Kawasaki ZL 400 Eliminator (SE, LX)

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Kawasaki ZL400 Eliminator (ZL400A)

The Kawasaki ZL400 Eliminator appeared in 1986 for the Japanese domestic market. The model was based on an in-line 4-cylinder liquid-cooled engine with a volume of 398 cm³, delivering up to 54 hp. power and up to 33 Nm of torque. The motor did not become an independent development, but almost without changes migrated from the Kawasaki GPZ400R model.

Other features of the Kawasaki Eliminator 400 include a classic steel frame, simple suspensions in the form of a 37 mm telescopic fork in front and a double shock absorber at the rear, front disc and rear drum brakes, cardan drive and a 12 liter fuel tank (since 1994 - 13 liters). Dry weight of a motorcycle - from 194 kg.

At the beginning of its production, there was only one Eliminator 400 modification on the market, which had the factory code “ZL400A”.

Since 1988, the model has been divided into 2 modifications - Kawasaki Eliminator 400 SE (ZL400B) and Kawasaki Eliminator 400 LX (ZL400C). Both versions were virtually identical in technical terms, but had a number of visual and stylistic differences. In these modifications, the Eliminator 400 existed until 1990 inclusive.

In 1994, Kawasaki restyled the model, offering the market a new version of the Kawasaki ZL400 Eliminator with the factory code “ZL400D”. It visually resembles the previous LX modification, but with a different rear end, saddle, brakes, etc.

1995 was the last year of production of the model, after which it finally rolled off the assembly line. An attempt to create a drag bike with a cruiser frame and a sports engine failed and the model was in rather low demand. This applied not only to the ZL400, but to the entire Eliminator line. As a result, the series, although it has its fans, but the models are quite rare on the market.

The lineup of the Kawasaki Eliminator series:

  • Kawasaki ZL400 Eliminator
  • Kawasaki ZL600 Eliminator
  • Kawasaki ZL750 Eliminator
  • Kawasaki ZL900 Eliminator
  • Kawasaki ZL1000 Eliminator


Kawasaki ZL400A Eliminator
Kawasaki ZL400B Eliminator SE
Kawasaki ZL400C Eliminator LX
Kawasaki ZL400D Eliminator


Specifications Kawasaki ZL 400 Eliminator:

ModelKawasaki ZL400 Eliminator
Motorcycle typecruiser
Release year1986-1995
Framesteel tubular
Engine type4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume398 cm³
Bore / Stroke56.0 x 40.4 mm
Compression ratio11.0: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 4x Keihin CVK30
Ignition typeDigital transistor
Maximum power54.0 h.p. (39.7 kW) @ 12000 rpm - ZL400A, ZL400B, ZL400C

53.0 h.p. (39.0 kW) @ 12000 rpm - ZL400D

Maximum torque33.0 Nm (3.4 kg * m) @ 10500 rpm - ZL400A, ZL400B, ZL400C

33.0 Nm (3.4 kg * m) @ 10,000 rpm - ZL400D

Drive typecardan
Front tire size100 / 90-18 56H
Rear tire size150 / 80-15 70H
Front brakes1 disc, 1-piston caliper - ZL400A

2 discs, 1-piston calipers - ZL400B, ZL400C

1 disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper - ZL400D

Rear brakesdrum
Front suspensiontelescopic fork 37 mm
Rear suspensionpendulum with two shock absorbers
Motorcycle length2210 mm - ZL400A, ZL400B, ZL400C

2245 mm - ZL400D

Motorcycle width795 mm - ZL400A, ZL400B

755 mm - ZL400C

720 mm - ZL400D

Motorcycle height1130 mm - ZL400A, ZL400B

1070 mm - ZL400C

1090 mm - ZL400D

Wheelbase1550 mm
Saddle height705 mm
Minimum ground clearance145 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h4.5 sec
Maximum speed180 km / h
Fuel tank capacity12.0 L - ZL400A, ZL400B, ZL400C

13.0 L - ZL400D

Motorcycle weight (dry)197 kg - ZL400A, ZL400B

194 kg - ZL400C

195 kg - ZL400D