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Kawasaki’s popular compact Z125 Pro is back in the Z lineup for 2024 mechanically unchanged. Metallic Matte Dark Gray color shown.
Kawasaki’s popular compact Z125 Pro is back in the Z lineup for 2024 mechanically unchanged. Metallic Matte Dark Gray color shown. (Kawasaki/)

In keeping with the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” adage, Kawasaki is bringing its nimble Z125 Pro mini naked bike back to the Z series lineup for 2024. The compact entry-level streetbike has been a hit for Team Green since its debut in 2016, and the ultra-affordable streetfighter returns this year unchanged save for a couple of new colors and a bump in price to $3,649 for the base model. You’ll have to dole out another $200 for the very cool premium finish Cypher Camo Gray/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray paint option ($3,849).

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The 2024 Z125 Pro retains its zippy 125cc single, steel frame, and nimble handling. Candy Lime Green shown.
The 2024 Z125 Pro retains its zippy 125cc single, steel frame, and nimble handling. Candy Lime Green shown. (Kawasaki/)

To that end, you won’t find any mechanical revisions to the baby Z this time out; the basic but peppy 125cc engine and four-speed gearbox packed into an incredibly responsive chassis are back for 2024. But there’s nothing wrong with that; as we said in our 2019 MC Commute ride review, the fun little Z punches well above its weight with a playful package that almost anyone can ride, thanks to a low seat height, upright riding position, low curb weight, and simple operation.

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Even with 12-inch wheels, the Z125’s aggressive styling keeps a direct connection to its bigger Z siblings.
Even with 12-inch wheels, the Z125’s aggressive styling keeps a direct connection to its bigger Z siblings. (Kawasaki/)

Not quite full sized, the Z125 was originally introduced as an answer to Honda’s Grom, and Kawasaki kept things simple by giving it a 125cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine, which it retains this year. You still get an electric start and digital fuel injection, but no fancy rider aids, just a cable-actuated clutch and slick-shifting four-speed transmission that’s easy to master. Even the instrumentation is basic, with an analog tach and a digital LCD readout for speedometer, tripmeter, fuel gauge, and other info. The lightweight steel chassis is connected to a 30mm telescopic fork with an offset lay-down single shock out back, and rides on 12-inch cast wheels.

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Two-valve air-cooled single, 30mm inverted fork, and four-speed transmission are all you need. This Cypher Camo Gray/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray option costs extra though.
Two-valve air-cooled single, 30mm inverted fork, and four-speed transmission are all you need. This Cypher Camo Gray/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray option costs extra though. (Kawasaki/)

Of course, you don’t expect head-snapping power from this kind of setup—we squeezed 8 hp out at the rear wheel last time we checked the li’l Z. So on paper it doesn’t seem fast, but just by virtue of its diminutive size, the agile Z125 can squirt you around town pretty quickly, and it does have a top speed of 65 mph. It also sports a 2-gallon fuel tank, which is surprising for a machine this small.

And of course, the Z125 Pro still wears the sharp styling and aggressive design of its bigger Z siblings, with compact engine shrouds giving the bike a narrow waist and a purposeful look. For 2024, the Z125 Pro is available in Candy Lime Green, Metallic Matte Dark Gray, or Cypher Camo Gray/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray, with MSRP starting at $3,649.

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2024 Kawasaki Z125 Pro Technical Specifications and Price

Price:$3,649–$3849Engine:125cc, SOHC, air-cooled single; 2 valvesBore x Stroke:56.0 x 50.6mmCompression Ratio:9.8:1Fuel Delivery:DFI w/ 24mm throttle bodiesClutch:Wet, multiplateTransmission/Final Drive:4-speed/chainFrame:Steel

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By: Andrew Cherney
Title: 2024 Kawasaki Z125 Pro First Look Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/kawasaki-z125-pro-first-look-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2023 17:51:42 +0000

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HEMI HEAVEN: The Engine of Our Dreams

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HEMI HEAVEN: The Engine of Our Dreams
LOT #760 – 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA – NO RESERVE

The HEMI engine, known for its hemispherical shaped combustion chamber, stands as an icon in the realm of automotive engineering, renowned for its power, distinctive sound and enduring legacy. What sets the HEMI apart is its unique combustion chamber design, featuring hemispherical-shaped heads with the spark plug is placed at the top-center, which shortens the burn distance of the air/fuel mixture, allowing for optimal combustion that results in performance all car enthusiasts can appreciate.

