Kawasaki unveils a preview of the 2019 Ninja 125 & Z125. Both belonging to the A1 license category. With the launch of these two new 125cc, Kawasaki puts young bikers in front of the “most difficult choice” to enter the big Lime Green family; Ninja 125 or Z125?
Anyway, here’s 7 things you need to know about the New Kawasaki Ninja 125 & Z125.
– Kawasaki Ninja 125 & Z125 become the company’s first sporty 125 since the 1980s. The company has been absent from the learner sports category since the demise of the AR125 two-stroke, which arrived in 1983 and enjoyed over 10 years in production.
– 2019 Ninja 125 & Z125 are the results of a long research conducted by the Kawasaki Europe R&D. Kawasaki claimed that the design and style are among the priorities of potential customers, followed closely by the reliability and reputation of the brand.
– However, the design itself is a whole copy of the Ninja 250SL & Z250SL. Ninja 125 & Z125 share the same length, width and height as the 250cc siblings – same with the wheelbase, seat height, and riding ergonomics. The only difference is that the 125cc duo are 4-5kg lighter than the 250SL series.
– Kawasaki Ninja 125 & Z125 become the least 125cc bikes to have new feature. There’s no LED Headlight, no Inverted Fork Suspension, no Alumunium Swingarm, no Charging Port, no Radial Caliper, etc. However, it has a good steel trellis chassis and ABS too.
– 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 125 & Z125 share the same 14,8bhp liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine. The brand new engine claimed offers a boost to mid / high top-of-the-range engines. Visually, the engine itself have many similarities with the Ninja 250SL.
– Both Kawasaki Ninja 125 & Z125 are heavier than their closest rivals… Result of being based on larger-capacity 250cc machines. While the Ninja 125 is 148kg wet, the Yamaha YZF-R125 is 142kg, the ageing Honda CBR125R is 137kg, and the Suzuki GSX-R125 an impressive 134kg.
It’s the same story with the Kawasaki Z125, which have 146kg weight. Its rivals include the Yamaha MT125 (140kg), Suzuki GSX-S125 (133kg), and Honda’s new CB125R (126kg) are all lighter.
– Full details of the mini Kawasakis will be announced on October 2, as they are due to be launched at next month’s INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne.