Kawasaki Vulcan 650 S teased ahead of launch
Kawasaki’s new teaser image on its formal India website obviously lets us know of the company’s plans to go in the Indian cruiser segment with the Vulcan S. This parallel-twin-engine cruiser will go head-on against Harley-Davidson’s Street 750/Street Rod and Royal Enfield’s upcoming 650cc Interceptor; but the Enfield will be priced considerably lower. The Vulcan S should be priced between the Versys 650 and Ninja 650 at around 6.5 lakh (ex-showroom).
The Vulcan S is powered by the 649cc, twin-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine which is mated to the six-speed gearbox equipped with a positive neutral finder. The engine is adjusted to create 61hp at 7,500rpm and 63Nm of torque at 6,600rpm. These different figures are due to the cruiser-oriented tuning tweaks in the form of revised cam profiles, a modified intake tract, exhaust, and ECU. The Kawasaki Vulcan 650 S sold in the international markets come with a 3 way adjustment position of the foot pegs and handlebar to suit the heights of the rider.
Additionally, it comes with a 7-way adjustable rear spring preload that allows suspension to be set softer for cruising or stiffer for a sportier ride. Kawasaki rights that the sport bike derived chassis and suspension on the Vulcan 650 S delivers light and responsive handling for easy maneuvering and a sportier ride One of the biggest features of this upcoming cruiser is what Kawasaki call, ‘ERGO-FIT’ – a three-way adjustment position of the seat, foot pegs and handlebar to suit riders of different heights. The motorcycle is equipped with a single 300mm disc with the twin-piston caliper on the front and there’s a single 250mm disc with a single-piston caliper at the back. The bike will also come with a dual-channel ABS system.
The Kawasaki 650 will lock horns with the Harley Davidson 650 and also the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650. We expect Kawasaki to price the Vulcan S below Rs.7 lakh in India, as that can help position it aggressively against the mentioned rivals. Let’s know your hope from the Kawasaki Vulcan 650 S in terms of pricing. The Vulcan S is expected to be locally-assembled alongside rest of the 650 family at the Chakan plant. The 6.5 lakh ex-showroom price can only be probable if Kawasaki launches it without fittings, unlike what they did with Versys-X 300. The accessories on Versys-X 300 bumped up the price, considerably. We were supposing Kawasaki to launch the Vulcan S at the Auto Expo 2018, but the latest teaser could hint at an earlier date.