The Kawasaki D-tracker 125, when it was launched in Thailand created quite a stir in motorcycling circles for its supermoto inspired style and bodywork.
The first thing that strikes you about the Kawasaki D-Tracker 125 is its luscious paint-job done in ebony black and blue. The Kawasaki D-Tracker 125's looks are simply gorgeous, it outclasses most of the present 125cc motorcycles by a fair margin. It is all wedges and slash-cuts wherever you look, lending the motorcycle a very bold and edgy big bike look. The front and rear side indicators, together with the head light give the Kawasaki D-Tracker 125 a real safety benefit while still contributing to the overall looks of the motorcycle.
However, the D-Tracker 125's fuel capacity is a meager seven liters. The ergonomics are top notch; everything feels solidly built and made to last. The seat is narrow but quite comfortable. The overall dimensions are 1,900mm length, 770mm width, and 1,060mm height with a curb weight of 114kg.
The instrument console is simple but very easy readable, speedo, odometer/tripmeter combo with a fuel gauge. The overall layout and fonts are stylish and this has got to be one the most striking consoles on a 125cc motorcycle.
The Kawasaki D-Tracker 125 is powered by a 125cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke. 2-valve SOHC, engine, which produces about 10 real horsepower. The fueling of the D-Tracker 125 is done by a state of the art modern fuel-injection system. The engine has been optimized with keeping in mind factors such as emissions, fuel efficiency and rideability for small capacity engines.
On firing up the engine, the first thing that strikes you is the throaty soundtrack, uncharacteristic of most 125cc motorcycles. The exhaust can emit a throaty sound once the revs kick into action. It keeps getting loader as you continue to wring the throttle but those who love smooth, quite and refined engines my feel a tad disappointed by it. It's another matter for performance enthusiasts though.
The suspension is set too soft, or I'm to heavy (select one) - the rear suspension is adjustable though – considering the target buyer of the Kawasaki D-Tracker who will mostly consist of youngsters with a sporting intent. Handling is neutral and the motorcycle moves wherever you point it. My only concern was the low set footpegs that scraped the ground far too early, but it is highly unlikely that most buyers will be hearing the metal versus tarmac sound anyway.
In all probability, the majority of owners will be using the Kawasaki D-Tracker 125 for riding to college and occasional trip to popular hangouts. For that purpose, the Kawasaki D-Tracker 125, with its striking good looks and attractive style and colors fits the bill admirably. It is distinctively styled, packed with goodies and has some additional tricks up its sleeve too. The new Kawasaki D-Tracker 125 comes for an on-road price 85,000 Baht with front and rear disc brakes and electric starter as standard equipment. It remains to be seen whether this well-rounded supermoto styled succeeds in making a dent in the most competitive segment of the domestic motorcycle market.