2019 Kawasaki Z125 Guide

2019 Kawasaki Z125

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LADDER OF OPPORTUNITY.

2019 Kawasaki Z125:

Sporty performance in a slim, lightweight and compact package is complemented by naturally aggressive ergonomics, with either racy Ninja-style clip-on handlebars or a wide, Z Supernaked-style handlebar, enabling quick, nimble handling for riding around town. Further, with styling inspired by top Kawasaki models, they are sure to leave a lasting impression on both riders and passersby alike.

 

Recognising the bond a rider forms with their first motorcycle, Kawasaki is proud to introduce the Ninja 125 and Z125. These two new models, designed to meet the requirements of European A1 licence holders, make it possible for teenagers to become Ninja/Z owners.

As entry (or step-up) models to the exciting worlds of the Ninja and Z, it was essential that these new machines be fun to ride. The Ninja 125 and Z125 feature full power 11.0 kW (15 PS)† engines – the maximum allowed by A1 licence restrictions – in a full-sized chassis.

† EU WVTA (Reg(EU) 134/2014 Annex X) approved value.

This engine is rated in PS power units. Gross power is different from net power. Net power is generally less than gross, but varies with engine specifications. Gross power is a general measure to compare one engine to another, as to its overall capacity. Your specific engine net power rating
will be different and most likely less than the rated power.

 

 

 

2019 Kawasaki Z125 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

COLOUR(S)

Z125:

* Metallic Flat Spark Black / Pearl Flat Stardust White

* Candy Lime Green / Metallic Flat Spark Black

* Candy Plasma Blue / Metallic Spark Black

 

Kawasaki unveils Ninja 125 or Z125: The Toughest Choice

Choosing one of Europe’s premier motorcycle events as the venue for unveiling two important A1 category machines, Kawasaki unveiled the 2019 Ninja 125 and Z125 at Intermot in Cologne on October 2nd.

Alongside a customer awareness campaign titled “The Toughest Choice”, the two 125cc machines further enhance the Kawasaki desire to both entice new riders to the benefits of motorcycling while making a Kawasaki the first machine of choice for newbies.

The key takeaways of extensive face-to-face research conducted by Kawasaki’s R&D department across Europe showed that design and styling were the top priority with potential owners (both male and female) followed closely by the image and reliability of the brand. This is where these new 125cc machines score high on the scale as they both have styling inspired by Kawasaki models in iconic brand families leading, it is hoped, to a “ladder of opportunity” as riders migrate up the capacity scale as their experience and licence entitlement develops.

Equipped with a single-cylinder, water-cooled engine rated at a healthy peak of 11kw and offering a maximum of 11.7Nm of torque, both the Z125 and Ninja 125 deliver strong mid and high-range urge with a typical Kawasaki high revving top end. Both machines also feature sleek trellis type frames providing a slim, compact package that is easy to handle.

Looking forward to owning a motorcycle rather than a scooter, younger riders are matched by a group of more experienced potential owners further up the age scale who declared during research that a 125cc motorcycle was the perfect balance of power, performance and physical size for their requirements.

Calling upon Kawasaki’s unique Sugomi styling character, the Z125 has the uncompromising naked looks that the Z brand is so famous for. With its full-grown size, low seat height and the 146kg curb mass; the youngest sibling of the Z family will represent a great entry point to the enduringly popular naked style segment.

Ninja style is clearly visible in the new Ninja 125 with a silhouette and graphic treatment that owes much to Jonathan Rea’s three-time WorldSBK winning Ninja ZX-10RR. With the big bike look and feel, the 125cc machine surely fits well in the Ninja family. Like the Z125, the Ninja 125’s willing engine is wrapped in a tubular trellis frame matched to a box section swinging arm. Top that off with the low seat height and 148kg ensure the young Ninja package is complete and ready to take on those sporty adventures ahead.

Both the Ninja 125 and Z125 are set to make a strong style and performance statement in 2019 as new A1 machines, the only question is; which one will riders choose?

 

 

2019 Kawasaki Z125 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

CONCEPT AND ADVANTAGES ADVANTAGES

POWERFUL ENGINE
Displacing 125 cm3, the new Ninja 125 and Z125 engine delivers themaximum allowable 11.0 kW (15 PS)† for an A1 licence compliant machine. Power feeling is focused on the range below 100 km/h – ideal for getting around town and short excursions to the countryside.

