Kawasaki Eliminator 500
Revving up the excitement for cruiser enthusiasts in India, Kawasaki has officially launched the Eliminator 500, priced at Rs 5.62 lakh (ex-showroom, India). After making waves overseas with its mid-2023 debut, the Eliminator 500 is set to carve its niche in the Indian biking landscape.
Under the hood, the Eliminator 500 boasts a new 451cc parallel twin motor, a variant of the engine seen in the Kawasaki Ninja 400. With a 6.8mm longer stroke, a larger airbox, and 32mm throttle bodies, this engine is designed to deliver enhanced torque and improved rideability compared to its predecessor. Generating a peak power of 45hp at 9,000rpm and 42.6Nm of torque at 6,000rpm, this engine recently showcased its prowess in the new Ninja Kawasaki 500 and Z500 at EICMA 2023.
Power is efficiently transmitted to the rear wheel through a six-speed gearbox equipped with a slip/assist clutch, ensuring a smooth and responsive riding experience.
What sets the Eliminator 500 apart is its brand-new chassis featuring dual rear shocks, offering an old-school cruiser aesthetic. Distinct from its larger sibling, the Vulcan 650, which employs a mono-shock, the Eliminator 500 promises a unique visual appeal.
While sharing some similarities with the Vulcan, such as its long and low stance and a substantial 18-inch front wheel, the Eliminator 500 deviates with a 16-inch rear wheel, a move that enhances its cruiser demeanor. Braking duties are handled by a single 310mm front disc and a 240mm rear disc, with dual-channel ABS as a standard feature.
Designed to cater to a diverse range of riders, the Eliminator 500 boasts a low seat height of 734mm, ideal for shorter riders. Following in the footsteps of the Kawasaki Vulcan 650, this cruiser features the ergo-fit system, allowing riders to choose from various optional handlebar and footpeg setups.
Weighing in at 176kg and with a ground clearance of 150mm, the Eliminator 500 presents itself as a lightweight cruiser, significantly lighter than its 235kg counterpart, the Vulcan S.
Given that the Eliminator 500 arrives in India as a CKD import, the price point of Rs 5.62 lakh might be on the higher side for some. Notwithstanding, it enters the market poised to compete with the likes of the recently unveiled Royal Enfield Shotgun 650 and the Benelli 502C, promising a thrilling choice for cruiser aficionados.
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