Regardless, both bikes are innately approachable and easy to ride, with light-effort controls, span-adjustable levers and wide-set, usefully large rearview mirrors. The Kawasaki has a nearly 2-inch-shorter wheelbase, which should make it more nimble. But, even with preload jacked up, it sits low in the back, and steering suffers. Stepping off the ER-6n after bombing recently repaved Ortega Highway, Associate Editor Mark Cernicky remarked that he couldn't remember the last time he'd ridden a motorcycle that required so much handlebar input to hold a line through a corner. "I can't even do a stoppie," added our resident stunter. "The front tire just locks up and slides. Great wheelies, though."