Kawasaki Vulcan S 2015. ER-6ish „funky“ cruiser. First official photos

Kawasaki Vulcan S 2015 will be  unveiled at EICMA 2015. Meanwhile, Kawasaki released the technical details and the first official photos. The new Vulcan has the well-known 649 cc parallel twin engine instead of a V-Twin and borrows some important features from Kawasaki ER-6N.

It looks like Kawasaki Vulcan S 2015 represents a new approach in the urban cruiser segment. First of all, because of the engine. Kawasaki Vulcan S will be powered by the 649 cc twin cylinder already seen on ER-6n and Versys 650. It doesn’t have the same visual impact as a V-Twin, but it will offer proper performance. Kawasaki says the bike was created for the beginners, so the engine was modified to fit the targeted audience. It will develop 61 horsepower at 7.500 rpm and 63 NM at 6.600 rpm. It should handle very well the 225 kg of the bike, so it will be a quite sporty little cruiser. Which should be perfect for the city streets.

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Kawasaki Vulcan S 2015 will also borrow the ER-6 chassis. The rear suspension seems to be the same as on ER-6n and Versys 650. It also has a short exhaust and overall, the look is sporty. It will challenge motorcycles like Harley-Davidson Street 750.

The design is a combination between traditional cruiser elements and standard motorcycle parts. The compact engine and the frame design are creating a minimalistic look, and the bike looks narrow at the knees and feet. The exhaust was kept under the engine for a slim chassis and mass centralisation.

The final transmission will be chain-based. As for the brakes, the front end will have just a single brake disc but Vulcan S 2015 will have an ABS system. Both the footpegs and the brake/clutch controls are adjustable. As for the wheels, the front will have 18 inch, while the back will have 17. Kawasaki Vulcan S will have a 14 litres fuel capacity.

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As for the accesories list, you can get optionat windscreen, gear idicator, leather saddlebags, a pillion seat and may others.
We’ll see the new Kawasaki Vulcan S 2015 at EICMA. Motorbikeonly.com will be there and report about every interesting new model.

Kawasaki Vulcan S 2015 tech specs

ENGINE

Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
649 cm3
DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel injection: ø38 mm x 2 with
6-speed, return
Chain
61 PS/7,500 min
63.0 N.m/6,600 min

FRAME

Perimeter, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel front: 130 mm
Wheel travel rear: 80 mm
Front tyre: 120/70R18M/C 59H
Rear tyre: 160/60R17M/C 69H

SUSPENSION

Front: ø41 mm telescopic fork
Rear: Offset laydown single-shock, linkageequipped,
with adjustable preload

BRAKES

Front: Type single 300 mm disc
Caliper dual-piston
Rear: Type single 250 mm disc
Caliper single piston

Dimensions

Overall length 2,310 mm
Overall width 880 mm
Overall height 1,100 mm
Wheelbase 1,575 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Seat height 705 mm
Curb mass 225 kg
Fuel capacity 14 litres

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3 thoughts on “Kawasaki Vulcan S 2015. ER-6ish „funky“ cruiser. First official photos

  1. Where is the V-Twin ? They shouldn’t have call it a Vulcan. Very disappointed, it has nothing to do with a Vulcan.
    Kawasaki please change the name !!!

    1. Please refer to the earlier Kawasaki Vulcan 500, powered by the 500cc twin engine which also powered the Ninja 500. This is an update of that concept, with a more advanced, more powerful engine in a more advanced chassis.
      I really like this bike, especially in the purple colour, which has real character. It also distracts from the less attractive details and plastic covers, which however are all necessary for the rider to ride without injury from burning, and are also part of the heat management system. Also the engine has more flywheel weight and better low and mid range torque, so the loss of some horsepower is more than compensated. This should be an easy bike for beginners and for rational riders who understand that bigger isn’t always better. This is just big enough to cater to all tastes.

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