Once again, Kawasaki have produced a quality, powerful bike for a mere pittance, well, it’s £5,949- but it’s a lot cheaper than its rivals on the market.
The 649cc, water-cooled parallel-twin engine offers 46.5ft.lb of torque at an rpm of 6,600 and 61hp at 7,5000rpm allows the power of the motorbike to be spread rather than centred in one place; this allows a lovely smooth, easy ride.
The Vulcan S doesn’t have any of the fancy gadgets that the more upmarket motorcycles have, however, that doesn’t stop it from reaching top speeds of 115mph, riding comfortably and purring at 90mph which, at under £6000, is very impressive.
One of the best things about the Vulcan S is its ability to take corners; the bike hugs the ground and gives you a nervous feeling as you lower it to tackle the bends, however, there is no reason to fear because the bike completely retains control while giving you a sporty feeling.
That said, don’t forget that the Vulcan S is, in fact, a cruiser because at racing speeds it can get a little on the wobbly side. With its soft suspension, the ride can become a little bumpy at times, more at the back than the front, and this is completely unadjustable so it may take some getting used to. The brakes follow the usual cruiser set up and do not live up to the expectations of such a high performing motorcycle, you will need to apply them quite hard but, when you do, the bike will stop dead in its tracks.
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|Submitted by:||Matty||Review Date: May 2017||Comfort||Comfortable up to about 70mph, then the wind gives you a battering. Pillion seat is less comfortable.|
|Ride Quality||Corners well, feels stable.|
|Build Quality & Reliability||Ok so far|
|Engine Rating||Torquey, but not that fast, but then it's not that sort of bike.|
|Brake Rating||No probs|
|Running Cost||Gap between foot peg and gear lever is too small.|
|Pros Comments||Looks great, comfortable riding position.|
|Cons Comments||Gap between foot peg and gear lever is too small.|