Kawasaki revives Eliminator moniker after 20 Years: 5 things to know about the new Eliminator 400

At present, the Kawasaki Eliminator 400 is exclusively available for purchase in Japan.

By Dinshaw Magol, Autocar India calendar 22 Mar 2023 Views icon4614 Views Share - Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Whatsapp

Kawasaki recently revived the Eliminator moniker after nearly two decades of lying dormant with the Japanese launch of the Eliminator 400 twin-cylinder cruiser. Here are the top 5 things you need to know about this new cruiser from Team Green. 

Kawasaki Eliminator 400: engine
Much like Kawasaki’s other parallel-twin cruiser, the Vulcan S, the Eliminator uses the engine from its Ninja counterpart. Found here is the tried-and-tested liquid-cooled, 399cc, parallel-twin engine that makes 48hp and 37Nm of torque. These are the same numbers as the Japan-spec Ninja 400, however, that number has now come down to 45hp for the Ninja 400 in markets where it is Euro 5/BS6 compliant. 

Kawasaki Eliminator 400: chassis, cycle parts
Like its Ninja counterpart, the Eliminator 400 uses a trellis frame, albeit the units don’t have much in common. Suspension duties are taken care of by a pretty standard telescopic fork/twin shock absorber set-up and the bike features disc brakes at both ends, paired to dual-channel ABS. With its 12-litre tank fully brimmed, the Eliminator 400 tips the scales at 176kg, although with an accessible 735mm seat height, it should be a fairly easy motorcycle to manage for riders of most sizes. 

Kawasaki Eliminator 400: design
There’s no mistaking the Eliminator 400 for anything other than a cruiser with its low, raked-out silhouette, round headlight and bucket seat. However, this isn’t an American cruiser that’s been bathed in chrome from stem to stern, and most of the bodywork and cycle parts are finished in black. The up-spec SE variant gets a few accessories such as fork gaiters and a small flyscreen as standard. 

Kawasaki Eliminator 400: features
While its badge is over 40 years old, the Eliminator 400 is a thoroughly modern bike and packs in features such as all-LED lighting, a slipper clutch and a Bluetooth-compatible digital dash. The ace up its sleeve, however, is that the premium SE variant packs in front and rear cameras, designed to function as dash-cams and can help the rider with concrete proof, should the worst occur. 

Kawasaki Eliminator 400: price, variants
The standard Eliminator 400 is priced at 7,59,000 Yen (approx Rs 4.71 lakh), while the up-spec SE variant commands 8,58,000 Yen (approx Rs 5.33 lakh). For reference, the Ninja 400 costs the same as the standard Eliminator 400 overseas. Currently, the bike is only on sale in Japan and there’s been no indication of it being sold in other markets yet. 

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