KAWASAKI J125 (2016 - on) Review
- Ideal commuter scooter
- Reliable and solidly built
- Should hold its value well
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£80|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
If you want cheap simple commuting in comfort with style and reliability, then look no further, the Kawasaki J125 hits the spot.
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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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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 qualityNext up: Value
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 rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Frame type||Tubular diamond steel|
|Fuel capacity||13 litres|
|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|
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
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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£80|
Annual servicing cost: £80
decent very large scooter
can be difficult to srart up, one know had is money pack
fitted givi screen, heated gripps,rack and topbox ,heated seat pad
Buying experience: dealer, also have kymco downtown 300i, and xciting 400i