The Art Of Metalworking – 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan

"Vulcan S"

First time biker and you really don’t mind hitting the roads? Speed isn’t a concern and neither is the price?

Vulcan is the name of Kawasaki’s custom or cruiser bikes. These bikes have been around since 1984 and they’ve ranged from 125 cc to 2053 cc. These bikes are spectacular and powerful. A rare combination found in bikes these days.

Picking a new bike is not unlike trying on a new pair of shoes, and it is here that the all-new Kawasaki Vulcan S Ergo-Fit concept provides a fresh approach to those looking for a fantastic and powerful bike. More so, you would love the Vulcan because it gets your customized touch to it.

Kawasaki has always been known for building some of the sturdiest bikes in the market and the company didn’t pull any punches telling the world that the Vulcan S was designed to a be a stable road runner for riders of varying sizes. That’s quite an interesting concept that sounds pretty revolutionary.

Ergo-Fit Centers:

Most Kawasaki dealers have signed on as Ergo-Fit Centers, which allows prospective buyers to mix and match dealer-installed seat, footpeg, and handlebar options at time of purchase for no additional cost. The Vulcan’s forward-mounted pegs offer a trio of mounting points spanning a three-inch range, an alteration that requires an appropriate length shift rod. Likewise, three sculpted seats are available, in reduced-, mid-, or extended-reach form. Additionally, the pullback-style handlebar comes in two flavors, a mid-reach design and a reduced-reach bar that places the grips 1.4 inches closer to the rider.


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Vulcan has been a mainstay of Japanese cruisers for decades. It combines the precise engineering Kawasaki is known for with a modern style that can’t be beat. Perhaps one of the best beginner cruisers available right now is the Vulcan type S. Imagine the looks of the Harley V-rod at less than half the price. Now that is bound to get some attention!

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The all-new Vulcan from Kawasaki comes powered by a liquid-cooled 649 cc parallel twin engine that is derived from the Ninja 650. This is a fuel-injected DOHC eight-valve motor with revised cam profiles, plus a modified intake tract, exhaust, and ECU. These changes, along with a 28 percent increase in flywheel mass, have resulted in improved low- and mid-range response and smoother overall operation. The power delivery of this bike is very linear.

Design language:

The Vulcan from Kawasaki is everything you’d want in a cruiser, at least as far as its design goes. All the elements of a tried-and-true cruiser are there. From the teardrop-shaped fuel tank to the inverted triangular headlights and the wide handlebars, the Vulcan S is a cruiser in every sense of the word. But the thing about the Vulcan that really stands out is its capability to be customized depending on the rider. Yeah, bikes aren’t as easily customizable as cars so having this feature is definitely a huge god-gift. The color options are pretty limited, but that shouldn’t be a problem because Kawasaki did the smart thing by offering three distinct color styles. There’s the flashy one (Candy Lime Green), the sleek, classy one (Flat Ebony), and the clean one (Pearl Crystal White). You’d definitely fall flat for any of these 3 colors.

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The Vulcan S has a sporty character that is complimented by a nimble chassis and a uber-cool neutral steering. It has a tubular frame and a single lay-down KYB shock that offers 3.2 inches of wheel. It also has well-damped 41 mm conventional fork that is kicked out at 31 degrees of rake and offers 4.7 inches of stability. The ABD-equipped Vulcan has a phenomenal braking ability. The single 300mm rotor/twin-piston Nissin front combo is forgiving, having subtle initial bite but plenty of power when a handful is applied. The front tire tracked well when braking hard over rough surfaces, with surprisingly little ABS interaction. The rear anti-lock cycled quite readily, doing an excellent job of keeping the rear in line even when stomping the pedal mid-turn.


In terms of Pricing, the Vulcan is relatively affordable off-shore. It carries an aggressive price tag of  $ 6,999 (Roughly around Rs. 4.5 lakhs) for the standard trim and $ 7,399 for the ABS model (Roughly around Rs. 4.75 lakhs)

However, in India the onwards price is Rs. 6,00,000/- (Sad but true!)

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Any purchase of either of these two trims comes with a 12-month limited warranty with an option to avail of Kawasaki’s Protection Plus warranty.

Kawasaki offers 3-different seating options:

  • The standard seat for people 5’7″ to 6 foot
  • The ‘Extended Reach‘ seat which lets you slide back in the saddle a bit more and raise you up.
  • The shorter seat which is about 2 inches shorter than standard in the tapered section.


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This makes it comfortable for any kind of rider to enjoy a long and hassle-free ride.



Bottom Line:

This bike is quite sexy and modern for a cruiser. It has 27.8 Inch seat height that makes it ideal for short rides. It also has Ergo-Fit customization that is best for all sorts of riders from 5’6” to 6’ 1” height. On the downside, this bike comes with a parallel twin instead of a v-twin that might not meet the likes of every rider. Overall, this is an excellent ride under 700 cc.

