2016 kawasaki vulcan s




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    Cycle World has specs and reviews on the Vulcan S. This Kawasaki is made in Japan with an MSRP of $6, It has a 6 speed.

    Vulcan S, not your average cruiser. Standing apart, with its Parallel Twin engine, unique frame and suspension layout and designed for independent minded.

    2016 kawasaki vulcan s

    2016 kawasaki vulcan s

    Photo by Kevin Wing. As with any bike with this seating position, speeds over 65 mph or so turned me into a bit of a sail, and by the end of the day, I had some stiffness in my back, neck, and forearms from hanging on at high speeds. I can appreciate that Kawasaki reworked the gearing a bit to help new riders, but I would probably toss a different sprocket on there to make freeway stints a little easier. Through the combination of two bar sizes, three seats, and three peg placement options, the fit can be customized for almost any rider. At one point, I found myself chasing the guy leading our group and I realized — I was having fun.

    2016 kawasaki vulcan s

    2016 kawasaki vulcan s

    2016 kawasaki vulcan s

    2016 kawasaki vulcan s

    2016 kawasaki vulcan s

    Kawasaki Vulcan S | Cycle World

    I like to think I'm pretty accepting and understanding of a wide variety of motorcycle riders. I don't judge people for being new to motorcycling or unskilled. I try not to judge people for the kinds of bikes they ride. Which makes sense because I've been a new rider, a bad rider, and owned some inferior motorcycles. It also makes sense that the one area I just never seem to take into account is how a bike fits.

    As a six-foot-tall male, most motorcycles are designed with me as the norm. I've never struggled with the reach to the bars or to get my feet on the ground, except with bikes like the Honda XRL, and I've always sort of assumed everyone gets used to the accommodations you make when riding a tall bike. Instead of going off of my assumptions, Kawasaki did this little thing called research, which told them that one of the biggest things that turned off all riders, but especially new riders, was a motorcycle with a poor fit that sapped the rider's confidence.

    2016 kawasaki vulcan s

    Kawasaki addressed this by coming up with a system called Ergo-Fit, which makes the bike's fit customizable for riders of all sizes. It's the Ergo-Fit system that really makes the Vulcan S different from other entry-level cruisers, and it consists of three adjustable components: For riders under 5 feet tall, Kawasaki recommends the reduced-reach fit, which pairs the reduced-reach bars, which are 1. For riders over 6 feet tall, Kawasaki recommends the extended-reach fit, which uses the normal bars paired with the extended-reach seat, which moves the seat one inch further back than stock, and puts the pegs in the far position, one inch forward from normal controls.

    Through the combination of two bar sizes, three seats, and three peg placement options, the fit can be customized for almost any rider. On the launch, we had literally every shape and size rider of both genders, and everyone was able to find a configuration that fit well. The Kawasaki Vulcan S is powered by a liquid-cooled and digitally fuel-injected cc parallel twin, which is derived from the one in the Kawasaki Ninja The engineers didn't just drop in the Ninja motor, however.

    2016 kawasaki vulcan s

    They made a number of changes to help produce power lower in the rev range and to increase fuel economy. Some of the changes include revising the cam duration and valve lift to trade a little horsepower for torque, as well as increasing the flywheel mass by 28 percent.

    The cylinder head has also been revised and now has fluted intake ports, and the airbox has been given longer intake funnels to further lower the torque peak. In the engine bay, the family resemblance to the Versys is there, if you look for it. Photo by Kevin Wing. Front suspension is provided by a Kayaba fork, which yields 4.

    The laydown rear Kayaba shock provides 3. The Vulcan S comes with a mm disc and a twin-piston Nissin caliper up front, and a mm disc mated to a single-piston Nissin caliper at the rear. The ride consisted of some urban conditions in the morning before heading into the hills along Lake Cachuma, and back down to the coast near Lompoc, where we caught the freeway back to Santa Barbara. By the end of the day, we'd ridden a little over miles in about every riding environment — yes, I even hit a little dirt and gravel.

    2016 kawasaki vulcan s

    The Vulcan S is light and nimble enough to be fun even when the road is not straight. From my first release of the clutch lever, I was struck by how light and nimble the Vulcan feels. I was a big fan of the Star Bolt when it was released, but this is so much more accessible, right off the bat.

    So many cruisers feel bulky and intimidating until they get up and going. Not so with the Vulcan S. Steering is light and the bike flicks from side to side effortlessly. Power delivery is very linear and feels very much like the motor I loved in the Ninja and Versys , though the changes they've made are apparent, with the power arriving much lower in the rev range. After one particularly winding road, a few of us were joking that we were almost riding it like a dirt bike, as we short-shifted and powered out of corners.

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