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Kawasaki ZX125 Ninja and Z125 – First Impressions

Our first thoughts after we’ve had a look round the new for 2019 Kawasaki ZX125 Ninja and Z125 at the world press launch

VISORDOWN are at the world press launch of Kawasaki’s newest, CBT friendly, 125cc bikes. The Venue is Almeria, Spain and we’re riding both bikes tomorrow so stay tuned for more updates.

In the meantime, here are our Harry McKenzie’s first impressions of both bikes:

Kawasaki ZX125 (2019)

  • First thing that stands out is the looks, it’s really cool, sharp and sporty it the sort of bike I’d have loved if I was a few years younger and only on a CBT
  • Seat is firmer than I expected but feels well sculpted 
  • Front suspension is nice and firm, the firmest I have felt on a 125; will see how this translates on the road
  • Rear suspension has very little sag also (I'm 12 stone)
  • When sat over the bike the tank seems quite long and slim, not in an ergonomic way just to the eye
  • Nice feature of pre-installed rim tape (attention to aesthetic detail)
  • Good rear brake position

Kawasaki Z125 (2019)

  • I'm fonder of its styling than the ZX125, it’s a tad more reserved and less bling, but looks awesome, just like is older bigger brother the z800 and z1000
  • With its calmer paint scheme and pointy, edgy exterior, it looks like a bit of a secret weapon
  • Still feels sporty even with raised bars
  • Again, firm seat but lovely colour scheme on it
  • Firm suspension – shared with the ZX125

Kawasaki ZX125 Ninja and Z125 Price:

ZX125 Ninja (special edition paint) £4500

ZX125 Ninja £4300

Z125 £4200

Kawasaki ZX125 and Z125 specification

Ninja 125

Maximum power: 11.0 kW {15 bhp}

L x W x H:

 1,935 x 685 x 1,075 mm

Tyre, front:

 100/80-17M/C 52S

Tyre, rear:

 130/70-17M/C 62S

Seat height:

785 mm


Maximum power:

 11.0 kW {15bhp}

L x W x H:

1,935 x 740 x 1,015 mm

Tyre, front:

100/80-17M/C 52S

Tyre, rear:

130/70-17M/C 62S

Seat height:

815 mm


Kawasaki Z125 is a good machine but it feels outdated now. There are amazing new 125cc bikes in this segment that offers much better value than the Kawasaki Z125. The main USP of Z125 is its stance, it gives a big bike feel. So, Kawasaki Z125 is a good bike ( ) but when compared to the newer KTM Duke 125 and Yamaha MT 125 it feels outdated. The new Duke 125 is fully loaded with goodies like an All LED headlamps and TFT console, Also the design of Duke 125 is very catchy. Now the same goes with the Yamaha MT 125, it has a great design and it is loaded with good quality hardware. I think Kawasaki should update the Z125 with some tech-savvy features like a new console of smartphone integration or a LED headlamp for the least.

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