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Old 21st December 2017, 21:18   #1
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The Kawasaki India webpage is alreadying showing the coming soon image on the home page and the internet is abuzz with the news hence sharing.

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The Kawasaki Vulcan 650 is not a mere cruiser derivative in the 650 cc segment, it has special features that make it a more compelling proposition. It has a traditional cruiser-style low-seating arrangement, over which Kawasaki has incorporated customisable seating position. Vulcan 650 also has adjustable foot pegs for the rider, to compliment the adjustments made to the seat.
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Powering the lime green cruiser is the 649 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin fuel-injected engine, that churns out 60.2 bhp max power @ 7,500 rpm and 62.78 Nm peak torque @ 6,600 rpm, mated to 6-speed transmission. The bike comes with an eco meter alerting of the fuel efficiency.

The bike is equipped with Antilock Braking System (ABS), but it is unclear which variant will make it to the sub-continent. Kawasaki Vulcan S ABS variant weighs 3 kg more, at 228 kg.
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The bike is equipped with Antilock Braking System (ABS), but it is unclear which variant will make it to the sub-continent. Kawasaki Vulcan S ABS variant weighs 3 kg more, at 228 kg.
Expect price to be in the range of Rs 6.5 lakh.
Looked up a little more to understand what "Customizable seating position" meant and here is what i found on Cycleworld. This sounds interesting and really will go a long way in making it one size fits all kinda bike. And that specifically includes all the ladies out there who want to ride but simply do not find something that works for them in terms of ergonomics!
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The Kawasaki Vulcan S touts its Ergo-Fit system as a way to accommodate riders shorter than 5’6” and taller than 6’1” with fully adjustable handlebar controls, foot pegs, and seating options. Best of all, these options are offered to the customer at no additional cost at the time of purchase.
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I assume this is the same 650 cc engine that powers the Versys but tuned for better lower end torque. However , it is slightly surprising that the engine on the Vulcan has a lower power output than the one which is on the Versys.
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However , it is slightly surprising that the engine on the Vulcan has a lower power output than the one which is on the Versys.
And less torque than the Versys too.

But both the peak power and torque are produced at lower rpms. Peak power is produced significantly lower by about 1000 rpm earlier than in the Versys, where peak torque is produced 400 rpm earlier. Doesn't help that the Vulcan S is heavier too.

That said - It is a cheaper offering too. Prices in the US market are less than the new Ninja 650 ABS. So we could be expecting the Vulcan S to be priced straight against the 'made in India' Harley Davidson Street 750, if launched without accessories. Interesting battle here! Harley definitely has a better pedigree and would mostly remain unaffected. That said - Street 750 is not considered a pure Harley due to the characterless engine and has poor brakes - which might be the loophole Kawasaki must be targeting.

Would be interesting to see if they give the passenger seat. Passenger seat + Footpegs + back rest ends up as a $325 worth accessory in the US! Imagine asking INR 22500/- to an Indian customer just for carrying a pillion along!

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The Kawasaki India webpage is alreadying showing the coming soon image on the home page and the internet is abuzz with the news hence sharing.
There is a strong rumour going on that the Vulcan 650 S will be launched during Christmas this year. I didn't see any article pointing to a Jan 2018 launch either.

I am guessing the Vulcan S will be here sooner than expected.
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And less torque than the Versys too.

But both the peak power and torque are produced at lower rpms. Peak power is produced significantly lower by about 1000 rpm earlier than in the Versys, where peak torque is produced 400 rpm earlier. Doesn't help that the Vulcan S is heavier too.

That said - It is a cheaper offering too. Prices in the US market are less than the new Ninja 650 ABS. So we could be expecting the Vulcan S to be priced straight against the 'made in India' Harley Davidson Street 750, if launched without accessories. Interesting battle here! Harley definitely has a better pedigree and would mostly remain unaffected. That said - Street 750 is not considered a pure Harley due to the characterless engine and has poor brakes - which might be the loophole Kawasaki must be targeting.

