Friday, March 4, 2016

2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is a goofy little ball of fun

The Kawasaki Z125 Pro is all set to take on the Honda MSX125

If Honda can do an MSX125, why not Kawasaki? So they have, of course, and the Kawasaki Z125 Pro is their all-new 'monkey bike,' which really does look like a funky little ball of fun. It weighs just 102 kilos, can seat two people, has a 7.5-litre fuel tank and a low, low seat height of 30.7 inches. The Z125 is powered by a fuel-injected 125cc air-cooled SOHC single-cylinder engine, which is mounted low and forward in the frame for optimum weight distribution and nimble handling. This engine is mated to a 4-speed transmission. Power and torque figures have not been quoted by Kawasaki, but we guess the little 125 probably makes something like 10-11bhp, which means it won't be threatening to run with your ZX-14R anytime soon.

The Z125 Pro features a steel-tube backbone-type chassis with a box-section steel swingarm, 30mm USD front fork at the front, preload-adjustable monoshock at the back, and rides on 12-inch cast-aluminium wheels shod with 100/90 (front) and 120/70 (rear) tyres. Stopping duties are handled by a single 200mm brake disc up front and a 184mm brake disc at the back, with single-piston Nissin calipers at both ends.

Other notable bits on the 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro include an LCD instrument panel with analog tachometer, multi-reflective headlamp and LED taillamp. Lime green and graphite gray are the two colours available, with prices starting at US$2,999 and standard 12-month warranty.
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