KAWASAKI VULCAN S

INTRODUCTION

Kawasaki VULCAN S is an updated version of CB Unicorn 150 with major changes in all most aspects. So what are those major tweaks at an expense of extra 6000 – 7000 rupees ?. Unicorn 150 is losing grip in the market as it is ageing and rivals are now outperforming. So does Unicorn 160 perform the role of successor quite well? Time to inspect.

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GALLERY

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

649cc

MILEAGE

23km/l

POWER

61PS @ 7,500rpm

TORQUE

63N.m @ 6,600rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

F.I.

TANK CAPACITY

14 liters

REAR SUSPENSION

OFFSET LAYDOWN SINGLE-SHOCK

KERB WEIGHT

235Kg

SPECIAL FEATURES

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URBAN STYLING
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BACKBONE-STYLE
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stroke Parallel Twin
RIDING POSITION & ERGONOMICS
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ENGINE MUFFLER
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RIDEOLOGY THE APP
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RELAXED RIDING
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ADJUSTABLE BRAKE
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ADJUSTABLE FOOTPEGS
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BOSCH IMU
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LIQUID COOL SYSTEM
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N/A BATTERY
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SELF START

Full Specifications

Tyres (F) 120/70 R 18
Tyres (R) 160/60 R 17
Brakes (F) Single 300 mm Discs
Brakes (R) Single 250 mm Disc.
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Displacement 649cc
Power 61PS @ 7,500rpm
Torque 63N.m @ 6,600rpm
Bore x Stroke 83.0mm x 60.0mm
Compression Ratio 10.8:1
Fuel Supply Fuel Injection
Clutch Wet,Multi-Disc
Gearbox 6 gear
Valve Per Cylinder 8
Cooling System liquid Cooled
Wheelbase 1575mm
Ground Clearance 130mm
Length x Width x height 2,310mm x 855mm x 1090mm
Kerb Weight 235kg
Fuel Capacity 14liters
Electrical System 12V DC
Battery N/A
Head Lamp Bulb And Reflector Type
Tail Lamp LED
Pass Light Yes
Type Perimeter, high-tensile steel
Front Suspension 41 mm telescopic fork/130 mm
Rear Suspension Offset laydown single-shock,linkage equipped, with adjustable preload/80 mm
Speedometer Digital
Odometer N/A
Console N/A
Fuel Indicator Yes
Low Fuel Indicator Yes
Tachnometer Analogue
Start Type Electric
Clock Yes
Pass Switch Yes
ABS N/A
City 17-20km/l
Highway 20-23km/l

Kawasaki VULCAN S Videos

Kawasaki VULCAN S TEST RIDE & REVIEW

STANDARD & VINTAGE DESIGN

The classic looks of Kawasaki VULCAN S starts right from the front section itself with round headlamps and signal lights, thin tyres and chrome finished rear mirrors. There are lot of chrome components and also metal parts are present which brings high kerb weight and masculinity into equation. So proper care and treatment is required. In the side profile, engine and silencer has got white and silver finishing along with the right battery box. Tank and the air filter box boast color variant specific colors and the emblem on the tank is really eye catching.

The spoke alloy wheels and chrome finished mudguards together brings even more vintage looks into design aspect. In the rear, tail light design and positioning of entire unit is very disappointing. Also the rear grab rail is too thin and takes sheen off from the looks. The build quality of the parts, switch gear etc is really good but same cannot be told about chrome parts and spoke wheels where rust can easily come into play. So advanced coating is recommended throughout the motorcycle.

PURE CRUISER

The single cylinder, 4 stroke, twinspark, aircooled 346cc engine starts of nicely either by kick or self with nice low tone thump. In the low rev range, Bullet 350 ES has enough torque which comes into play but is mostly not that much felt due to high kerb weight. There is enough to play around and when coming onto mid rev range, the torque will get into more linear sort of manner and power takes forward. At the end of mid rev range around 70-80km/h vibration starts to creep into handlebars and after crossing 85-95km/h entire vehicle will start to vibrate.

So the cruising speed is 60-70km/h and this is the sweet spot of the engine. This one is really meant and built for long hauls and does that job well. Engine is a long stroke type one having more torque generation and less power figure which fits well for a cruiser. Yes vibration takes sheen of ride quality in top end but never feels that short of power even after 100km/h. The mileage figures is around 30-35km/l in cities and 35-42km/l in the highways.

RIGID SUSPENSION SETUP

The first thing that we notice while we sit on the Bullet 350 ES is the high kerb weight. The handlebar size is not that wide and is almost set in a upright position. The footpegs are centered and feels totally comfortable for the legs. The front section maneuvering is not that nimble and this needs to get used to by the rider in cities and undulated roads. In highways this ergonomics is superb and every factor supports it as well like high kerb weight, less amount of vibrations (compared to other Royal Enfield models) and supportive engine.

Suspension duties are done by the telescopic forks upfront and 5 step adjustable twin gas charged shocks at the rear. Single downtube frame does hold the motorcycle altogether and as a overall setup is disappointing. In undulated roads each jolt can be felt clearly by the rider and is unsettling for the rider. Front suspension is the major culprit here while the adjustable rear suspension does a good job. So hard and rigid setup for suspension which is nice for long hauls only nothing else. The thin and tube type tyres reduces the amount of grip while the addition of 240 rear disc is a boon to the 280mm front disc brake setup.

VERY SHORT ON FEATURES

The instrument console donot contain tripmeter, fuelmeter, tachometer and just houses speedometer, odometer and outdated battery charge level meter. Rear disc is available but no ABS on offer while tube tyres are provided instead of tubeless tyres.

Kawasaki VULCAN S VERDICT

Kawasaki VULCAN S is purely meant for long hauls and it does that role superbly. In all other scenarios this one not fits well at all. High kerb weight and rigid suspension does bring issues in cities while archaic suspension setup underperforms in uneven roads and basic set of features are missing. So verdict is simple go for this model only if you are long distance rider.

PROS

  • Good performance
  • Adjustable rear suspension
  • Superb cruiser
  • Rear disc brake

CONS

  • poor rear section design
  • Vibrations in high rev range
  • Very short on features
  • Thin and tube type tyres
  • Rigid suspension setup
  • No ABS and fuel meter