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Describe your experience coming from a big bike

I'm looking to buy a Z125 imminently. I currently ride a Ducati Monster daily, and want to limit the miles I put on that, hence the smaller stablemate. Prior to that I've been riding 20+ years, mainly sport bikes and naked bikes around 800cc average.

However, I could get a Duke 390 or similar, slightly bigger bike. Right now I'm leaning towards the Z125.

If you've come from a bigger bike, how are you finding the real-world performance of the little Z?
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I'm looking to buy a Z125 imminently. I currently ride a Ducati Monster daily, and want to limit the miles I put on that, hence the smaller stablemate. Prior to that I've been riding 20+ years, mainly sport bikes and naked bikes around 800cc average.

However, I could get a Duke 390 or similar, slightly bigger bike. Right now I'm leaning towards the Z125.

If you've come from a bigger bike, how are you finding the real-world performance of the little Z?
The KTM is a fine machine for sure and would be an excellent daily ride. As for the Z125? While, it's not quite at the level of your fine Italian breed... once you throw a leg over the little guy and tip it into that first turn, you're gonna be grinning ear-to-ear and likely going a notch or two above on your vocals as the sheer joy of what the little Z offers overwhelms your senses. This is a bike that takes me back to my youth every time I go out for a ride. It's all about fun. Look at the reviews and take note of the reviewer's faces. These guys have ridden everything imaginable and they all have that 'jackpot' grin on their faces. You only live once. I say buy 'em both and live a life with no regrets.
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A bundle of fun! Have driven the Buell and VFR once in the past couple of months..
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My real world assessment of using my Z125 for a daily commuter in Rush HR. traffic. It would be like driving a new, just off the show room ( insert your favorite stock auto.) in a NASCAR event.
Sure it can be done. But the little engine is going to be pushed to it's limits & the smaller seating stance is going to be cramped.
This is my second reply to a similar question.
And I'll give the same suggestion.
Going with the Ninja 300 would be a better choice.
I really like my 125 for it's fun factor. But it has it's limits.
( My other bikes ? - 14 FatBoy Low, 16 Husky 501S, 82 FLHS)
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I have 20 years + and coming from a hayabusa to this. I can say it's not like anything else and let's you get back to the basics! You won't regret it!
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I came from riding Harley's the last being a Road king. So far it takes some getting used to, but I like it for small rides like to the store,bar or a secondary back road like we have in West Virginia..
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After rethinking, my previous reply.
I decided to seek out alternatives to the Ninja 300 abs.
The Duke 390 ( OP's other choice) is a great comparable! Along with Honda's CB300 and Yamaha's R3.
I know, I know... This is the Z125 forum. But, I just can't bring myself, to thinking in terms of this small tire bike being a daily commute ride - mostly, due to it's small engine & 12" wheels. There! I said it. Please, forgive me all of you Lil Z lovers.
I'm not trolling or attempting to start a war. These are my views - Your mileage may vary.
( Pssst - Yamaha's R3 for the WIN! For a cheap commuter !!! )
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After rethinking, my previous reply.
I decided to seek out alternatives to the Ninja 300 abs.
The Duke 390 ( OP's other choice) is a great comparable! Along with Honda's CB300 and Yamaha's R3.
I know, I know... This is the Z125 forum. But, I just can't bring myself, to thinking in terms of this small tire bike being a daily commute ride - mostly, due to it's small engine & 12" wheels. There! I said it. Please, forgive me all of you Lil Z lovers.
I'm not trolling or attempting to start a war. These are my views - Your mileage may vary.
( Pssst - Yamaha's R3 for the WIN! For a cheap commuter !!! )
These little bikes are not for everyone. I bought mine to roll into or on the front of my truck camper. It is not a cruiser(comfortable) bike to ride. For me small rides are fun. If I want a big ride I Jump into my Wildcat load up with beer and snacks and hit the woods.
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I basically daily mine for the simple fact that I enjoy it over the rest of my bikes. 2000 miles in 2 months to be exact. It does get cramped on long rides or when I have my son on the back but for the most part it's not all that bad.
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I bought a V-Strom 650 at about the same time I bought the Z125. The Z125 has twice the miles on it. The V-strom is a great bike and fun to ride, but the z125 is convenient to take off on after work for a short ride. The Z125 will also make you a much better rider. If you are commuting in town and riding less than 15 miles to work, go with the z125. Any more than that or if speeds require much above 45 mph for an extended period, look in the 250cc to 500cc range. Another option, buy a new z125 and look for a used Ninja 250, total cost being right about a new RC390. That you you can't lose.
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