Kawasaki revived the Eliminator nameplate in Japan earlier this year with an all-new 400cc cruiser, and the motorcycle is now available in the US, albeit with a larger capacity engine. Unlike the Japanese-spec version, the American Kawasaki Eliminator was powered by a 451 cc parallel-twin engine, along with many other upgrades and new color options.
The 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator in the US is powered by a 451 cc parallel-twin engine derived from the same 399 cc twin-cylinder liquid-cooled motor as the Ninja 400. While this motor has the stock Eliminator on the Japanese spec, the engine gets a longer 6.8mm stroke on the US spec version. This helps the engine produce more torque at the low end of the rev range, which should give the cruiser a very pleasing grunt. The electric motor is paired to a 6-speed gearbox with slipper and assist clutches.
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The US-spec Eliminator 451 uses the same lightweight trellis designed for cruisers. The bike uses 41mm telescoping forks and dual rear shocks while running an 18-inch front and 16-inch rear wheel setup. Braking performance comes from twin-piston calipers with 310mm disc brakes at the front and single-piston calipers with 220mm disc brakes at the rear. The bike gets dual channel ABS from Nissin.
The Kawasaki Eliminator has a low seat height of 734mm, while the ero-fit system allows riders to adjust the handlebars and pedals to their liking. Ground clearance is low at 150mm, but the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 has an even lower 135mm. Curb weight is 176kg, which makes it considerably lighter than the SM 650’s curb weight of 241kg. The latter though also pack more power and are comparatively larger and have more metalwork.
The new Kawasaki Eliminator 451 will be available in the US in three color options – Pearl Robot White or Pearl Storm Grey, Pearl Robot White or Metallic Flat Spark Black, Candy Steel Furnace Orange and Ebony. There is no word yet on Kawasaki’s plans to bring this model to the Indian market. The Corvette has been teased in Europe and will be available in the market soon, which means it will be a Euro5 compliant machine, making it eligible for India as well.
Given that the Eliminator was one of Kawasaki’s early cruisers in India and still has a strong recall, it will be interesting to see if the brand builds on the same foundations with the all-new model. Also needs to see if India gets the Eliminator 400 or 451.
First published date: June 8, 2023 at 17:37 pm CST