2016 Kawasaki Z125, Team Greens Grom Fighter + Video

Kawasaki announced a new 125cc mini-bike for Asian markets, and we’re already praying it will be brought over to the U.S. for an eventual shootout against the Honda Grom.

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The new Kawasaki Z125 was clearly designed to go head-to-head against the little Honda. Both feature SOHC 125cc engines with the single air-cooled cylinders pointed towards the front wheel. Like the Grom, the Z125 delivers power through a four-speed transmission. The Z125 however comes in two versions, the base model with an automatic centrifugal clutch and the Z125 Pro with a manual clutch. The exhaust tucks in neatly under the engine, forming a compact package, while an under-cowl protects the header pipe.

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Like its Honda rival, the Z125 runs on 12-inch wheels. The Z125 however, uses a 100/90-12 up front and a 120/70-12 at the back compared to the Grom’s 120/70-12 front and 130/70-12 rear. The Z125’s front wheel has a 200 mm rotor while the rear uses a 184 mm disc; both are gripped by single-piston calipers. Suspension duties are performed by a 30mm upside-down fork with a 100 mm stroke and an offset rear shock.

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Visually, the Z125 looks like Kawasaki’s larger Z models with the shoulder shrouds and the Z-shaped taillights. The multireflector headlight follows a similar aggressive styling as the rest of the Z family. Behind the light is the instrument cluster with an analog tachometer and multi-function LCD screen with fuel gauge, gear indicator, speedometer, clock, odometer and trip meter.

Kawasaki claims a curb weight of 223 pounds, a pound lighter than what Honda claims for the Grom. The Z125 has a larger tank though, carrying 1.95 gallons of fuel, a half gallon more than the Grom. The Z125 is also a bit taller, with a 30.7-inch seat height compared to the Grom’s 30.1 inches.

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So far, Kawasaki has not announced whether the Z125 will be offered in western markets, but we expect confirmation to come next month at EICMA.

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[Source: Kawasaki]

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