First Impression: 2005 Kawasaki KX125

The TransWorld Motocross testing staff took delivery of a 2005 Kawasaki KX125 today at Perris Raceway, California, and were lucky enough to spin plenty of laps in the So Cal heat aboard Kawi’s new tiddler.

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Nearly unchanged from last year’s model, the ’05 remains a blast to ride. As stated, the changes were kept to a minimum, but the most notables are: new low-friction oil seals to provide smoother fork action, a revised reed valve guide for better durability, and last but not least, a new seat that is firmer, slightly taller in the middle and is wrapped with a dual-textured cover. Hey, we told ya’ there wasn’t much new…

Out on the fairly tight, jump-filled track, the bike was actually really fun to ride. We’re not going to blow smoke up your tailpipe and tell you that it’s a rocket, because it certainly is not, but it’s still a great-handling machine that loves to be ridden hard and fast. Senior pro test rider Rich Taylor loved the flickability, cornering prowess and overall fun factor of the bike. “The ’05 Kawi is a little weak when it comes to power, but it makes up for the lack of oomph by being so comfortable and easy to ride, said RT. The 2005 KX125 is easy to keep on the pipe and makes a great transition through the powerband, we just wish there was a little bit more on top.

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Of course, six-and-half-tall test rider Garth Milan loved the new, slightly taller gripper seat, and surprisingly he felt right at home on the little Kawasaki. The ergos seems to please every rider, with no major complaints of boots getting snagged, something that has been a problem in the past.

Suspension action was plush and predictable, and the ’05 shines brightest when getting down and railing through corner and ruts. Our only real complaint was that both the forks and shock were on the soft side for all of our test riders, but since this was our first day with the bike we haven’t had a chance to try raising the fork oil height or play with the clickers much.

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After a day spent thrashing the 2005 Kawasaki KX125, we came away pleased. With very few changes made and a motor that is on the slow side, especially when compared to its four-stroke competition, the Kawi still makes us smile after pulling off our helmets, and there’s something to be said about that.

To see our pro Rich Taylor aboard the ’05 KX125, click the video link on the top right-hand side of this page.
To view the video, you’ll need Quicktime 6.x, which works for both Mac and PC, is available as a free download at www.apple.com/quicktime/download.
Video Specs: Running time: 4:17.27/File size: 12.3 MB.