KAWASAKI KLX125 (2010 - on) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||Air-cooled 2v OHC single. Five gears, wet clutch. Chain drive|
|Frame type||Steel perimeter|
|Fuel capacity||7 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||75 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£22|
|Annual service cost||-|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||10 bhp|
|Max torque||7.38 ft-lb|
|Top speed||62 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||115 miles|
Model history & versions
2010: New model
Kawasaki D-Tracker 125: Supermoto version KLX with road tyres/wheels
Owners' reviews for the KAWASAKI KLX125 (2010 - on)
6 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Good seating position Super bad reliability
Half moon keeps shredding. Twice the starter gear broke in two. Electronics poor quality. Expensive parts. Never another Kawa in my life.
I would thoroughly recommend the KLX125 to anyone short in the leg who wants to build up confidence off-road. It lacks the specs necessary to keep you interested past the learning stage, however.
Suspension is adequate for newbie offroading but poor beyond that, engine is weedy, pillion is a bad idea. Brakes are actually quite nice for the power. The bike stands out simply because its low seat height makes it such an unintimidating creature to take out green laning and such. You can be completely careless with it, which I think is a trait lost in a lot of motocross-tall trail bikes. You just don't need that much suspension travel on a lot of British trails.
Not much torque at all so you have to rev it a bit more than your average street bike to keep it from stalling when pulling away - but it's a 125, so what do you expect?
I dumped one of these at maybe 15mph tops and the bar bent. Another had its FI light on all the time, although this never manifested in any way that might stop me riding it. Corrosion was not an issue on either bike and the plastics are just as hardy as any other off-road machine.
Neat digital dash with rev counter, trip meter, clock, fuel warning light and speedo. Headlights etc make it all road-legal.
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 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!
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 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.
sorry the youtube link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXvSKGP-r8Q
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 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.