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The Vulcan S ABS Cafe is not your average cruiser

The Vulcan S ABS Café stands apart, with its Parallel Twin engine, unique frame and suspension layout, and its very non-traditional looks. Unlike any other cruiser, the Vulcan® S ABS Café is geared to fit a wide range of riders. Never taking away from its stylish features, this bike takes comfort, adjustability and ease of use to another level. Designed for independent-minded riders, it does not require the rider to conform to any herd mentality fashion or lifestyle. Special attention paid to ensuring high levels of fit & comfort, and confidence in riding make the Vulcan S ABS Café an attractive option for new riders and female riders looking for a stylish, accommodating motorcycle. Accessible in all senses of the word, with the Vulcan S riders can come as they are, and just get on and go. LAMS ready with a low seat height the Vulcan S ABS Café ticks all the boxes

Easy to control liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 649 cm3 Parallel Twin Engine

Compact engine tuned for low- and mid-range performance offers an easy to-control character and gratifying acceleration.

Modern Urban Styling

Flowing style with long-and-low stance and modern elements like the original headlamp and cast wheels with five spoke pair design give the Vulcan S very nontraditional cruiser looks.

Light Handling

Low overall weight, fine-tuned chassis rigidity balance, 18”/17” radial tyres and suspension settings result in a bike with light, easy handling and easy manoeuvrability.

Relaxed, foot forward riding position

The compact engine and slim frame result in a design that is narrow at the knees and feet. Forward positioned footpegs are ideal for relaxed, cruiser-style riding. 3-position footpegs allow riders to adjust foot position to suit size and preference. (Adjustment is with optional accessory parts.)

Low seat height

Low seat and slim overall design make it easy to reach the ground with both feet, contributing to rider confidence.

ABS brakes standard

Large-diameter disc brakes balance ample stopping power with easy control. Customers looking for an added degree of reassuring braking performance with standard front and rear ABS.

Liquid Cooled Parallel Twin Engine

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 649 cm³ Parallel Twin with fuel injection delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low and medium rpm ranges. The engine was tuned for rider-friendly power characteristics that will inspire confidence in new riders. The Vulcan S offers smooth starts from a standstill, smooth acceleration, and a satisfying pull when accelerating. The strong acceleration facilitates highway merging and passing. The Vulcan S is also fitted with the Kawasaki exclusive neutral finder, when stationary in first gear, just shift up and it will automatically find neutral.

Tyres and Brakes

Wheel sizes (18-inch for the front, 17-inch for the rear) are closer to those found on a sport bike than a typical cruiser model (which often have much larger front wheels). The slightly larger front wheel contributes to the Vulcan S’s natural, light handling.
The Vulcan S is equipped with front and rear ABS disc brakes. The 300mm front is gripped and 250mm rear brake rotors are gripped by a twin-piston caliper at the front and a single piston caliper for ample stopping power.

Custom Fit & Adjustability

Footrest position adjustable with three positions available: STD, 25 mm forward, 25 mm back.
(Alternate shift linkage rods, sold separately, are necessary when changing the position from standard.)

Low Comfortable Seat

Features a low 705 mm seat height. The seat design with thick, 62 mm padding offers a wide surface and excellent hip support, ensuring ample comfort for city riding and short tours. The seat bracket is rubber-mounted, reducing vibration transferred through the seat. Optional long and short seats are also available.

D-Shaped Swing Arm

The swingarm’s D-shaped cross-section gives it a pipe-like design that matches the frame, and contributes to the high-quality appearance.

Offset Rear Shock

Offset laydown rear single-shock supension is distinctive syling element, contributing the trend setting design. Pre-load adjustment is via an easy access 5-way cam wheel.

Long Range

Tear drop-style fuel tank adds a cruiser-style touch. With its 14 litre tank capacity and the Parallel Twin engine's good fuel economy, the long range offered by the Vulcan S means riders can go longer between fill-ups—convenient in town, and reassuring when out on a daytrip.

Instrumentation

Compact, stacked instumentment cluster matches the bikes overall design and features an easy-to-read layout. Analogue-style tachometer
and multi-function LCD screen use blue LED backlights for excellent visibility at night. Features include a fuel gauge, digital speedometer, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range, average/instant fuel consumption and the Economical Riding Indicator.

Styling Elements

Curved, flowing style blended with a powerful, long-and-low stance and modern elements creates a unique, eye-catching design. Inverted triangle headlamp contributes to the Vulcan S’s fresh, unique design. A position lamp is built into the upper portion of the headlamp unit.

Rear Fender

Tail fender shaped to hug the rear wheel as closely as possible, creating a compact cruiser-style design. The design was made possible in part by the offset laydown rear shock.

Frame

Elegant pipe perimeter frame is a key component of the Vulcan S’s identity. The bike’s bodywork accentuates the frame, rather than hiding it. The design of the frame, rear suspension and swingarm create an integrated line running from the front of the bike to the rear hub. A pipe frame of high-tensile steel gives the bike a lightweight appearance. 3D analysis was used to achieve the target rigidity and stress values.

Muffler

Attractive bend of the exhaust pipes and an under-engine muffler arrangement contribute to the Vulcan S’s attractive styling.

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