To finally cater the A licence millennial riders

For 2019, the Japanese green team is bringing in smaller babies of both their sports and naked categories to our markets 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.

Kawasaki to add a Z125 and a Ninja125 to their 2019 lineup Screenshots / Gameplay Exterior
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Teasing us with these videos, Kawasaki has been asking the millennials for “The Tough Choice” - “City or Track”. The Japanese firm has also created a website for potential buyers to register their interest with the Ninja 125 and the Z125. On sourcing more from the web, we can deduce that both these bikes will be the stepped down versions of the Ninja 250SL and Z250SL singles that Kawasaki already offers in other markets.

If the evolution of the sporty Ninja bares resemblance, we know for sure that Kawasaki will be making use of the same 250cc mill running on the Ninja 250SL and the Z250Sl 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.

Kawasaki to add a Z125 and a Ninja125 to their 2019 lineup Screenshots / Gameplay Exterior
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Kawasaki to add a Z125 and a Ninja125 to their 2019 lineup
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Kawasaki Z250SL
Kawasaki to add a Z125 and a Ninja125 to their 2019 lineup
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Kawasaki Ninja 250SL

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 sleeved-down versions of the current Ninja 250SL and Z250SL models.

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.

Currently, this is all the information we have with us and more will definitely be coming your way in the next couple of months. Till then, stay tuned with us.

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