Read more about the Top 10 Signs Itís Time To Winterize Your Bike at Motorcycle.com.
Iíve often felt that the real reason many motorcyclists donít winterize their motorcycles
is that they keep holding off in hopes to squeeze in one more ride. Although the MO Towers
are located in Southern California, many of us ventured from colder climes to the Great American West in an effort to enjoy year-Ďround riding. The journalism gig is just something we managed to weasel our way into as a means of supporting our habit.
In an effort to help dedicated riders in places that have real winter, the following list contains sure-fire signals that it is time to winterize your motorcycle rather than continue riding it or letting it sit unprepared developing the mechanical manifestations of Parked Motorcycle Syndrome.
Read more about the 10 Highlights From The Long Beach International Motorcycle Show at Motorcycle.com.
Last week the MOcrew made its annual pilgrimage to the Long Beach round of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show, where it was my first chance to see many of these bikes Iíd been reading and writing about in person. The Long Beach show is a special one, as itís centered in the heart of the U.S. moto industry, making it one of the rare times we get to see all of our industry friends all in one place. As such, there were a lot of cool things to see as we walked around. Here are my personal highlights from the show.
Read more about the Top 10 Motorcycle Lessons Not To Learn The Hard Way at Motorcycle.com.
Some things, like love and substance abuse, everybody has to learn for themselves, the hard way. The wise man says, 'the only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history,' but if youíre smart you can save yourself a little pain by listening to the wisdom of the ancients. Here are 10 of my pearls.
Mar 03, 2016 - 3:25 PM - by NickJ
Kawie has been selling the Z125 in markets afar for the last several years, but it looks like 2017 is going to be the year that it comes stateside to do battle with the wildly successful Honda Grom. We were able to get ahold of some dealer-only images and it looks like March 4th is the date for the announcement.
It is not the norm for manufacturers to announce pricing at this time, but Kawie decided to. At $2,999, and 125cc's of displacement, the K125 PRO is set to hit the Grom square in the face. The styling has not changed much from the Malaysian offering, but it is new to US buyers nonetheless.
It looks to be about the same proportions as the Grom and early claims postulated that the Z125 would weigh in at around 222. That number swelled to 224.8 pounds (speculating) after the addition of the California equipment. The Grom comes in at 225. I could see that carb equipment weighing that extra 3 pounds for sure.
The Candy Lime Green (lovingly referred to as Kawie Green) and Metallic Graphite Gray Z125 Pros looks to be rolling on a familiar 12-inch wheel and the pictures are bad, but I imagine that we will see a 100/90-12 up front and a 120/970-12 out back. These are a little more narrow than the Grom, so the handling might feel a little lighter than that of the Grom.
From the press jargon, the Z125 PRO headlights are as follows:
- Compact Size and light weight (224.8 lbs wet) makes for easy maneuverability
- Large 2-gallon tank
- Low Seat Height (30.7 inches)
- Performance suspension suitable for comfortable and sporty riding
- Capable for two-up riding
The seat is an inch higher than the Grom (29.7 inches), so this may be a factor for the extremely short, but I doubt it. As for the claim that it is both sporty and comfortable, I would venture to bet that it doesn't do either of those super well. At the price point, I think you get one or the other, and I don't know what Kawie calls "sporty" but I can't imagine that it could be done very will with the Z125. And being "capable for two-up" riding might be a "capability" but not something that you... [Read More]
Mar 03, 2016 - 12:07 PM - by dascrow
Kawasaki Motor Indonesia has launched the Kawasaki Z125 Pro in Indonesia at IDR 29.9 million (INR 1.52 lakhs). It is an all-new model that was premiered at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show and showcased at the 2015 Thailand Motor Expo before the it was launched in the latterís market last year. The Z125 Pro comes as a replacement to the Kawasaki Athlete mini bike. The Z125 Pro is powered by a horizontally-oriented 125 cc air-cooled single-cylinder fuel-injected engine with SOHC and four-valves, that produces 9.4 hp at 7,500 rpm, and 9.4 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The Athlete which has a Keihin PB20 carbureted 125 cc engine features 9.65 hp at 8,000 rpm. Mated to the Z125 Proís motor is a four-speed manual-shift transmission.
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