Would be interesting to see if they give the passenger seat. Passenger seat + Footpegs + back rest ends up as a $325 worth accessory in the US! Imagine asking INR 22500/- to an Indian customer just for carrying a pillion along!
I think we need to wait and get a feel of the state of tune to see if & how the torque curve is different from the other street / adv offerings using the same engine. One thing is for sure, the chopper like stance is going to make it stand out in the crowd from the Harleys / Triumphs. But like you said - we need to see how they manage to make it "double seat" friendly! The bobber look might turn away a few who simply like having the option of 2 seats by default though they may mostly always ride solo.

And until the Street Rod came, I totally agree that the Street 750 just didn't represent the Harley pedigree!
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I saw in a review that the rear suspension was the same from Versys 650 and ER6n. If the suspension is well sorted out, this will be a super hit. I am loving the no plastic all metal look. Makes the occasional falls much easier to handle. Also being able to flat foot it under any circumstance is a great confidence booster.

I hope it will be two seater from stock.

EDIT: This is the image used for this teaser:

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EDIT: This is the image used for this teaser:

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Hope they launch some other colours too. Looks more interesting in some of the brighter colours IMO.

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Default Kawasaki Vulcan S India Launch Soon

Kawasaki India has teased the Vulcan S motorcycle on its official website, indicating the cruiser will be launched soon:



https://www.zigwheels.com/news-featu...ch-soon/29427/
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Kawasaki launched the Vulcan S in India at INR 5.44 lakh.

Sweet pricing !
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Kawasaki Vulcan S Launched at Rs 5.44 lakh

The 650-cc Kawasaki Vulcan S was launched at a low-profile event, but will be unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo.

This is the first cruiser to launched by India Kawasaki Motor and gets an attractive price-tag since it is assembled in India at Kawasaki’s plant in Chakan, near Pune.

The cruiser is currently only available in one colour, Flat Ebony, and can be booked at Kawasaki showrooms across India. The Vulcan S will compete with the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and the upcoming Royal Enfield Interceptor.
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Kawasaki launched the Vulcan S in India at INR 5.44 lakh.
Sweet pricing !
Is this model with or without ABS?
Pricing is indeed good if with ABS.

[EDIT] - Got the detailed update from Kawasaki india page - http://www.kawasaki-india.com/2017/1...ched-in-india/

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Is this model with or without ABS?
Pricing is indeed good if with ABS.
ABS is standard as per the news articles from Autocar India, TOI and Zigwheels.


EDIT 1: Zigwheels reports that Vulcan S misses out on ABS.

Link to the article : Zigwheels

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Pricing of the new Kawasaki cruiser bike is really aggressive as the Harley-Davidson Street 750 which is built in India retails for Rs 5.17 lakh (ex-showroom). However, the American bike comes fitted with ABS, while the Kawasaki offering skips it for keeping the pricing under check.

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[EDIT] - Got the detailed update from Kawasaki india page - http://www.kawasaki-india.com/2017/1...ched-in-india/
What a confusion !

I hope ABS is standard !

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As per inputs from Kawasaki Bangalore showroom

- Vulcan S comes with ABS !!!
- Will come with pillion seat as default.
- Bike will be available by Jan end
- Test drives will be available by Feb
- Booking is open & can be done for 50k
- On Road pricing not confirmed but something around 6.3-6.4
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Kawasaki India website has inter alia these information http://www.kawasaki-india.com/inventory/vulcan/

Vulcan S
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
Engine: 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Type: Liquid-cooled
Displacement: 649 cm3
Valve System: DOHC, 8 valves
Power: 45.0 kW {61 PS} / 7,500 rpm
Torque: 63.0 N.m {6.4 kgf.m} / 6,600 rpm

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Something as important as ABS should find an explicit mention in the launch notification; it's a faux pas on the part of Kawasaki India.

That said, I'd be surprised if ABS is not there since it's public knowledge that ABS will be mandatory in India for all new vehicles sold from Apr 2018 onwards.

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