Smooth power delivery contributes to the Ninja 125 and Z125’s 125 cm3 engine’s feel-good performance.
Like a typical Kawasaki engine, the engine delivers a good “punch” at high rpm, and continues to pull right up to the rev limiter. Reliability inherited from its robust 250cc base engine adds peace of mind.
Smooth-shifting six-speed transmission complements the sporty street performance, offering a gear for every situation.
Electric starter and fuel injection ensure hassle-free starting at the push of a button.

FULL-SIZE CHASSIS
The Ninja 125 and Z125 feature a full-size chassis. With a slim, compact trellis frame, sporty suspension and lightweight 17” wheels, the light, nimble handling they offer is ideal for new riders to become familiar with operating a full-size motorcycle.
Trellis frame enables a slim, compact package that is easy to manage, and makes it easy to reach the ground with your feet.

ø37 mm telescopic fork contributes to both light, nimble handling as well as a generally composed riding character. Kawasaki’s original linkage-equipped Uni Trak rear suspension delivers a smooth ride over a wide range of road conditions.

CONCEPT AND ADVANTAGES
Sporty 10-spoke 17” wheels are fitted with slim tyres for their contribution to the bike’s light, nimble handling.

The Z125 offers the same light, nimble handling character of the Ninja 125, but a more upright riding position and wider handlebar put the rider in the ideal position for active control, facilitating dynamic, sporty riding that enables the Z125 rider to deftly navigate urban traffic.

The Ninja 125’s ergonomics were designed with sporty street riding in mind. The riding position is naturally aggressive, with the rider leaning forward to reach the racy clip-on handlebars.

FLAGSHIP-INSPIRED STYLING
With aggressive styling and slim, tight-fitting bodywork, these lightweight new models have a strong Ninja and Z family resemblance. Colour & graphics based on Kawasaki’s top models (Ninja ZX-10R, Ninja ZX-6R, Z900) add to the strong Kawasaki identity.

ABS contributes to rider reassurance. The highspec system was designed specially for motorcycles and features a very compact ABS unit. Independent activation maximises sporty control.

Z Supernaked Styling
Like its larger brothers in the Z Series, the Z125’s aggressive styling hints at its sporty potential. A dynamic design created by its slim, hourglass figure is complemented by extremely lightweight looks care of sharp, close-fit bodywork and an original trellis frame.

 

Accessory ERGO-FIT seats enable riders to optimise their fit on the bike, while various other accessories allow them to personalise their rides.

TECHNICAL DETAILS: ENGINE
Fuel-injected 125 cm3 4-stroke Single Engine Displacing 125 cm3, the new Ninja 125 and Z125 engine delivers the maximum allowable 11.0 kW (15 PS)† for an A1 licence compliant machine. Power feeling is focused on the range below 100 km/h – ideal for getting around town and short excursions to the countryside. Smooth power delivery contributes to the engine’s feel-good performance. Like a typical Kawasaki engine, it delivers a good “punch” at high rpm, and continues to pull right up to the rev limiter. Reliability inherited from its robust 250cc base engine adds peace of mind.
* Kawasaki’s liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valve Single delivers smooth, responsive power at low and medium rpm and hard-hitting power at high rpm. Maximum power is 11.0 kW (15 PS)†.
† EU WVTA (Reg(EU) 134/2014 Annex X) approved value.
This engine is rated in PS power units. Gross power is different from net power. Net power is generally less than gross, but varies with engine specifications. Gross power is a general measure
to compare one engine to another, as to its overall capacity. Your specific engine net power rating will be different and most likely less than the rated power.
* Bore and stroke measure 58.0 x 47.2 mm, for a displacement of 125 cm3.
* Flat-top piston and pentroof combustion chamber deliver a 11.7:1 compression ratio. Lightweight piston, piston pin and connecting rod facilitate power-producing revs.
* Piston ring tension optimised to help reduce friction.
* 4-valve DOHC cylinder head provides maximum valve area for optimum flow. Low reciprocating weight (thanks to the use of a cam lobe for each valve with shim-under tappet arrangement) contributes to higher efficiency at high rpm.
* Cam profiles and intake port design both contribute to the smooth, quick-revving engine character.
* Compact air cleaner design contributes to the bike’s slim package. The air cleaner structure was designed with consideration to optimising airflow and adding to the bike’s sporty performance. Intake funnel length and diameter enhance the 4-stroke characteristics: ultra low-rpm tenacity (which facilitates low-rpm control), strong mid-range torque and pick up, and a high-revving top end.
* ø28 mm throttle body contributes to the quick-revving character.
* Fuel injection ensures stable fuel delivery regardless of outside air temperature or atmospheric pressure. It also ensures excellent starting characteristics, whether the engine is hot or cold.
* To offer maximum performance, the fuel injection system utilises a fine atomising (8-hole) injector with a droplet size of only 60 μm.
† EU WVTA (Reg(EU) 134/2014 Annex X) approved value.
This engine is rated in PS power units. Gross power is different from net power. Net power is generally less than gross, but varies with engine specifications. Gross power is a general measure to compare one engine to another, as to its overall capacity. Your specific engine net power rating will be different and most likely less than the rated power.
* The result is a very smooth, easy-to-control engine character, especially in the rpm range most used in day-to-day riding. From the mid-range onward, the engine revs quickly and easily.
* The engine features an electrofusion cylinder. The ultra-hard coating in the aluminium cylinder bore offers superior heat transfer with light weight. It also contributes to engine reliability: the coating holds lubrication well, resists abrasion and seizure, and allows a tight pistoncylinder clearance for increased horsepower.
* Long-reach spark plug helped enable a compact combustion chamber to be realised.
* A gear-driven engine balancer helps to reduce engine vibrations, ensuring smooth power delivery from idle to redline. This contributes to greater comfort and increased ride quality.
* Precise control of ignition timing by the digital transistor contributes to easy starts and reliability under a variety of conditions.
* Electric starter offers hassle-free starting at the push of a button.
* Smooth-shifting six-speed transmission complements the sporty street performance, offering a gear for every situation.
* The clutch engages smoothly and disengages cleanly, making it easy to operate for new riders and optimising clutch feel for on-road performance.
* Two-piece exhaust system consists of a ø28.6 mm stainless steel header pipe and sporty silencer.
* Silencer volume offers a balance of performance and noise-reduction. The silencer’s six-sided cross section adds to the sporty looks, while contributing to a good bank angle.

