In Japan, Kawasaki Introduces The Eliminator 400 Cruiser
March 20, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Automotive News
For both novice and experienced motorcyclists, the Kawasaki 400cc parallel-twin platform has proven to be a very competent motorcycle.
It was basically a development of the Ninja 250 and is the most recent parallel-twin engine design from Team Green after the Ninja 300 platform that was previously unveiled. The Z400 naked bike arrived soon after the Ninja 400, as it had with earlier versions.
This Brand-New Cruiser Is Ideal For Beginners And Is Built On The Ninja 400 Chassis
Contrary to what Honda did with its 500cc platform, Kawasaki did not appear to have any intentions to increase the number of 400cc models in its inventory. Personally, I was expecting for a Versys 400 to replace the Versys X300, but it doesn’t appear that will be occurring any time soon.
But with the resurgence of the Eliminator moniker, Kawasaki is now entering the entry-level cruiser market. Yes, the new cycle is based on the 400cc chassis and is currently only sold in Japan.
In two variants, Kawasaki introduced the Eliminator 400 to the Japanese market. The Eliminator 400, like many other Green machines, is available in a basic trim level as well as an upscale SE version that’s outfitted with posh technology like a GPS-ready monitor and even front and back cams. The cruiser’s 399cc parallel-twin engine, which is liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, and produces 45 horsepower and 26 pound-feet of torque, has nothing particularly innovative about it. A six-speed manual gearbox is then used to drive the back wheels.
Kawasaki has a history of creating motorcycles with parallel-twin engines; the Vulcan S has been on the market for almost ten years. The new Eliminator 400 has a distinctive look that tends towards a more retro design, even though it does have some parallels to this larger cruiser. However, it does share a lot of similarities with the Honda Rebel 500, particularly when painted Spark Black Metallic, and could be confused for Big Red’s family-friendly cruiser.
With a saddle height of only 735 millimeters, the Kawasaki Eliminator 400 has very sociable dimensions. The bench can be changed to be either 765 millimeters tall or 715 millimeters short. A digital gauge cluster is also included with the cycle, and the SE model boasts upscale features like GPS connectivity and front- and rear-mounted cameras.
It will be evident when it launches on the market that the Rebel 500, along with a plethora of other cruisers, primarily made by Chinese makers, is its primary rival.
The Eliminator 400, which is only presently offered in Japan, is anticipated to enter the worldwide market in 2023. For comparison, the basic trim sells for 759,000 Yen, or about $5,732. The price for the more expensive SE variant is 858,000 Yen, or roughly $6,480 USD.
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