2024 Kawasaki Eliminator – First Look

Ryan Adams
by Ryan Adams

Kawasaki bumps the displacement on its 399cc Parallel Twin

2024 kawasaki eliminator first look

Originally sleuthed by our man DC back in April, Kawasaki has finally pulled the wraps off of its all-new… light-to-middleweight standard? Whatever you want to call it is fine, Kawi calls it the Eliminator. Specially crafted to cater to the demands of the everyday with its rider-friendly approach in mind, this machine features a new 451cc Parallel Twin engine derived from the Ninja, a lightweight chassis with an upright riding position and a 28.9-inch seat height with styling that Kawasaki says harkens back to its power cruisers of the ’80s.

2024 kawasaki eliminator first look

Kawasaki has added 6.8 mm of stroke to the existing 399 cc Twin, adding 52 cc to its overall displacement in hopes of achieving more low-end torque. The Eliminator’s engine uses the same 32 mm throttle bodies found on the 400 feeding the same 5.8L airbox. We'd be surprised if we didn't see this updated engine make its way into other models. Interestingly enough in some markets, like Japan, the 399 cc engine will be used.

I guess we’ll call it a standard.
I guess we’ll call it a standard.

The trellis frame was developed using Kawasaki’s advanced dynamic rigidity analysis and is meant to contribute to the overall light weight and low seat height. The square-tube swingarm was designed with the same goals in mind for overall low weight and bolts directly to the back of the engine via an aluminum swing arm mount plate giving it better torsional rigidity without the need for additional bracing.

2024 kawasaki eliminator first look

The Eliminator rolls on 18/16-inch wheels that feature a 130/70-18 tire size up front with a 150/80-16 in the rear. A single 310 mm rotor with a two piston caliper gets things slowed down from the brake lever while a 220 mm rear disc is also pinched with two pistons. ABS is featured only on select Eliminator models.

2024 kawasaki eliminator first look

Bluetooth connectivity can be tapped into via the instrument panel to use the Kawasaki Rideology app to check out vehicle info, log your rides, receive mobile phone notifications, and generally tune your bike’s settings.

The Kawasaki Eliminator will be available in three trims:

  • Eliminator
  • MSRP: $6,649
  • Color: Pearl Robotic White, Pearl Storm Gray

  • Eliminator ABS
  • MSRP: $6,949
  • Color: Pearl Robotic White, Metallic Flat Spark Black

  • Eliminator SE ABS
  • MSRP: $7,249
  • Color: Candy Steel Furnace Orange / Ebony

Here's what Kawasaki has to say...

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator

Kawasaki’s all-new Eliminator® motorcycle answers the calls from the streets, with its engine, frame, and suspension designed with rider approachability in mind. The all-new Eliminator will be sure to break convention and let you just ride.

The Eliminator was built with a timeless design, bringing a sleek and low element to the forefront and making an extremely welcoming motorcycle that can be enjoyed by a wide range of riders. The Eliminator is equipped with a low and comfortable seat and utilizes a lightweight chassis to make this model an ideal riding partner.

A smooth and strong, 451cc parallel-twin engine and trellis frame were designed with street riding in mind. Combined with its highly capable chassis, comfortable and confidence-inspiring ergonomics and modern technology, the Eliminator will make any ride enjoyable in town or on the highway.


• ALL-NEW 451cc parallel-twin engine

• ALL-NEW Relaxed, upright riding position

• ALL-NEW Lightweight chassis

• ALL-NEW Long and low design

• ALL-NEW Lightweight trellis frame

• ALL-NEW Twin-shock rear suspension

• ALL-NEW Round LED headlight

• ALL-NEW Digital instrumentation

• ALL-NEW RIDEOLOGY THE APP* smartphone connectivity

2024 kawasaki eliminator first look


The Eliminator’s parallel twin engine utilizes the same platform as the performance-proven Ninja® 400 sportbike but has a 6.8mm longer stroke to increase displacement and help create strong low-end torque, which greatly benefits low-speed rideability and makes for a relaxed, fun machine.

Large 32mm throttle valves provide abundant air flow for strong performance while the oval-shaped valves allow their closed position to sit at an angle, contributing to quicker throttle response. Fine-atomizing injectors aid in overall combustion efficiency and were closely placed near the intake ports to add to a smooth, linear throttle response.

A large 5.8L airbox ensures optimum intake efficiency and more engine power and the design helps riders hear the engine’s intake noise during acceleration, while the intake funnels are set at unequal heights to help tune out torque valleys for a smoother throttle response. The downdraft intake tract helps contribute to the engine’s overall performance at higher rpms and eliminates space under the seat to facilitate an easier ground reach.