TECHNICAL DETAILS: CHASSIS
Slim, compact trellis frame Trellis frame enables a slim, compact package that is easy to manage, and makes it easy to reach the ground with your feet.
* With the pipe size of each component of the frame carefully selected, a slim package that offers both nimbleness and a composed character was achieved.
* Main tubes formed from high-tensile steel with a diameter of ø31.8 mm contribute to the frame’s rigidity balance and slim dimensions. Highquality steel is used for the truss portions.
* Designing the frame without a lower frame helps minimise weight.
* The ø37 mm telescopic front fork with a 110 mm stroke performs well with the lightweight chassis and slim tyres. A 23.8° caster for the Ninja 125 (23.1° for the Z125) and 90 mm trail contribute
to the balance of lightweight handling and a composed character.
* Uni Trak rear suspension provides great road holding ability and bump absorption, contributing to the bike’s sporty handling. The shock linkage decreases leverage on the shock as the suspension is compressed: small bumps are damped very lightly while big bumps receive lots of damping.
* 5-way rear preload adjustability allows riders to adjust the rear ride height, as well as set up the bike to accommodate a passenger or luggage.
* Brake feel is superb, enabling progressively stronger stopping power.
* The shock has a 5 stroke of 60 mm, helping to ensure the balance of lightweight handling and a composed character.
* Front and rear disc brakes offer impressive stopping performance. Dualpiston calipers grip a ø290 mm disc up front, and a ø220 mm disc at the rear. Petal disc design adds to the sporty Kawasaki
looks.
* All models feature an extremely compact ABS control unit developed specially for motorcycles. It delivers precise control.
* Independent front/rear activation maximises rider control for aggressive, sporty riding.
* The unit’s small size allows it to be located under the fuel tank.
* Ample steering angle (Ninja 125: 30°; Z125: 35°) contributes to a tight (Ninja 125: 2.9 m; Z125: 2.5 m) turning radius. This facilitates navigation through congested city traffic and easy manoeuvrability when walking beside the bike.
* Short 1,330 mm wheelbase contributes to both light, sporty handling and easy manoeuvrability.
* Sporty wheel design reflects the bike’s sporty performance. 17” Wheels/Tyres
* Full-size 17” wheels 8 contribute to light, nimble handling.
* Slim tyres contribute to the light, sporty handling: F: 100/80-17M/C 52S R: 130/70-17M/C 62S

