2018 Kawasaki Z125 Pro Review

2018 Kawasaki Z125 Pro
2018 Kawasaki Z125 Pro

2018 Kawasaki Z125 Pro

2018 Kawasaki Z125 Pro

2018 Kawasaki Z125 Pro



Returning for 2018 model year is the highly acclaimed bike designed to conquer the city, the 2018 Kawasaki Z125 PRO motorcycle. Regardless of your riding experience or how much gas money you have in your pocket, the Z125 PRO is designed to amplify the thrill of riding. For 2018, the Z125 PRO is available in a new color, Metallic Courage Gray and a new special edition available in Candy Plasma Blue/Metallic Spark Black. Returning for 2018 is the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) Edition in Lime Green/Ebony.

The Z125 PRO is a visually striking motorcycle with styling that’s a little on the dark side. It not only has edgy looks, but it’s also a blast to ride. It fits into that perfect package for those desiring a small motorcycle with plenty of capabilities, low price and great gas mileage. Thanks to the performance-oriented suspension, easy maneuverability and high fun level, it’s also a motorcycle you won’t soon outgrow. The Z125 PRO was built for the pureness of the riding experience.

With a user-friendly seat height of 31.7 inches and a low weight of 224.8 pounds, the Z125 PRO is one of the lightest and nimblest road bikes you’ll ever own. Its lightweight and low seat height also makes it easy for almost any rider to maneuver. The chassis of the Z125 PRO is designed to accommodate two-up riding and with the large two-gallon fuel tank, it’ll keep you on the road longer between fuel stops.

The multi-reflector headlamp throws a clear beam of light, facilitating illumination. Compact engine shrouds contribute to the bike’s hourglass figure as well as its overall aggressive design. The side shrouds also offer a degree of wind and road protection.

The ignition switch is located, à la Z, at the front of the tank, adding to the bike’s sporty image and tidy cockpit design.


Small in size. Big on fun. The all-new Kawasaki Z125 PRO is a nimble streetfighter that’s designed to defy what a lightweight motorcycle can be. With radical Kawasaki “Z” styling, the Z125 PRO is your invitation to the rebellious side of fun.






2018 Kawasaki Z125 Pro Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features


NEW The 2018 Z125 PRO will be available in three colors:

  •       Metallic Courage Gray
  •       “Special Edition” Candy Plasma Blue/Metallic Spark Black
  •       KRT Edition Lime Green/Ebony
  •                   Large 2-gallon tank
  •                   Low seat height (31.7 inches)
  •                   Performance suspension suitable for comfortable and sporty riding
  •                   Capable of two-up riding
  •                   Compact size and light weight (224.8 lbs wet) makes for easy maneuverability


2018 Kawasaki Z125 Pro Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Small in size. Big on fun. The Kawasaki Z125 PRO is a nimble streetfigher that’s designed to defy what a lightweight motorcycle can be. This easy to ride bike delivers the freedom and excitement of motorcycling for new and experienced riders alike. With radical Kawasaki “Z” styling, the Z125 PRO is your invitation to the rebellious side of fun.


The Z125 PRO’s single-cylinder, 4-stroke SOHC engine displaces 125cc thanks to its oversquare 56.0 x 50.6mm bore and stroke. The 125cc engine is tuned for street riding with an exciting and sporty, yet easy to ride power delivery. Unlike most small-displacement engines the engine of the Z125 PRO features digital fuel injection with a 24mm throttle body, for smooth operation and quick starts.

The 2.6-liter air box is positioned above and forward of the cylinder head, contributing to the sporty power feeling and helping to minimize intake noise. Cam profiles and intake port design also contribute to the smooth, quick-revving engine character, as well as stable idling.

The Z125 PRO motorcycle has easy, consistent starts thanks to its electric start, digital fuel injection and the Kawasaki Automatic Compression Release (KACR), which utilizes the exhaust valve to release cylinder pressure during starting.

The Z125 PRO uses a four-speed transmission with a manual clutch and clutch lever. It has a very easy, light clutch-lever feel and positive engagement. Shifting comes through a link-type shifter lever very similar to that of a full size sportbike, so that the Z125 PRO’s shift lever requires little load pressure to engage, another major plus for riders.



