Returning for 2017 is the comfortable, sporty, smooth and easy-to-ride cruiser, the Kawasaki Vulcan S motorcycle. Designed to re-think cruisers, with a low-seat height, sporty suspension, comfortable and adjustable ergonomics, the Vulcan S line of bikes is back with added features.
The Kawasaki Vulcan S has the same low silhouette of a bigger-bore Vulcan cruiser, mixed with Kawasaki sport bike-derived power and handling, as well as its popular ERGO-FIT components, designed to comfortably fit a range of riders.
2017 Kawasaki Vulcan S New Features
- NEW All Vulcan S models feature new paint schemes and colours
- NEW Gear-position indicator on all models.
- ERGO-FIT components allows for multiple seat and handlebar options as well as foot-peg placement, at no extra charge (see below for details)
- Proven 649cc, parallel-twin engine provides smooth power delivery
- Lightest motorcycle in its class, smooth suspension
- Low cruiser design, narrow chassis and comfortable, tapered seat make it easy to reach the ground in stop-and-go city traffic
The Kawasaki Vulcan S cruiser returns with Kawasaki’s user-friendly and unique ERGO-FIT components. This allows for two seat options for added comfort and rider placement, three-foot control placement options for added control, and two different reach handlebars.
For 2017, the Kawasaki Vulcan S returns with the smooth ride and cruiser-good looks, but with a new added feature. First, all Vulcan S models will feature a gear-position indicator; knowing what gear you’re in is a major plus for riders.
Furthermore, the Kawasaki Vulcan S boasts one of the lowest weights of any motorcycle in its class (twin cylinder cruiser of similar displacement) and we all know what that means – easier to manoeuvre, quicker acceleration, easier to stop, quicker to turn and smooth suspension action.
Another standout element of the 2017 Kawasaki Vulcan S is its 649cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin engine. The engine is very smooth when pulling away from a traffic light, and responsive when the rider wants to accelerate. This makes it suitable for novice riders, while its top-end power and the nimble handling will keep more experienced riders entertained all day.
Kawasaki Vulcan S Cruiser Available in Four Configurations
- Vulcan S
- Vulcan S ABS
- Vulcan S ABS SE (Special Edition)
- Vulcan S ABS Café
To even further help the Vulcan S stand out from the market, Kawasaki introduces new colors for the entire range of models for 2017, starting with the Vulcan S and Vulcan S ABS, which both come in a Metallic Matte Carbon Gray.
The Vulcan S ABS SE (Special Edition) has high-class looks and style with Metallic Imperial Red paint and a Metallic Spark Black graphic. The SE also includes black wheels with a red pin stripe to match the paint scheme as well as color-matched radiator and side-frame covers. The radiator cover features a multi-tone graphic.
Finally, the Vulcan S ABS Café will be available in two colors: Metallic Matte Carbon Gray with Matte Urban City White graphics, or Pearl Blizzard White with Candy Lime Green accents. For 2017, the Vulcan S ABS Café features a new solid mounting system for the stylish front wind defector.
Comfort and Confidence
There are many aspects that can influence the comfort and confidence of a motorcycle rider, and one of the most obvious is the fit. So, first, the Vulcan S has been designed to accommodate a wide range of riders.
Being a cruiser-style motorcycle, the seat has a low height of 27.8 inches and is conveniently tapered at the front, meaning most riders will be able to place their feet firmly on the ground, helping to keep them stable when stopped, and increasing confidence in stop-and-go city traffic.
The Vulcan S has a slim chassis thanks to the narrow parallel-twin engine, which has its engine cylinders positioned further forward than a V-twin engine. The parallel-twin configuration also enabled engineers to route the exhaust under the engine and away from the rider’s legs. A further benefit of the slim chassis is an increased lean angle when cornering.
The Vulcan S suspension was designed to absorb the bumps and give the rider positive feedback, allowing them to relax and feel in control.
2017 Kawasaki Vulcan S Tailored Fit
Kawasaki offers several Kawasaki Genuine Accessories to tailor the motorcycle to fit individual riders. The ERGO-FIT Reduced Reach Seat, for example, moves the hip support 2 inch further forward, making it easier for riders with a shorter inseam to reach the adjustable foot pegs and handlebar. There is also an optional ERGO-FIT Extended Reach Seat with firmer foam with a gel insert that moves the hip support further back to accommodate taller riders.
The rider’s forward-positioned foot pegs are mounted in a relaxed position that is typical of the cruiser riding experience. As a first for this class of motorcycle, the foot pegs have three positions to accommodate a variety of riders. With an adjustment range of 1 inch forward and 1 inch backwards from the middle mounting points, the foot pegs are able to suit riders of varying stature for greatest confidence and comfort. ERGO-FIT shift rods are required when the foot pegs are repositioned. It doesn’t stop there. Kawasaki also offers an ERGO-FIT Reduced Reach handlebar to help riders with shorter arms to comfortably reach the bar, which is brought 1 inch closer to the rider.
When combined with the low seat height, adjustable foot pegs and range of accessory options, the Vulcan S motorcycles have been designed to instill confidence and increase the overall riding enjoyment, making it a good choice for a wide range of riders. As an added bonus, the selected ERGO- FIT parts will be fitted to the motorcycle at the time of purchase to ensure customers leave the Kawasaki dealership with the ideal fit.
For the rider who wants to take along a friend, the Vulcan S cruiser is customizable with a selection of optional Kawasaki Genuine Accessories such as a passenger seat, and passenger foot peg setup that will accommodate a second rider. A passenger backrest can also be added for comfort, confidence and style.
