2024 Kawasaki Eliminator Assessment | First Trip



2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
The Eliminator title returns to Kawasaki’s lineup after a protracted absence. This 451cc cruiser is gentle, enjoyable, and inexpensive, making it ideally suited for brand spanking new and intermediate riders. (Pictures by Kevin Wing)

When a brand new rider asks for recommendation on a great first bike, they shortly discover out that opinions differ wildly. Some will recommend a motorbike within the 250-300cc vary, however that may not be ideally suited for riders who often journey at freeway speeds. Others will recommend larger-displacement bikes that the brand new rider gained’t outgrow, however these is likely to be too intimidating and squash what little confidence the brand new rider needed to start with.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
Whereas the Eliminator sits a little bit increased than many cruisers, it maintains a low and lengthy stance with a smooth gasoline tank befitting a cruiser.

The 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator seeks to be the Goldilocks on this story, slotting above the smaller-displacement newbie bikes to be the bowl of porridge that’s good: It’s an approachable machine that may develop with a brand new rider whereas offering sufficient punch to entertain an intermediate rider.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
The Eliminator’s 451cc parallel-Twin, derived from the engine within the Ninja 400, produces enjoyable energy throughout its rev vary, though we’d want for an equally enjoyable exhaust notice to match.

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The Eliminator additionally seeks to draw new riders with a sport-cruiser type. The brand new 451cc parallel-Twin derived from the Ninja 400 likes to rev excessive and gives pizzazz, and the brand new chassis and ergonomics fall someplace between a cruiser and a regular, making for a controllable but comfy driving expertise. Add to {that a} gentle curb weight of solely 386 lb for the bottom mannequin, and also you get a bike that’s each simple and thrilling to trip.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
The Eliminator’s Ninja-derived parallel-Twin gives engaging energy for canyon roads.

Whereas the 2024 Eliminator is an all-new mannequin for Kawasaki, the title is a well-recognized one. It first appeared in 1985 with the ZL900 Eliminator, a cruiser full of the ZX900 Ninja’s liquid-cooled inline-4. The Eliminator title carried on to different fashions up into the mid-2000s. Now, the Eliminator has returned and brings among the sport-influenced lineage with it.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
All lighting on the Eliminator is LED, however the spherical headlight harkens again to earlier Eliminators. The headlight encompasses a low-beam chamber and a high-beam chamber with place lamps in order that the entire gentle seems lit.

The Eliminator makes some nods to its namesakes within the styling division. The spherical headlight harkens again to earlier days, though now all lighting is LED. The tailsection can be harking back to older fashions, as are the headlight cowl and fork boots obtainable on the SE model of the Eliminator.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
The Eliminator slots between lesser-powered newbie bikes and heavier cruisers to be a bike that’s each simple and thrilling to trip.

These styling hints are included into a up to date look, so no one will assume you’re driving round in your dad or mother’s previous bike not too long ago unburied from the again of the storage. With a largely blacked-out body and different parts, a slim gasoline tank, and a tidy taillight and turnsignals, it is a modern-looking machine.

Kawasaki did a great job of constructing the Eliminator really feel like a “actual” cruiser – though the identical can’t be mentioned for its sound. The parallel-Twin makes use of a 180-degree crankshaft as a substitute of the extra well-liked and rumbly 270, so it doesn’t have a deep exhaust notice befitting a cruiser. Some are extra occupied with how a motorbike performs, however there’s one thing to be mentioned – significantly for cruisers – for sound and magnificence. Deep down, we love a motorbike with character, and whereas Kawasaki has paid consideration to the character of the Eliminator’s type, the corporate has missed the mark on giving us these good rumbling exhaust notes we anticipate from a cruiser.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
Whereas this bike suits into the cruiser field, its mid-mount footpegs and a barely leaned-forward driving place edge towards the ergonomics of a regular bike.

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The nice factor is that after you begin driving, you do not forget that exhaust notes are superficial, and the true spirit of a bike lies in its efficiency. What the engine lacks in sound, it makes up for within the driving expertise. The liquid-cooled 451cc parallel-Twin with DOHC is derived from the Ninja 400’s 399cc platform, and its further displacement comes from lengthening the stroke by 6.8mm, from 51.8mm to 58.6. That longer stroke provides torque befitting a cruiser, and that further grunt is apparent whereas driving. It is a bike that’s joyful to lope via city and sit comfortably in a cruiser rev vary with good low-end pull. That’s, till you resolve to twist that throttle for a little bit extra pep.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
The slip/help clutch reduces fatigue whereas driving on the town amid cease lights, supply vans, and pedestrians with their canine companions.

Upon that twist, you’ll uncover that this engine has so many revs to provide. Redline exhibits at 11,000 rpm on the tachometer, and the ability retains constructing till that restrict. The place you’d anticipate a cruiser like this to wish shifting a lot earlier, this engine is raring to rev. Though Kawasaki doesn’t slot the Eliminator into the “sport-cruiser” class, the engine’s angle definitely does. It pulls down low for a satisfying energy surge, after which it continues constructing energy all the best way to its rev restrict.