One of the key factors contributing to the HEMI’s legendary status is its storied history. Developed by Chrysler in the early 1950s, the HEMI quickly gained a reputation for dominating the racetrack and the streets alike. Its presence in NASCAR, drag racing and other motorsports solidified its status as a symbol of speed and performance.

Beyond its racing pedigree, the HEMI engine has left an indelible mark on popular culture. From muscle cars like the Dodge Charger and Challenger to iconic vehicles like the Plymouth ’Cuda and the Chrysler 300, the HEMI has powered some of the most beloved and memorable collector vehicles in history.

The HEMI’s enduring popularity can be attributed to its ongoing evolution and innovation. While the basic design principles remain consistent, modern iterations of the HEMI engine feature advanced technologies that include variable valve timing, cylinder deactivation and direct fuel injection, enhancing both performance and efficiency.

The HEMI engine’s combination of history, performance and cultural significance has cemented its status as one of the most iconic and legendary powerplants in automotive history. With its distinctive design, unmistakable sound and unrivaled performance, the HEMI engine remains a symbol of power, speed and American automotive ingenuity. Check out these HEMI-powered vehicles selling with No Reserve at the April 18-20 Palm Beach Auction.

LOT #760 – 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ‘CUDA – NO RESERVE

Pictured above, this 1970 HEMI ‘Cuda is powered by a correct 426ci HEMI V8 engine with a 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission. In Tor-Red with black graphics, Shaker hood, Rallye wheels, black vinyl upholstery, Rallye gauges, wood-rimmed steering wheel. Well documented; Wise Report included.

Powered by a 1,000hp-capable supercharged HEMI 6.2-liter V8 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Includes black leather, Brembo brakes, Demon badges and trim, yellow engine block and forged aluminum wheels. 11 actual miles.

LOT #694 – MR. NORM’S 1964 DODGE POLARA 330 HEMI FACTORY LIGHTWEIGHT DRAG CAR – NO RESERVE

Powered by a 426ci HEMI 8-cylinder engine fitted with Holley 4160 4-barrel carburetors, paired with a Chrysler 727 TorqueFlite 3-speed automatic transmission. Glove compartment door signed by “Mr. Norm” Kraus. From The Washer Collection.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: HEMI HEAVEN: The Engine of Our Dreams
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/hemi-heaven-the-engine-of-our-dreams/
Published Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2024 16:36:23 +0000

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ROAR OF THE KINGDOM: Collector Cars Inspired by Wildlife

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ROAR OF THE KINGDOM: Collector Cars Inspired by Wildlife
LOT #685 – 1985 DE TOMASO PANTERA GT5 – NO RESERVE

Throughout automotive history, there has been an undeniable fascination with naming cars after nature’s creatures, whether for their attributes, characteristics or simply to evoke a sense of power and grace. These automotive creations not only reflect the natural world but also capture the essence of speed, agility and strength associated with their animal namesakes.

One iconic example is the Ford Mustang, named after the free-roaming wild horse. The Mustang’s sleek design and powerful performance embodied the spirit of its namesake, symbolizing freedom and adventure on the open road.

The Impala is one of Chevrolet’s most successful models and was named after the graceful and swift African antelope. Over the years, the Impala vehicle has evolved, but its association with speed and agility remains.

The Dodge Viper, with its venomous performance, derives its name from the deadly viper snake. Introduced in the early 1990s, the Viper has always been synonymous with raw power and a striking presence on the road. The name emphasizes the car’s aggressive design and high-performance capabilities, reflecting the qualities of its reptilian inspiration.

These are just a few examples of cars named after wildlife, each with its own story to tell and its own unique blend of style, performance and personality. Whether prowling the streets like a Viper or galloping down the highway like a Mustang, these automotive creations continue to capture the imagination of drivers around the world, forging a timeless connection between man and machine. Check out these vehicles inspired by nature’s creatures selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, April 18-20 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

LOT #685 – 1985 DE TOMASO PANTERA GT5 – NO RESERVE

Pictured above, this 1985 Pantera GT5 is powered by a 351ci V8 engine mated to a ZF 5-speed manual transmission. Has air conditioning, power brakes, power windows, rack & pinion steering, widebody, rear wing and Campagnolo wheels wrapped in Pirelli P7s. 7,403 miles (title reads exempt).

