Taiwanese manufacturer Kymco has filed a design patent for a motorcycle based on Kawasaki‘s ER-6n. The design, filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, shows a motorcycle with a similar engine, swingarm and offset lay-down shock as the ER-6n and its faired sibling, the Ninja 650. The Kymco design has a different frame and bodywork than Kawasaki’s naked Twin.

Before any readers get too up in arms over the similar designs, it’s important to remember that Kawasaki and Kymco have a long-standing relationship. Kymco builds Kawasaki’s Brute Force 300 and youth ATVs while Kawasaki’s J300 and J125 scooters are actually based on Kymco designs. This new design is likely part of their continued cooperation, with Kymco adapting the ER-6n/Ninja 650 platform to produce its own naked middleweight.


Kymco’s design replaces the Kawasaki’s twin-tube frame with a trellis design and adds an upside-down fork. The bodywork looks more angular, with some similarities to Kawasaki’s Z1000.


While Kawasaki still sells the ER-6n in Europe and Canada, the naked 650 hasn’t been available in the U.S. since 2010. It’s unlikely to return to the States any time soon though, as Kawasaki Motors USA may not want it taking sales from its own Z800.

Kymco doesn’t have that problem as its two-wheeled line-up consists of scooters and sub-250cc motorcycles. A 650 would easily become Kymco’s largest motorcycle and would help the brand grow in western markets.

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  • Born to Ride

    Drawings look pretty good. Can’t wait to see it in the flesh

  • Dan

    For 6 years I commuted to work every day on a Kymco scooter and it was incredibly reliable at a much lower cost than the Japanese alternatives. A co-worker purchased one and has had a similar experience. I would welcome Kymco into the motorcycle space.

    • Craig Hoffman

      Their “People 300” is particularly good. Can see myself getting one for zipping around town.

    • allworld

      I’m not 100% sure but I think the motor used by BMW in their 650 scooters are manufactured by KYMCO

      • denchung

        They are! And a version of the same engine is used as the range extender for BMW’s i3.

      • Xie Jim

        BMW G650GS motor is made by a Chinese manufacturer named Longcin, their CR9 naked bike has the same engine.

  • allworld

    This is not the only motorcycle to take ques from Kawasaki, the CFMoto 650 NK and TK are knock offs for sure.
    So now that Twain, and China are making there way to our shores, when will we see more from India? Hero had their chance with EBR, but…………..

    • Robs

      The KTM 390 series is built in India. Granted, not sold as an India(n) bike.

      • allworld

        KTM is partly owned by Bajaj Auto

        • denchung

          Just under 50%.

    • Xie Jim

      KTM390s are made in India, and some of 390s are outsoursed from CFMoto. As far as I know Paton, CFmoto and Kawasaki currently run er6 moto on their bikes

  • major tom

    Looks better then the donor bike! I like it and the line drawings are cool. Nice wall paper material, saved for my home page.

    • Blake Newton

      Absolutely. A good looking bike. It needs to be made. Kawasaki would profit from it and so would Kymco.

  • Blake Newton

    I don’t think that this and a Z800 are even close. The Z800 makes huge horsepower but is heavy compared to this. Worlds apart in customer base. I’d be interested in one of these. I’ve ridden 750 -1000cc fours. No thanks, it takes the fun out of motorcycling. This would be entertaining without being either so small as to be ridiculous and so powerful as to make a ride intimidating. I liked the Street Triple but the proposed redesign isn’t to my taste.