2018 Kawasaki Vulcan S (Courtesy: Kawasaki India)

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan S Launched In India at Rs 5.44 lakh

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Kawasaki brings its first cruiser bike to India; will take on Harley Davidson:

Kawasaki Motors India recently launched the 2018 Kawasaki Vulcan S cruiser at Rs 5.44 lakh (ex-showroom). It is Kawasaki’s first cruiser in India. The Vulcan S will directly take on the segment leader Harley Davidson Street 750 in the entry-level cruiser segment.

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan S (Courtesy: Kawasaki India)
2018 Kawasaki Vulcan S (Courtesy: Kawasaki India)

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan S Engine and Power:

The cruiser bike is powered by a 650cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine with fuel injection. It delivers 63PS at 7,500rpm and 64Nm at 6,500rpm and mates to a six-speed gearbox. Kawasaki claims that the fuel injected motor is tuned to deliver smooth performance in the low and mid-range that the cruisers need.

The Kawasaki Vulcan S has non-traditional looks. It features low-slung profile, alloy wheels, and an off-set mono-shock. The most prominent feature of the 2018 Vulcan S is the ‘Ergo Fit’. It enables the rider to adjust the handle, foot-pegs, and seat for an optimal riding position. It also gets an inverted triangle headlamp, a tight-fit rear fender beside unique wheel design and powerful clean-cut under-engine muffler.

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan S Features:

According to Kawasaki, the Vulcan S suits all the riders including the newbies. The Vulcan S features low seat height and adjustable clutch & brake levers. Thus, making it suitable for all types of riders. A 300mm disc at the front and a 250mm disc at the rear handle the braking duties while the ABS is standard.

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan S (Courtesy: Kawasaki India)
2018 Kawasaki Vulcan S (Courtesy: Kawasaki India)

Speaking at the launch, the managing director of India Kawasaki Motor, Yutaka Yamashita said "After our sports bikes, tourer bikes, naked bikes, and 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 2018 by introduction of our worldwide known Vulcan brand."

2018 Kawasaki Vulcan S Technical Specifications:

Type 4-stroke Parallel-Twin SI
Cooling Liquid-cooled
Displacement 649 cm3
Valve System DOHC, 8 valves
Power 45.0 kW {61 PS} / 7,500 rpm
Torque 63.0 N.m {6.4 kgf.m} / 6,600  rpm
Frame Type Perimeter, high-tensile steel
Rake / Trail 31° / 120 mm
Front 120/70 R18 M/C 59H
Rear 160/60 R17 M/C 69H
Wheelbase 1575 mm
Front / Wheel Travel ø41 mm telescopic fork/130 mm
Rear / Wheel Travel Offset laydown single-shock, linkage equipped, with adjustable preload/80 mm
Brake Front Single ø300 mm disc
Caliper Front Dual-piston
Brake Rear Single ø250 mm disc

Furthermore, bookings for the Vulcan S are now open at all Kawasaki dealerships in India. Kawasaki said that it will put the Vulcan S on display at the 2018 Auto Expo for the public who wish to see the bike. Kawasaki will assemble the Vulcan S at the company's Pune Chakan plant. It will take on the likes of Harley-Davidson Street 750 and the Hyosung Aquila Pro in the entry-level premium cruiser motorcycle segment.

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