A couple of years ago, the Philippine market saw the arrival of the Kawasaki Ninja 250SL and Z250SL. These two were once great entry points to the Ninja and Z motorcycle lines, but alas, both bikes have since been phased out in favor of the expressway-legal Ninja 400 and Z400. However, the 250SL’s distinct mono eye styling and single-cylinder engine layouts live on in the Ninja 125 and Z125, which are sold in Europe as beginner-friendly options for teens and the young at heart.
The Ninja 125 and Z125 have received new colors for the 2022 model year, and this should prove enticing for young riders who are looking to be like WSBK legend Jonathan Rea while staying within the European A1 motorcycle license restriction.
The bikes are powered by the same 125cc DOHC single cylinder engine that pumps out 15hp, which is the maximum allowed for A1 license holders. Paired to this mill derived from the 250cc version is a six-speed manual gearbox and a chain final drive.
The powerplant is housed within a full-sized chassis with a steel trellis frame that allows riders to get used to the feel of a bigger bike through a more approachable machine. A 37mm upright fork and a uni-trak gas-charged monoshock take care of suspension duties, while single rotor disc brakes provide stopping power on both ends.
Available colors for the Ninja include Black, White/Black, and the iconic Kawasaki Racing Team livery. The Z comes in Black, White/Black, and Green/Black. Pricing starts at €4,699 (about P280,700) for the Ninja, while the SE color variant is slightly more expensive at €4,799 (P287,000). The Z starts at €4,399 (P262,740), with the SE color option priced at €4,499 (P270,000).
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