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Wanted to let everyone know, I have about 200 miles on my Z125 that I purchased last week. I noticed some oil surrounding the rear shock and was unsure if they over-filled it, it was leaking, a blown seal, just not sure. I cleaned it off and rode all night to 2 bike nights and to work today. More oil on there today and it made its' way down the swingarm near the rear rotor.


Not sure if I got a bad apple or if this is something that's going to be common. Let's all face it, it's a first gen bike and will have issues I'm sure. (Look at the 2015 R1 release and the initial grom release) Just keep an eye out and I'll keep everyone posted on the status. Dropping it off at the dealership in a few.









 

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Bad luck! Keep us posted on what they say!
 

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Bad luck! Keep us posted on what they say!
Went to my local dealer where I made the purchase and they noticed the oil everywhere. Called up Kawasaki and they are sending a complete rear shock to me under warranty. Super easy to deal with and at no cost at all.

It was actually pretty funny when I showed up because the employees had only seen the Z125 when they were assembling it and then I signed the papers. They were all drooling when they saw it again and the parts I was able to put on.
 

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Went to my local dealer where I made the purchase and they noticed the oil everywhere. Called up Kawasaki and they are sending a complete rear shock to me under warranty. Super easy to deal with and at no cost at all.

It was actually pretty funny when I showed up because the employees had only seen the Z125 when they were assembling it and then I signed the papers. They were all drooling when they saw it again and the parts I was able to put on.
Glad to hear it was no fuss and an easy fix. I know that's what warranty is meant to be like but the amount of times I hear dealers trying to wiggle out of it and blame road causes is ridiculous. Hope this closes the chapter on your suspension problems! :wink2:
 

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Glad to hear it was no fuss and an easy fix. I know that's what warranty is meant to be like but the amount of times I hear dealers trying to wiggle out of it and blame road causes is ridiculous. Hope this closes the chapter on your suspension problems! :wink2:
Oh I'm sure it will being that I'll be switching to Ohlins rear once they become available. ;)
 

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That's one reason why I like to go to dealers that are known for good services and ones that have a good reputation to maintain. Doing that can help cut through the 'noise' in between the problem and getting it resolved.
 

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They aren't 100% sure being that they have not opened it up or even taken the shock off of the bike but they believe a blown seal is the culprit.
Honestly probably just bad luck. It can happen to anyone but the important thing is that she's fixed and not off the road!
 

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Mine had the same issue. Took it in last week and had them order the new shock. Taking it in tomorrow morning to have replaced... But yea being first run I figured these things would pop up. Better to have it happen in the warranty year then later down the line.
 

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Saw some oil around mine. Just checked. Wiped it all down and will watch. Not as bad as what you had, just some on rear hugger plastic under shock I wiped out. Will monitor for sure.
 

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So to keep everyone updated, it did end up being a blown seal on my rear shock that was replaced under warranty very quickly. After about 2 weeks I noticed a very strange noise coming from the front forks that really had me worried. You can check out the sound below. So 2 and a half more weeks pass by and my bike is still at the dealership and they're not sure what's wrong with it. They called Kawi and got the okay to replace the front forks. So new forks come in a week later and the dealer calls me to tell me the bike is ready to be picked up. I can't make it out there so I send my coworker who lives 10 minutes away.

He goes the following morning to the dealership and the service manager lets him know the bike had the front forks replaced but the sound is still present. Something they failed to mention to me on the phone. He brings the bike to the office and lets me know what happened and that it still is making the noise but not as extreme.

Needless to say I am pretty pissed and figure, oh well I'll ride the bike and hopefully nothing happens. Here we are almost 2 weeks later and the noise has gotten much worse and no one seems to truly be worried about it. Luckily, I don't see any signs of leakage so I should be okay. I'm thinking worse case scenario is somehow the front end dives on me mid corner or during braking and I go down.

Once Ohlins or K-tech have front suspension available I'll be going that route because this is just a little ridiculous. The sound isn't noticeable when the bike is running but please, everyone turn your bike off and hold the front brake lever and try to compress and decompress the front forks. I'm curious to see if anyone else has had this issue.

 

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Sure does seem like oil and when it comes to any issues always looking at the easiest and cheapest thing first is the best thing to do, which in this case is oil. Doubt it will be anything bigger of an issue. Keep us posted.
 

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I was thinking lack of oil as well but it doesn't seem to be the case from an early glance. You can hear the oil flowing through the forks as they compress/decompress.

Being that I work for TST Industries, taking the bike apart and fixing it isn't an issue in the slightest. However, I would like let Kawasaki take a look at this and take note in case this issue comes up more often. After dropping it off to the dealership already twice, I don't think I'll be taking it back until they can for sure get this fixed.
 

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If they keep trying to repair your Z125 and are unable to, maybe the lemon law will cover motorcycles too so you get a new one.
 

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Update: so I was calling to check and see if my replacement shock was in, and was told by my dealer that the order was canceled due to Kawi reissuing the shocks for a recall type issue. I called Kawi USA and they didn't say the word "recall" but as soon as I mentioned it they stated that though it's not a recall persay, they're aware of multiple issues with the rear dampener and that the replacements are on a short back order. So who knows... We will see. At this point I'm just gonna ride..they're gonna fix it anyways.
 
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