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Kawasaki Vulcan S Specs

Engine 649 cc
Power 60.16 hp
Start Option Electric
Pass Switch Yes
Ignition System Digital
Odometer Digital

Vulcan S Pros & Cons

Things We Like in Vulcan S

Learner-friendly dynamics

Comfortable ergonomics with a low seat

Modern Cruiser aesthetics

Things We Dont Like in Vulcan S

Low foot pegs grind too easily

No electronics

Disappointing exhaust note

Recent Updates of Vulcan S

When it comes to a highway touring, the name of Kawasaki Vulcan S is surely taken due to its versatility and comfortable ergonomics that allow the rider to clock more miles without any hassle. The automaker has not offered any update for the 2020 model and it still gets the exact same specs as the earlier model. It comes equipped with a 650cc parallel-twin, a liquid-cooled mill that churns out 61 hp of maximum power and 63 Nm of peak torque. There are two paint schemes on offer - black and purple. The standard model comes with a price tag of RM 27,172. 

Kawasaki Vulcan S Price

The Vulcan S is priced at RM 27,172 .

Kawasaki Vulcan S Variants

There are 1 variants available of Vulcan S: Standard.

Kawasaki Vulcan S Power-trains

The Vulcan S is powered by a Liquid Cooled Fuel Injection 649 cc 2 Cylinder engine that gives 60.16hp of power at 7500 rpm and 63 Nm Torque at 6600 rpm. It comes with the option of a 6-Speed transmission gearbox. The Vulcan S has a seat height of 705 mm. The Front Tyre size is 120/70 R18 & Rear Tyre size is 160/60 R17.

Kawasaki Vulcan S Features

The feature list of Vulcan S includes Pass Switch, Engine Check Warning and Cruise, Road Riding Modes in terms of safety.

Features Chassis, Suspension & Brake include Offset Laydown Single-Shock Rear Suspension, 130 mm Suspension Travel(Front), Telescopic Fork Front Suspension, 80 mm Suspension Travel(Rear), Steel Body Frame Material, Perimeter Body Frame Type, Dual Stepped Seat Type, Disc Rear Brake and Disc Front Brake.

Features for Console include Digital Odometer, Digital Fuel Gauge, Tachometer, Display Screen, Digital Speedometer and Tripmeter.

Kawasaki Vulcan S Competitors

The Vulcan S Competitors are: Honda Rebel, Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic and Royal Enfield Classic 350.

Kawasaki Vulcan S 2021 Price List

Variant Price Specifications  
Kawasaki Vulcan S Standard RM 27,172 *
Expected Price
649 cc, 60.16 hp, Electric, Petrol

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Kawasaki Vulcan S Colors

Vulcan S is available in 1 different colors - Purple.

Kawasaki Vulcan S Videos

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Kawasaki Vulcan S Review

  • Vulcan S Overview
  • Kawasaki Vulcan S Design
  • Vulcan S Ride & Handling
  • Kawasaki Vulcan S Engine & Fuel Consumption
  • Vulcan S Braking & Safety
  • Kawasaki Vulcan S Verdict

Vulcan S Overview

The appeal of a cruiser bike goes beyond its rebellious roots when it comes to Asian markets. Furthermore, Japanese motorcycle manufacturers bring their own flavor to the segment. Specimen one: the Kawasaki Vulcan S. Underneath that stylish low cruiser body is a very accessible urban middleweight motorcycle that can do nearly everything. The bike was first launched in 2015 and has gained quite a following thanks to its easy and affordable nature. Priced below RM 30000 at just RM 27172, it is also one of the cheapest bikes in its category with the Honda Rebel and the Harley Davidson Street 750 being much more expensive. What follows is a breakdown of everything that makes this bike so popular.

Kawasaki Vulcan S Design

Kawasaki breaks away from the traditional cruiser bike layout in the best way possible. It embodies the power cruiser aesthetic very well. The chassis follows the same age-old Vulcan chassis design with its low tapered seat and narrow dimensions. The bike, however, at 2310 mm long, 880 mm wide and 1100 high, is generously proportioned. The inverted triangle shaped headlight gives it a distinct look. The side view is dominated by the large and shapely teardrop tank which is actually quite slim in person. The bike’s elegant exposed frame, tight-fit rear fender, under engine silencer, offset rear single shock suspension, chunky cast wheels and matte finish give it a modern look. Speaking of matte finish, the Vulcan comes in just the one color option – Purple – which is a shame considering the green and black options in other markets. Those wheels are 18” in the front and 17” in the rear with 120/70 front and 160/60 rear tires. The modern niceties extend to the single pod stacked instrument pod that combines an analog-style tachometer with a blue multi-function LCD screen that shows displays for fuel gauge, digital speedometer, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range, average/instant fuel consumption, and the Economical Riding Indicator. And if these weren’t enough then Kawasaki offers a whole range of optional accessories that cater to all kinds of riding needs. These include windshields, gear position indicator, DC socket luggage racks, saddlebags, passenger seat, foot pegs, and backrest. Then there is the Ergo Fit package that will tailor the bike to fit its rider perfectly.

