Kawasaki may be gearing up to launch its first cruiser in the Indian market with the introduction of the Vulcan S.
The Vulcan S, introduced internationally last year, is powered by a liquid-cooled 649cc parallel twin derived from the Ninja 650, but with revised cam profiles, modified intake tract, exhaust and ECU.
The good news is that it is expected to be assembled in India, putting a very attractive sticker price of around Rs 6 lakh (ex-showroom).
In the international market, the Vulcan S is offered with customized ergonomics - dealer-installed seat, footpeg and handlebar options at no extra cost. That certainly makes it an attractive consideration for the average Indian and even riders of short stature, to customize the ergonomics according to individual preference. ABS is standard on the Vulcan S, but could be offered as an option here in India.
Kawasaki may launch its first cruiser in the Indian market with the introduction of the Vulcan S, a 650cc cruiser with modern, edgy styling.
The Kawasaki Vulcan S is powered by a liquid-cooled 649cc parallel twin derived from the Ninja 650, but with revised cam profiles, modified intake tract, exhaust and ECU. This means the engine displaces the same but has been detuned for more torque than peak power.
In terms of engine specifications, the engine produces around 61Ps of power at 7,500rpm and 64Nm of maximum torque at 6,600rpm. Power is transmitted via a six-speed transmission. A low seat height and friendly power delivery makes the Vulcan S a perfect cruiser for beginners or for riders who want to get back to leisure motorcycling. There’s optional ABS on offer too, and dynamics and overall power delivery will make the Vulcan S a friendly bike, around town, on the highway and even on twisty mountain roads.
Expected to be brought into India via the CKD route, the Vulcan S will have a very attractive sticker price of under Rs 7 lakh. That will make it accessible to a wide range of customers. In India, the Kawasaki Vulcan S will compete against the likes of Harley-Davidson Street 750, Hyosung Aquila Pro and even the Triumph Bonneville, expected to be offered at a similar price bracket. The Vulcan’s USP will be modern, cruiser looks with a proven engine and Kawasaki reliability. Read MoreRead Less