Vulcan S: Kawasaki’s first-ever cruiser for the Indian market is here
India Kawasaki Motors is surely looking at making further inroads into the mid-size motorcycle segment here in India with the launch of their debut cruiser for the country. Christened as the Vulcan S, the bike will have its official unveiling at the upcoming Auto Expo in Delhi, however, the details and specifications are already out and from the looks of it, the motorcycle does have a lot going for it to make it stand apart from the rest and win customers. The company has already made their mark within the sports/tourer bike segments and are looking at capitalising on the growing cruiser category with the new Vulcan S.
The vehicle has been designed to stand out and this has been brought about by the inverted triangle headlamp that has a nice modern flair to it. The tight-fit rear fender, unique wheel design, and clean-cut under engine muffler further complement the design and styling of the bike. To ensure a high level of comfort, it comes with a low seat position and adjustable foot pegs.
Powering this motorcycle is a liquid-cooled DOHC, 8-valve 650 cc parallel twin engine that delivers 60 PS of power and 63 Nm of torque. Touted to be extremely responsive and smooth, the engine is just right for highway cruises, yet equally at home in the city. The engine is paired with a six-speed gearbox which complements its cruising capabilities.
Keeping with the cruiser look, the machine comes fitted with an 18-inch rim up front shod with 120/70 rubber, while the rear gets a 160/60 tyre fitted on a 17-inch rim. The front suspension includes 41 mm telescopic forks while the rear gets an offset laydown single-shock, linkage equipped, with adjustable preload unit and this makes a big difference for those who will use this bike for long distance rides. The Vulcan S also gets ABS as standard with a 300 mm disc up front and a 250 mm disc at the rear.
India Kawasaki Motor is assembling the bike at their plant in Chakan near Pune and has opened bookings already. The Vulcan S has been priced quite aggressively at `5.44 lakh, however, the accessories for the bike will be sold separately.