Supernaked ergonomics (Z125)
The Z125 offers the same light, nimble handling character of the Ninja 125, but a more upright riding position and wider handlebar put the rider in the ideal position for active control, facilitating dynamic, sporty riding that enables the Z125 rider to deftly navigate urban traffic.
* Design of the fuel tank and trellis frame create a slim, narrow package, allowing the rider a compact riding position from which to control the sporty Z125.
* Slim, sculpted fuel tank offers a narrow grip between the rider’s legs for a compact riding position with good hold performance. Fuel tank volume is 11 litres.
* Seat height is 815 mm, and the front of the seat near the fuel tank is slimmer, offering riders an easy reach to the ground. An accessory ERGOFIT low seat (-25 mm) makes it easier to
reach the ground with your feet.
* Wide, flat-style handlebar enables dynamic control by the rider and contributes to the Z125’s easy manoeuvrability.
* Ergonomically designed clutch and brake levers contribute to control.

Z Supernaked Styling (Z125)
Like its larger brothers in the Z Series, the Z125’s aggressive styling hints at its sporty potential. A dynamic design created by its slim, hourglass figure is complemented by extremely lightweight looks care of sharp, close-fit bodywork and an original trellis frame.
* Compact headlamp cowl is one of the key styling elements of the Z125’s aggressive design.
* Sporty, single headlamp design contributes to the bike’s slim image. The multi-reflector headlamp throws a clear beam of light, facilitating night-time visibility.
* Shrouds, too, are compact. While contributing to the bike’s hourglass figure, they maintain the Z125’s slim overall design.
* Adding to the aggressive Supernaked design, the slim fuel tank is flared at the top edges and slants forward.
* The strategically positioned body panels work in tangent with the trellis frame to give the Z125’s an extremely light look – especially when viewed from the side when the engine’s open-concept image becomes more apparent.
* Sharp taillight design enhances the sporty look of the rear.
* Creating the undercowl from a single piece enabled its complex, chiselled shape. Its sharp form contributes to the aggressive Supernaked design.
* Sharp tail cowl completes the lightweight image of the Z125’s.
* Inner fender, unitised with the chain cover, adds to the sporty looks.
* Compact, all-digital instrument console gives at-a-glance information. Features include a digital bargraph tachometer, digital speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, clock, and fuel gauge.
* Backlighting (white on the Ninja 125; amber on the Z125) contributes to the sporty image and facilitates instrument visibility at night.
* ERGO-FIT seats enable riders to select seats that optimise their fit on the bike. For the Ninja 125, an ERGO-FIT high seat (+20 mm) is available; for the Z125, an ERGO-FIT low seat (-25 mm) is available. (Patterns on the seat material are unique to each machine.)
* Various accessories (availability varies by market) allow riders to increase the sporty looks of their rides. Accessory parts include: smoked windshield, sliders, tank pad, pillion seat cover.

MODEL VARIATIONS

Special Edition Models
In addition to the standard Ninja 125 and Z125, Special Edition models with original colour and graphics, and special equipment fit standard will also be available.
Standard SE Standard SE

Z125 models include:
– colour frame
– wheel rim tape
– colour-matched tank pad†
– colour-matched knee pads†
† Not available as standard equipment on top models.

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Kawasaki Z125 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Australia MSRP Price: See Dealer for Pricing in AU
DIMENSIONS Ninja 125/Z125
Overall length

Overall width (Ninja 125/Z125)

Overall height (Ninja 125/Z125)

Wheelbase

Road clearance (Ninja 125/Z125)

Seat height (Ninja 125/Z125)

Curb mass (Ninja 125/Z125)

Fuel tank capacity

1,935 mm

685 mm / 740 mm

1,075 mm / 1,015 mm

1,330 mm

170 mm / 185 mm

785 mm / 815 mm

148 kg / 146 kg

11 litres

PERFORMANCE
Max. power

Max. torque

11.0 kW {15 PS} / 10,000 min-1

11.7 Nžm {1.2 kgƒžm} / 7,700 min-1

ENGINE
Type

Bore x Stroke

Displacement

Compression ratio

Fuel supply

Lubrication system

Starting system

Ignition system

4st, 1-cyl, DOHC, 4-val, L/C

58.0 x 47.2 mm

125 cm3

11.7:1

Fuel injection (ø28 x 1)

Forced Lub, Wet

Electric

B&C (TCBI, B. P&EL. ADV.)

