On Kawasaki Vulcan S Review, Pics, & Specs

The Kawasaki Ninja 650 model family has spawned several successful motorcycles since 2006, yet it took a full decade before a cruiser variant would finally join the clan. With its 14 litre fuel 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. So, first and foremost, the Vulcan S has been designed to accommodate a wide range of riders.

It packs a tractable engine, nimble handling and comfortable ride in a non-traditional cruiser like package. While talking to her about the bike she mentioned if she had it to do over again she wouldn't have bothered installing the passenger pegs in lieu of a single seat and luggage rack combo which she would have used on her touring rides.

In the case of the Vulcan S, the donor bike is the Ninja 650 upright sport bike. The fuel economy available in the model with the Dual Clutch Transmission (Automatic transmission) is phenomenally good so it would have better range than the Vulcan. Add to the experience with an Extended Reach seat, which moves hip support back one inch to provide extra room and reach for taller riders.

For a first series, The Vulcan 400 featured a 398 cc liquid-cooled twin engine, and was fitted with a belt drive and six-speed transmission. From a handling Review standpoint, with the ERGO-Fit in the positions I prefer, the Vulcan S is definitely sporty. It is also considerably smoother than the traditional V-twin engines used in most cruisers.

It includes a selection of different seats that all sit at the same height, but position the rider closer (reduced reach) to the handlebars or further back (extended reach). Use the Shop By Bike tool to search for parts that fit your motorcycle. Let me tell you that bike pulled away like I was standing still and I had to actually drop a gear myself to catch up. I was very, very impressed with what a good rider could do on that Vulcan.

Thanks to its use of Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) to carefully meter the fuel used by the 649cc engine, the Vulcan S will sip fuel, providing more miles and smiles between fuel stops while also being kinder to your wallet. It has a traditional cruiser-style low-seating arrangement, over which Kawasaki has incorporated customisable seating position.

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