First Impression: 1996 Kawasaki Eliminator 600 Motortrend

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First Impression: 1996 Eliminator 600

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about tires, the ZL, lacking pretensions, is shod with Bridgestone Exedra rubber. The of wheel sizes (a narrow incher on the front and a fifteen in the rear), and short suspension out make for a long, low look. The at an ample 61 inches, is plenty enough to guarantee stability in a line.

The mix of components continues at the end, where the single brake is gripped by a basic, piston caliper, and the steering is kept aloft by your no frills 38mm conventional also quite conventionally much in the way of damping. Funny on such a long bike, one the benefit of a decent back can actually be felt, the rear is a single leading shoe

Stopping is not the ZL’s strong Although ease of use may be.

On first the bike, you’ll notice you can your knees when you the ground. Seat height is an 28 inches, and even given the of cruisers available these there isn’t much available that’s so low to the ground. such a low seat height, the suspension cannot be ultra-long or ultra compliant, so it’s no the rider takes a few jolts the kidneys over large

Ergonomics are plainly designed for the rider. Large, lanky will find their a little too close to their to be comfortable. The pull-back handlebars are with their risers, so the riding position is unfortunately

“You don’t expect a with a 61 inch wheelbase to be to throw around, but the low-ish of gravity and the machine’s light makes it relatively easy to on almost any road.”

The 600cc disappoints. It’s so obviously a engine, unaffected by recent in horsepower creating technology. At low the four cylinder engine doesn’t make much

At high rpm, it runs out of and still doesn’t make For a drag styled bike, an embarrassment. We were seriously off on the street by almost any two wheeler an engine the same size, or smaller than the ZL’s, if the other guy wasn’t trying.

the ZL does make up (somewhat) for its of muscle, is in back roads You don’t expect a machine a 61 inch wheelbase to be easy to around, but the low-ish center of and the machine’s light weight it relatively easy to handle on any road, even if you do throw in corners. It’s not a sportbike: the low clearance and the wallowy suspension tell you that, but it has no pretensions of a sportbike, and few bad habits either.

Just don’t expect it to anything on the straight.

So there you it. A motorcycle with a big yellow painted all the way through it. No good at anything, but OK at running away. If it a cheap, bargain basement, level rider’s bike, say go for the Eliminator. It has an identity problem, it discernible style and low end power, and kind of buzzy – but its saving is its ease of handling.

But it’s not At $6199 list price, the ZL is on the of 600 Sportbike territory, and priced just about every level bike.

You can even, theoretically, get a Harley-Davidson for less, although you’d get out of the Harley dealer’s showroom if you tried: Sportsters command premium over list Eliminators don’t. It’s the law of supply and demand.

Kawasaki Eliminator 600
Kawasaki Eliminator 600



Bore …: 60 x 52 mm

ratio: 11:1

Valve DOHC, 4-valve

Carburetion: 30mm Keihin CV

Ignition: state digital

Transmission: six shaft drive

Suspension: Front 38 mm forks, 5.9 travel

Kawasaki Eliminator 600
Kawasaki Eliminator 600
Kawasaki Eliminator 600
Kawasaki Eliminator 600
Kawasaki Eliminator 600
Kawasaki Eliminator 600
Kawasaki Eliminator 600
Kawasaki Eliminator 600

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