For 2009, Kawasaki brings its classic silver paint and chrome, entry-level cruiser bike back to the market, the Eliminator. Riders will be delighted to know not much has changed in this favorite, which comes from Japan. The same Kawasaki dependability and efficiency is right there to handle the tasks at hand, with the sureness loyal riders have come to expect. The fenders and lighting can only be referred to as classic and will surely evoke nostalgic feelings among older riders.
The 2009 Kawasaki Eliminator is powered by a peppy four-stroke, air-cooled, single overhead cam engine with 124cc of displacement. Fuel is controlled by a 28mm Mikuni BS28 carburetor, providing direct throttle response and fantastic fuel economy. The small yet roomy gas tank holds 3.4 gallons of gas. The lightweight engine is specially tuned for low-end and mid-range torque, making the 2009 Eliminator perfect for urban riding. Maintenance is minimized due in part to the automatic cam chain tensioner for pinpoint cam timing. The electronic ignition has very few moving parts, requiring no periodic adjustments, and giving the rider worry-free starting in all types of climates.
The five-speed, chain-driven manual transmission on the Kawasaki Eliminator distributes the power evenly over the entire power band, with a gear for every situation from urban streets to the open road. Lightweight and balanced engineering from Kawasaki has given this cruiser motorcycle a powerful feel, but the torque is easily manageable by beginners; so much so, that the Motorcycle Safety Foundation frequently uses this bike in entry-level rider courses.
Befitting an entry-level motorcycle, the 2009 Eliminator is equipped with a 33mm hydraulic telescopic fork, bearing 5.5 inches of wheel travel. Attached to the twin-sided swing arm are two adjustable shock absorbers, bearing 3.1 inches of wheel travel. This translates to a comfortable ride over long distances. The Kawasaki Eliminator rolls on a narrow 17-inch 90/90 tire in front and a relatively wide 130/90 15-inch tire in the rear, allowing the bike to readily handle bumps, uneven surfaces, and potholes.
The cockpit layout on the 2009 Eliminator is a basic upright seating position, comfortable for both the rider and one additional passenger. The vinyl one-piece seat is stepped, durable, and sits at 26.8 inches high. The double-cradle frame is made of high-tensile, round section steel. The Eliminator’s stiff frame and 34-degree rake gives good rider feedback on a small bike weighing only 319 dry pounds and measuring 84.6 inches in length, while being only 41.3 inches wide.
One of the most important factors to look for in a beginner bike is controllability. The handlebars on the Kawasaki Eliminator provide a wide, stable stance, with all controls right at the rider’s fingertips. Stop and go traffic is not a problem, due to the 250mm disc brake in front with a single-piston caliper. Balancing things out in the rear is a drum brake. An optional rack is available to add to the rear of the bike, in order to increase its storage capacity.
The 2009 Kawasaki Eliminator 125 is a great entry into the world of cruiser bikes on offer by the famous firm, emanating from the land of the rising sun.