Kawasaki Z800- an Overview

“Big bikes means big cost” , more the power you desire more it is going to cost you – oh yeah ! It is amazing to witness the ever growing  number of multi-cylinder bikes in the Indian market. There is one thing common with  all these multi-cylinder bikes though , they come with a huge price tag !  😐

Kawasaki have their reputation to be considered, they manufacture the meanest and most desirable super bikes world wide . This Japanese mean machine might not just awe-strike you in the first look or feel , but  it gradually grows on to you like music. The more you listen to a song the more you will love it  , Kawasaki Z800 is exactly the same- the more you ride and romp with it the more you will helplessly fall in love with it .

Kawasaki Z800

Much of the soul and body was inspired all the way from 1972 when Kawasaki Z series was introduced .The  Z1,  was one of a kind  motorcycle of its time, in the heart of the Kawasaki Z800 lies a  82bhp, 900cc in-line, four-cylinder gasoline engine that is good for over 200kph, which stands as a milestone in the era of super bikes . The Kawasaki Z800 has a very assertive and muscular look which every street head must posses.It is forged in such a brilliant way that you will be nodding in appreciation. Seating for the motor cycle is straight out of a street naked handbook – with a flat and wide handle bar , the foot pegs are slightly raised and towards the rear and there is that massive tank to lock your knees in.You will have to lean your body weight forward to achieve  a comfortable ride.

Design and Appearance 

The all new Kawasaki Z800 (as it is called – the muscular bike ) has a very comprehensive muscle bound look . The only factor that differentiates the much pricy Z1000 and the Z800 is that awesome looking headlight you get with the Z1000. The headlight gleams bright enough with an impressive spread of light  .The bikes instrument cluster is surprisingly easy to read  and also not to mention very informative . There are loads of aggression in-terms of looks of the bike but it lacks a modern essence. Its tail lamps give a nice opposing look and nice touch to the bikes appearance.Then there is the weight factor, it weighs a staggering  231kg ( you will have slight trouble battling the city traffic and performing sharp cuts and turns)

Engine and Performance 

In the heart of this magnificent beast lies a powerhouse of a 806cc petrol engine that produces 113PS at 10,200rpm while 83Nm of torque at a peak of 8000rpm.The engine is so smooth that you almost can’t feel it humming under your seat. This beauty is more than what it meets the eye, just the slightest press on throttle you will find yourself zooming at a high speed in a heartbeat. The engine responses so urgently, so swiftly that it gives such a pleasure to ride it , this is the reason why we Indians just cant resist a four cylinder engine .The clutch is little bit stiff but not so unmanageable , this stiffness gives a slight jerk while you press on to the throttle .The Kawasaki Z800 has a short gear which is typical of a street bike making it so well founded . The company claims that it cant reach from 0 to the magic figure of 100kmph in just 3.5sec and pull out a maximum of 120000 rpm. This beast is claimed to achieve high speeds around of 2oo kmph .

Kawasaki Z800 wheelie  Similar to all those other naked bikes , once you cross speed limits of 180 kmph it becomes such a physical struggle to keep up to the fight with such terrific gales. It is undoubtedly one the most quickest bikes around and the brake system is just so tremendous and so impressive. It might not be so robust as its bigger brother the Kawasaki  Z1000, but is just strong enough to decelerate you efficiently.The twin front brakes offers you a crisp bite and good movement . It looks a bit stiff but it is very surprisingly smooth and has very damp suspensions. It is so noticeable that each and every bump is so smooth, you would fall in love with it instantly. When taken on a long drive – it certainly runs smooth and crisp !


Displacement:806.00 ccm (49.18 cubic inches)
Engine type:V2, four-stroke
Power:111.30 HP (81.2 kW)) @ 10200 RPM
Torque:83.00 Nm (8.5 kgf-m or 61.2 ft.lbs) @ 8500 RPM
Bore x stroke:71.0 x 50.9 mm (2.8 x 2.0 inches)
Valves per cylinder:4
Fuel system:Injection
Fuel control:OHV
Lubrication system:Forced lubrication, wet sump
Cooling system:Liquid
Transmission type, final drive:Chain
Clutch:Wet multi-disc, manual
Driveline:Sealed chain
Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
Frame type:Tubular backbone (with engine sub-frame), high-tensile steel
Rake (fork angle):31.0°
Front suspension:41 mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Rear suspension:Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock with piggyback reservoir and stepless rebound damping and preload adjustability
Front tyre dimensions:120/70-ZR17
Rear tyre dimensions:180/55-ZR17
Front brakes:Double disc. Petal discs, dual opposed 4-piston
Front brakes diameter:310 mm (12.2 inches)
Rear brakes:Single disc. Petal disc, single-piston
Rear brakes diameter:250 mm (9.8 inches


Bottom Line:

Kawasaki  Z800 isn’t just a toned down friendly bike , it has very impressive and has a lively engine , it handles things magnificently and brakes even better . Adding on to this , with its upright seating gives a pleasant ride quality and has no heating issues.

The Kawasaki Z800 isn’t the best of its kind or the most perfect naked bike but all that power and performance with such an attractive price makes it the most affordable four stroke engines around.

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