Kawasaki has been renowned for its touring bike products.
One of the popular lineups is the Kawasaki Vulcan which includes several models from the 750 series to the latest Vulcan 1700 series.
Pairing ergonomic design and compact engine, these series are born to be cruisers.
Kawasaki Vulcan Overview
The Vulcans are known as reliable touring bikes. The first model the Vulcan 750 was introduced back in 1984 and new series are released ever since.
Most cruisers are designed with a twin-engine and have excellent ergonomics to run swiftly on all-terrain.
As an example, the Vulcan 650 which is designed as a sports cruiser is constructed with an Ergo-Fit system for better comfort for riders.
It is powered by a 649cc parallel twin, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, DOHC 8-valve, 4-stroke engine that produces up to 54 horsepower.
Meanwhile, the Vulcan 900 houses a 903cc fuel-injected V-twin, liquid-cooled, SOHC engine that produces 50 horsepower and 45.5 pound-feet of torque.
The fuel consumption of this model is approximately 24.37 km per liter.
Variants and Colors
To the present time, the Kawasaki Vulcan has a total of 10 series including the Vulcan 750, the Vulcan 400 with 400 cc engine, the Vulcan 500, the Vulcan 650, the Vulcan 1500, the Vulcan 800, the Vulcan 1600, the Vulcan 2000, the Vulcan 900, and the Vulcan 1700 with its renowned Vaquero variant.
Kawasaki is often identified from its green color but some Vulcan series don’t hold this tradition. For example, the Kawasaki Vulcan 800, 1999 model comes with two-tone black and cream.
The Kawasaki Vulcan 900 has metallic dark green and metallic phantom silver color variants.
Kawasaki Vulcan Design
Built for touring, the Kawasaki Vulcan supports riders’ comfort while riding. Let’s take the Kawasaki Vulcan S as an example. This model features custom-fit adjustability that allows riders to adjust the footpeg into three positions.
The Vulcan S is designed for non-mainstream riders. Adopting a classic styling, the 2022 model comes with a larger fuel tank that makes it suitable for a long journey. It has a larger and low seat height of 707 mm with a curb weight of 235 kg.
This model houses a compact console with a multifunction LCD screen that uses blue LED back lights. The screen displays important riding information such as a trip meter, speedometer, clock, and fuel gauge.
The Vulcan is available for custom just like the Kawasaki Ninja bobber that can be modified for a distinctive look.
Kawasaki Vulcan Braking & Safety
The Vulcan S series uses front and rear disc brakes that ensure optimum yet safe braking. It is not rich in safety equipment since it only has dual-channel ABS as a safety highlight.
Kawasaki Vulcan Ride & Handling
The Kawasaki Vulcan S series is equipped with simple telescopic forks and an adjustable offset monoshock. In order to support its cruising purpose, the Vulcan S offers a relaxed and comfortable driving posture.
Kawasaki Vulcan Features
The first feature is that the footpeg position can be adjusted to three available positions: STD, 25 mm forward, and 25 mm backward. Then the brake lever and clutch can be adjusted to fit your arm.
Furthermore, The front and rear suspension settings give great importance to ride comfort. The telescopic front fork contributes to the easy-to-control, lightweight, and natural handling of the bike.
The lay-down offset single-shock rear suspension is equipped with linkage to allow for longer strokes for improved ride comfort.
Finally, the compact, stacked instrument cluster matches the overall design of the bike and has an easy-to-read layout. The tachometer is with analog technology and a multi-function LCD screen and uses blue LED taillights, so you don’t have to worry about visibility at night.
Kawasaki Vulcan Specifications
|Engine||649cc, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled|
|Bore x Stroke||83.0 x 60.0mm|
|Fuel System||DFI 38mm Throttle Bodies (2), with sub-throttle valves|
|Maximum Torque||46.3 lb-ft @ 6600 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed with positive neutral finder|
|Final Drive||Sealed chain|
|Suspension Front||41mm telescopic fork/5.1 in|
|Suspension Rear||Lay-down offset rear shock with linkage and adjustable preload/3.2 in|
|Brakes Front||Single 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper|
|Brakes Rear||Single 250mm disc with single-piston caliper|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||3.7 gal|
|Color||Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray/Metallic Matte Graphite Gray, Pearl Robotic White|
|Ignition||TCBI w/ Electronic Advance|
|Overall Length||90.9 in|
|Overall Width||34.6 in|
|Overall Height||43.3 in|
|Ground Clearance||5.1 in|
|Seat Height||27.8 in|
|Curb Weight||496.1 lb*|
Kawasaki Vulcan Price Philippines
The price of the Vulcan in the Philippines varies widely depending on the series. The Vulcan S is available at a starting price of PHP 415,000.
You can find promos that offer affordable downpayment and monthly installments. Choose a scheme that suits your budget to bring this bike to your garage.
Kawasaki Vulcan Pros and Cons
Focusing on the Kawasaki Vulcan S, here are the pros and cons you should know before buying.
|Excellent ergonomics||Limited updates on the exterior|
|Stunning design||Lack of heat dissipation from the riders’ legs|
How much is the Vulcan S in the Philippines?
The Vulcan S is retailed at PHP 415,000 in the Filipino market. Price may vary depending on your location or dealer you visit.
Is Kawasaki Vulcan Good?
The Kawasaki Vulcan is a decent cruiser with great performance. It is built with quality in mind, resulting in a well-designed and lightweight bike that is easy to handle even at low speeds.
The Vulcan is suitable for long leisure rides on highways.
How much does a Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 cost?
The Vulcan 1500 is available for purchase starting at PHP 571,000. However, this series is not available in the Philippines.
What is the smallest Kawasaki Vulcan?
The Vulcan 500 is the smallest in the Vulcan models. This bike is powered by a 490cc parallel-twin engine.
The Kawasaki Vulcan brings leisure rides to the next level. Each model comes with powerful specs but you can always make improvement with mods.
If you have the VN 1600, feel free to purchase Kawasaki Vulcan 1600 classic parts such as grip or fairing to redefine your ride.