Vulcan S Ride & Handling

The Kawasaki Vulcan S uses a high tensile steel perimeter frame. 31 degrees of rake upfront give it handling you would not associate with a cruiser. The nimble handling makes it a weapon on city streets as well as on winding mountain roads. The low overall weight of the bike combined with the long 1575 mm wheelbase lends to a confident and stable ride. The suspension uses non-adjustable 41 mm front forks and an adjustable for preload, single shock in the rear. The suspension works very well in absorbing the bumps on the road and providing a plush ride. It works equally well on twisties and makes tipping the bike in corners effortless. But the low set foot pegs come in the way and start scraping too early. This may also be due to the low ground clearance of the bike at 130 mm. The tires themselves provide good grip. The most important aspect of the bike, however, is the seat itself. The low seat height of 705 mm explains the popularity of this bike among shorter (read Asian) riders and female riders. Combined with the adjustable footrest and thick seat padding, it allows a stable planted feel. Rubber mounted seat frame, handlebars, and footpegs ensure a vibration free comfortable ride. Even the rider’s tailbone gets ample cushioning. There is the small issue of the way that the handlebars come towards the rider making it a little awkward to accelerate. But Kawasaki’s Ergo Fit package ensures that every bike fits the dimensions of its rider perfectly.

Kawasaki Vulcan S Engine & Fuel Consumption

The liquid-cooled and fuel-injected, 8-valve, DOHC, 649cc parallel twin produces 60 hp at 7500 rpm and 63 Nm of torque at 6600 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission and tuned to be very rider friendly. As a cruiser, you get great bottom-end and mid-range torque. Acceleration is smooth and satisfying and provides enough grunt for overtaking. The 225 kg mass of the bike poses no issues either. The tractable nature of the engine is slightly held back by the not so stellar fueling. But overall, the engine remains beginner friendly. The engine also succeeds in being fairly fuel efficient at around 22 kmpl average fuel economy figures and a capacity of 14L. The biggest complaint by far, however, is the exhaust note from the silencer that fails to do proper justice to the cruiser image of the bike at all.  

Vulcan S Braking & Safety

A large 300 mm front disc clamped by a two-piston caliper up front and a 250 mm disc at the rear gripped by single-piston caliper provide ample stopping power.

Kawasaki Vulcan S Verdict

The Kawasaki Vulcan S is a beginner friendly and approachable bike. It packs a tractable engine, nimble handling and comfortable ride in a non-traditional cruiser like package. It misses out on electronics but that allows it to keep its price low and affordable. For anyone not swayed by fancy logos or retro aesthetics, this is not just a great cruiser, but also a great everyday bike.  

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    Faizin Aug 16, 2021 for Kawasaki Vulcan S

    The phrase "Wolf in sheep's clothing" perfectly defines this amazing piece of machinery. I am a Kawasaki Vulcan S owner, and I have covered thousands of kilometres with this sweet ride. It offers exceptional smoothness and comfort in both streets within the city and the highways lying in the city's outskirts. And most importantly, do not be mistaken by looking Read More

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    Steve Aug 11, 2021 for Kawasaki Vulcan S

    This massive sized oddball caught my attention and created an instant spark in me the moment I saw this in the Kawasaki showroom. As if I realized then and there this bike is especially meant for me. This extra sleek cruiser is looking ravishing with its sparkling LED headlights, though they could have introduced brighter LED lights. I am pretty Read More

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    Mike Jul 06, 2021 for Kawasaki Vulcan S

    I describe the Kawasaki Vulcan S to be a great cruiser, but only for the city. No I don’t mean that you cannot take it on the highway, just that the way it is built and designed, it is not meant for touring. I do take it out on the highways every weekend for a fun long ride with my Read More

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    Ashraf May 11, 2021 for Kawasaki Vulcan S

    Although I have ridden bikes before, this is the first time I have bought a bulky bike. Hence, I was a little nervous if I could ride such an immense structure bike or not. But, the learner-friendly dynamics of Vulcan S just churn out my nervousness like anything. Packed with essential consoles and features along with great looks, this modern Read More

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    Mikel Mar 19, 2021 for Kawasaki Vulcan S

    Nothing can match the unparalleled ride quality of a highway touring that is offered in a cruiser bike. Being an avid biker, Kawasaki Vulcan S was my first choice in the cruiser bike segment. After four months, nearly everything is possible with this incredible bike. This middleweight two-wheeler provides nimble handling on the city streets as well as winding mountain Read More

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    Kechik Dec 24, 2020 for Kawasaki Vulcan S

    Yes, this is what I would have to say for my recent purchase, the Kawasaki Vulcan S. The Vulcan S is the purchase that I bought after a lot of experimentation under different bikes. The bike is very elegant in terms of its looks, but don’t get carried away by its looks as this bike is not all about that. Read More

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    Yusrii Nov 13, 2020 for Kawasaki Vulcan S

    The Kawasaki Vulcan S is a unique cruiser introduced by Kawasaki. I was in search of a good looking middleweight cruiser that delivered a great performance in the Philippines market. After a lot of research and test drives, I settled for the Kawasaki Vulcan S. The bike is powered by a capable parallel-twin, 649cc engine and a 6-speed transmission making Read More

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    Amzad Oct 16, 2020 for Kawasaki Vulcan S

    I bought the Kawasaki Vulcan S to meet my need for cruising in and out of the city. Besides that, I also love to explore the highways and prefer to do it on a bike that would provide me with the joy of riding. I feel the Vulcan S was the best choice that I had made in selecting a Read More

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    Arhaa Sep 01, 2020 for Kawasaki Vulcan S

    Being a highway buff, I’d always make long trips from one places to another. Since I own a large collection of cruisers, I’m always looking for new offerings to add to my garage. It was due to this only that I came across the Kawasaki Vulcan S that made a great appeal to me. I’m in love with the bike Read More

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    D Aug 07, 2019 for Kawasaki Vulcan S

    I love it at the first sight when it first launch. Love the style and i own it since 2015. it's about 4 years now. nice bike and easy for street maneuver. it's not easy to get the odd 17 inch front tyre in the market. the down side is poor kawasaki service support. the main service center in shah Read More

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