Engine efficiency is barely a small a part of the equation for a enjoyable and comfy newbie to intermediate bike. We’d like ergonomics to match. The driving place of the Eliminator is sportier than most cruisers. The mid-mount footpegs give a way of management that’s typically missing on extra forward-mounted cruiser pegs. The 28.9-inch seat peak can be a little bit taller than many cruisers. At five-foot-one, I’m not in a position to flat-foot on the Eliminator, however I really feel steady sufficient that I’d be comfy on this bike as a brand new rider. Accent seats that elevate or decrease the peak by 1 inch can be found. The inventory seat is sweet and plush with a barely scooped-out design.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
A 310mm entrance disc with a Nissin dual-piston caliper sheds pace adequately, however the $300 further for ABS entrance and rear is a worthwhile addition, particularly for brand spanking new riders.

The Eliminator’s brakes are uninspiring however get the job executed. Up entrance is a single 310mm disc with a twin-piston caliper, and within the again is a single 220mm disc with a single-piston caliper. The ABS model of the Eliminator provides $300 onto the bottom worth and a couple of lb to the moist weight. The 41mm telescopic fork has 4.7 inches of journey, and the dual shocks have 3.1 inches of journey, and there’s no adjustability. The suspension felt nicely balanced and absorbed all however probably the most egregious street bumps.

The spherical instrumentation display additionally harkens again to Eliminators of yore. The LCD display has a tachometer up prime, speedometer, gear indicator, clock, gasoline degree, and the choice to modify between odometer, two tripmeters, gasoline vary, and present and common gasoline consumption.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
The LCD show is easy, however all crucial info is included, and the gear indicator is especially useful for newer riders.

The Eliminator pairs with Kawasaki’s Rideology app. As soon as related, the show will present message and name info. Extra attention-grabbing are the choices obtainable on the app itself, which incorporates automobile info and common show settings (akin to most popular items and clock format).

Most attention-grabbing is Rideology’s potential to log your rides. I used the app to trace our take a look at trip in and round Oceanside, California, and it confirmed a map of the route and knowledge akin to date and time, location, mileage, whole journey time, and common pace. I discovered this function fairly enjoyable, and I loved the flexibility to look again at my route after the trip had ended. The app stops monitoring the trip if the bike is keyed off, however so long as the rider remembers to renew the route on the app after gasoline or lunch stops, that isn’t a problem.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
With a curb weight of solely 386 lb, the Eliminator is simple to deal with for newer riders.

Different helpful applied sciences on the Eliminator are the slip/help clutch and the optimistic impartial finder. The slip/help clutch leads to a really gentle clutch pull and straightforward shifting, which was useful for decreasing fatigue throughout our a number of photograph stops all through the take a look at trip day. The optimistic impartial finder is a function that’s fairly useful for newer riders. When stopped or touring under 6 mph, a elevate of a toe from first gear will robotically entry the impartial place and stop upshifting to 2nd gear.

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The Eliminator’s closest competitor is the Honda Insurgent 500, which has a beginning worth of $6,449 for mannequin 12 months 2023. Each bikes have a sporty cruiser type, and a look on the spec charts exhibits related numbers. The Honda Insurgent has 20cc extra displacement than the Eliminator, however they make roughly the identical torque (about 32 lb-ft). Kawasaki has not launched horsepower figures for the Eliminator, however we anticipate these numbers to be related as nicely. The Eliminator is lighter than the Insurgent by 26 lb for the ABS variations, and the Eliminator has an extended wheelbase by about an inch. There are different small variations, however they stack up intently.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
Kawaski’s motto for the Eliminator is “Simply Trip,” and it’s a motorbike that invitations you to do precisely that.

The Eliminator is available in three variations. The bottom mannequin has an MSRP of $6,649. For an additional $300, you’ll be able to improve to the ABS model. Each the bottom mannequin and ABS model can be found in Pearl Robotic White and Pearl Storm Grey. Tack on one other $300, and for $7,249, you’ll get the SE model, which incorporates ABS, a headlight cowl, a USB-C outlet, fork boots, and a two-pattern seat. It’s additionally the one model obtainable within the eye-catching Sweet Metal Furnace Orange/Ebony colorway.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
The 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator is available in non-ABS and ABS variations in Pearl Robotic White or Pearl Storm Grey, and the SE model (heart) is available in a vibrant Sweet Metal Furnace Orange/Ebony.

As somebody who likes to see new riders discovering their place on the earth of motorcycling, I’m glad Kawasaki has acknowledged a gap in its lineup and made the trouble to fill it, offering a cruiser possibility that’s extra approachable and considerably lighter than the 650cc Vulcan S. With its gentle weight, low seat peak, comfy driving place, and a Ninja-derived engine, the Eliminator is a bike that’s as welcoming as it’s enjoyable.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
2024 Kawasaki Eliminator

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2024 Kawasaki Eliminator Specs

  • Base Value: $6,649
  • Value as Examined: $6,949 (w/ ABS)
  • Web site: Kawasaki.com
  • Guarantee: 1 yr., unltd. miles
  • Engine Kind: Liquid-cooled, parallel-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
  • Displacement: 451cc
  • Bore x Stroke: 70.0 x 58.6mm
  • Torque: 31.7 lb-ft (manufacturing facility declare)
  • Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/help moist clutch
  • Last Drive: Chain
  • Wheelbase: 59.8 in.
  • Rake/Path: 30 levels/4.8 in.
  • Seat Top: 28.9 in.
  • Moist Weight: 386 lb (388 lb w/ ABS)
  • Gasoline Capability: 3.4 gal.

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