DRIVETRAIN
Driving system

Transmission

Gear ratios: 1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

Chain

6-speed, return

2.833 (34/12)

1.875 (30/16)

1.444 (26/18)

1.208 (29/24)

1.056 (19/18)

0.962 (25/26)

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Kawasaki Z125 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details
DIMENSIONS Ninja 125/Z125
Overall length

Overall width (Ninja 125/Z125)

Overall height (Ninja 125/Z125)

Wheelbase

Road clearance (Ninja 125/Z125)

Seat height (Ninja 125/Z125)

Curb mass (Ninja 125/Z125)

Fuel tank capacity

1,935 mm

685 mm / 740 mm

1,075 mm / 1,015 mm

1,330 mm

170 mm / 185 mm

785 mm / 815 mm

148 kg / 146 kg

11 litres

PERFORMANCE
Max. power

Max. torque

11.0 kW {15 PS} / 10,000 min-1

11.7 Nžm {1.2 kgƒžm} / 7,700 min-1

ENGINE
Type

Bore x Stroke

Displacement

Compression ratio

Fuel supply

Lubrication system

Starting system

Ignition system

4st, 1-cyl, DOHC, 4-val, L/C

58.0 x 47.2 mm

125 cm3

11.7:1

Fuel injection (ø28 x 1)

Forced Lub, Wet

Electric

B&C (TCBI, B. P&EL. ADV.)

DRIVETRAIN
Driving system

Transmission

Gear ratios: 1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

Chain

6-speed, return

2.833 (34/12)

1.875 (30/16)

1.444 (26/18)

1.208 (29/24)

1.056 (19/18)

0.962 (25/26)

 

 

 

 

2019 Kawasaki Z125 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
DIMENSIONS Ninja 125/Z125
Overall length

Overall width (Ninja 125/Z125)

Overall height (Ninja 125/Z125)

Wheelbase

Road clearance (Ninja 125/Z125)

Seat height (Ninja 125/Z125)

Curb mass (Ninja 125/Z125)

Fuel tank capacity

1,935 mm

685 mm / 740 mm

1,075 mm / 1,015 mm

1,330 mm

170 mm / 185 mm

785 mm / 815 mm

148 kg / 146 kg

11 litres

PERFORMANCE
Max. power

Max. torque

11.0 kW {15 PS} / 10,000 min-1

11.7 Nžm {1.2 kgƒžm} / 7,700 min-1

ENGINE
Type

Bore x Stroke

Displacement

Compression ratio

Fuel supply

Lubrication system

Starting system

Ignition system

4st, 1-cyl, DOHC, 4-val, L/C

58.0 x 47.2 mm

125 cm3

11.7:1

Fuel injection (ø28 x 1)

Forced Lub, Wet

Electric

B&C (TCBI, B. P&EL. ADV.)

DRIVETRAIN
Driving system

Transmission

Gear ratios: 1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

Chain

6-speed, return

2.833 (34/12)

1.875 (30/16)

1.444 (26/18)

1.208 (29/24)

1.056 (19/18)

0.962 (25/26)

 

 

 

 

2019 Kawasaki Z125 – Totalmotorcycle.com Australian Specifications/Technical Details
DIMENSIONS Ninja 125/Z125
Overall length

Overall width (Ninja 125/Z125)

Overall height (Ninja 125/Z125)

Wheelbase

Road clearance (Ninja 125/Z125)

Seat height (Ninja 125/Z125)

Curb mass (Ninja 125/Z125)

Fuel tank capacity

1,935 mm

685 mm / 740 mm

1,075 mm / 1,015 mm

1,330 mm

170 mm / 185 mm

785 mm / 815 mm

148 kg / 146 kg

11 litres

PERFORMANCE
Max. power

Max. torque

11.0 kW {15 PS} / 10,000 min-1

11.7 Nžm {1.2 kgƒžm} / 7,700 min-1

ENGINE
Type

Bore x Stroke

Displacement

Compression ratio

Fuel supply

Lubrication system

Starting system

Ignition system

4st, 1-cyl, DOHC, 4-val, L/C

58.0 x 47.2 mm

125 cm3

11.7:1

Fuel injection (ø28 x 1)

Forced Lub, Wet

Electric

B&C (TCBI, B. P&EL. ADV.)

DRIVETRAIN
Driving system

Transmission

Gear ratios: 1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

Chain

6-speed, return

2.833 (34/12)

1.875 (30/16)

1.444 (26/18)

1.208 (29/24)

1.056 (19/18)

0.962 (25/26)

 

 

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