Entry level bikes are the new flame in the motorcyclist arena. And Kawasaki might have proved it just right by unveiling the new Ninja 125 and Z125 during INTERMOT 2018 in Germany.
The latest iteration of the Japanese bike-maker comes in the form of two small-cc offerings of its iconic Ninja and the ‘Z’ series. Targeting riders with an A1 entry-level licensing tier in Europe, the 125-cc twins might be small but is capable of leaving a mark in the segment. The twins come with a host of features along with top of the class styling design.
The Ninja 125 takes design cues from its elder siblings and sports as much sport and aggression with its sharp creases and a bulky tank. A quick glance at the bike couldn’t help us notice the looks that the Ninja 125 borrows from the 300, especially the bike’s tank, front mud-guard, muffler and wheels. However, coming to the rear of the bike, the tail appears to be more steeply raked similar to the latest Ninja 600.
Meanwhile, the cosmetics on the latest Z125 appears to resemble the Z650. Especially when it comes to the paint scheme of white and green trellis frame. Both the bikes share the same 125-cc liquid-cooled DOHC single-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed gearbox and delivers 14.8bhp of power and 11.6Nm of torque.
The bikes use a 37mm telescopic fork in the front along with a monoshock with pre-load adjustment at the rear. Braking duties on the bike are handled by 290-mm disc with dual channel ABS in the front and a 220mm disk at the rear.
The Ninja 125 and the Z125 comes with optional seat-heights. Options on the Ninja 125 include a height of 785mm or 805mm. Meanwhile, the Z125 comes with an option of 790mm of 815mm.