Kawasaki Vulcan S Review
The Kawasaki Vulcan has been a mainstay of japanese cruisers for decades. It combines the precise engineering Kawasaki is known for with a modern style that can’t be beat. Perhaps one of the best beginner cruisers available right now is the Vulcan type S. Imagine the looks of the Harley V-rod at less than half the price. Now that is bound to get some attention, plus who doesn’t love to save money on an awesome motorcycle.
Vulcan S Wins the Beauty contest
Out of all of the cruisers available right now I absolutely love the look of the Vulcan S the most. It is modern looking while also having a very ‘rugged’ appearance. It’s angular lines and smooth edges remind me a lot of the Harley V-rod. This bike is even better though because it is a fraction of the cost coupled with the reliability Kawasaki is known for.
The engine of the Vulcan S is a 649cc parallel-twin based on the same engine from the Ninja 650. That mean’s a new rider will be able to control this bike fairly easily, but it will still bringing a smile to an experienced riders face. If you feel like upgrading in the future the Vulcan lineup has many different engines and configurations to choose from. From the Vulcan 900 classic to the mammoth 1700cc Vulcan Voyager.
Kawasaki Vulcan is Beginner friendly
The Vulcan S may be the best beginner cruiser motorcycle. It has the option of being loaded with Anti-lock Brakes (ABS) which can really help with keeping you safe, especially as a new riders. ABS can prevent you from locking up the wheels and crashing when the pavement surface is less than ideal. I recommend it for both new and experienced riders!
The 649cc engine is smooth, and it’s transmission has 6 speeds to make freeway riding easier. There is plenty of power when you need it for passing at high speeds. This bike is at home around town, on the freeway, and in the twisties.
Vulcan S Can Be Made to Fit Anybody
The thing that sets this bike apart more than any other is the ‘Ergo-fit’ customizations that are available. It changes the position of the bars, the seat height, and the peg locations. Most of them have 3 different adjustments that you can do. This essentially means that very short riders and extremely tall riders will be able to customize the bike to fit their body type.
Kawasaki also offers three types of seat options:
- The standard seat for people 5’7″ to 6 foot
- The ‘Extended Reach‘ seat which lets you slide back in the saddle a bit more and raise you up.
- The shorter seat which is about 2 inches shorter than standard in the tapered section.
That is pretty amazing. A bike that will fit just about any motorcycle rider.
If I were going to buy a brand new cruiser tomorrow, I would make it this Vulcan S. I think that is one of the highest recommendations I can make. It has a lot of features that make it very beginner friendly and at the same time it’s style is something that can’t be ignored.
If you get a chance to test ride this bike you may not want anything else.
- Sexy and modern looking cruiser
- 27.8 Inch seat height (great for short riders!)
- Ergo-fit customizations allow for riders of all sizes (over 6’1″ and 5’6″ and under)
- Has a parallel twin instead of a v-twin engine (some hardcore cruiser enthusiasts might not like that)
Kawasaki Vulcan S Videos
After spending more than 250 miles on a 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S while sampling different seats and trying all three peg positions, the guys at RiderMagazine gives us their opinion on the new Ergo-Fit feature in this video review of the Vulcan S. Watch that and their entire review of this amazing mid-size motorcycle.
2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S First Ride. We hit the hills of central California onboard the 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S to sample its Parallel Twin and test its lean angles in this first ride review. For more details from our day in its saddle, read our first ride report.
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