Motorcycles: 2020 Kawasaki Vulcan S

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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.

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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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