Quarter Pint : Kawasaki Z125 Pro

Kawasaki Z125

The 2017 Kawasaki Z125 : Many of you know how much a pint is from ordering a draft beer at the local watering hole or perhaps from getting a pint of motor oil for the jalopy. One pint is slightly less than half a litre or if you prefer one litre is 2.1 pints. Pa Ingall’s nickname for his daughter back when life was challenging on the prairie was “half pint” meaning she was small. What has any of this got to do with motorcycles? Displacement. Kawasaki’s streetfighter Z1000 is a two pinter and their new for 2017 Z125 is a ‘quarter pinter”. It may be small but the Z125 is emulating it’s much bigger brother in Kawasaki green and streetfighter styling. Look out Grom, there is another very  mini-muscle bike of the prairie – this one without ponytails.   The Canadian MSRP for the Kawasaki Z125 is $3399.

.Kawasaki Z125

Kawasaki lists the specs for the Z125 as:

Displacement 125 cc
Type 4-stroke, Single
Bore and stroke 56 x 50.6 mm
Cooling Air
Compression ratio 9.8:1
Valve system SOHC, 2 Valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: 24mm x 1
Ignition Digital
Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet sump)
Front: type Single 200 mm petal disc
Front: calipers Single piston
Rear: type Single 184 mm petal disc
Rear: calipers Single-piston caliper
Overall length 1,700 mm
Overall width 750mm
Overall height 1,005 mm
Wheelbase 1,175 mm
Ground clearance 155 mm
Seat height 805 mm
Curb mass** 102 kg
Fuel capacity 7.4 litres
Transmission 4-speed, return
Final drive Chain
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Type Backbone, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 100 mm
Tire: front 100/90-12 49J
Wheel travel: rear 104 mm
Tire: rear 120/70-12 51L
Caster (rake) 26°
Trail 69 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 35° / 35°
Maximum Power‡ 7.1 kW {7.9 PS} @ 8,000 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 9.6 N.m {0.98 kgf.m} @ 6,000 rpm
Suspension, front 30 mm inverted fork
Suspension, rear Offset laydown single-shock with adjustable preload