2017 Vulcan S Controls
Continuing with the tailored fit theme of the 2017 Vulcan S, both the clutch and brake levers are adjustable for easy reach to suit a range of hand sizes. The rider will also appreciate the Positive Neutral Finder, which makes it easier to select neutral when stopped. The wide diameter handlebar provides a positive feel and is rubber-mounted to help reduce vibration, increasing overall comfort.
The instrumentation consists of a compact analog tachometer with a multifunction dual window. The digital display features speed, fuel level, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, range, average and instant fuel economy as well as an Economical Riding Indicator to show when the rider is optimizing fuel economy. New for 2017 model year is a factory installed GPI (Gear Position Indicator) to keep the rider informed as to the transmission gear selected.
2017 Vulcan S Engine
The liquid-cooled 649cc parallel twin-engine is another important aspect of the Vulcan S. It brings many distinct advantages over a regular cruiser, which includes its Kawasaki sport bike DNA that enables superb flexibility at all engine speeds, a healthy dose of power and dependability. It is also considerably smoother than the V-twin engines used in most cruisers.
For the Vulcan S, the engine has been engineered specifically to make it cruiser-friendly and to inspire confidence in new riders, while still being fun and responsive for experienced riders. There has been specific tuning to the cam shaft profiles, intake funnel length, throttle body spacer and air intake to provide exceptional low and mid-range power delivery. The aim was to create an engine with user-friendly characteristics that helps ensure the motorcycle is easy to ride, with a smooth power delivery that is responsive to rider inputs at low-speed. It also has enough power at higher RPM to keep it entertaining, being considerably more powerful than most cruisers, without becoming intimidating.
Thanks to its use of digital fuel injection technology to carefully meter the fuel used by the 649cc engine, the Vulcan S cruiser will sip gas reasonably from its 3.7-gallon fuel tank, providing more miles and smiles between fuel stops.
The exhaust system has been routed under the engine to keep the motorcycle narrow for easy reach to the ground. It uses a dual-wall header pipe construction with a large diameter, designed to look good and sound even better, having a distinctive growl that separates it from the typical cruiser.
The six-speed transmission drives an O-ring chain to efficiently transfer engine power to the road. It also has a Kawasaki Positive Neutral Finder: When stopped, this allows you to simply up-shift from first to select neutral easily.
2017 Vulcan S Chassis
With its cruiser appeal, the Vulcan S is long and low, with a wheelbase designed for increased performance at typical highway cruising speeds. Kawasaki brought its sport bike expertise to create the slim, lightweight chassis that has a low center of gravity and centralized mass for even greater performance as well as nimble handling. These benefits will be felt as soon as you maneuver it out of the garage or into a tight space, but will be most appreciated on a Sunday morning ride.
The perimeter frame adds to the unique styling of the Vulcan S and incorporates a rear subframe with slim backbone that eliminates seat rails. By keeping the motorcycle narrow, it helps the rider’s feet reach the ground more easily. There is also a “D” section steel swingarm that provides both style and strength. The suspension was designed to absorb bumps and provide plenty of feedback. In fact, despite its low appearance, the Vulcan S has an ample 3.15 inches of rear wheel travel, which contributes to the greater comfort.
The rear shock also includes a seven-position, cam-style pre-load adjuster. It can be easily adjusted to suit the rider or when carrying a passenger and luggage. This means the Vulcan S rider will enjoy confidence thanks to its suspension technology that is neither rough nor fatiguing, as it can sometimes be on cruiser motorcycles with short-travel suspension. The 2017 Vulcan S motorcycle is fitted with stylish cast wheels that feature a five-spoke design with twin spokes. These measure 18-inch front, 17-inch rear and exemplify cruiser style. The wheels are fitted with modern, high-performance radial tires to provide responsive handling.
The brakes comprise a single 300mm rotor and twin-piston caliper up front, with a 250mm rotor mated to a single-piston rear caliper. The Vulcan S ABS, Vulcan S ABS SE and Vulcan S ABS Café model also add anti-lock braking (ABS) technology, which contributes to rider confidence in the motorcycle’s stopping ability because it assists braking under certain conditions.
2017 Vulcan S Styling
As with any cruiser, style is very important, and the Vulcan S doesn’t disappoint. It incorporates elements such as the teardrop-shaped, 3.7-gallon fuel tank, inverted triangular headlight and black mirrors to match the black frame and exhaust muffler.
The distinctive front headlight design works in conjunction with a large and bright LED tail light. The rear light is incorporated into the rear fender, which is supported by the separate rear subframe.
Colours (May vary depending on Country)
- 2017 Kawasaki Vulcan S/Vulcan S ABS – Metallic Matte Carbon Gray
- 2017 Kawasaki Vulcan S ABS SE – Metallic Imperial Red
- 2017 Kawasaki Vulcan S ABS Café – Metallic Matte Carbon Gray/Matte Urban City White
- 2017 Kawasaki Vulcan S ABS Café – Pearl Blizzard White/Candy Lime Green
For pricing and availability check your local dealership.
Vulcan S Accessories
Kawasaki has developed a host of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories to maximise the ownership experience of the Kawasaki Vulcan S cruiser. Owners can customize the fit, comfort and style of their motorcycle to meet their needs. Some of the standout items include all the ERGO-FIT accessories previously mentioned. These are free of charge to the Vulcan S buyer at time of purchase from designated ERGO-FIT dealerships, or can be purchased by subsequent owners. Additionally, KQR™ large and medium windshields, saddlebags and passenger back-rest options allow easy installation or removal once installed. On for passengers and running errands or trips, off for cool styling and easy bike cleaning. Vulcan S customers will also be able to purchase the Café model’s wind reflector separately for their own motorcycles. Other notable accessories include a DC power outlet, LED light-bar, helmet lock, tank bag, soft top case, passenger seat and foot pegs.