Kawasaki bring Eliminator name back with new 451 cc cruiser

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator

Kawasaki’s new Eliminator has been confirmed for Australia with both a standard and SE version to roll in to the LAMS category, in what is likely to be a competitively priced and performance driven cruiser available to new riders who don’t mind a more modern package.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
The Eliminator returns to Kawasaki’s line-up in 2024, as a beginner friendly cruiser

The 451 cc powerplant appears to be a stroked Ninja 400 derivative, retaining the 70 mm bore, but increasing to a 58.6 mm stroke, to explain that 52 cc capacity increase.

From a performance perspective, we actually see the claimed power figure drop to 33.4 kW from the Ninja 400’s 35 kW, if at a slightly lower 9000 rpm, but this isn’t surprising, given this is a cruiser.

The powerplant is derived from the Ninja 400/Z400 parallel twin

Instead we see a decent boost in torque to 42.6 Nm at a much lower 6000 rpm, up 5.6 Nm and arriving 2000 rpm sooner than the bike’s sportier 399 cc cousins.

The liquid-cooled parallel-twin layout is retained, so for those hoping for a V-twin will be left disappointed, although a slip and assist clutch, six-speed gearbox and 176 kg kerb mass are nice to see, especially considering that’s with at least 90 per cent of the 13 litre fuel tank full.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator SE
2024 Kawasaki Eliminator SE

Seat height is an inviting 735 mm too, with fairly rear set foot controls offering a more compact set to ‘peg ratio, rather than stretched out forward controls.

A low 735 mm seat can be further lowered to 715 mm

Images reveal what looks like a decent reach to those ‘bars, which should ensure an upright seating position for most riders, with close to a 90-degree angle at the knee.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator vs Z400 ergonomics

Compared to the Z400 the Eliminator offers a lower seat, more forward foot controls and taller bars, while a comparison to the larger Vulcan S demonstrates that tighter seat to ‘peg ratio and longer reach to the ‘bars.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator vs Vulcan S ergonomics
2024 Kawasaki Eliminator vs Vulcan S ergonomics

A high-tensile steel trellis frame is run, and mated to a set of 41 mm telescopic forks, as well as twin shocks, the former mirroring what we see on the Ninja 400 and Z400 as far as forks.

Travel is 120 mm front and a shorter 90 mm at the rear, with ground clearance of 150 mm.

The wheel combo is an 18 inch front and 16 inch rear, running 130/70 front and 150/80 rear rubber, with a single 310 mm front rotor and two-piston caliper setup.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator SE
The Eliminator runs 18 inch front and 16 inch rear

The rear runs a 240 mm rear rotor with another two-piston caliper, and ABS is standard fitment in Australia.

LCD dash, full digital

A single round LED headlight keeps things simple at the front end, with LED lighting all round, and smartphone connectivity is standard with a round LCD dash run off-set on the bars.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator

The Eliminator SE adds a headlight cowl, colour matched to the Special Edition colour, alongside a two-pattern seat, and handlebar mounted USB-C outlet.

An accessory high and low seat are also available to further tailor the ergonomics to different height and size riders, dropping the seat height to just 715 mm on the Low seat and up to 765 mm on the High seat.

The Eliminator SE adds USB outlet, headlight cowl, special seat and livery

It looks like Kawasaki have kept the exhaust fairly clean, with a small collector and a fairly non-descript muffler, which receives a blacked out head shield on the SE, to match the rest of the blacked out components, like fork tubes and frame.

A long and low tank receives most of the paint, as well as the tail and front guard, with a neo-retro theme likely to hold wide appeal, if probably not within the traditionally minded riders, or those who want a cruiser dripping in chrome and black paint.

The LED headlight

Round blacked out mirrors join non-adjustable blacked out levers, and there’s a pillion seat, for two-up riding.

Pricing and availability will be announced closer to the release date, but looking at US pricing the Eliminator carries a fairly large premium over the Ninja 400 for comparison, and lands very close to probably its closest competitor – the Honda CMX500 (Rebel 500).

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator

It’ll be interesting to see where it lands as far as on-road pricing here in Australia.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator Specifications

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator Specifications
Engine Liquid-cooled, four-stroke Parallel-Twin, 451 cc, DOHC, 8 valves
Bore x Stroke 70.0 x 58.6 mm
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Maximum Power 33.4 kW {45 PS} / 9,000 rpm
Maximum Torque 42.6 Nm {4.3 kgfm} / 6,000 rpm
Fuel System Fuel injection: ø32 mm x 2
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump
Transmission Six-speed, return
Primary Reduction Ratio 2.029 (69/34)
Final Reduction Ratio 3.071 (43/14)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Final Drive Chain
Frame Trellis, high-tensile steel
Front Suspension ø41 mm telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Twin shocks
Front Wheel Travel 120 mm
Rear Wheel Travel 90 mm
Rake 30°
Trail 121 mm
Steering Angle (L/R) 35° / 35°
Front Tyre 130/70-18M/C 63H
Rear Tyre 150/80-16M/C 71H
Front Brake/s ø310 mm disc
Front Caliper/s Dual-piston
Rear Brake ø240 mm disc
Rear Caliper Dual-piston
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2,250 x 785 x 1,100 mm
Wheelbase 1,520 mm
Road Clearance 150 mm
Seat Height 735 mm
Curb Mass 176 kg
Fuel Capacity 13 litres

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator SE
2024 Kawasaki Eliminator SE
2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
2024 Kawasaki Eliminator

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