The best bikes. All in one place.

Kawasaki Z125 Review (2018)


Kawasaki Z125

The Z125 is an amazing first bike. Not too heavy, very comfortable and a pleasure to ride. Well worth the money.
- Rating: 10 / 10

What Is It?

The Kawasaki Z125 is a learner friendly naked bike and is powered by a liquid cooled 125 cc single cylinder engine, producing 14.8 bhp at 10,000 rpm and maximum torque at 7,700 rpm.


  • Seat Height: Average (815 mm / 32.1 inches)
  • Weight: Light (146 kg / 322 lbs)
  • Economy: Very good (90 mpg / 3.1 l/100km / 31.9 km/l)
  • Range: High (220 miles / 354 km)
  • Power to Weight: Low (0.103 bhp/kg / 0.077 kW/kg)
  • Top Speed: Average (80 mph / 129 km/h)


  • Light weight
  • Handling
  • Reliable
  • Comfort
  • Brakes
  • Looks


  • No TFT dash or LED lighting
  • Finish

What Is It Like?

Kawasaki Z125

Kawasaki Z125 2020

Tell us a bit about you

I'm 54 year old female, 5 foot high and I am currently riding on L plates. I have been riding for 11 months and this is my first bike.

Why did you choose it?

I liked the style, the colour (candy plasma blue) and it's not to heavy to handle. I saw it, I wanted it, I bought it.

What is good about it?

It is good on fuel, it is easy to handle, it loves corners and it hasn't let me down yet.

What could be improved?

When I was new to riding I stalled the bike quiet a few times, a couple of times on busy roundabouts, there is no hazard light switch. Being a 125 and a bike that learners will use, why is there no hazard switch?

I have kept the bike covered from new but the gear lever and back brake pedal have rusted pretty quick.

Any mods or upgrades?

Nothing yet.

What is the economy like?

Very good.

How is the engine?

It hasn't let me down yet, very reliable.

How does it handle?

It handles very nicely.

What are the brakes like?

The brakes are smooth.

Is it comfortable?

This bike is very comfortable. No back ache or leg cramps during or after riding.

How reliable have you found it?

I have had this bike for one year from brand new, it starts first time every time. It has not let me down.

What's the servicing frequency and cost like?

I missed the 600 mile service due to the pandemic. I contacted my Kawasaki dealer and they advised it was safe to ride to 1,000 miles. When I got the bike serviced it cost me £95 including oil filter change. Next service due in 10 months.

To Sum Up

It is an amazing first bike. Not too heavy, very comfortable and a pleasure to ride. Well worth the money.

- Sarah G, 2021

Deals, specs and pics

Price Guide

Part Ex

Gear & Accessories

Add Your Review

Do you own this bike? We would love to hear anything good, bad, unexpected or that you have changed plus anything that a prospective new owner might find interesting or useful.