2015 Kawasaki Vulcan launched
Snapshot: Powered by a 650cc liquid-cooled, Parallel Twin the Vulcan S will be available in ABS and non-ABS versions.
Kawasaki is hell bent to make the year 2014 their own, it has been everywhere in the news with their next Level of Hyper-Bike, the H2R as well as the amazing Versys 1000. Kawasaki literally stole the entire spotlight from the Intermot Show in Germany. As it stands right now, Kawasaki did have something more up its sleeves for the 2014 AIMExpo as well, revealing a brand new model in the Vulcan S. Powered by a 650cc liquid-cooled, Parallel Twin the Vulcan S will be available in ABS and non-ABS versions. It boasts a wide variety of custom ergonomic settings via a three-position adjustable footpegs and different Ergo-Fit seat and handlebar options. Kawasaki also touts the Vulcan S as the lightest in its class.
The new cruiser model equipped with the 649cc parallel-Twin engine from the Ninja 650. The result is an entry-level cruiser with sportbike-derived power retailing for $6999 ($7399 with ABS). The fuel-injected engine is tuned for smooth power delivery, with revised camshaft profiles, intake funnel length, throttle body spacer, and air intake for better low- and mid-range power delivery. Using a Parallel Twin instead of a V-Twin allowed Kawasaki to route the exhaust under the engine and away from the rider’s legs. The engine is positioned further forward than a V-Twin’s placement, allowing for a slimmer chassis and increased lean angle.
Like its Ninja and Versys 650 cousins, the Vulcan S uses an offset lay down rear shock that follows the line of the frame towards the rear axle. The shock has a seven-position cam-style preload adjuster offering 3.15” of travel. Up front, the Vulcan S uses a 41mm telescopic fork with 5.1” of travel. The new pipe perimeter frame resembles that of the new Versys 650 and incorporates a rear sub frame with a slim spine that eliminates the need for seat rails. The 31-degree rake and 7.1” trail positions the Vulcan S’s front wheel further ahead than on the Versys, lengthening the wheelbase to more cruiser-ish 62”.
The bike-for-all theme continues in the Ergo-Fit options, which give riders a variety of configuration options to create a comfortable seating position. The Vulcan S comes with a 27.8-inch seat height, slim 3.7-gallon fuel tank, and a narrow chassis with exhaust pipes routed underneath the bike for an easy reach to the ground. From there riders can choose between an Ergo-Fit reduced reach seat and extended reach seat. Footpegs are three-way adjustable, moving one inch forward and back from the mid position, and the reduced reach handlebar option brings the hand controls one inch closer. Brake and clutch levers are both adjustable as well. In addition to the Ergo-Fit options, there are a number of accessories to make the Vulcan S more able on longer tours. Luggage racks, saddlebags, windscreens, passenger seats and more will be available. Color options will be Candy Lime Green, Pearl Crystal White or Flat Ebony.
2015 Kawasaki S Specifications
Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, parallel twin
DFI® with two 38mm throttle bodies, with sub-throttles
Six-speed with positive neutral finder
High-tensile steel double pipe perimeter frame
Single 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper, ABS
Single 250mm disc with single-piston caliper, ABS
491.7 lb (498.3 lb with ABS)
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