The compact chassis, along with sporty suspension and tires, enable riders to enjoy the light, nimble handling one would expect from a Kawasaki Z motorcycle.

Up front are the aggressive 30mm inverted front forks, which show you it means business. The forks feature nearly 4 inches of travel and excellent rigidity while keeping unsprung weight low for sporty riding. Up top is a lightweight aluminum upper triple clamp.

The single shock rear suspension is offset for a compact package and sporty handling. The shock’s mounting angle is optimized for the Z125 PRO for superb shock action and great ride comfort. The rear shock has 4-way preload adjustability, which allows riders to set the spring preload for their weight or to accommodate a passenger. Contributing to the sporty characteristics and looks are the 12-inch cast aluminum wheels, which cut down on unsprung weight and are wrapped in 100/90 and 120/70 tires front and rear. The tire sizes and tread pattern were chosen to optimize the Z125 PRO’s light and nimble riding characteristics.

The Z125 PRO is built on a high-tensile, steel backbone frame with sufficient tube diameter to enable two-up riding. The frame backbone measures 48.6mm in diameter and is supported by 25.4mm lateral tubes. The rear frame tubes are 22.2mm in diameter. The Z125 PRO also features a highly rigid box-section swingarm.


The Z125 PRO features hydraulic disc brakes front and rear with Nissin calipers. Up front is a 200mm petal-style disc and a 184mm petal-style disc on the rear wheel.




2018 Kawasaki Z125 Pro – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $3199 USD

Engine4-stroke, 1 cylinder, SOHC, 2-valve, air-cooled
Bore x Stroke56.0 x 50.6mm
Compression ratio9.8:1
Fuel SystemDFI® with 24mm throttle bodies
IgnitionTCBI w/electronic advance
Transmission4-speed, return shift
Final DriveSealed chain
Front Suspension / Wheel TravelTelescopic fork/3.9 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel TravelSwingarm, single shock/4.1 in
Front Tire100/90-12
Rear Tire120/70-12
Front BrakesSingle 200mm petal style disc
Rear BrakesSingle 184mm petal-style disc



2018 Kawasaki Z125 Pro – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See Dealer for pricing in CDN




Displacement    125 cc

Type      4-stroke, Single

Bore and stroke 56 x 50.6 mm

Cooling Air

Compression ratio           9.8:1

Valve system     SOHC, 2 Valves

Fuel system        Fuel injection: 24mm x 1

Ignition Digital

Lubrication          Forced lubrication (wet sump)



Front: type         Single 200 mm petal disc

Front: calipers   Single piston

Rear: type           Single 184 mm petal disc

Rear: calipers     Single-piston caliper



Overall length    1,700 mm

Overall width     750mm

Overall height    1,005 mm

Wheelbase         1,175 mm

Ground clearance            155 mm

Seat height         805 mm

Curb mass**      102 kg

Fuel capacity      7.4 litres



Transmission      4-speed, return

Final drive           Chain

Primary reduction ratio  3.409 (75/22)

Gear ratio: 1st   3.000 (36/12)

Gear ratio: 2nd  1.938 (31/16)

Gear ratio: 3rd   1.350 (27/20)

Gear ratio: 4th   1.087 (25/23)

Final reduction ratio        2.143 (30/14)

Clutch   Wet multi-disc, manual



Type      Backbone, high-tensile steel

Wheel travel: front          100 mm

Tire: front            100/90-12 49J

Wheel travel: rear            104 mm

Tire: rear              120/70-12 51L

Caster (rake)      26°

Trail        69 mm

Steering angle (left/right)             35° / 35°



Maximum Power‡           7.1 kW {7.9 PS} @ 8,000 rpm

Maximum Torque‡         9.6 N.m {0.98 kgf.m} @ 6,000 rpm



Suspension, front            30 mm inverted fork

Suspension, rear              Offset laydown single-shock with adjustable preload



Warranty             12 months warranty





2018 Kawasaki Z125 Pro – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £7799 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)






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