Kawasaki has extended its product portfolio with the addition of two new variants of its middle-weight cruiser motorcycle, the Vulcan. Tagged as the Vulcan S Cafe and Vulcan SE Special Edition, these two new motorcycles have been cosmetically upgraded for 2016 while the technical specifications remain identical to the Vulcan S. This modern cruiser is equipped with Kawasaki’s customizable ERGO-FIT concept for adjustable riding positions to suit a rider’s requirements.
The new Vulcan S ABS Café will receive a new tinted wind deflector and a three tone custom paint scheme along with a signature tank badge. Vulcan S ABS SE, on the other hand, will feature a special two-tone paint finish. The new models will come equipped with adjustable forward-positioned footpegs, a low seat height along with optional seats and handlebar.
The new Vulcan motorcycles receive a sportbike-derived chassis and suspension which is aimed at providing light and responsive handling for easy maneuverability. The motorcycle is also said to be lightweight and responsive for easy handling.
Both new models would continue to draw power from the 649cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine from the Kawasaki Ninja 650 but with a tweaked engine for more low and mid-range torque. The 649cc engine is tuned to deliver 62.8 Nm of torque and will come mated to a 6-speed transmission.
Here are the technical specifications and complete image gallery:
|Engine||4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled|
|Bore x Stroke||83.0 x 60.0mm|
|Maximum Torque||46.3 lb-ft (62.8 Nm) @ 6600 rpm|
|Fuel System||DFI 38mm throttle bodies (2), with sub-throttle valves|
|Ignition||TCBI with digital advance|
|Transmission||6-speed with positive neutral finder|
|Final Drive||Sealed Chain|
|Front Suspension / Wheel Travel||41mm telescopic fork/5.1 in|
|Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel||Lay-down offset rear shock with linkage and adjustable preload/3.1 in|
|Front Brakes||Single 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper, ABS|
|Rear Brakes||Single 250mm disc with single-piston caliper, ABS|
|Frame Type||High-tensile steel double pipe perimeter frame|
|Overall Length||90.9 in|
|Overall Width||34.6 in|
|Overall Height||43.3 in|
|Ground Clearance||5.1 in|
|Seat Height||27.8 in|
|Curb Weight||498.3 lb**|
|Fuel Capacity||3.7 gal|
|Color Choices||Metallic Matte Carbon Gray/Metallic Matte Phantom Silver|
|Warranty||12 Month Limited Warranty|
|Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)||12, 24, 36, or 48 months|
**Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).