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Step Aside Honda Grom, Here’s the 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro

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Behold the 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro, Team Green’s answer to the Honda Grom. This four-stroke, 125cc, 225 lbs “monkey bike” from Kawasaki hopes to tap into the same unassuming, approachable, and fun vein that the Honda Grom exposed three years ago.

Like the Grom, the Kawasaki Z125 Pro appeals to two very different demographics. One the one hand, it is the perfect learner bike for young and green (no pun intended) riders – you can see as much in the photos at the end of this post that clearly target the millennial skateboarding young male.

On the other hand though, the 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is just as much of a machine for older and more experienced riders, who are looking for a cheap and fun machine to add to their already comprehensive stable –  perhaps as a grocery-getter or pit bike at the track.

If we can continue to the comparison to the Honda Grom, this dual approach appears to play out well in the market, with the unassuming motorcycle gaining attention from a surprising wide and large demographic. As such, Kawasaki is smart to jump on the trend.

On paper, the 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro stacks up quite well against the Honda Grom. They both feature a 125cc, air-cooled, two-valve, four-stroke engine, and weigh roughly the same amount, 225 lbs. They both also have a four-speed gearbox.

The Z125 Pro is slightly more over-square than the Grom, and it boasts a higher compression ratio. As such, we would expect the pint-sized bike from Team Green to make a little bit more horsepower than Big Red’s machine, though that might be splitting hairs considering the relatively low numbers from both bikes.

Pricing though is very aggressive. The 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is listing at $2,999 whereas the Honda Grom goes for $3,199 MSRP. As such, it is clear that Kawasaki is swinging hard towards the fences, against the Honda.

Kawasaki says that the Z125 Pro is suited for two-up riding, though we imagine few riders will test that statement. Still, the 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is an attractive piece of kit, that promises a considerable amount of smiles per dollar.

If the early sales of the Grom are any indications of how the Kawasaki Z125 Pro will perform for dealers, you might want to get your deposit in early, if the Z125 Pro speaks to you. Kawasaki will likely sell out of them in their first year.

With all the movement we have seen in the small-displacement space over the past few years, perhaps it is bikes like the 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro that will shift the priorities of Americana riders away from the “bigger is better” mantra.

After all, if you’re not having fun on a bike like the Z125 Pro, you’re probably doing it wrong.

Technical Specifications of the 2017 Kawasaki Z125 Pro:

Engine: 4-stroke, 1 cylinder, SOHC, 2-valve, air-cooled
Displacement: 125cc
Bore x stroke: 56.0 x 50.6mm
Compression ratio: 9.8:1
Fuel system: DFI® with 24mm throttle body
Ignition: TCBI with electronic advance
Transmission: 4-speed, return shift
Final drive: Sealed chain
Rake / trail: 26.0 degrees / 2.7 in.
Front tire: 100/90-12
Rear tire: 120/70-12
Wheelbase: 46.3 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: Inverted telescopic fork/3.9 in
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Swingarm, single shock/4.1 in
Front brakes: Single 200mm petal-style disc
Rear brakes: Single 184mm petal-style disc
Overall length: 66.9 in
Overall width: 29.5 in.
Overall height: 39.6 in.
Seat height: 31.7 in.
Curb weight: 224.8 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 2.0 gal.
Color choices: Candy Lime Green & Metallic Graphite Grey
MSRP: $2,999
Limited Warranty: 12 Months
Kawasaki Protection Plus: 12, 24, 36 or 48 months

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Source: Kawasaki

Jensen Beeler

Despite his best efforts, Jensen is called one of the most influential bloggers in the motorcycle industry, and sometimes consults for motorcycle companies, whether they've solicited his expertise or not.

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