Kawasaki Ninja 125 & Z125
O‘ Special K’ returns to learner class with cool 125s
2019’s looking like a great year for 125 lovers and after a lengthy absence Kawasaki are among those offering some serious street kudos.
This new duo share the same engine and chassis, but present the package in very different ways. The motor’s a new, liquid-cooled, single producing close to 15bhp and is cradled in a tubular steel trellis frame that apes bikes like the bigger Ninja 400 and Z650.
That sense of big-bike class is carried through the proportions of each bike with a visual balance that could fool you into expecting more capacity within. Paintjobs and finishes further reinforce their classiness, taking both a long way from flat monotone tedium. Rock up at the pub or café on either of these, and you can pretty sure there’ll be no sniggering to be heard.