Kawasaki Vulcan S Overview
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.
Kawasaki Vulcan S Spec
- Top speed115mph
- Seat height705mm
- EngineParallel twin
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Very smooth and lightweight. It takes corners very well as it is low to the ground
The engine is ideal for the type of bike
Running cost isn't too bad.
Good quality build and no issues as yet
The ABS works very efficiently on this model
Corners well, feels stable.
Torquey, but not that fast, but then it's not that sort of bike.
Gap between foot peg and gear lever is too small.
Ok so far
It's easy to turn and quite nippy for a cruiser! The lean angles are fairly shallow and the hero pegs often bottom out.
Although not the usual v-twin that you get in cruiser bikes, the parallel twin 650cc engine pulls well and if quicker off the mark than most entry level cruisers! It does miss some of that v-twin magic though.
The 14L tank is good for 170 miles if driven carefully, this obviously drops if the bike is ridden like it's stolen.
The bike looks and feels like good quality, there is quite a bit of plastic which cheapens it slightly.
The ABS enabled niken brakes are more than capable of bringing this bike to a rapid stop. No complaints here!
Very light, low centre of gravity. It can lean in the corners easily.
It's not a powerful bike. Great for fun cruising but will not win any races. It's simply created for an easy ride. It accelerates well. The engine ticks under load which can be annoying, but I got used to that.
Cheap bike to run, I do on average over 60 mpg.
Cannot complain. Solid.
Spot on. No issues.
Handles really well & ride generally good. Recessed manholes jar a bit at the rear as only 80mm travel.
Engine only a 650 but feels bigger. Goes like a sports bike when you want it to.
Pretty cheap to run. Fuel consumption is very good & servicing cost are not bad. Basic oil change & checks are easily done at home.
Can’t fault it.
Work ok. Only single front disc but still reasonable. ABS is standard.