KAWASAKI J125 (2016 - on) Review


  • Ideal commuter scooter
  • Reliable and solidly built
  • Should hold its value well

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £80
Power: 14 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.5 in / 775 mm)
Weight: Medium (401 lbs / 182 kg)


New £4,249
Used £3,000 - £3,300

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

If you want cheap simple commuting in comfort with style and reliability, then look no further, the Kawasaki J125 hits the spot.

Don’t be put off by its lack of capacity. In any major city commute you really don’t need anything more than what the Kawasaki J125 provides. This bike is a 125cc version of the Kawasaki J300.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The excess weight isn’t noticeable on the move (182kg). The J125 carries its weight low, underslung. This almost gives the bike a pendulum feel as you dart between traffic. The Maxiis rubber did its best to find grip on the sometimes very slippery Spanish roads. ABS comes as standard, which is a big selling point for new or inexperienced riders. Despite its J300 dimentions the wide seat is actually low and as you’d expect the automatic J125 is a doddle to ride.


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The single-cylinder four-stroke Kymco motor is much more responsive than you’d expect. It will comfortably haul its big body up to an indicated 62mph without any fuss and roll onto a little more. It'll also cruise happily at those speeds, albeit with the engine working overtime at around 9000rpm. It's doing around 6000rpm at 30mph around town.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The  Kawasaki J125 uses a Kymco chinese base. The single cylinder engine still says Kymco on the side - it’s based on the Kymco Downtown 125. However Kawasaki have tried their upmost to give the J125 an air of quality using parts from Kawasaki’s J300. Essenitally the J125 is just the J300 with a smalller engine. 

We've only got the one Kawasaki J125 owners' review on the site. It gets 4 out of 5 stars, but it's not quite clear why... 

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

At £3799 for the standard model, or £3899 for the limited edition model (paint only), the J125 is on the expensive side for what is essentially a 125 scooter. In comparison Suzuki’s Burgman is £3499 and the Kymco Downtown on which it’s based on is £3299. But it’s cheaper than Honda’s Forza and the modifications Kawasaki have made gives the J125 a quality feel and it should hold its value better than the Chinese Kymco.


4 out of 5 (4/5)

There is enough under-seat storage for a full face helmet and A4 briefcase. Additionally there is a small glove box up front with a 12v socket. There’s a useful bag hook above the fuel cap between your legs. ABS comes as standard as does the petal racy discs. There’s even a anti-temper anti-theft ignition barrel, and the twin rear shocks have preload adjstment for carrying a pillion. It’s a shame the front glove box isnt lockable.

From 2019, the Kawasaki J125 is available in Khaki with Metallic Moondust Grey, as well as the black and green paint scheme it had before.


Engine size 125cc
Engine type 4v
Frame type Tubular diamond steel
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 775mm
Bike weight 182kg
Front suspension 37 conventonal fork
Rear suspension Twin rear shocks pre load adj
Front brake Single 260mm two piston
Rear brake Single 240mm two piston
Front tyre size 120/80x14
Rear tyre size 130/70x13

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 100 mpg
Annual road tax £20
Annual service cost £80
New price £4,249
Used price £3,000 - £3,300
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Three years

Top speed & performance

Max power 14 bhp
Max torque 8.48 ft-lb
Top speed 70 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 275 miles

Model history & versions

Other versions

The Kawasaki J300 is a 300cc version of the Kawasaki J-series scooter with much of the same running gear and a higher capacity engine.

Owners' reviews for the KAWASAKI J125 (2016 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their KAWASAKI J125 (2016 - 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.

Review your KAWASAKI J125 (2016 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Value vs rivals: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £80
4 out of 5
11 February 2017 by tony cookson

Version: j125

Year: 2016

Annual servicing cost: £80

decent very large scooter

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5

can be difficult to srart up, one know had is money pack

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

fitted givi screen, heated gripps,rack and topbox ,heated seat pad

Buying experience: dealer, also have kymco downtown 300i, and xciting 400i

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