Borrowing the looks and design of its bigger brother, the J300 (which itself is a re-branded Kymco Downtown 300i), Kawasaki’s smaller-displacement version, the J125, basically keeps all the amenities of the 300, but replaces the engine with one less than half its displacement to better meet the needs of the European market. The engine is still mated to a CVT, for true twist-and-go rideability.

The J125’s many convenience features include under-seat storage that’s large enough for a full-face helmet and a A4-size briefcase. Plus it has LED lighting to help see what’s in there when it’s dark out. Inside the glovebox rests a 12V socket. The foldaway cargo hook is a big help when bringing groceries or school books back home between your legs, but if that’s not enough room, the rear carrier is handy for strapping things down in transit as well.

On the safety front, ABS is available as an option, but all J125 models get petal-type discs at both ends. When speaking about comfort, the J125’s curved floorboard helps riders put their feet down at a stop, but also gives some riders a place to put their feet up when they’re riding (depending on their height). Lastly, Givi has accessory top cases available in three sizes: 30-liter, 39-liter, and 47-liter.

At press time, there has been no mention about whether the J125 will come to the U.S.

Follow the rest of our 2015 EICMA Show coverage for more information on new 2016 motorcycle announcements.

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