A week after releasing a teaser for the bike via its official website, India Kawasaki Motors has launched the Kawasaki Vulcan S in the country at an ex-showroom price of INR 5.44 lakhs. The bike is Kawasaki's first cruiser in the Indian market.
The Kawasaki Vulcan S is also the brand’s most affordable cruiser in the country. The launch was a low-profile event, and Kawasaki will unveil the bike at the 2018 Auto Expo. However, bookings are open and customers can visit the nearest Kawasaki dealer to order the motorcycle. The bike is available only in Flat Ebony colour. Kawasaki assembles the Vulcan S at its Chakan plant in Pune. The cruiser also comes with accessories which will be sold separately as per stock availability.
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With the low seat height of 705 mm, tractable parallel twin engine, and adjustable brake and clutch levers, the motorcycle is rookie rider-friendly. On the launch of the new motorcycle, Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motor, said:
After our sports bikes, tourer bikes, naked bikes & off-road bikes settled in India, we felt it was a right time for us to bring this cruiser in the market. There cannot be a better way to start a new year by introduction of our world-wide known Vulcan brand. FUN TO RIDE is Kawasaki’s global ideology, which perfectly fits to Vulcan S. It is different than any other cruiser mainly because of its powerful, yet easy-to-control engine, easy manoeuvring, light weight, yet stable, and highway riding and important to mention 14 litre fuel tank with good fuel economy.
The Kawasaki Vulcan S also gets an ergo fitment feature which includes adjustable foot pegs, handle and seat. Powering the Vulcan S is a 649 cc parallel twin DOHC mill with liquid cooling and fuel injection. The engine does duty in the Kawasaki Ninja 650 as well. In the Vulcan, it generates 61 PS at 7,500 rpm and 63 Nm at 6,600 rpm.
The cruiser employs 41 mm telescopic front fork, and an offset monoshock with linkage and adjustable preload. Brakes include 300 mm front and 250 mm rear disc with dual channel ABS as standard. The Kawasaki Vulcan S goes head-to-head with the Harley-Davidson Street 750.