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KAWASAKI NINJA 125 (2019-on) Review

Published: 08 November 2018

The Kawasaki Ninja 125 is certainly one of the stronger A1 propositions

KAWASAKI NINJA 125  (2019-on)

The Kawasaki Ninja 125 is certainly one of the stronger A1 propositions

  • At a glance
  • 125cc  -  14.7 bhp
  • Medium seat height (785mm)
  • Suitable for A1 licence
  • New: £4,399

It’s looking like a great year for lovers of the 125cc class, and after an absence of 25 years, Kawasaki are amongst those offering A1 licence holders some serious street kudos. The new Ninja is released alongside the Kawasaki Z125 which shares the same engine and chassis, but presents the package in a very different way.

The new single-cylinder water-cooled engine may not have the rasping ring-a-ding coolness and aural pleasure of a two-stroke, but with close to 15bhp being punched out and a tune that Kawasaki claim gives it a pleasing mix of midrange and top-end, it’s certainly one of the stronger A1 propositions.

That new lump is cradled in a typically Kawasaki trellis frame that apes the 125s bigger stablemates, and helps the pair to look anything but cheap beam-frame budget. That sense of big-bike class is carried through the proportions of each bike with a visual balance that could fool you into expecting more capacity lurking within.

Kawasaki have done this with the aim of attracting new riders, who will then stay loyal to the brand as they progress through licencing catagories. 

The paintjobs and finishes further reinforce their classiness, taking both a long way from flat monotone tedium. Rock up at the pub or café on either of these, and you can pretty sure there’ll be no sniggering to be heard.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2019
Year discontinued -
New price £4,399
Used price -
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £19
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 14.7 bhp
Max torque 8.6 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 125cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, four-stroke single
Frame type Tubular diamond, steel
Fuel capacity 11 litres
Seat height 785mm
Bike weight 148kg
Front suspension 37 mm telescopic fork
Rear suspension Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock with adjustable preload
Front brake Single 290 mm petal disc. Caliper: Dual piston
Rear brake Single 220 mm petal disc. Caliper: Dual piston
Front tyre size 100/80-17M/C 52S
Rear tyre size 130/70-17M/C 62S

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