Kawasaki Vulcan S vs Harley-Davidson Street 750 spec comparison
Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.
India Kawasaki Motors launched the Kawasaki Vulcan S today, and the bike’s primary rival is the Harley-Davidson Street 750. Let’s see how they fare against each other spec-wise.
The Kawasaki Vulcan S follows a curvy yet muscular design. The inverted triangle headlamp sits in line with the fuel tank design. The design of the Harley-Davidson Street 750, on the other hand, is classic American cruiser, with hints of retro character thanks to the café racer-inspired speed screen.
|Specifications||Kawasaki Vulcan S||Harley-Davidson Street 750|
|Engine||649 cc parallel twin DOHC mill with liquid cooling and fuel injection||749 cc Revolution X V-Twin with liquid cooling and fuel injection|
|Peak Power||61 PS at 7,500 rpm||NA|
|Maximum Torque||63 Nm at 6,600 rpm||59 Nm at 3,750 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed with chain drive||6-speed with belt drive|
|Front Suspension||41 mm telescopic fork||Telescopic fork with gaiters|
|Rear Suspension||Offset monoshock with linkage; preload adjustable||Twin hydraulic shock absorbers|
|Front Brake||300 mm disc with ABS||Disc with ABS|
|Rear Brake||250 mm disc with ABS||Disc with ABS|
|Front Tyre Size||120/70 R18 M/C 59H||100/80-17 52H|
|Rear Tyre Size||160/60 R17 M/C 69H||150/70-15 67H|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||14 litres||13.1 litres|
|Seat Height||705 mm||720 mm|
|Kerb Weight||235 kg||233 kg|
|Price, ex-showroom||INR 5.44 lakhs||INR 5.15 lakhs|
The Kawasaki Vulcan S is more expensive than the Harley-Davidson Street 750 by INR 29,000. But for that premium, you get a higher torque output from the engine despite being 100 cc smaller. It also gets adjustable brake and clutch levers, and a 15 mm lower seat than the Street 750. The Vulcan also gets a slightly larger fuel tank, but is 2 kg heavier as well.
Overall, the Vulcan will appeal riders who are looking for a Japanese cruiser which is beginner-friendly yet powerful enough for the highways. The Street 750 is apt for those who are looking for a typical Harley-Davidson without burning a very big hole in the pocket.