Ignition Transistor
Alternator 46 to 64V at 4000 rpm - ER500-A

60V at 4000 rpm - ER500-C

Battery capacity 12V-12Ah - ER500-A

12V-10Ah - ER500-C

Images

Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500): images, gallery.

Kawasaki ER-5
Kawasaki ER-5
Kawasaki ER-5

Videos

Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500): video.

Kawasaki ER-5 Startup
Kawasaki ER-5 2005, editor's bike. Walk around and ride

Manuals

Kawasaki ER-5 (ER500): manuals, parts, microfiches.