The Vulcan S is expected to debut at the 2018 Auto Expo and will be powered by the same 650cc motor powering the Ninja 650
Kawasaki India has teased us with the Vulcan S on its official website, indicating the fact that the long-awaited cruiser motorcycle will finally be launched here soon. Powered by the same motor that powers the Kawasaki Ninja 650, which is assembled here in India, the Vulcan S will most likely make its debut at the 2018 Auto Expo, with a price tag of around Rs 6 to 6.5 lakh (ex-showroom). It will compete against the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and the upcoming, substantially cheaper Royal Enfield Interceptor 650.
The Kawasaki Vulcan S features a typical cruiser-like design with a petite headlamp, part-analogue-part-digital single pod instrument cluster, large fuel tank, leather seats and a stubby mudguard. Along with it, the cruiser also gets a huge radiator grill, offset rear suspension, burly exhaust muffler with blacked out elements and 10-spoke alloy wheels. Internationally, the cruiser is offered with three-way adjustable handlebar and footpegs, which help the rider alter the riding position according to his/her need.
To better suit its cruising duties, the 650cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine derived from the Ninja 650 is detuned a bit and delivers 61PS of power at 7500rpm and 62.78Nm of torque at 6600rpm. Power here is transmitted to the rear wheel via a 6-speed gearbox. As is claimed by Kawasaki, the engine also offers a smoother power delivery with revised camshaft profiles, intake funnel length, throttle body spacer and air intake for a better low- and mid-range performance.
The engineers at Kawasaki also claim that by employing a parallel twin engine instead of a V-twin unit, they were able to place the engine further forward in the frame, which in turn has helped allow for a slimmer chassis and an increased lean angle.
The Vulcan S employs a diamond-type frame suspended on telescopic front forks and a 7-way adjustable monoshock unit at the rear. Braking duties are taken care of by disc brakes at both ends and ABS is likely to be available as standard. The fuel tank capacity of the motorcycle stands at 14 litres and the bike tips the scale at 226kg (kerb).
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