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Buyer's Guide > Vulcan S
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Kawasaki has a history of taking engines from their Ninja lineup and building a cruiser around them. The Vulcan S follows that pattern, taking the vertical twin from the Ninja 650 and offering a cruiser with modern styling. In an attempt to make the bike adaptable for a wide range of riders, the footpegs and handlebars are adjustable, with the option to buy different seats to adjust seat height too. There are two variations on the base model; the SE which offers some shiny trims and the Cafe that includes a screen.
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Brand
Kawasaki
Model
Vulcan S
Categories
Cruiser - Standard
New/Returning
Returning for 2017
Price (base)
$ 8,199
Capacity
649 cc
Engine Type
Inline twin, DOHC with 4 valves/cyl, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke
Transmission
6-speed, chain
Clutch
Wet multi-plate
Fueling
Fuel Injection
Max Power
Max Torque
Seat Height, std
705 mm (27.8 in.)
Seat Height, options
Wheelbase
1575 mm (62 in.)
Fuel Capacity
14 L (3.7 USG)
Dry Weight
Curb Weight
226 kg (498 lbs.)
Brakes, front
Single 300 mm disc with 2-piston caliper
Brakes, rear
Single 250 mm disc with 2-piston caliper
Antilock Brakes (ABS)
ABS Standard
Suspension, front
41 mm Standard forks, non-adjustable with 130 mm of travel
Suspension, rear
Single shock, preload adjustable with 80 mm of travel
Tires, front
120/70-R18
Tires, rear
160/60-R17
Paint/Colours
Grey, Red (SE model, +$200), White/Green (CE model, +$300)
Warranty
12 months, unlimited mileage

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