Considered the entry level and pretty much only good for commuting (if you live close to work and don’t have to use a major road), 125cc bikes are often disregarded by most riders.
But Honda announced recently it would bring the exciting little 125cc Grom to Australia, and that has caught the attention of even experienced riders.
Now Kawasaki has returned fire with its Z125 PRO.
The Z125 and Z125 PRO were first unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and have been selling well in Asia. Kawasaki refers to the bikes as the “nimblest super naked models to date”.
The bike’s weigh a tiny 100kg which puts it at about the same weight as a 250cc dirt bike. Power comes from a 125cc SOHC fuel-injected, air-cooled four-stroke engine, and both have a four speed transmission.
The Z125 has an automatic centrifugal clutch, and the Z125 PRO is a full manual. Power output from the engine is expected to be about the same as the Honda at around 7kW.
Like the Honda, the Z125 has 12-inch wheels but the tyres are slimmer than those fitted to the Honda. The suspension is 30mm upside-down forks and mono shock rear, and disc brakes are mounted front and rear.
Styling is taken directly from the bigger Z models and the exhaust is mounted under the bike like its larger siblings.
Kawasaki Australia is yet to announce a price but has said the Z125 PRO will be brought to Australia and is expected to arrive around the middle of the year.