Vulcan S (non ABS)
The Vulcan S stands apart, with its Parallel Twin engine, unique frame and suspension layout, and its very non-traditional looks. Designed for independent-minded riders, it does not require the rider to conform to any herd mentality fashion or lifestyle. Special attention paid to ensuring high levels of fit & comfort, and confidence in riding make the new Vulcan an attractive option for new riders and female riders looking for a stylish, accommodating motorcycle. Accessible in all senses of the word, with the Vulcan S riders can come as they are, and just get on and go. LAMS ready with a low seat height the Vulcan S ticks all the boxes.
8-valve 649 cm³ Parallel Twin
Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 649 cm³ Parallel Twin with fuel injection delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low and medium rpm ranges. The engine was tuned for rider-friendly power characteristics that will inspire confidence in new riders. The Vulcan S offers smooth starts from a standstill, smooth acceleration, and a satisfying pull when accelerating. The strong acceleration facilitates highway merging and passing. The Vulcan S is also fitted with the Kawasaki exclusive neutral finder, when stationary in first gear, just shift up and it will automatically find neutral.
Tyres and Brakes
Wheel sizes (18-inch for the front, 17-inch for the rear) are closer to those found on a sport bike than a typical cruiser model (which often have much larger front wheels). The slightly larger front wheel contributes to the Vulcan S’s natural, light handling.
The Vulcan S is equipped with front and rear disc brakes. The 300mm front is gripped and 250mm rear brake rotors are gripped by a twin-piston caliper at the front and a single piston caliper for ample stopping power.
Footrest position adjustable with three positions available: STD, 25 mm forward, 25 mm back.
(Alternate shift linkage rods, sold separately, are necessary when changing the position from standard.)
Low seat height
Features a low 705 mm seat height. The seat design with thick, 62 mm padding offers a wide surface and excellent hip support, ensuring ample comfort for city riding and short tours. The seat bracket is rubber-mounted, reducing vibration transferred through the seat. Optional long and short seats are also available.
D-shaped swing arm
The swingarm’s D-shaped cross-section gives it a pipe-like design that matches the frame, and contributes to the high-quality appearance.
Offset laydown rear single-shock supension is distinctive syling element, contributing the trend setting design. Pre-load adjustment is via an easy access 5-way cam wheel.
Long range fuel tank
Tear drop-style fuel tank adds a cruiser-style touch. With its 14 litre tank capacity and the Parallel Twin engine’s good fuel economy, the long range offered by the Vulcan S means riders can go longer between fill-ups—convenient in town, and reassuring when out on a daytrip.
Multi-function LCD screen
Compact, stacked instumentment cluster matches the bikes overall design and features an easy-to-read layout. Analogue-style tachometer and multi-function LCD screen use blue LED backlights for excellent visibility at night. Features include a fuel gauge, digital speedometer, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range, average/instant fuel consumption and the Economical Riding Indicator.
Curved, flowing style blended with a powerful, long-and-low stance and modern elements creates a unique, eye-catching design. Inverted triangle headlamp contributes to the Vulcan S’s fresh, unique design. A position lamp is built into the upper portion of the headlamp unit.
Tail fender shaped to hug the rear wheel as closely as possible, creating a compact cruiser-style design.
The design was made possible in part by the offset laydown rear shock.
Elegant pipe perimeter frame is a key component of the Vulcan S’s identity. The bike’s bodywork accentuates the frame, rather than hiding it. The design of the frame, rear suspension and swingarm create an integrated line running from the front of the bike to the rear hub. A pipe frame of high-tensile steel gives the bike a lightweight appearance. 3D analysis was used to achieve the target rigidity and stress values.
Attractive bend of the exhaust pipes and an under-engine muffler arrangement contribute to the Vulcan S’s attractive styling.