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]
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 latter’s 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 Pro’s motor is a four-speed manual-shift transmission.
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