2020 Kawasaki Z650 ABS MC Commute Review
Kawasaki’s midsize Z650 takes its MC Commute review turn.Related Content: 2019 Kawasaki Z125 Pro MC Commute Review
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Kawasaki’s Vulcan S is a definite outlier in the cruiser world, given its blend of sporty and classic styling, along with a unique adjustability that aims to accommodate riders of different sizes. That’s enhanced by the fact that it comes in three versions too. All three—the base S, the S ABS, and the S Cafe—are powered by the same 649cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin engine, and each one also offers the trick Ergo-Fit system, which allows for up to 18 adjustments just by moving the seat, footpegs, and handlebar into different positions. Choose from the base model Vulcan S, the better-equipped Vulcan S ABS, or the more stylish Vulcan S ABS Cafe, which gets three-tone paint, special badging and striping, and a dark-tinted windshield deflector.
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Regardless of which trim you choose, the Vulcan S delivers a thoroughly modern ride that works better than the throwback styling would suggest. © Provided by Motorcycle Cruiser 2020 Kawasaki Vulcan S
2020 Kawasaki Vulcan S, Comparisons, And Competition
Thanks to its retuned Ninja 650R powerplant, we found the Vulcan S motor was “super peppy” and retains much of its sporty character, with smooth operation and few vibrations. The ABS feature is available as standard on the S ABS and Cafe models and we’d recommend it. Although the light-handling Vulcan S is cut from a different cloth, you could say it plays in the same arena as Honda’s CTX700N and the Harley-Davidson Street 750.
2020 Kawasaki Vulcan S Updates For 2020
For 2020, all Kawasaki Vulcan S models remain mechanically unchanged, but all three trims get new paint options. All prices are unchanged from 2019, starting at a user-friendly $7,099 for the base model.
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2020 Kawasaki Vulcan S Claimed Specifications
|Price ||$7,099–$8,099 |
|Engine ||Liquid-cooled, DOHC parallel twin |
|Displacement ||649cc |
|Bore x Stroke ||83.0 x 60.0mm |
|Tested Horsepower ||53.5 hp @ 7,150 rpm |
|Tested Torque ||42.7 lb.-ft. @ 5,650 rpm |
|Transmission ||6-speed |
|Final Drive ||Chain |
|Seat Height ||27.8 in. |
|Rake ||31.8° |
|Trail ||4.7 in. |
|Front Suspension ||41mm telescopic fork, 5.1-in. travel |
|Rear Suspension ||Preload adjustable; 3.1-in. travel |
|Front Tire ||120/70-18 |
|Rear Tire ||160/60-17 |
|Wheelbase ||62.0 in. |
|Fuel Capacity ||3.7 gal. |
|Curb Weight ||498 lb. |
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