The 2021 Kawasaki Ninja 125 and the Z125 motorcycles have been unveiled for global markets. The updated version for the new model year will now be available three colour options – Candy Lime Green with Metallic Spark Black, Metallic Spark Black with Pearl Flat Stardust White or Metallic Flat Spark Black and lastly, Metallic Flat Spark Black with Metallic Spark Black. The motorcycles continue to draw power from the 125 cc single-cylinder engine that develops 15PS and are targeted towards beginners in the European market.
The 2021 Kawasaki Ninja 125 and Z125 borrow design cues from the larger Ninja models from the company’s line-up. Both bikes are underpinned by a tubular trellis chassis spars finished in the Kwacker green shade, which is partially exposed on the Ninja 125 and more clearly visible on the Z125 streetfighter. The 2021 Ninja 125 also comes with a livery inspired by the World Superbike (WSBK) championship that Kawasaki has been won for six times in a row.
The bikes also come with repositioned ergonomics for better riding posture, while there are new digital meters offered on the car. Kawasaki is also offering Ergo-Fit accessory on the 2021 Z125 that lowers the seat for better accessibility to newer and short riders. In terms of hardware, the bikes use 37mm Uni-Track telescopic forks at the front, while the rear uses a monoshock unit. The bikes also come with disc brakes at both ends with dual-channel ABS.
Globally, the Kawasaki Ninja 125 and the Z125 compete against the Aprilia Tuono 125, KTM 125 Duke, and the likes. The bikes are seen as stylish and powerful enough for beginner A2 licence holders in Europe. At the same time, they manage to capture the brand’s spirit quite well while making it just powerful enough. Kawasaki India, meanwhile, has no plans to bring these bikes here, but we do hope to hear more from the company in the middleweight segment.