Fun things come in small packages, and the 2020 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is no exception. Featuring a SOHC two-valve motor with a horizontal cylinder and EFI, the oversquare 125cc powerplant cranks out over seven ft/lbs of torque at 6000 rpm.That may not sound like much, but it’s more than capable of providing a great time when squirting through urban traffic.
With a wheelbase of 46.3 degrees and 12-inch IRC NR77U tires, the handling of the 2020 Kawasaki Z125 Pro is predictably agile. However, a generous 26 degrees of rake keeps the Z125 Pro stable up to its sub-freeway top speed.Other than the ability to set ride height via spring-preload on the shock, the 2020 Kawasaki Z125 Pro’s suspension is non-adjustable. On the upside, Kawasaki got the settings right for the vast majority of riders. The ergonomics are equally welcome, with the 31.7-inch seat height working well with the narrow design and curb weight of just 225 pounds.Other features include petal-style discs for braking at both ends, a two-gallon fuel tank (plenty in urban areas), a low-maintenance sealed chain, and a choice of three shades of gray for the plastics.
2020 Kawasaki Z125 Pro Specs
Type: Single horizontal cylinder
Bore x stroke: 56.0 x 50.6mm
Maximum torque: 7.1 ft/lbs @ 6000 rpm
Compression ratio: 9.8:1
Valvetrain: SOHC, 2 valves
Fueling: EFI w/ 24mm throttle body
Final drive: Sealed chain
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable inverted 30mm fork; 3.9 inches
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!