Kawasaki has revived the ‘Eliminator’ brand by launching the 2023 Eliminator in the Japanese market. This cruiser-segment motorcycle is expected to arrive in the Indian market in 2023. While we await more details about the Indian launch of the 2023 Kawasaki Eliminator, here we explain the top five highlights of this Japanese cruiser motorcycle.
How is the styling of the 2023 Kawasaki Eliminator?
The new 2023 Kawasaki Eliminator draws styling inspiration from the Vulcan S cruiser motorcycle that is already available for sale in several markets, including India. This motorcycle is available in two variants in the Japanese market – Standard and SE. The styling cues on both variants comprise a round headlight, chopped fenders, a single-pod instrument cluster, a curvy fuel tank, a split-style seat, an exposed frame, a side-slung exhaust, and alloy wheels. The SE variant further benefits from a headlight cowl, front fork gaiters, and a two-tone seat. The premium version also gets a USB Type-C power socket with a waterproof design and Kawasaki's first Mitsuba Sankowa GPS-compatible drive recorder system. The standard model is listed in two colours – Metallic Flat Spark Black and Pearl Robotic White. The SE version, on the other hand, is available in a single paint option – Metallic Matte Carbon Grey with Flat Ebony.
The list of optional extras for the 2023 Kawasaki Eliminator comprises a low seat, high seat, pillion grabrail, rear carrier, radiator guard, engine slider, tank pad, and heated grips. The company will also offer a USB Type-C charger for the base model.
What are the mechanical specifications of the 2023 Kawasaki Eliminator?
The new Kawasaki Eliminator shares its 398cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine with the Ninja 400. Linked to a six-speed gearbox, this motor is tuned to deliver a maximum output of 46.9bhp at 10,000rpm and a peak torque of 37Nm at 8,000rpm. The World Motorcycle Test Cycle (WMTC) certified fuel economy of this motorcycle stands at 25.7kmpl. With its 12-litre fuel tank and WMTC-certified fuel economy, the 2023 Kawasaki Eliminator can cover a distance of over 300km per full tank.
How comprehensive is the feature list on the 2023 Kawasaki Eliminator?
The feature list on the 2023 Kawasaki Eliminator comprises full-LED lighting (headlight, taillight, and turn indicators), a Bluetooth-enabled fully-digital instrument cluster, assist and slipper clutch, and Nissin-sourced dual-channel ABS. The LCD shows data such as a speedometer, digital bar-style tachometer, gear position indicator, clock, odometer, two trip meters, fuel gauge, current and average fuel consumption, maintenance reminders, and call and email notifications. The SE variant, as mentioned earlier, features a USB tyre-C charger and Mitsuba Sankowa's GPS-compatible drive recorder.
What hardware does the 2023 Kawasaki Eliminator use?
The Kawasaki Eliminator is built around a trellis frame and rides on 41mm telescopic front forks and twin rear shocks. The braking setup includes a single 310mm disc at the front and a single 240mm rotor at the back, while the safety net includes a dual-channel ABS. The motorcycle rides on an 18-inch front and 16-inch rear wheel. These are shod in 130/70-section front and 150/80-section rear tubeless tyres. The base model tips the weighing scale at 176kg, while the SE variant is 178kg heavy.
How much does the 2023 Kawasaki Eliminator cost?
The base model of the 2023 Kawasaki Eliminator has been priced at 7,59,000 yen (Rs. 4.75 lakh), while the SE variant is available at 8,58,000 yen (Rs. 5.37 lakh). The motorcycle is currently manufactured in Thailand. The Indian launch details are not available yet but we expect to see this motorcycle on our shores in the second half of 2023. Once launched, this Japanese cruiser motorcycle will rival the Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 in the Indian market.
Prices mentioned above include the consumption tax