In the latest of names from the past being resurrected in a modern guise, the Kawasaki Eliminator has been revealed for a 2024 launch in Europe, with the Eliminator brand being given an entirely new concept and model line-up with the tag line ‘Just Ride’.
Set to be A2 compliant with an uprated Ninja & Z400 451 cc parallel-twin, full official details are yet to be unveiled – though with the press release from Kawasaki in our hands, and some full details found online for the US market version, there’s enough here to get excited about.
Here’s what we know about the 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator so far!
What to know about the 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator
The cruiser line-up for A2 riders is seriously heating up, and whilst the Vulcan S seems to remain in the line-up as a feet-forward cruiser, the Eliminator appears to be comparable to the Z400 in riding approach as an ‘urban cruiser’ for those who may opt for a bit more laidback cruising style than streetfighter naked.
We’re told the 451 cc parallel twin is Ninja based, with strong low rev performance combined with a lively upper rev range. From the American releases, it seems that Kawasaki engineers have lengthened the stroke by 6.8 mm to up the original 399 capacity by 52 cc, with the Ninja 400 twin producing around 44 bhp. It’s therefore likely, as of yet unconfirmed by Kawasaki, that the new unit may well be closer to the A2 47 bhp limit, and will be fitted with a slip-and-assist clutch.
A natural comparison will be the CMX500 Rebel from Honda, with a slightly larger 471 cc twin that produces 45 bhp. The Super Meteor 650 from Royal Enfield is also in the A2 category, and the 648 cc parallel twin produces 46 bhp.
Elsewhere, there is an all-new trellis chassis present, with a tail unit reflecting the heritage of the previous Eliminator models that were first seen on UK roads in around 1985 as the 900 Eliminator power cruiser.
The ‘traditional meets modern’ approach continues with twin rear shock absorbers, digital instrumentation, 18” front and 16” rear wheels, and something Kawasaki call the ‘horizontal design approach’.
What that means is a tad unclear, with full specifications for the UK models to be announced and confirmed. At this stage the price and colour options are the only additional confirmations for what you can be expecting to see in Kawasaki dealers at the start of next year – either the Metallic Flat Spark Black option, or the Metallic Matte Carbon Gray with Flat Ebony option.
2024 Kawasaki Eliminator Price
The guide price for the 2024 Kawasaki Eliminator is confirmed between £6,600 and £6,800, available from January 2024.
We’ve seen more images elsewhere online, but as it’s unclear if those exact models will find their way to UK shores, we’ve stuck with the official imagery from Kawasaki. Stay tuned for more information, and we’ll expect to see these at EICMA 2023 & Motorcycle Live 2023.