ER6-f front fork springs
Wildun

UK

#1 Jun 24, 2007
Does anyone agree with me that the front fork springs on the ER6-f are too strong for normal riding on country roads? Mine does not absorb bumps but leaps in the air. Is there a solution?
Bell308

UK

#2 Jan 24, 2008
KAWASAKI ER-6F AND ER-6N front fork fix Maxxton suspension fix


The front forks on the ER-6 have three problems. One is that the springs are too stiff, so the feels very hard and kicks off bumps. The other problem is there is not enough damping to control the original Kawasaki springs. This means that when you let go of the brake or accelerate, the front of the bike extends very quickly, causing the bike to run wide. The last problem which cannot be solved is that there is only 90mm of fork travel, normally front forks have between 110mm and 120mm. We carry out two options for modifying the ER-6 forks :



Option 1 – throw everything inside the forks away and start again with our own Maxton Cartridge damping system. The cartridge damping system is designed like any modern fork internal; it has separate rebound and compression damping pistons, with shim stacks valved to suit the ER-6 and what you use the bike for. This damping system gives a very progressive action that supports the bike under braking with the springs, without making the ride too harsh. The cartridge is adjustable for damping to. We also fit a spring to the cartridge; the spring is chosen to suit your rider weight. The Maxton cartridge conversion costs £360.00 + V.A.T.



Option 2 – For customers who do not want to spend as much money on their bike, but still want to improve the handling we supply softer springs with a higher viscosity oil. The softer springs reduce the harsh ride and make the front much more compliant. The higher viscosity oil is added to try to control the springs and stop the forks returning too quickly. The harder springs cost £60.00 + V.A.T and the oil is £8.00 + V.A.T. If you wanted us to fit the oil and springs, we would recommend a service to the forks, which costs £80.00 + V.A.T, this includes the cost of new fork seals and oil.

REAR

The standard rear shock on the ER-6 is a very cheap unit. The spring fitted to the shock absorber is a little on the soft side for the average rider weight. This makes the bike sit down a little too much if ridden hard or aggressively. Its performance is made worse by mounting the shock absorber directly to the swing arm with no linkage. This makes the shock absorber work very hard and requires a better designed damper. Because the damper unit is very cheap, you may notice the shock “going off” or losing its damping when it gets hot. There is nothing that can be done about this as the unit is a sealed unit. We can however replace the standard Kawasaki spring if required, this costs £60.00 + V.A.T.

We supply a replacement Maxton unit for the ER-6. There are tow types of unit we supply with different levels adjustment. The road shock is adjustable for rebound damping, compression damping and preload and costs £405.00 + V.A.T. The road/race shock is a piggy back remote shock that is adjustable for rebound damping, High and Low speed Compression damping, preload and ride height. This unit costs £490.00 + V.A.T. Both units are high pressure gas units that adjust via a shim stack; they both have separating pistons between the oil and gas. This means the units cope with heat build up very well and the damping stays consistent.

martin shelton

Bracknell, UK

#3 Feb 3, 2010
hi has any one had problems with loosing the front end in corner on the 09 er6f right hand mainly because i have and a few different people who have rode it have had the same problem. thanks
martin
pitracer

Brighouse, UK

#4 Jun 8, 2010
HI---FRONT END IS VAGUE WHEN PUSHRD HARD---TRY 30 psi in front tyre ,,,HELPS BUT NO CURE --FORK SPRINGS ARE TO HARD CAUSES PATTER OVER BUMPS---MAXTON--HYPERPRO
BOTH CAN SUPPLY SOFTER SPRINGS AND HEAVYER WEIGHT OIL----OR ZX6R UPSIDE DOWNERS FROM BREAKERS WOULD BE
A EXCELLENT ALTERNATIVE --NEED WORK TO FIT THOUGH ---
Anonymous

Chiang Mai, Thailand

#5 Friday May 15
Bell308 wrote:
KAWASAKI ER-6F AND ER-6N front fork fix Maxxton suspension fix
The front forks on the ER-6 have three problems. One is that the springs are too stiff, so the feels very hard and kicks off bumps. The other problem is there is not enough damping to control the original Kawasaki springs. This means that when you let go of the brake or accelerate, the front of the bike extends very quickly, causing the bike to run wide. The last problem which cannot be solved is that there is only 90mm of fork travel, normally front forks have between 110mm and 120mm. We carry out two options for modifying the ER-6 forks :
Option 1 – throw everything inside the forks away and start again with our own Maxton Cartridge damping system. The cartridge damping system is designed like any modern fork internal; it has separate rebound and compression damping pistons, with shim stacks valved to suit the ER-6 and what you use the bike for. This damping system gives a very progressive action that supports the bike under braking with the springs, without making the ride too harsh. The cartridge is adjustable for damping to. We also fit a spring to the cartridge; the spring is chosen to suit your rider weight. The Maxton cartridge conversion costs £360.00 + V.A.T.
Option 2 – For customers who do not want to spend as much money on their bike, but still want to improve the handling we supply softer springs with a higher viscosity oil. The softer springs reduce the harsh ride and make the front much more compliant. The higher viscosity oil is added to try to control the springs and stop the forks returning too quickly. The harder springs cost £60.00 + V.A.T and the oil is £8.00 + V.A.T. If you wanted us to fit the oil and springs, we would recommend a service to the forks, which costs £80.00 + V.A.T, this includes the cost of new fork seals and oil.
REAR
The standard rear shock on the ER-6 is a very cheap unit. The spring fitted to the shock absorber is a little on the soft side for the average rider weight. This makes the bike sit down a little too much if ridden hard or aggressively. Its performance is made worse by mounting the shock absorber directly to the swing arm with no linkage. This makes the shock absorber work very hard and requires a better designed damper. Because the damper unit is very cheap, you may notice the shock “going off” or losing its damping when it gets hot. There is nothing that can be done about this as the unit is a sealed unit. We can however replace the standard Kawasaki spring if required, this costs £60.00 + V.A.T.
We supply a replacement Maxton unit for the ER-6. There are tow types of unit we supply with different levels adjustment. The road shock is adjustable for rebound damping, compression damping and preload and costs £405.00 + V.A.T. The road/race shock is a piggy back remote shock that is adjustable for rebound damping, High and Low speed Compression damping, preload and ride height. This unit costs £490.00 + V.A.T. Both units are high pressure gas units that adjust via a shim stack; they both have separating pistons between the oil and gas. This means the units cope with heat build up very well and the damping stays consistent.
Hello from Thailand - I live in Thailand and own a 2012 Kawasaki Er6n that I love but cant ride because it's too painful. I'm looking for softer and better handling at slower speeds (under 120 kph) can you kindly give your website address or other online presence? Thanks!

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