Kawasaki J125 Scooter comes to the forefront

 Kawasaki J125-03 With features borrowed Kawasaki’s larger-displacement J300 scooter, the new J125’s design and high-end feel make it stand out in the competitive 125cc scooter market. This new scooter from the Japanese manufacturer has an engine and chassis performance designed for the streets of Europe.

In addition, convenience features like an under-seat storage and DC socket in the glove box come directly from the J300, ensuring the J125 has a package that riders expect from a high-end commuter.

The J125 is designed for rider and the passenger to enjoy a sporty and comfortable riding, with its engine providing plenty of power to move both. It is powered by a 125cc liquid-cooled SOHC 4-valve Single, with a Bore and Stroke measuring 54.0 mm x 54.5 mm respectively.

Taking into account the coolant temperature, air intake temperature, throttle position, air intake pressure and crankshaft angle, the fuel injection system (which uses a φ27 mm throttle body and a 16-bit CPU) automatically meters out the ideal amount of fuel for extremely stable power delivery – regardless of the conditions.

And of course, setting adjustments are not necessary, and starting is hassle-free. With fuel injection, the fuel delivery of the J125 is instantaneous, contributing to a sharp and sporty response. Its Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) ensures smooth power delivery. And since it is automatic, the operation is simple. Great for a beginner rider too. And its 13-litre fuel tank is located in the floor to keep the centre of gravity low.

On the front is a multi-reflector headlamp while the cockpit is of a high-grade design and the two-tone seat come with silver stitching. The tailight itself is LED. The storage compartment below the seat is large enough for full-face helmet & A4-size briefcase.

Other features are a handy glove box which also features a 12V socket, a foldaway cargo hook, a rear carrier and an anti-tamper, anti-theft ignition switch. Kawasaki also made available three choices of accessory GIVI top cases: 30L, 39L and 47L. The ergonomically contoured seat design with thick padding offers high level of comfort and good holding performance for the passenger. The seat’s large size easily accommodates tandem riding.

Like the J300, the J125’s multifaceted design borrows styling elements from Kawasaki’s supersport models, ensuring a strong family resemblance. The sharp slope of the windscreen contributes to the J125’s stylish design and adds a sporty appearance. And the large multi-reflector headlamps sweep back in a stretched shape reminiscent of the aggressive design of Kawasaki’s supersport motorcycles.

Adding impact to the front end of the J125, the headlamp design includes 3-bulb LED position lamps built into the outer edge of the headlamp units. Front and rear turn signals are built into the bodywork, with clear lenses help them blend into the design seamlessly, enhancing the sharp body lines. Many non-essential parts (e.g. passenger footpeg brackets, swingarm, rear suspension shock unit and spring) are blacked-out, helping key styling elements stand out.

Like all big scooters, one of the key elements of the J125 is the convenience it offers riders. Daily items can be conveniently tucked away under the seat, a phone can be charged in the glove box on the way to work, and extra items can be secured to the handy rear carrier. The ignition switch has three positions: ON, OFF and LOCKED (which locks the steering column).

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Edited: Philip Chong

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