Kawasaki announce Ninja 125 and Z125
Only the silhouettes of the bikes were revealed but Kawasaki expect the new bikes to been seen in the metal by the end of 2018.
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President of Kawasaki’s Motorcycle & Engine Company, Kazuo Ota said: "These two new models – and others under development – share unique Kawasaki styling, engineering and riding qualities that only we can deliver. Brand affinity is something we strive for. Riding their first ever kilometres on a Kawasaki is a vision we have for people taking to two wheels now and in the future. Motorcycles that can either be the only machine that some riders will ever require or act as a stepping stone to a larger capacity Kawasaki – we are confident our plans address both needs."
The announcement of the upcoming models mean Kawasaki will finally join the 125 market. After Suzuki launched the GSX-R125 and GSX-S125 earlier this year, Kawasaki were the only Japanese manufacturer without a 125cc motorcycle in their line up.
"Our research and development team based at our European headquarters combine dealer feedback and the results of customer focus group events. One consistent request was for more entry level machines and particularly in the 125cc or A1 licence segment. We applaud the decision to develop machines as part of the popular Z and Ninja ranges as this exactly reflects the desire and aspirations of our enthusiastic European customer base."