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Kawasaki Eliminator “MK46” a Tribute to Valentino Rossi
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Kawasaki Eliminator “MK46” a Tribute to Valentino Rossi
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If you’re giving your custom motorcycle project the label “tribute to Valentino Rossi”, you’re not afraid. Taking an extraordinary base bike like a Kawasaki Eliminator 175 makes it even more challenging. But the Guys from Motokraft, based in Delhi, India, had a long desired dream to build something for The Doctor to wish him luck in the MotoGP. The project started with two neglected base ingredients: an old Kawasaki Eliminator 175 and a rear section with a big fat 200mm tire. Since both main parts didn’t suit that well together, they’ve worked their way up from the ground. The result of this “Homage Cafe Racer” project is a unique, rather post-apocalypse cafe racer.

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The Kawasaki Eliminator 175 may sound unfamiliar to a lot, but it was a lightweight cruiser built in cooperation with Bajar Auto to serve the Indian market for light, cheap urban transportation. Original the bike has a 173cc air-cooled four-stroke engine that delivers around 15hp. But there’s nothing original on this machine. To give it some more “bite”, they’ve upgraded the engine with a Kawasaki EL400 crankshaft and overhead camshaft with a new P220 cylinder and oversized piston. It’s carburated by a 38mm BS carburetor with ported in- and outlets. A K&N filter with open exhaust will deliver more air. It now has approximately 310cc’s. It’s not tested on a dyno yet (;)), but it’s very likely that the power output is doubled.

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To change the stance and improve handling, the frame is heavily modified. Since the rear section, they want to use was built for a mono shock setup, they had to adjust the frame to fit it. In front, they’ve placed a 41mm telescopic fork which makes the bike lend a bit more forward. Together with the clip ons, a bit wider fork setup, and rear sets that are placed way to the back give the bike an aggressive riding position.

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The metal bodywork is built from scratch: starting in front with a racy plate with integrated LED light, custom tank with beautiful leather straps and a Monza gas cap, custom seat and rear hump and a belly pan underneath the engine to finish the look. To give it a raw and rough look, the metal is polished without paint. All and all I think that this unique and extraordinary machine turned out great. I hope Valentino likes it!

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