2016 Kymco 650 (3)

A patent filing from Taiwanese scooter manufacturer Kymco shows a 650 cc, two-cylinder naked sports bike that is strikingly similar to Kawasaki’s ER-6n. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Kawasaki and Kymco have a long-standing manufacturing relationship.

The 2016 Kawasaki J300 scooter is based on Kymco’s Downtown 300i scooter, and Kymco also manufactures ATVs for Kawasaki. Should this middle-weight naked sports bike make it into production, it will be Kymco’s first “big” motorcycle.

Apparent changes from the ER-6n include upside down forks, and the substitution of a trellis frame for Kawasaki’s tubular perimeter unit. The 2016 Kawasaki ER-6n carries a 649 cc DOHC parallel-twin with four-valves per cylinder that pumps out 72.1 PS at 8,500 rpm and 64 Nm torque at 7,000 rpm.

Fuelling is by EFI with dual-throttle valves, and power goes through a six-speed gearbox. The ER-6n weighs a claimed 204 kg, with dual-hydraulic brake discs in front and a single disc at the rear.

Seat height on the Kawasaki ER-6n is a very reasonable 805 mm, and we have no reason to believe Kymco’s version might be that far different. In Malaysia, the Kawasaki ER-6n retails for RM34,509 including GST, while the fully-faired ER-6f – which uses the same running gear and engine – goes for approximately RM37,389, including GST. Two colour choices are available, black and red.

GALLERY: 2016 Kawasaki ER-6n