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Q. What is the configuration of Kawasaki Vulcan S cylinders?
  • Kawasaki Vulcan S is powered by a 650cc, liquid-cooled, 2-cylinder engine with an output of 61PS of power at 7500rpm and 63Nm of torque at 6600rpm. The powerplant gets a compression ratio of 10:8:1 while the Bore x Stroke stands at 83 mm x 60 mm.
Q. Does Kawasaki Vulcan S get 1. Ergo-fit features as standard in India ( bike delivered customised at no extra cost ) and 2. Does it have a centre stand as standard?
  • 1. Not sure. Default configuration is 'Low Reach' which is what I needed. However, when I asked the dealer whether I need to buy an additional accessory if I need to convert it to 'Mid Reach' if needed, he didn't give a definitive answer - All he said was 'I'll get back to you'.2. Only Side-stand is available as standard.
Q. Can I go for long rides with my wife on Kawasaki Vulcan S?
  • Sure you can.. Vulcan S is meant for long leisurely rides on highways ( rather than weaving through bumper to bumper City traffic ). I got my Pillion backrest made by Dochaki Customs, Pune which provides added comfort to the pillion.
  • Absolutely. Adding a backrest for the pillion makes things significantly better though.
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Q. I am planning to buy my first bike. My shortlisted choices are very small Vulcan S650 and Versys 650. Considering Indian road conditions, which bike would you recommend me? My budget is around 6.5 lakhs INR. Any other options are also welcome.
  • These are entirely different types of bikes - Cruiser and Semi ADV. Secondly Versys is more expensive and it isn’t available for Rs 6.5 Lac (assuming you are not buying a used one). I paid Rs 7.08 Lac for Vulcan itself (Bengaluru). Both are big bikes. Versys is a little more gigantic/bulky than Vulcan making it difficult to be a daily commuter. Vulcan May be slightly better on this aspect, but it has a pathetic 130 mm ground clearance which makes it somewhat difficult to ride over speed bumps and potholes in Cities. But Versys is a better All-rounder compared to Vulcan since it has some off-roading capability.If you are ok with the might/bulk of Versys and its higher Price, Versys May be a better choice.( I wanted Cruiser, so I chose Vulcan ).However, if your rides are a good combination of daily commute and touring, Z650 and Ninja650 are better options compared to Versys and Vulcan.
  • Hi,I would suggest you to decide priority and need first .Every segmented bike have different purpose .Versys meant to be for off touring purpose including some off road capabilities.Vulcun is good for city ride and for daily commuting but sometimes it will create problem as ground clearance is not so good.Ninja 650 is a good sports tourer with comfortably adjusted upright clip on handlebar also you can enjoy weekend rides in city as well as on highway.Decide what you want take test ride of all the bikes and choose accordingly
  • I have 6 bike including the Versys 650 the Vulcan is a way better choice it has great mileage I am not 100% sure about how it would preform on the roads down there. It is a really good bike for a really good price and i would highly recommend it.
Q. I am planning to buy Vulcan S. Is it easy to ride in city? I am worried about low ground clearance.
  • Vulcan has a surprisingly good maneuverability for a bike of its size and weight. I (weighing just 65 KG) can weave through City traffic without much difficulty. However, note that the maneuverability is less than that of Thunderbird and Karizma (the other two bikes that I have). Secondly, its long turning radius makes it a little difficult to take U turns. Yes, its Low ground clearance is a bit of concern in cities. You need to be extra careful when you\'re approaching Speed bumps. If your plan is to use it mostly for City commute, Vulcan may not be a good option. If you plan to use it for a mix of City and Long rides ( frequent or occasional), you can go for it. In my case, I needed to buy a Cruiser in 6 - 7 Lac Price range and Vulcan turned out to bt the best option ( Kawasaki's engines are much more refined than Harley's or Hyosung's )
  • It does hinder the ride around Speed bumps. Rider needs to get the bike to almost complete halt while going over the Speed bumps. Trust me - I’ve been riding a Vulcan for 8 months !
  • I am too planning to buy a Vulcan S, but it seems the ground clearance of 13 cm is very low.
Q. Does Kawasaki Vulcan S get 1. Ergo-fit features as standard in India ( bike delivered customised at no extra cost ) and 2. Does it have a centre stand as standard?
  • 1. Not sure. Default configuration is 'Low Reach' which is what I needed. However, when I asked the dealer whether I need to buy an additional accessory if I need to convert it to 'Mid Reach' if needed, he didn't give a definitive answer - All he said was 'I'll get back to you'.2. Only Side-stand is available as standard.
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