LOT #669 – 1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM – NO RESERVE

Powered by a fresh YZ-code 400ci Ram Air III V8 engine with a rebuilt Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission. Has QA1 adjustable coilover shocks, heavy-duty sway bars and an American Autowire full harness kit.

LOT #692 – 1972 DE TOMASO PANTERA – NO RESERVE

Powered by a 351ci V8 engine paired with a 5-speed ZF manual transmission. Power steering, power 4-wheel disc brakes, power windows and air conditioning. 1,592 miles (title reads exempt).

LOT #383 – 2003 DODGE VIPER SRT/10 CONVERTIBLE – NO RESERVE

Has had two owners. Powered by an 8.3-liter V10 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Equipped with new Continental Extreme Contacts tires. 1,491 miles (title reads mileage exempt).

LOT #687 – 1967 FORD MUSTANG ELEANOR REPLICA – NO RESERVE

Powered by a naturally aspirated Roush 427/546hp crate engine with custom 8-stack electronic fuel injection mated to a 5-speed TREMEC manual transmission. Built by Classic Muscle Motor Company in Daytona Beach, FL.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: ROAR OF THE KINGDOM: Collector Cars Inspired by Wildlife
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/roar-of-the-kingdom-collector-cars-inspired-by-wildlife/
Published Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2024 16:10:21 +0000

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Will the Insta360 X4 Be the Best Action Camera?

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Insta360 is pushing the limits of 360-degree image and video recording further with its new X4 camera, which starts at $499.99. Users can expect better image quality (including 8K video resolution), more sophisticated editing and shooting options, better battery life, and a roster of other improved features.

The Insta360 X4 has loads of new and improved features while retaining some favorite effects, like the Invisible Selfie Stick.
The Insta360 X4 has loads of new and improved features while retaining some favorite effects, like the Invisible Selfie Stick. (Insta360/)

The outgoing One X3 is one of our favorite motorcycling action cameras that we routinely use in our motorcycle review videos. So we’re thrilled to see the platform so thoroughly enhanced in the X4. For those shooting in 360-degree mode the X4 offers full 8K video recording at 30 fps along with 5.7K at 60 fps, and 4K at 100 fps. For those more accustomed to traditional cameras, the X4 has a single-lens mode that shoots ultrawide at 4K and 60 fps.

The new X4 has improved lens guards and a larger display screen.
The new X4 has improved lens guards and a larger display screen. (Insta360/)

“8K will be transformative for creators as reframed video now holds its own alongside footage shot on regular cameras. But X4 isn’t just about image quality, it’s designed to be the most robust, easy-to-use 360-degree camera ever, no matter your experience. This idea was at the heart of a lot of the changes we made,” said JK Liu, founder of Insta360, in a company press release.

These shot modes expand the possibilities when editing video, making it easier than ever for users to get crisp, smooth shots in real time or slow motion. New AI-assisted editing features have been introduced also, offering Quick Edit and AI Edit modes in the free-to-use smartphone and desktop apps. The company has also developed a plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro called Insta360 Reframe which allows users to manipulate footage directly in Premiere Pro.

With a wide variety of shooting modes and editing options, the X4 is sure to become a new standard in action camera technology.
With a wide variety of shooting modes and editing options, the X4 is sure to become a new standard in action camera technology. (Insta360/)

The camera features Gesture Control and Voice Control 2.0, so users can start and stop recording easily if the camera is mounted beyond reach. There’s a Timed Capture setting as well that will power on the X4, record, then shut the unit off. FlowState Stabilization and the 360-degree Horizon Lock help to ensure shots are as smooth and level as possible.

Some of the other modes include Bullet Time slow-mo which can be captured in either 5.7K at 120 fps or 3K at 240 fps. There is 8K Time Shift and 11K Timelapse modes as well. Cinematic motion blur can easily be added using the Motion ND effect, and for those using the camera during runs or rides, GPS data from Garmin or Apple products can easily be overlaid on video.

One of our favorite action cameras gets even better with the new X4.
One of our favorite action cameras gets even better with the new X4. (Insta360/)

The tech is bolstered by an improved physical design, with new removable lens guards, a larger 2.7-inch Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen, and cold-weather resistance down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Additionally, the new X4 boasts a 135-minute run time (when shooting at 5.7K, 30 fps), a 67 percent improvement in battery performance over the X3.

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By: Byron Wilson
Title: Will the Insta360 X4 Be the Best Action Camera?
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/gear/insta360-x4-camera-preview/
Published Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2024 16:25:56 +0000

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