Kawasaki has introduced the Eliminator 400 cruiser in the Japanese markets, which utilizes the identical engine as the Ninja 400 sportbike, although with some adjustments. The cruiser is offered in two variations, namely the standard and SE models. The SE variant comes with extra gear like front and rear cameras, among other features.
The Eliminator 400 is equipped with the identical liquid-cooled, 399cc, parallel-twin engine as the Ninja 400. However, it produces a slightly higher output of 48hp and 37Nm peak torque figures. The cruiser employs a new trellis frame and is supported by a telescopic fork and twin shock absorber setup.
The Eliminator 400 comes with a dual-channel ABS system and is equipped with a 310mm front disc and a 240mm rear disc for braking. However, its fuel tank capacity is 12 litres, which is five litres less than that of the Ninja 400. Moreover, it weighs 8kg more, tipping the scales at 176kg. The seat height is 735mm, making it easily accessible for most riders, who should be able to plant their feet comfortably on the ground. The Eliminator 400 adheres to the traditional cruiser design elements of the past, featuring a low seat, a raked-out front end, and a smooth round fuel tank.
However, unlike its predecessors, this new model has minimal chrome accents and a modern cruiser style, with black finishing on all the bodywork and cycle parts. The lighting system is completely LED-based. Indeed, the Eliminator 400 shares a striking resemblance with the Honda Rebel 500, and both bikes will be direct rivals in foreign markets. The Eliminator 400's top-tier SE model is outfitted with front and rear cameras, which function as dash-cams, providing riders with concrete evidence in case of any untoward incidents. Furthermore, the SE variant is equipped with a small bikini fairing and fork gaiters as additional features
At present, the Kawasaki Eliminator 400 is exclusively available in Japan, and there is no official word from the company regarding its global launch. The standard variant of the bike is priced at 759,000 Yen (approximately equivalent to P320,000), while the higher-spec SE version retails for 858,000 Yen (roughly P360,000).