Kawasaki Vulcan 650 S teased ahead of launch

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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.