Kawasaki’s enters the cruiser segment with the Vulcan S


India Kawasaki Motors has launched its first ever cruiser in India, the Vulcan S. But the official unveiling will be done in the Delhi Auto Expo Show, a press release from the company has said.

The Vulcan S is priced at Rs 5.44 lakh Ex-showroom and its accessories will be sold separately as per stock availability. Bookings are open and interested buyers can visit nearest dealers to book the Vulcan S.

Available only in flat ebony colour, Kawasaki says, the urban cruiser is a suitable option for all riders, but especially so for first time riders and female riders.

Equipped with a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 649 cc parallel twin with fuel injection. The bike produces 61 PS at 7,500 rpm and 63 Nm at 6,600 rpm.

Kawasaki says the bike delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low and medium rpm ranges and offers smooth starts from a standstill, smooth acceleration, and a satisfying pull when accelerating.

The bore and stroke ratio is unlike the cruisers of the past, with  83.0 x 60.0 mm being the figure. The cruiser also gets fuel injection, with two 38 mm sub-throttles. There is a six speed transmission for the transferring the power onto the road.

Kawasaki has given the cruiser a perimeter frame with a 31 degree rake angle. The bike gets a 14 litre fuel tank and a ground clearance of 130 mm, and weighs in at 235 kg. The cruiser is shod with 120/70 section front tyre and 160/60 section rear tyre. The front rim is 18 inches while the rear is a 17 incher.

Suspension duties are carried over by 41 mm telescopic forks up front with a 130mm travel and offset laydown single-shock, linkage equipped, with adjustable preload at the rear with 80 mm travel.

The mid-segment cruiser comes with ABS along with 300 mm disc with dual-piston and 250 mm disc with single piston on the front and rear rims.

There are some interesting design cues on the bike, with the inverted triangle headlamp being a highlight, apart from the tight-fit rear fender and a powerful 8 clean–cut under-engine muffler.

However, as we have already stated in our previous article, one feature that will play a vital role on for us Indians is ergo fitment, that will let riders adjust the foot pegs, handle and the seat.

On the launch of the new motorcycle, Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motor, said, ”After our sports bikes, tourer bikes, naked bikes & off road bikes settled in India, we felt it was the 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.”

Adding further Yutaka Yamashita stated, “FUN TO RIDE is Kawasaki’s global ideology, which perfectly fits to Vulcan S. It is different than any other cruiser mainly because of its powerful, yet easy-to-control engine, easy manoeuvring, light weight, yet stable, and highway riding and important to mention 14 litre fuel tank with good fuel economy.”

The Vulcan S will be assembled at Kawasaki’s Pune Chakan plant.


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