Skip to content

Kawasaki EL125 ELIMINATOR Custom Motorbike Review

Find By Make/Model

1 of 12
Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator motorcycle review - Riding
Click to enlarge
Previous image Next image

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 2.5

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.

Kawasaki EL125 Eliminator (1998-current)

Detail Value
New price £1,999
Dealer used prices
£1,700 (2007) - £1,790 (2007)
Private used prices
£1,530 (2007) - £1,610 (2007)
  View full used price info
Engine size 124 cc
Power 12 bhp
Top speed 65 mph
Insurance group 5 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 2.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

Insurance group: 5 of 17

Compare motorcycle insurance quotes now

Model History

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

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 65 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 21 secs
Max power 12 bhp
Max torque 7 ft-lb
Weight 135 kg
Seat height 680 mm
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Average fuel consumption 60 mpg
Tank range 172 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 5 of 17
Engine size 124 cc
Engine specification 2v single cylinder, 5 gears
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 250mm disc
Rear brake Drum
Front tyre size 90/90 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/90 x 15

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(4 reviews)

  • Eliminator

    jimbobbikepants

    Average rating rating is 3.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    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 even as a newbie... Great bike!

    10 June 2012

  • Eliminator

    jimbobbikepants

    Average rating rating is 3.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    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 even as a newbie... Great bike!

    10 June 2012

  • BN125 Review

    gareth williams

    Average rating rating is 4.5

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

    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 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!

    26 April 2008

  • cracker

    deadfatelvis

    Average rating rating is 4

    Show Details

    Overall
    Ride and Handling
    Equipment
    Quality and Reliabilty
    Value
    Engine

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

    17 January 2008

Page

Discuss this

Add your comment

There are currently no comments

Most popular

Rate my bike