A smooth-shifting six-speed transmission covers a wide range of riding conditions and allows for more comfortable cruising on the highway or city streets, while the final gear ratio was selected for a similar feel to some of its Ninja counterparts. The assist and slipper clutch uses the rotational forces of the clutch to force it together during acceleration (assist function) so that fewer and lighter clutch springs can be used for a lighter feel at the lever. During high back torque, such as when too low of gear is selected during downshifting, the slipper function allows some clutch slippage to help prevent rear wheel hop and stalling due to engine lock-up.

2024 kawasaki eliminator first look


Developed with street riding in mind, the 2024 Eliminator features a lightweight trellis frame and was designed using Kawasaki’s advanced dynamic rigidity analysis, resulting in optimum rigidity with minimal weight which significantly contributes to the bike’s low overall curb mass. The long and low frame design keeps the rider’s seat low while maintaining a sporty feel, and the geometry of the chassis was carefully designed to provide light, natural handling to boost rider confidence to give a relaxed feel while riding.

In an effort to reduce weight, a square-tube swingarm construction was used and provides ample rigidity without unnecessary gusseting. A die-cast aluminum swingarm mount plate bolts to the back of the engine for the swingarm pivot shaft, allowing the swingarm to be mounted directly to the engine. Using this method eliminates the need for additional frame cross members for torsional rigidity.


Keeping with the customary long and low design, the 2024 Eliminator comes with an 18-inch front and 16-inch rear 10-spoke wheels. Measuring in at 130/70-18 up front and 150/80-16 in the rear, the larger-sized tires help provide riding composure while adding to the motorcycle’s striking figure.

A large 310mm semi-floating petal front brake disc, paired with a balanced actuation dual-piston caliper, provides strong, effective stopping power and a rigid front brake master cylinder helps to eliminate idle stroke for an overall more positive feel. The rear dual-piston caliper with large pistons and 220mm rear petal disc keeps the motorcycle in check in the rear.

An anti-lock braking system is featured on select Eliminator models, which features Nissin’s latest compact ABS control unit that can step in and assist with braking under certain conditions.


Rider comfort was kept in mind every step of the way when designing the Eliminator. To help increase rider confidence, the rider is situated in a relaxed riding position, and the lower seat height and scooped design provides moderate hip support for increased rider comfort.

Wide, flat rubber-mounted handlebars not only add to the authentic Eliminator styling but provide the rider with a wider grip for easier bike control. The footpegs are found in a standard central location land are covered in rubber to add comfort to the rider’s feet and combine hard rubber with hollow centers and hidden counterweights to help reduce vibration in the feet.

2024 kawasaki eliminator first look


The Eliminator is ready to answer the call of the streets with its long and low, elegant design, with a thin fuel tank and horizontal linework found from the head pipe to the heritage-designed tail. A legacy fuel tank design makes the motorcycle unique as it curves to seamlessly flow into the rider’s seat.

The tail cowl stays true to the original Eliminator design but creates its own unique statement with a slim design that complements the long and low styling and an aggressive slash-cut lower line hints at the motorcycle’s performance potential and sleek appeal.

A round headlight pays homage to the motorcycle’s overall heritage design and features a modern LED lamp with dual high/low beam chambers and position lamps so that the entire headlight appears lit like a traditional incandescent bulb. The tail light is reminiscent of early Eliminator models with its slim, wide design, giving it the perfect street-dominating look.

Keeping the Eliminator’s authenticity but staying with current times, a modern, compact, round-shaped LCD instrument panel was chosen to adorn the front of the motorcycle, fully equipped with a positive LCD screen for high contrast and excellent readability while riding. The display functions include a digital speedometer, digital bar-style tachometer, gear position indicator, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, remaining fuel range, current and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, maintenance reminder, smartphone mail and call notices, and Bluetooth® indicator.


Bluetooth® technology built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using RIDEOLOGY THE APP*, a number of instrument functions can be accessed, logged, and reviewed contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience. The following information can be viewed:

1. Vehicle Info – Information such as fuel gauge, odometer, maintenance schedule, and more can be viewed via the smartphone

2. Riding Log – GPS route information as well as vehicle running information can be logged and viewed via the smartphone

3. Mobile Phone Notices – When a call or email is received by the smartphone, this is indicated on the instrument display

4. Tuning / General Settings – General instrument display settings such as preferred units, date, date format, and more can be adjusted via the smartphone

The app can also be used when away from the motorcycle. When riding (with the app ON), the bike and smartphone are always connected and riding log data is being recorded by the app. After your ride, the latest riding information is stored by the app and may be viewed on the smartphone. Any changes made via the app while the engine is off, or while out of range, will be implemented as soon as the ignition is turned on and the smartphone is in range with the app ON.

