This was my response earlier this evening to a comment they the ER5 is little more than a commuter bike.
"I don't agree that the ER5 is not much more than a commuter bike. This is why. In 1976 I had a new air-cooled Yamaha RD350. Regarded then as the dog's bollocks, great acceleration and also much kudos. You were a real cool cat and a biker's biker if you had one. This was definitely not a commuter bike. Move on to 2017, if you now have one of these RD350s they are looked on through rose tinted spectacles. You are still regarded as a cool cat, the bike is considered rapid.
Now reality, the RD topped out at 105 mph, and was very unreliable.
My ER5 is untampered with yet accelerates better than the RD, has a higher top end, does 65mpg and has never broken down.
The difference today is that there are much faster bikes out there and the ER5 is compared to these, how many people can actually use the performance they provide is debatable, it's more to do with image.
A commuter bike to me is a modern 125, or like my first bike a Suzuki B120 which I still have."
What does the group think?