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.
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.
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.
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.