2018 Kawasaki Z125 Pro KRT Replica

Kawasaki Z125 PRO KRT Replica

The 2018 Kawasaki Z125 PRO KRT Replica is as it’s name says, but it’s not a mechanical clone just graphics and cosmetics. (KRT Kawasaki Racing Team) The regular Z125 was released in 2016.

The Kawasaki Z125 is a direct competitor to the Honda Grom which the the current market leader by having a cult following. These are mini motorcycles that can be ridden on public roads and are aimed at joy seekers or perhaps really short people. Alternatively this is a more niche choice for learners riders as it is catergorised as a LAMS model.

In terms of looks, construction and design the Kawasaki claims the Z prefix from Kawasaki’s much larger Z motorcycles. However the Z125 doesn’t really look like any of them. The designer’s self is looking on the cheap side especially next to the arch rival GROM and also does’t indicate how fun these bikes are supposed to be. That  said the materials and build quality are good and in line with the cheaper motorcycle range.

In terms of engine tech it’s all very modern to extract so much power from 125cc which is less than half a cup of water! It’s fuel injected with air cooling for simplicity and less weight. The USD forks are a nice touch along with the disc brakes which are clearly over kill for such a slow motorcycle.

In terms of competition there are a ton of competitors from the known  motorcycle brands of KTM, Suzuki, Honda and there are plenty of other lesser  known manufacturers. Which one you choose will probably be dependent on price and how much they can be modified. Lets face it bikes are not daily rides for most riders.  That said the bigger bikes like the Duke 125 and the new GSX-R125 are bigger and have a fraction more power but it much of a muchness in terms of performance.

If you like the look and want to join the mini-motorcycle class then is a great choice. While I prefer to Honda From due to it’s looks and enhancement repetiore that’s no reason why Kawasaki and aftermarket suppliers will jump on to this new competitor in the class. In terms of price, it’s on the road for around $5000 is cheap by new motorcycle standards but is on the expensive side for a 125cc.

Kawasaki Z125  Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 2V SOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 125cc
Power/Torque: 7.1Kw @ 8,000 RPM 9.6 Nm @ 7500 RPM
Gearbox: 4 speed 
Kerb Weight: 101 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed 100 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 7.4 litre fuel tank
Seat height: 805 mm
Dimensions: L1700 x W750 x H1005
Recommended Retail Price: $4,249 (2018)


Suzuki GSX-R125

Suzuki GSX-R125

What is happening to Suzuki Motorcycles? When I saw the press for Australia I did a double take: it does read GSX-R125! all new for 2018. Welcome to the first 125cc learner legal GSX-R super sports – well so the branding indicates.

In terms of looks the GSX-R125 is cutting edge, sort of looks like the existing GSX-R bikes and perhaps a hint at the next generation styling? It’s not challenging to look or does it really offend and it is ‘sporty’ to look at. It’s primary competitors in the Yamaha YZF-R125 which is one of the best looking 125cc and immediately evokes sports motorcycle which unfortunately the GSX-R125 doesn’t match. The KTM RC125 is an even better interpretation of the 125cc super sports motorcycle as it does’t look like any other thanks to high quality parts, properly designed muffler and a composite rear swing arm.

In terms of technology, specifications and performance the GSX-R125 is not exactly brimming with obvious tech but it certainly has features like EFI, keyless ignition, full digital instrument panel, LED lighting and even ABS. It is missing the alloy frame and 3 cylinders of regular GSX-Rs which is disappointing but it’s on road pricing is the main feature that makes all this forgivable. The Suzuki GSX-R125 is priced $3,990 including on road costs! No other motorcycle in the class has these features.

In the end the Suzuki GSX-R125 is a great entry into the 125cc class. It also means it is LAMS approved for learner riders. Suzuki boasts that it is the best performing 125cc in the class, thanks to it’s power to weight ratio but it’s only by a tiny margin. However I think they should have gone a little further with the exterior fairing. The key selling point is the price, for a under $4000 AUD you can have a brand new Suzuki in your garage.

Suzuki GSX-R125 Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 4V DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 125cc
Power/Torque: 11Kw @10000 RPM 11 Nm @8000 RPM  
Gearbox: 6 speed
Kerb Weight: 134Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed NA Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 11 litre fuel tank
Seat height: 795 mm
Dimensions: L2000 x W700 x H1070 mm
Recommended Retail Price: $3,990 (2018)