Despite finally entering the scooter market in 2013 with the launch of the J300, there are still pockets of people who believe that Kawasaki isn’t planning to dive into the scooter market just yet.
After all, the J300 was pretty much a rebranded Kymco Downtown 300i that pretty much used Kymco’s own parts and technology. But with recent reports that Kawasaki has filed trademarks for the names “J500” and “J125,” it begs the question: is Kawasaki finally willing to invest its own research and development into developing its own scooters?
I don’t know what the answer to that is, but if you were to ask me, I wouldn’t count on it, at least not yet.
See, Kymco, in addition to having a partnership with Kawasaki that gave birth to the J300, has a lot of scooters in its lineup, so much so that it’s basically one of the company’s calling cards. The trademark of the J125 and J500 names is also curious because Kymco actually has its own models - the G-Dink 125i and the Xciting 500 Ri - that can be rebadged as Kawasaki models. 125? 500? Seems like a fit, doesn’t it?
Again, neither Kymco nor Kawasaki have confirmed any plans of partnering for two more scooters. But you know what they say, if there’s smoke, there must be fire.
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Featuring a dynamic style and backed up by a host of modern technologies the Kawasaki J300 is the perfect choice for those who want to mix the comfort of a scooter with the power of a 300 cc engine.
Talking about the engine, the Kawasaki J300 is propelled by a liquid cooled, 4 stroke single cylinder, SOHC, 4 valves unit which puts out a maximum power of 20.3 KW (28 PS) at 7,750 rpm and 28.7 Nm (2.9 Kgm) of torque at 6,250 rpm. The engine’s power is kept in leash by an efficient CVT transmission with centrifugal clutch.
The unit is mounted on a tubular diamond, steel frame which sits on a front 37 mm telescopic fork and rear twin shocks with 5-way adjustable preload.
The Kawasaki J300 comes with a base price of €5.002.
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