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KAWASAKI J125 (2016-on) Review

Published: 03 September 2018

Updated: 28 December 2015

More than enough power for town riding

The 2019 Kawasaki J125

More than enough power for town riding

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  13.8 bhp
  • 100 mpg  -  275 miles range
  • Medium seat height (775mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • New: £3,799
    Used: £2,400 to £4,300 See all KAWASAKI J125s for sale

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

If you want cheap simple commuting in comfort with style and reliability, then look no further, Kawasaki’s 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. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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 smooth Spanish roads. ABS comes as standard, which is a big selling point for new or inexperienced riders. Despite it’s J300 dimentions the wide seat is actually low and as you’d expect the automatic J125 is a doddle to ride.

Engine 4 out of 5

The single-cylinder four-stroke Kymco moto is much more responsive than you’d expected. It will comfortably haul its big body up-to an indicated 100kph without any fuss and roll onto a little more. It will happily cruise along at an indicated 100kph despite the little Chinese motor working overtime at 9,000rpm. However it’s a little revvy around town buzzing at 6,000rpm at only 30mph dependant on conditions.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The  Kawasaki J125 use a Kymco chinese base, the single cylider 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. 

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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.

Equipment 4 out of 5

There is enough under-seat storage for a full face helmet and A4 briefcase. Additionally there 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’ even a anti-temper anti-theft ignition barrel and the twin rear shocks have preload adjstment. But 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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2016
Year discontinued -
New price £3,799
Used price £2,400 to £4,300
Warranty term Three years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £20
Annual service cost £80
Max power 13.8 bhp
Max torque 8.48 ft-lb
Top speed 70 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 100 mpg
Tank range 275 miles
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

History & Versions

Model history


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

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
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

11 February 2017 by tony cookson

decent very large scooter

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
can be difficult to srart up, one know had is money pack
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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

Photo Gallery

  • The 2019 Kawasaki J125
  • The black and green colour scheme remains for 2019
  • The 2019 Kawasaki J125 will be available in two colours
  • The new Khaki and Metallic Moondust colour option for 2019
  • The Kawasaki J125 is a great option for city riding
  • The Kawasaki J125 is the smaller capacity version of the J300
  • The seat forward riding position on the Kawasaki J125 is comfortable
  • The Chinese engine in the Kawasaki J125 is capable of 100kph
  • The Kawasaki J125 has striking looks compared with the competition
  • The Kawasaki J125 has large capacity secure storage
  • Kawasaki J125 dash
  • Kawasaki J125 front wheel
  • Kawasaki J125 underseat storage
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