Japanese bike maker Kawasaki has launched its Vulcan S model in India at a competitive price tag of Rs 5.44 lakh (ex-showroom). The bike, which has been introduced after a long wait of almost two-and-half years, will be assembled at Kawasaki’s Chakan plant in Pune. The bike is expected to give a tough competition to Harley-Davidson Street 750 and Street Rod and the upcoming Royal Enfield Twins: Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650, while providing an additional option to Indian cruiser enthusiasts. Kawasaki Vulcan S is much cheaper than the Ducati Scrambler or Triumph Bonneville series of bikes. The bookings for the new bike, available in Flat Ebony color, has opened across all Kawasaki showrooms in India. Kawasaki will unveil the bike at the 2018 Auto Expo in New Delhi.
“After our sports bikes, tourer bikes, naked bikes & off road bikes settled in India, we felt it was a right time for us to bring this cruiser in the market. There cannot be a better way to start a new year by introduction of our world-wide known Vulcan brand,” Mr. Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motor, said while launching Kawasaki Vulcan S model.
Yamashita said that “FUN TO RIDE” is the basic ideology of Kawasaki, and Vulcan S is the perfect example of this ideology. Yamashita claimed that this bike is powerful, easy-to-control, easy to maneuver, and lightweight, and different from other cruisers.
The alloy wheels and off-set mono shock at the rear give Kawasaki Vulcan S an urban, sporty look. The bike features an adjustable ride height of 27.8-inch. The Ergo Fit feature allows the rider to adjust the footpegs, clutch lever, and the seat to ride the bike with complete comfort. The bike has 3-way adjustable foot pegs. The rider can even adjust the handlebar to move an inch closer if desired. Kawasaki claims that this cruiser is suitable for all types of riders, including females as well as the newbies.
The bike is powered by the 649cc 4-stroke, DOHC, liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine, which provides the maximum 60bhp power @ 7,500rpm and 62.7Nm of peak torque @ 6,600rpm. The engine comes with a 6-speed transmission. According to its maker, the fuel injected engine has been tuned to provide smooth performance to accommodate the demands of a cruiser in the low and mid-range.
Kawasaki Vulcan S has a high-tensile steel diamond frame. The fuel tank has a capacity of 14 liters. The bike also features dual piston 300mm front disc and single piston 250mm rear disc brakes with standard ABS. The curb weight of the bike is over 235kgs.
Engine: Four Stroke, Liquid cooled, SI Engine
Maximum power: 61 PS / 7,500 rpm
Maximum torque: 63.0 N.m / 6,600 rpm
Displacement : 649 cc
Transmission: 6-speed, return
Bore and Stroke: 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression ratio: 10.8 : 1
Valve system: DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system: Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 2 with sub-throttles
Lubrication: Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Overall Dimensions: 2,310 mm x 855 mm x 1090 mm
Frame Type: High-tensile steel
Tyre: Front: 120/70 R18 M/C 59H | Rear:160/60 R17 M/C 69H
Wheelbase: 1575 mm
Ground clearance: 130 mm
Seat height: 705 mm
Fuel capacity: 14 Liters
Curb mass: 235 kg
Brake Front: Single ø300 mm disc
Caliper Front: Dual-piston
Brake Rear: Single ø250 mm disc
Caliper Rear: Single-piston