The Kawasaki Z125 is a sharply styled mini moto machine powered by a 125cc engine and poses a grave threat to the Honda MSX125 in the segment.
Keeping things hot, fast and green, Kawasaki has officially unveiled the 2016 Z125 street-fighter motorcycle that is available in two variants namely Z125 and Z125 Pro. The new Z125 is the smallest Kwacker to come from the Z series with the standard version getting an automatic transmission while the Pro version gets a manual gearbox. Short and agile, the new Z125 looks sporty from every angle taking cues from the larger Z series models in Kawasaki’s lineup.
The tall stance looks muscular on the Kawasaki Z125 with the sharply styled fuel tank flanked by fenders on either side. The side profile boasts of exposed bits with black cladding and the engine cowl adds to the sporty appearance of the bike. The headlight cluster looks sharp and the opposite Z-shaped LED tail light unit looks extremely interesting. The Z125 comes with an underbelly exhaust and gets an analog-digital instrument cluster.
In terms of power, the Kawasaki Z125 and Z125 Pro use a 125cc single-cylinder SOHC, 2-valve, air-cooled engine with fuel injection that produces 9.5 PS of power and with a kerb weight of just 101 kgs, makes for an impressive power-to-weight ratio. Transmission duties include a 4-speed manual and automatic units. Kitted up, the bike gets USD forks up front with an adjustable monoshock setup at the rear while braking performance comes from 200 mm disc at the front and 184 mm disc at the rear. The Z125 rides on 100/90/R12 front and 120/70/R12 rear tyres.
Essentially, the Z125 is Kawasaki’s derivative of a mini moto, a niche segment that is dominated by the Mini Street Xtremes (MSX125) from Honda. The Z125 will be available in three colours including grey-silver, green-black and black-orange, and definitely looks promising. Although it won’t be making it to India anytime soon, we would’ve loved to see this pocket rocket on our roads. The Kawasaki Z125 and Z125 Pro will be available internationally with a starting price of Rs. 1.35 lakhs (Indian equivalent).
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