Kawasaki recently revived the Eliminator moniker for the Japanese market. Now, the manufacturer has launched another Eliminator for the US market. However, both motorcycles are quite different. The Japanese-spec Eliminator has a 399 cc engine, while the US-spec one has a larger 451 cc engine. Here are five things you should know about the new Kawasaki Eliminator.
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Kawasaki Knockout: Engines
The engine on the US-spec Eliminator was a 451 cc parallel-twin derived from the 399 cc engine in the Ninja 400. This is achieved by increasing the stroke length by 6.8 mm. Not only does this help with increased displacement, it also improves the engine’s low-end grunt. Additionally, the Eliminator gets a larger 5.8-liter airbox and a larger 32mm throttle body. The duty transmission is a 6-speed unit with slipper and auxiliary clutches.
Kawasaki Eliminator: Appearance
The Eliminator looks more like a cruiser than a Vulcan. It has a neo-retro design with a teardrop fuel tank and some muscular design elements. Depending on the model, there is also a fairing around the headlights. There are alloy wheels and a beefy exhaust with side mounts.
Kawasaki Knockout: Variations
Kawasaki offers the Eliminator in two variants. There are standard and SE. The only differences between the two variants are color options, some cosmetic additions, and feature additions. The SE comes with a two-tone paint scheme, a slightly different seat, headlight cover, fork shrouds, and USB-C outlet.
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Kawasaki Eliminator: Features
In terms of features, the Eliminator comes with full LED lighting, a digital instrument cluster with Bluetooth connectivity, a USB Type C socket and ABS.
Kawasaki Knockout: Hardware
The Eliminator is using a new steel trellis chassis suspended by telescoping forks at the front and dual air inflators at the rear. Braking duties are performed by front and rear discs.
Kawasaki Eliminator: Launch in India
As of now, Kawasaki has not revealed whether the Eliminator will be launched in the Indian market. If it does launch, it will compete with the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650.
First published date: Jun 10, 2023 at 10:56 AM CST