Kawasaki have unveiled two naked 125’s that have been styled in a similar fashion their bigger ‘Z’ series badged brothers. Named the Z125 and the Z125 PRO, they are the smallest road-going machines to grace Kawasaki’s line-up. Unfortunately for us though, Kawasaki UK have confirmed to MCN that the bikes aren’t coming to the UK.
The duo are powered by a SOHC, 2-valve single-cylinder motor sitting in a compact frame, designed to be easy to manoeuvre, with a tight turning radius. This is a seriously urban-focussed bike, further helped by the being decidedly lightweight at just 101kg fully wet. The relatively low 780mm seat height also makes it easy for smaller riders to get around town without toppling over at every set of traffic lights.
It will enter the market in tight competition with the Honda MSX125, known overseas as the Honda Grom – which is on sale in the UK and Europe – which ultimately begs the question; are Kawasaki missing out by not bringing the bike to the UK shores?
With the KLX125 being the only sub 250cc bike in Kawasaki UK’s range, the firm could be missing out on potential new-rider sales, where the Z125 could offer a great stepping-stone to the Z250SL, Ninja 250SL, and the Z300 and Ninja 300.
Let’s hope they change their minds – it looks like a lot of fun for the urban jungle.