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)

 

2018 Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja

Kawasaki Ninja ZX6-R 636

The Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja 636 is one of a number of 600cc-ish super sports motorcycles you can buy. There are two versions of the ZX-6R, the regular ZX-6R which is promoted as a track racer as it fits into the under 600cc class and this one the ZX6R 636. The ZX-6R 636 is the model which most road riders buy due to the to slightly increase engine capacity means more power and torque which is what Kawasaki’s are known for and the softer rider.

Historically Kawasaki designs have always been on the conservative styling side of things, there are no models that stood from the crowd. I’ve seen all their best models and to me it is clear that the designs are for practical reasons rather than being bleeding edge.  The ZX-6R 636 Ninja’s shape  continues their history of conservative designs hence it looks nice but nothing more.

The technical features of the ZX-6R Ninja doesn’t stand out in the class. At a stretch the only feature is the 636cc engine and tuning for mid-range power. Mind you it has all the latest traction control and ABS brakes.

Once again nothing further I can add to the review of the Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja. It’s a good motorcycle with the latest features for the sports bike rider and if you like the look then this bike for you.  However the price is a little high at over $17,000 on the road.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R Key Specifications
Engine: IL4 cylinder 16V DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 636cc
Power/Torque: 97Kw @ 13,500RPM 72 Nm @ 11500RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed
Kerb Weight: 197Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed NA Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 17 litre fuel tank
Seat height: 830 mm
Dimensions: L2085 x W705 x H1115
Recommended Retail Price: $16,750 (2017)