Kawasaki Launches KLX125 and D-TRACKER 125 that Boast Superior Environmental Performance and Nimble Handling
Tokyo, October 30, 2009 Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today that it will launch two new motorcycle models in the 125-cc class, the dual-purpose KLX125 and the motard* D-TRACKER 125, in Japan on December 15. Both models boast superior environmental performance and nimble handling.
Due to the ease of obtaining a driver’s license as well as the current economy, 125-cc motorcycles have won popularity among not only beginners looking for an entry model but also big bike owners looking for a second motorcycle. Lightweight and compact, these motorcycles are favored as commuter bikes by urban riders due to their agility. These motorcycles are enjoying growing market demand since they provide a convenient, daily means of transportation.
The KLX125 and the D-TRACKER 125 combine all the rider-friendly, versatile characteristics of compact motorcycles in a bike that is sheer fun to ride. Their 124 cm3, air-cooled, four-stroke, fuel injected single-cylinder SOHC engine is designed for superior environmental performance in compliance with the new Japanese exhaust emissions regulations as well as better fuel economy. Both models come equipped with a five-speed manual transmission for positive gear selection.
The two models are fitted with exclusively designed frame and chassis components for optimal styling and riding performance.
The KLX125 and the D-TRACKER 125 are fitted with different suspensions and tires to fit their unique concepts. The KLX125’s front suspension features a shock-absorbing, long-stroke conventional fork for enhanced on-road and off-road performance. 19-inch front and 16-inch rear tires with block-shaped tread pattern are also installed. The D-TRACKER 125 employs the same kind of inverted fork usually found on high-end models to provide enhanced stability on the road.
Its 14-inch front and rear on-road tires go excellently with its 125-cc motard styling.
*Motard typically refers to an off-road motorcycle fitted with smaller on-road tires.
в–ЎEngine (KLX125 and D-TRACKER 125)
124cm 3. air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder SOHC, two-valve engine with a maximum output of 7.5 kW for simplicity and reliability.
Equipped with a separate fuel pump, injector and regulator, the fuel injection system is the same kind used for large-displacement models. It ensures a smooth throttle response and optimal fuel supply at various riding conditions .
The throttle body is fitted with idle speed control (ISC) valves for enhanced cold-start performance and stable engine idling speed.
The simple-to-use electric starter system makes it easy to start.
The built-in oxygen sensor and catalyzer ensure emissions are clean enough to pass the strict Japanese exhaust emissions standards that went into effect in 2007.
KLX125 and D-TRACKER 125:
The new steel perimeter frame, exclusively designed for 125-cc class motorcycles, is lightweight and compact yet provides high rigidity. The result is enhanced maneuvering and nimble handling.
Both front and rear disc brakes employ petal discs that provide excellent heat dispersion. The front brake is outfitted with a 240-mm disc and dual piston caliper while the rear brake is equipped with a 190-mm disc and single piston caliper for outstanding braking control.
The slim seat design makes it easy for riders to put both feet on the ground.
The front suspension has a long-stroke conventional fork with 33-mm inner tubes for enhanced on-road and off-road performance as well as shock-absorbing performance.
Outfitted with a 19-inch front spoked wheel and 16-inch rear spoked wheel that are well balanced with the compact chassis and block pattern tires.
The front suspension’s inverted fork (35-mm inner tubes), which is usually used on high-end models, provides enhanced on-road stability and cornering performance. The fork tube guards provide better protection for the inner tubes.
Outfitted with 14-inch front and rear spoked wheels with on-road tires that fit its 125-cc motard styling.
в–ЎEquipment (KLX125 and D-TRACKER 125)
Compact multi-function LCD instrument panel equipped with a digital speedometer, bar graph tachometer, clock, odometer and trip meter ; and low fuel warning light.
A headlight with multi-reflector and halogen lamp round out its sleek, compact design.
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