*RIDEOLOGY THE APP is not intended for use during vehicle operation.

2024 kawasaki eliminator first look


Complementing the Eliminator for 2024 is the addition of the all-new Eliminator SE, helping to further expand the Eliminator line. The Eliminator SE adds several cutting-edge features to the standard model, making it the perfect machine to hit the streets in style.


• ALL-NEW Distinct color and graphics

• ALL-NEW Compact headlight cowl

• ALL-NEW Fork boots

• ALL-NEW USB-C outlet

• ALL-NEW Seat featuring two-pattern cover


Standing apart from its brethren, the Eliminator SE comes in a distinct, eye-catching orange color adorned with special graphics that make it pop. The headlight cowl is reminiscent of those found on the original Eliminator SE motorcycles and its cunning mounting method helps add to the compact, stylish design. A convenient USB-C outlet is mounted on the right handlebar, and its waterproof design helps protect it from the elements. Staying in line with the standard seat, the Eliminator SE’s seat keeps the same overall shape but features a two-pattern seat leather and stitching along the top edge.


Riders can personalize their Eliminator to meet their needs, with numerous Kawasaki Genuine Accessories to choose from, such as: seat cowl, low and high seats, covers, helmet lock, tall windshield, DC power outlet, frame slider kit, radiator trim, and tank pad.

2024 Kawasaki Eliminator


Type 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4 Valve Cylinder Head, Parallel Twin


451 cc

Bore & Stroke

70.0 x 58.6 mm

Maximum Torque

31.7 lb-ft @ 7,500 rpm

Compression Ratio


Fuel System

DFI® w/ 32 mm Throttle Bodies (2)

Ignition TCBI with Digital Advance

TCBI with Digital Advance


6-Speed with Positive Neutral Finder

Final Drive

Sealed Chain


30° / 4.8 in.

Front Wheel Travel

4.7 in.

Rear Wheel Travel

3.5 in.

Front Tire Size


Rear Tire Size



59.8 in.

Front Suspension

41mm Hydraulic Telescopic Fork

Rear Suspension

Dual Shocks

Front Brake Type

Single 310mm Disc with 2-Piston Balanced Actuation Caliper

Rear Brake Type

Single 240mm Disc with 2-Piston Caliper

Fuel Tank Capacity

3.7 gal.

Seat Height

28.9 in.

Curb Weight

388.1 (ABS)/390.3 (ABS SE)/385.9 (Non-ABS) lb.


12 months

Kawasaki Protection Plus™

12, 24, 36 or 48 months

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  • John Stockman John Stockman on Jun 12, 2023

    Love this! I started out on a 1980 KZ250 in 1983. After two years and 38K miles on the 250, I found an in-need-of-repairs '81 KZ440. Someone had butchered the wiring harness, but I found a donor at a local motorcycle salvage yard that had an intact harness. That '440 needed much more but it was fun to fix what needed to be done and I learned a lot about the bike in the process. I have some physical challenges and the KZ440 was easy to modify with the foot pegs, rear brake lever, etc. I ended up owning two more and put over 100,000 miles on all 3 of them in succession. I'd keep the previous one as a parts bike. The third and final one was the biggest challenge, but rewarding to get back on the road again. It was a mess, but it was one owner and only 700 miles. It took me 3 months to get it back to a reliable machine. Put 10K miles on it the first year. Loved those bikes and this new Eliminator looks to continue that great middle-weight tradition. This pic is the first day after all the work I wheeled it outside for a few pics before my first ride on it. Just the cleaning and polishing took so much time...but it was worth it. The tank had a large dent in it on the left side; when I went to see it the first time, it was buried under a huge pile of furniture, laying on its side! I couldn't even see it until the girl who owned it and her friend moved the furniture that was covering it up. It looked so sad laying on the floor like that, but I knew I could save it.

  • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Jun 13, 2023

    Looks like a worthy competitor for Honda's Rebels, and I am thinking the 500 as much as the 300. Perhaps the main danger here for Kawasaki is that by baking into this bike style points from several different types of bikes it may wind up without its own character.