Kawasaki revives Vulcan name with a new 650cc cruiser

Kawasaki Vulcan S in a lovely shade of purple

Having taken so many plaudits recently for their Ninja H2R freak, Kawasaki have toned it down a little with the introduction of a new 2015 model, the Vulcan S, which is to be unveiled to the public for the first time at the EICMA show in Milan at the beginning of November.

The Vulcan name has been used by Kawasaki for their cruisers over the past 30 years with the designation VN on a wide range of predominantly twin cylinder bikes.

This latest mid-capacity model uses a re-tuned 650cc parallel twin which currently adorns the Versys 650 and ER6n/f.

Open face helmets and shades are not a pre-requisite

The low-seat and adjustable 3-poisition foot pegs make this cruiser suitable for all riders especially those who have only recently passed their test and Kawasaki are clearly marketing it as a commutable machine. The bike has a slim chassis and long wheelbase which appears to offer a typical cruiser-style riding position with the riders feet outstretched in front of their knees.

The five, twin-spoke wheels are shod with 300mm ABS-equipped front discs with a two-piston calliper at the front and a 250mm disc and single piston calliper at the rear.

An off-set single-shock rear suspension has an adjustable preload, with 7 positions to suit rider size and payload, also important given the apparently roomy pillion seat.  Meanwhile the two-into-one large-volume silencer sits to the right side of the engine underneath the pillion foot pegs.

Vulcan S 650cc twin

A slim-looking chassis, long wheelbase and low centre of gravity are sure to be popular with the target audience who have the Honda VT750, Suzuki Intruder M800 and Yamaha XV950 among its competitors.

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