The Kawasaki Ninja 125 and the Z125 were announced at last year’s EICMA show in Milan
At the EICMA 2017, Kawasaki had announced two new low-capacity motorcycles- Ninja 125 and Z125. Now, the manufacturer will reveal both these offerings towards the end of the current calender year, probably at this year’s EICMA show in Milan. The Kawasaki Ninja 125 and Z125 will be a part of the company’s future expansion plans. The new 125cc models will become the only learner-legal motorcycles in the manufacturer’s portfolio.
Both the Ninja 125 and the Z125 will measure 1935 mm in length, which is exactly the same as the Ninja 250SL and Z250SL. Also, all the four models we’ve just mentioned have an identical wheelbase of 1330 mm. Even in terms of height, the Ninja 125, at 1075 mm, is identical to Ninja 250SL. Likewise, the Z125’s 1015 mm of maximum height is same that of the Z250SL. Even the width of all the motorcycles is equal. Both the motorcycles, at a wet weight of 148 KGs, will be 4 kgs lighter than their 250cc siblings.
Both the engines will be powered by 125cc, single-cylinder engine that will output 14.7 bhp at 10,000 rpm. In comparison, the 249cc engine of the Ninja 250SL and Z250SL offers 27.6 bhp. Full details of the upcoming duo will be revealed in a coupleof months from now.
Speaking about the two motorcycles, Kazuo Ota, President of Kawsaki’s Motorcycle and Engine division, has said: “These two new models – and others under development – share unique Kawasaki styling, engineering and riding qualities that only we can deliver. Brand affinity is something we strive for.
Riding their first ever kilometres on a Kawasaki is a vision we have for people taking to two wheels now and in future. Motorcycles that can either be the only machine that some riders will ever require or act as a stepping stone to a larger capacity Kawasaki – we are confident our plans address both needs.”
Morihiro Ikoma, Director of Kawasaki Motors Europe, added: “Our research and development team based at our European headquarters combine dealer feedback and the results of customer focus group events. One consistent request was for more entry level machines and particularly in the 125cc or A1 licence segment.
We applaud the decision to develop machines as part of the popular Z and Ninja ranges as this exactly reflects the desire and aspirations of our enthusiastic European customer base.”