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post #2 of 21 (permalink) Old 03-05-2016, 06:12 PM
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My takes on it, both at RevZilla and my site. I think it has the potential to be a modest improvement over the Grom for a little less money.

In addition to the items the Capn mentioned, I think the slightly shorter stroke of the engine, slighty higher compression and narrower wheels might make for slightly zippier performance. And the gauges are a definite improvement.

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...but Kawasaki will bring a few things I like better to the mix and already has me weighing my options....
Capn - this MEANS you're coming back MORE than part-time...?


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Capn - this MEANS you're coming back MORE than part-time...?
Good to hear from you Eddie,

I thought some others may be interested in the Z125. I can honestly say that whenever I let folks ride my Grom, they have a completely new appreciation for the fun factor of wringing out the little 125 around town..
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Cool but... The Grom has the advantage of the aftermarket that was developed for the Honda Cub 50 clones; 185cc big bore + 4 valve head. The Z125 might have a slight advantage when stock, but with the Grom the sky is your limit.
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Cool but... The Grom has the advantage of the aftermarket that was developed for the Honda Cub 50 clones; 185cc big bore + 4 valve head. The Z125 might have a slight advantage when stock, but with the Grom the sky is your limit.
My guess is we can bet our sweet bippies that if the little Kawasaki proves popular both OEM and aftermarket goodies will be available pretty quickly. But even if that doesn't happen, it's wicked cute and I want one!

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Honey I shrunk the Versys!

Left my Versys in the dryer and it shrunk! Damn! I hate it when that happens!
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definitely a mini-versys...there may not be a lot of after market parts and hop-up parts..but they will come...
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Always wanted to get something similar to the single cylinder Yamaha 125 my best friend had, and taught me on back in 1968. then another friend got the 350 shortly thereafter. Of course those were both cycle engines, so it wont quite be the same without that ring ding ding ding ding.

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whats the top speed on these 125's (including the grom)
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For some inexplicable reason, I really want one of these. Totally impractical where I live, limited rides I could take it on, but it looks like a ton of fun!!
The Grom intrigued me, but I like the look of the Kawi more.
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whats the top speed on these 125's (including the grom)
Euro models topped at 109 km/h - ish. So you may get a little over 60mph with a rider on the bike.

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For some inexplicable reason, I really want one of these. Totally impractical where I live, limited rides I could take it on, but it looks like a ton of fun!!
The Grom intrigued me, but I like the look of the Kawi more.
I can't wait for these things to come out. You bet I'll be getting one. I'm sure my 6'5 frame is going to look ridiculous on this 30 in seat height bike. Hopefully there are as many aftermarket parts and DIY for it as the Grom has

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Cute. It's got a hugger and side fairings, so we don't even get that oem. But the engine size would only interest me if I was 10 y.o., unless it's like a rv camper-bumper vehicle. That would be cool. I'm glad to see Kawasaki improve their presence in any market.

But then again, if you are riding trails (which I quit hugging pine trees when I got my license), you can only go so fast anyway: so it would be great for trails or Northern Snow riding and city commuting in traffic too (that you cannot lane split.)

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whats the top speed on these 125's (including the grom)
I am 5'8" 165 pounds. On a calm day, and flat roads I can hit around 63-64 WOT in a full tuck. I can better that downhill. Normally 55-60 is about everything it has in it. On a hill, it will bog down about 5-8 MPH in a 45 zone. Head winds actually slow me down some.

Around town (anything 45mph and below), the Grom is a hoot. The few times I have ridden in a 55mpg zone, there is not a lot of safety factor because there is nothing left to power out of danger or pass a vehicle.

If you buy one, know its going to have limitations even more than a 250. I will tell you this, when any of my riding friends hop on, they come back with a grin they can'y wipe off. It's kinda like riding a neighbor kids dirtbike down the road legally.

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So, I picked one up at my local dealer a couple of weeks ago. It was the only one they had, they won't get more till late June/early July.

This is the mini-bike I never had as a kid! I'm having a ton of fun on it. No highway riding, of course, but plenty of backroads around here. Did I mention I'm having a lot of fun?
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So, I picked one up at my local dealer a couple of weeks ago. It was the only one they had, they won't get more till late June/early July.

This is the mini-bike I never had as a kid! I'm having a ton of fun on it. No highway riding, of course, but plenty of backroads around here. Did I mention I'm having a lot of fun?
I had so much fun on my Grom... I know what you mean!!
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There was a newer ninja 250 with Z125 front and rear wheels on it at deals gap a few weeks ago.......entertaining I'm sure.
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There was a newer ninja 250 with Z125 front and rear wheels on it at deals gap a few weeks ago.......entertaining I'm sure.
Haha.. Would love to have seen that!
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