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The latest offering from the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Kawasaki z125 is targeted at teenagers with its sporty looks and a refined engine. Given that it has been almost 30 years since the unveiling of a … Read More
The latest offering from the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer Kawasaki z125 is targeted at teenagers with its sporty looks and a refined engine. Given that it has been almost 30 years since the unveiling of a sporty 125cc from Kawasaki; It has been the most awaited motorcycle in this segment.
The only problem Kawasaki z125 is facing right now is competition from its own sibling ninja 125. Both the bikes are manufactured and sold by the same company and there is only a marginal price difference between the two. But Kawasaki ninja enjoys a loyal customer base that has been built over years and Kawasaki z125 is comparatively new to the market. While it may take some time for the Kawasaki z125 to gain a strong foothold in the market, let us take a look at the specifications and the review of the bike.
The new Kawasaki z125 produces a torque of 8.6 lb. ft @ 7700 rpm and a 14.8 bhp of power @ 10,000 rpm. The engine is a four-stroke single-cylinder engine with a four-valve configuration. The engine configuration here suggests that there would be no problem for bike enthusiasts who love to rev up their bikes. Also, the power specifications are indicative of the factor that Kawasaki Z125 is just like Kawasaki ninja which means that it will hold its own in high rpm scenarios. Much like Ninja the more you rev up the engine the better the oil flow would be and consequently, you will get good throttle feedback. The clutch response of Kawasaki bikes is also good. The moment you shift to a lower gear the bike is charged up and ready to scoot, all thanks to the slipper clutch configuration of these bikes. This means that you would not be holding anyone behind at a traffic light.
Though many would complain that Kawasaki z125 is one of the smoothest engines out there but keep in mind that this is no superbike producing a bhp of above 20. It is a 125 cc motorcycle that seems to do its job just fine and given the power distribution, the Kawasaki z125 would not be tough to ride at steep heights or for long distances. In fact, you just need to strike the balance between the third and fourth and you will get the perfect balance of power and mileage. This way you will enjoy your ride without burning a hole in your pocket.
Kawasaki z125 shares the fuel tank of the Ninja. Both the fuel tanks have a capacity of 11 liters and can easily cover 150 miles of ham-fisted riding.
Kawasaki z125 derives its suspension and chassis from the successful Ninja series. The dimensions are obviously smaller but you can spot the identical steel frame and steel swingarm in both high-end Ninja motorcycles as well as in Kawasaki z125. Of the two Kawasaki z125 is fairly lighter due to the absence of extended body framework. This also opens up space for steering lock and increases the ground clearance by 3 mm.
The bike comes equipped with Dunlop TT900 rubber tires. The tires provide good grip and unless you have your eyes set on a different set of tires it would be good to use the Dunlop ones for six months initially. The tires are also wide enough to provide a good balance while riding the bike.
The riding and handling of the bike should not be very fussy. The handles are straight and provide an upright riding position. Your back would be relaxed while riding the bike. One more reason to choose the z125 over the Ninja. In addition to all this, the bike also gets ABS manufactured by Bosch. The Bosch system is a sliding two-pot caliper on the 263 mm wavy front disc and a single pot caliper on the 193 mm rear disc. This provides added safety to your ride.
Overall, the Kawasaki z125 is a good bike to consider if you are a beginner. Also, if you are someone who is looking to add a little bit of fun riding experience to your everyday commute then this bike is for you. To know more about 125cc bikes click here.