KAWASAKI KLX125 (2010-on) Review

Published: 02 June 2010

"...there are plenty of other bikes that are considerably better than the KLX125"

Kawasaki KLX125

"...there are plenty of other bikes that are considerably better than the KLX125"

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  10 bhp
  • 75 mpg  -  115 miles range
  • Medium seat height (830mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • £2,999

Overall Rating 2 out of 5

Rarely do mainstream manufacturers build a bike that doesn’t have at least one reason to buy it – but Kawasaki have pulled it off with the KLX125. It isn’t a dangerous bike, and it does perform a basic function as a commuter motorcycle, but there are plenty of other bikes that are considerably better than the KLX125.

Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5

You’ll notice the KLX125 is tiny. It also has cheap chassis components. The combination makes for a wobbly, twitchy ride, especially for taller riders. It’s too weedy to ride off-road unless you enjoy battering a new bike mercilessly – anything other than a grassy lane is beyond it.

Engine 2 out of 5

Learner riders are permitted up to 15bhp. So quite why Kawasaki’s all-new KLX125 has just 10bhp is anyone’s guess. It struggle to get over 60mph, and is lethargic getting there. It’s unintimidating to use, but 15bhp 125s aren’t either. For safety’s sake, a bit more power to overtake would be welcome.   

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 5

The simple engine should be tough as long as it’s serviced – it’s certainly under-stressed. But everything else is cheaply made, and won’t withstand abuse or neglect. There’s an awful lot of thinly-painted steel which is a prime candidate for rusting up fairly soon.

Value & Running Costs 2 out of 5

If it cost £2000, you could forgive some of the shortcomings. But it’s not – slightly more will get you pukka-spec 125s, or less will buy you a Honda CBF125, which performs the same task better, cheaper, just without the off-road focus. Find a Kawasaki KLX125 for sale.

Equipment 2 out of 5

There isn’t really any to speak of. The digital dash looks good, and the green plastics look like a pukka motocross bike, but everything else has the crude look and feel of a Chinese bike – but at Japanese bike prices. There’s a small tool bag on the tail, which is about the extent of the luxuries. Shame that’s mostly useless too. Compare and buy parts for the KLX125 in the MCN Shop.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their KAWASAKI KLX125 (2010-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 2.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 2.8 out of 5
Equipment 2.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Off Road

15 May 2014 by owensj

My review is quite different to the ones here. I spent a day on this bike off road in forests and in mud with Mick Extance - who I highly recommend. OK it may be poor on the roads which I expect it is. Off road however, it is a hoot! It is small an... Read more unintimidating yet quite capable of the most challenging off road stuff. Felt like it had a bit more than just the 10bhp. There may be better off road bikes out there but I feel 2 stars is a bit low of a rating. I liked it!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Weedy and uninspiring

04 January 2014 by Rogerborg

I rode a 2010 model today, and was seriously disappointed. It wasn't in bad nick, with little corrosion, and everything worked at it should. But that's about all I can find in its favour. The proportions are all wrong to begin with - anyone... Read more tall enough to suit the seat is going to swamp the bike. I felt very insecure perched on it, and with the crashy, wallowy ride, wasn't minded to explore the limits of what passes for handling. Performance was just dire. It felt weedier than the cheap HN125-8 (aka Lexmoto Vixen) Chinese bike I had a few years back, and I very much doubt that you'd see a real 62mph out of it on the flat. It makes a heck of a fuss doing it too, buzzing and vibrating like mad. All of that could be forgiven if it were cheap, but it isn't. £3K is a ridiculous price for such a wimpy bike, and sellers seem convinced that they're still worth nearly £2K even for the earliest ones. I'd honestly rather buy something like a Pulse Adrenaline brand new, and may end up doing so.

Overall Rating 2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 2 out of 5
Engine 1 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 1 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
3 out of 5

owners vid link review

15 May 2013 by rogersgjuk2

sorry the youtube link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXvSKGP-r8Q Read more

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
3 out of 5

1 year on 4k later

15 May 2013 by rogersgjuk2

I bought this little greeny as a commuter, just top do 36 miles to work and back again all weather.. I never looked at it in the metal, it was bought new and cheap and has never ever let me down. I starts first time, the seat is more comfortable than... Read more i expercted, I have used it through the snow and its been great to be fair. It is what it is, cheap reliable no rust on it, (its garaged every night) and I have change the oil n plug my self 3 times in the year. £7.50 to fill it up... lasts me a fortnight for work commute. I 100% agree with your review MCN, it does need more power, I once saw 65 mph and a normal plod at 50 is ok on the back roads. dual carriageways... forget it.. no guts at all and you do feel very vulnerable due to its small stature. so, if you want a reliable go all day bike, cheap, easy to maintain and you are on the small side and don't need speed. this is a good start. i made a youtube video when i got it new ill make a new one tomorrow 1yr on.

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 2 out of 5
Read all 4 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £2,999
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 10 bhp
Max torque 7.38 ft-lb
Top speed 62 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 75 mpg
Tank range 115 miles
Specification
Engine size 125cc
Engine type Air-cooled 2v OHC single. Five gears, wet clutch. Chain drive
Frame type Steel perimeter
Fuel capacity 7 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 113kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension None
Front brake 240mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Rear brake 190mm disc, single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 70/100-19
Rear tyre size 90/100-16

History & Versions

Model history

2010: New model

Other versions

Kawasaki D-Tracker 125: Supermoto version KLX with road tyres/wheels

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