Kawasaki Athlete Pro Review
The Japanese motorcycle tycoon – Kawasaki has always introduced technologically advanced and innovative products in the market. In the premium bike segments, Kawasaki has always excelled, however, it lacked to make its mark in the daily commuter, city bike segment. To ensure its reach in the city bike market, Kawasaki launched the cross-breed motorcycle – Athlete Pro in 2009, but it failed to create an impact on the masses. But Kawasaki is back again, and this time with the third generation of Athlete Pro, which has a lot to offer. From a re-tuned engine which blaze out more power, to a new dynamic design and stylish looks to advanced features, the new Athlete Pro is the next best thing in the Indonesian small motorcycle market.
Design plays a crucial role in making any model standout from its competitors. To ensure Athlete Pro outshine other bikes, Kawasaki has bestowed its little motorcycle with a distinctive yet stylish look. In its third generation, Athlete Pro has received extensive updates, which has given it a sleek and sharp look. The bike sports a new dynamic headlamp inspired from MOGE Kawasaki, along with matt black pointed side view mirrors and a slanting fuel tank with crisp lines on it. In the rear, the bike gets a new smaller tail lights with LED lamps and a new muffler with chrome details. Kawasaki has retained Athlete Pro's compact dimensions from its previous version, measuring at 1,920 mm x 650 mm x 970 mm. The wheelbase is also same at 1,240 mm, however, additions of new rendering make the bike looks sporty. The bike is also equipped with a new analog instrument control, with a minimalistic display of information.
Engine, Economy & Performance
The next generation Athlete Pro adopts the same engine of its predecessor but has re-tuned it to generate more power. The bike draws power from a potent 125cc 4-step, SOHC, single cylinder, air berpending engine which has the has the propensity to generate a maximum power of 9.8 PS made at 8000 rpm with an utmost torque value of 9.2 Nm made at 6500 rpm. The engine is mated with a 4-speed transmission, which enables smooth gear change. Kawasaki has integrated the bike with a new pb20 Keihin carburetor, in place of the old pb10 Keihin carburetor, which helps improve engine performance, and also reduce carbon emissions, which helped the bike to qualify for Euro 3 standards. The air berpending technology provides the significant mileage, saving you trips to the petrol pump.
For a relaxed ergonomics and superb handling, Kawasaki has loaded the new Athlete Pro with a plethora of novelties, to ease rider comfort. The bike gets a new seat, with thick cushioning and a slit shape for providing better comfort to both the rider and the pillion. A sleek chassis, with compact overall dimension, offers the bike a nimble handling and easy maneuverability, which is apt for a city rider like this. The next gen Athlete Pro has maintained its lightweight of 104Kg which allows the rider swift movements in the city. The bike also gets a 17-inch wheels for better road grip.
Safety, Braking, and Miscellaneous
Kawasaki ensures all its models come with proper safety gear to handel its colossal performance. Similar to other stables from this Japanese factory, the Athlete Pro also comes equipped with a high-end braking mechanism. The bike gets a new more advanced 260 mm single petal disc in the front and 220 mm single petal disc brakes in the rear, which offers a superb braking power and enhanced braking confidence. To handel the suspension duties excellently, the bike comes integrated with a 26 mm telescopic fork at its front while Offset laydown single-shock with adjustable preload are placed at the rear end. The bike has also adopted a manual clutch system that enhances driveability.
The revamped Athlete Pro is a decent ride, which makes up for an ideal city commuter.
Sporting a new design and a re-tuned engine, the third generation Athlete Pro has packed few tricks up its sleeve. Though it lacks numerous features, but in this price, Kawasaki is offering a great deal to consumers.