Together with the launch of Ninja H2 and H2R, Kawasaki Motors Malaysia also introduced the latest member to join its cruiser lineup – the Kawasaki Vulcan S.
Boasting the classic cruiser image with modern flair, the Vulcan S comes with a prominent inverted triangle headlamp, instead of a round-shaped headlight seen on its predecessor. In all, the bike is designed to look compact to entice younger as well as female riders, as evidenced by the tight-lift rear fender and under-engine muffler.
Apart from the slim frame, the Vulcan S promises easy handling and comfort thanks to its thickly padded seats, which is positioned closer to the ground, rubber-mounted handlebars and adjustable foot pegs that promote foot-forward riding position.
At the heart of the Vulcan S is a liquid-cooled 649 cc parallel-twin engine that makes 60 hp at 7,500 rpm and 64 Nm of torque at 6,600 rpm. Tuned for rider-friendly performance, the engine features large 38 mm bore for a responsive output and connector tube on the header pipes for a smoother power delivery. Even the muffler design contributes to strong torque in low to mid rpm range.
In terms of suspension, the Vulcan S is equipped with a telescopic fork at the front and an adjustable offset laydown single-shock suspension at the rear. It comes with seven preload settings. Braking power comes from a 300 mm disc at the front and a 250 mm disc at the rear. They are paired to 17- and 18-inch wheels.
Additionally, Vulcan S customers can customise their bikes with a slew of optional accessories such as larger windshield, luggage racks, saddle bags, gear position indicator, DC socket and many more.
The new Kawasaki Vulcan S is available in Flat Ebony and Metallic Royal Purple with an estimated price tag of below RM30,000. Like the H2 and H2R, the Vulcan S is expected to arrive in showrooms early next year.