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Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (KMSB) has officially launched three new motorcycles to join its line-up for 2016. The three models are the revised Ninja ZX-10R ABS sportsbike, the J300 scooter and the Z125 Pro.

The revised Ninja ZX-10R comes with a sales price of below RM99,000 without GST while the J300 is an imported CBU scooter with a non-OTR price below RM29,800 (minus GST). The Z125 Pro replaces the outgoing KSR110 as a mini naked sportsbike and has a non-OTR price of below RM9,900 w/o GST. All three models will be available from Kawasaki’s GT World, Ninja Shop and authorized dealers nationwide from February 2016 onwards.

The 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R ABS is as close as it gets to a racing-spec superbike. The new Ninja comes with an impressive arsenal of race-derived equipment developed with the input of Kawasaki Racing Team’s two World Superbike champions, Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea. Kawasaki has in fact spearheaded its promotional campaign with the “Get Closer” hashtag, implying how much the new model is similar to the actual superbike racer.

At a glance, the new Kawasaki ZX-10R looks quite alike to its predecessor. Under those familiar fairings lies a brand new machine that Kawasaki has left barely nothing untouched. Changes to the engine, chassis, suspension, fairings, electronics, brakes, and exhaust were all done based on feedback from Sykes and Rea, the very two riders who are most familiar with the Ninja ZX-10R ABS.

Kawasaki’s development team has redesigned or replaced almost all parts of the 998cc four cylinder in-line engine first introduced in 2011. New pistons, camshafts, cylinder head and primary gear, lighter crankshaft, redesigned porting with electronic throttle valves, 25% bigger airbox and thicker engine sidewalls are among the major changes involved. Innovative and practical engineering placed the brand new cassette-type transmission relatively high in the engine so that its removal could be done without having to drain the oil.

The cylinder head and crankshaft are all new and 20% lighter. This reduces engine inertia and allows the engine to spin up or slow down faster, which obviously improves acceleration and deceleration and also has the added benefit of helping the bike change directions more quickly as crankshaft inertia can blunt directional change quickness.

The new cylinder head’s intake and exhaust ports are now straighter and wider, allowing the flow of more air/fuel mixture into the combustion chamber. Both the intake and exhaust ports are now polished, which helps improve flow, and the valves are now titanium for weight reduction.

The J300 scooter, also known as the “Urban Performer” is Kawasaki’s first scooter ever, and Malaysia is the first Asian country (outside Japan) to launch it. It requires more than just the two elements of comfort and convenience inherent in a big scooter. Realising the need for innovative urban transport solutions, KMSB made its first foray into the scooter market with the J300.

Blending sport, control, comfort and convenience, the J300 wraps it all in a distinctive design that makes it instantly recognisable as a Kawasaki Scooter. This will appeal to sports-minded riders looking for daily dose of fun from their commute.

With its angular lines and stylish headlight look, the J300’s sharp design borrows styling elements from the Ninja supersport motorcycles. The J300 reflects an imaginative look into the future, with a strong focus on the environment, personal transport and vehicle efficiency.

Powering the Z125 Pro is a horizontally-oriented 125cc air-cooled single cylinder engine mated to a 4-speed manual transmission that churns out 9.5PS of maximum power at 8000 rpm and 9.5 Nm of torque at 6000 rpm. The combination of an electric starter and fuel injection ensures hassle-free starting. The fuel tank capacity is 7.4 litres to promise a further reach. The model weighs in at just 101 kg and measures 1,700mm in length, 750 mm in width and 1,005 mm in height.

The Z125 Pro inherits many of the design traits from the larger Z variants. It has features a narrow headlamp inspired from the Z800 and Z1000 and has a fairly large front fender, high mounted handlebar, muscular fuel tank, tank extensions and belly panel. The underbelly exhaust system is placed under the compact machine, while the fuel tank with a raised spoiler extends downwards. Like Z800, Z125 features the array of panelled aerodynamic edge sides, with the rear stop lights illuminates two ‘Z’ positioned opposite to each other to form a symmetry.

The bike features inverted forks at the front and off-set monoshock suspension at the rear. The bike features an aggressive styling in line with the Z series. The Kawasaki Z125 Pro is equipped with a pair of alloy wheels, 100/90-12 size for front and 120/70-12 size for rear tyre. The bike gets disc brakes at both front and rear, 200 mm up front and 184 mm at the rear.

The bike gets an analog-digital instrument cluster on a LCD display. The TFT screen includes fuel gauge, gear indicator, odometer, trip meter and a clock. The Z125 Pro will be offered in two colors: Green and Orange.

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Text and images: Philip Chong