KAWASAKI EL125 ELIMINATOR (1998-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A top little bike to hone your skills on"

Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator motorcycle review - Riding

"A top little bike to hone your skills on"

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator’s a top little bike to hone your skills on with a responsive, smooth motor and easy handling. The Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator is never going to win any races but that’s not what it’s about: it’ll haul you from A to B with little fuss, enabling you to enjoy the ride.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator is great for novices: everything’s easy to control with no nasty surprises. The throttle’s gentle but responsive, as are the clutch and gearbox. Combined with a great turning circle and low seat height, the Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator is easily manoeuvred, even by nervous novices. The Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator's brakes and handling are great and it’s very well-balanced.

Engine 4 out of 5

Learner legal but there’s only just enough to propel the Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator around. The Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator is ideal for town riding, and the engine really does pull well right through the rev range, but launching yourself down a motorway could prove optimistic. Still, the Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator is smooth and predictable and, best of all, very reliable.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator is a well built, if fairly basic, machine. Bodily, there’s plenty of chrome to keep shiny and, if cared for, it should last well. The Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator's engine is superb at what it does and few owners have problems with it whilst the front brake is particularly adept. The Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator is relatively low on frills but nicely put together.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The price of Kawasaki EL125 Eliminators just seems to keep coming down. It’s great value, is categorised in a low insurance group and fuel consumption means big savings on the forecourt. Rivals, Honda’s VT125C Shadow and Suzuki’s VL125 Intruder, are both considerably more expensive than the Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator but the Suzuki GZ125 Marauder is the serious competition, at the same price. Find a Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator for sale.

Insurance group: 5 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator looks larger than it is (from certain angles, at least), with an ample seat for two, a plush pillion backrest and foot-forward controls for the rider. The ignition’s in a funny place (down below/in front of the fuel tank) and there’s no screen but the Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator's spoked wheels and chrome-housed, tank top dash certainly look the part.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their KAWASAKI EL125 ELIMINATOR (1998-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your KAWASAKI EL125 ELIMINATOR (1998-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.2 out of 5
Engine 4.4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.2 out of 5
Equipment 2.8 out of 5
4 out of 5

My first bike

22 June 2015 by Nicole

I'm still getting to know this great little bike. Sometimes it takes a moment to heat up to work smoothly and struggles on hills But that is it, everything else is great about it I love this bike :) Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes could be sharper Can struggle a bit on hills
Engine
5 out of 5
Love how it sounds
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Sometimes needs to sit to warm up before can be used but only takes a few minutes Built pretty strong Only had slight surface rusting but most of it sorted via elbow grease
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Still in first year so can't say for sure
Equipment
4 out of 5
I recommend getting Silvo silver polish. Works magic on the metal work for rust and cleaning.
Buying experience

Bought privately Was advertised at £950 and collection Paid £700 and delivery

4 out of 5

Eliminator

10 June 2012 by jimbobbikepants

Great first bike would recommend strongly. Nice handling always feels sure footed. Brakes aren't the best but do the job just need bit of a firmer squeeze. 73mph top speed but I'm a very light rider at 57kg. No rev counter but you soon learn the bike... Read more even as a newbie... Great bike!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
2 out of 5
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4 out of 5

Eliminator

10 June 2012 by jimbobbikepants

Great first bike would recommend strongly. Nice handling always feels sure footed. Brakes aren't the best but do the job just need bit of a firmer squeeze. 73mph top speed but I'm a very light rider at 57kg. No rev counter but you soon learn the bike... Read more even as a newbie... Great bike!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
2 out of 5
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5 out of 5

BN125 Review

26 April 2008 by cardiff_gareth

This is my first bike and its a cracker. Got it for a bargain price and for me its tidy! It has custom chopper looks and handles great. The only kwirk with it is after market accessories, don't be thinking you can go out and get a sissy bar etc as... Read more they are like rocking horse doo doo. Mine is in Nero black and it looks great. Engine reliabilty is super and spares are easy to get off ebay etc!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
2 out of 5
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5 out of 5

cracker

17 January 2008 by deadfatelvis

my first bike, loved it , 60/70 mpg , very comfy , looks best in black! Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Read all 5 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1998
Year discontinued -
New price £1,999
Used price £1,600 to £2,300
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 5 of 17
Annual road tax £17
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 7 ft-lb
Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 21 secs
Average fuel consumption 60 mpg
Tank range 172 miles
Specification
Engine size 124cc
Engine type 2v single cylinder, 5 gears
Frame type Steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 680mm
Bike weight 135kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake 250mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 90/90 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 15

History & Versions

Model history

1998: Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator launched (it’s sometimes referred to as a “BN125”). Only minor/colour changes since.

Other versions

None.

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