Final showcase to happen at the upcoming EICMA show

The Japanese Green Team have officially released images and introductory videos of their new babies of both their sports and naked categories, finally after a couple of years of speculation ever since the 2017 EICMA. It is the Ninja 125 and Z125 that will be revealed at the upcoming EICMA in Milan.

Although we already have the naked Z125 in our markets, it will be replaced with a newer, more advanced update along with its sportier Ninja sibling. While doing so, Kawasaki will finally have a product to cater to the basic A1 license that has so far limited them to the use of mopeds.

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2018 Kawasaki Z125 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 125

And as speculated before, Kawasaki will be making use of the same mill, chassis and bodywork from the quarter-liter counterparts, the 250SL and the Z250Sl, but will, of course, come with a smaller bore and stroke to detune them to 125cc to produce an estimated 15hp. Just like how they upped the capacity from the Ninja 250 to the Ninja 300.

The 125cc bikes are so similar to the 250cc they being detuned from, all their overall dimensions will be kept the same. The 125cc machines will, however, weigh at least 10 lbs lesser than the 250cc counterparts. They will quite simply be the sleeved-down versions of the current Ninja 250SL and Z250SL models.

Kawasaki is out with its new 125cc Ninja and Z babies Exterior
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Kawasaki is out with its new 125cc Ninja and Z babies Exterior
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Kawasaki is out with its new 125cc Ninja and Z babies Exterior
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These 125cc machines will exactly hit the 11kW (14.7 hp) maximum power limit for learner-legal bikes at 10,000rpm. While the Ninja 125 will take on the Yamaha YZF-R125, Suzuki GSX-R125, and the aging Honda CBR125R, the naked Z125 will rival the Yamaha MT125, Suzuki GSX-S125, and Honda’s new CB125R.

Compared to the competition, the Ninja 125 will be slightly heavier than the rest in the playroom. This also happens to be the case for all the Ninjas in Kawasaki’s lineup. But luckily for them, Kawasaki has managed to price them lower than the rest, courtesy, all Ninjas being based on larger-capacity machines under the same umbrella. This holds true even for the naked Z variants.

Kawasaki is out with its new 125cc Ninja and Z babies Exterior
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Kawasaki Z 250sl
Kawasaki is out with its new 125cc Ninja and Z babies Exterior
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Kawasaki Ninja 250sl

Currently, this is all the information we have with us and more will definitely be coming your way in the next couple of months when Kawasaki will put these babies on the stands at the upcoming EICMA show in Milan. Till then, stay tuned with us.

Sadly, however, we doubt that Kawasaki North America is interested in bringing these machines onto our shores. It is speculated that Europe and Asian markets will only be considered where these machines will become great commuter series.



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