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Kawasaki 2020 Vulcan S ABS SE Cruisers Specs Review

The Kawasaki 2020 Vulcan S ABS SE Cruisers has the same low-slot as a large-bore Vulcan® cruiser, but with the power and handling derived from the Ninja, as well as the famous ERGO-FITTM shaping system, aimed at comfort for a variety of riders. The Kawasaki Vulcan S Cruiser returns to 2020 with Kawasaki’s user-friendly and customized ERGO-FIT, which allows for a total of 18 combination changes by modifying motorcycle seats, foot packs, and handlebars. It enables three seat options, three different foot peg placement options, and two variable reach handlebars for increased comfort and riding space.

Furthermore, the Vulcan S is the lightest weight of any motorbike in its class (relative displacement two-cylinder cruiser), and we all know what that means – better agility, faster, easier stopping, Sharp turns, and smooth suspension action.

The Kawasaki 2020 Vulcan S ABS SE Cruisers, unlike any other cruiser, are designed to take riders fast in an athletic setting. Combining the classic design and the fast ride with the powerful 649cc engine, this bike pushes any experience into high gear. The Vulcan S provides reliable performance on every ride, whether going to work or taking a day off.

The Vulcan S was built to stand out with its exceptional engine, chassis, suspension, and unconventional cruiser shape. It was also intended to provide a high fit and comfort to help impress the rider’s confidence, making the Vulcan® S especially attractive for beginner riders.

Kawasaki 2020 Vulcan S ABS SE Cruisers

But the S is not your typical cruiser. It is distinguished by its parallel-twin engines, unique chassis and suspension configuration, and exotic appearance. The Vulcan S, unlike any other cruiser, is designed to accommodate a wide range of riders. This bike takes comfort, adaptability, and the power and performance gained from Ninja® to the next level without sacrificing its aesthetic features.

Kawasaki 2020 Vulcan S ABS SE Cruisers – Features

Smooth and Powerful Engine

The seat height is too low—Three-position ERGO-FITTM foot pegs. Unique styling with a modern Flare Argo-Fatum handlebar and seats allows for more ergonomic tuning.

An all-new Kawasaki 2020 Vulcan S ABS SE Cruisers DOHC, 8-valve, liquid-cooled 649cc parallel-twin fuel injection produces smooth, responsive performance, especially at low and medium rpm. The engine based on the Ninja® 650 has been redesigned for power features for more riders, giving beginner riders more confidence. The Vulcan S provides smooth speed and a pleasant moment while being faster than paused. Helpful in merging and passing high-speed highways.

Intake ports, camshaft profiles, and long intake funnels contribute to smooth speed and pleasant moment sensation.

The crankshaft design of the Ninja 650 includes a large flywheel mass. It makes the throttle very smooth when turned on and off, contributing to the engine’s ease of use and making it easy to remove from the stop. The connector tube that connects the header pipes works to smooth out the torque curve by removing the tops and grooves.

The design of the under-engine muffler adds high torque in the low to the mid-RPM band, which helps handle the engine at low speeds.

The engine configuration gives the cruiser a very different look than a standard cruiser.

The cylinder head can be compared to the Finn air-cooled pins, which gives it an aggressive shape. The cruiser-style appearance is complemented by a slim radiator design. The excellent design of the Vulcan S is aided by the beautiful curves of the exhaust pipes and the under-engine muffler system.

Thanks to the dual-wall exhaust pipe design, the shape of the header pipes is thicker, which gives them a more robust image.

Positive Neutral Finder (KP)

At one stop, shift pedals above the first gear to select neutral. It is just a Kawasaki item.

Kawasaki 2020 Vulcan S ABS SE Cruisers

Digital Fuel Injection (KP)

Fuel injection settings contribute to the rapid recovery of the engine by providing a smooth low-end response. Sub-throttle valves (KP) are used in dual 38mm Keihin throttle bodies for maximum power output and smooth, sensitive throttle response. The ECU controls the sub-throttle behind the main throttle valves to ensure a smooth throttle response in the EFI system.

Emissions are significantly reduced when the exact fuel injection is combined with the exhaust catalyzer.


Due to the small engine, a slim, minimal frame can be used, resulting in a tight design at the knees and ankles.

The frame’s rigidity was improved using 3D analysis, resulting in better handling features. For strength and lightness, it is made of high tensile steel. Due to the design of the offset single-shock rear suspension, the battery can be placed side by side instead of under the shock. This attractive design allows for low seat height and slim shape.

The exhaust is kept as close to the engine as possible, allowing a thin chassis and unlimited access to the ground.

The low weight and low center of gravity of the Vulcan S make it highly active, whether you are riding, pushing from the parking lot, or riding a motorcycle. Thanks to the thin backbone-style rear frame construction, all components can be placed close to the bike’s centerline. Instead of seat rails, a single beam made of intersecting C-section components is used. The sleek shape allows for a more comfortable setting.

The uniqueness of the Vulcan S is explained by its beautiful pipe perimeter frame. Instead of covering the frame, the bodywork of the motorcycle emphasizes it.

Kawasaki 2020 Vulcan S ABS SE Cruisers

The frame, rear suspension, and swingarm are designed to form a continuous line from the front of the bike to the back center. The rear single shock offset lay down suspension is a distinctive stylistic element contributing to the trend-setting design.

The D-shaped cross-section of the swing arm gives it a pipe-like appearance that completes the frame and enhances the overall high-quality appearance. The extended wheelbase of the motorcycle complements the long and short shape of its cruiser style.


Ride comfort is preferred in both front and rear suspension settings. Offset Le Down Single Shock Rear Suspension allows for a longer stroke and better riding comfort.

The compact shape of the motorcycle is supported by the rear suspension configuration, which provides space for a large-volume silencer under the engine. The preload on the rear shock can be adjusted in seven ways to suit the rider’s size and payload.


A two-piston caliper grips a large 300mm front disc, while a single-piston caliper grabs a 250mm rear disc.

There are plenty of brakes to stop. Customers wishing for a high level of reassurance in braking performance can opt for vehicles equipped with anti-lock brakes (ABS), which in some cases provide braking assistance. The lightweight ABS unit is hidden behind the rear shocks, ensuring a sleek structure under the seat.

ERGO-Fit™ Adjustability

The position of the foot pegs can be changed to one of three options: middle reach, one inch forward, or one inch back. (If you want to change the position to standard, you will need other shift linkage rods, which are provided separately.)

The Ergo-FitTM quick access auxiliary handle brings the grip of the bar handle 1.7 inches closer to the rider. The low access keeps the rider close to the tank and controls the smaller riders; the middle reach puts the rider in a more comfortable position for the average size rider, and the farther the rider from the tank the farther the access—controls to adjust position and taller riders.

Styling Elements

A distinctive, eye-catching design is a curved, flowing shape combined with robust, extended, low posture and modern features.

The new, original version of the Vulcan S includes an inverted triangle headlight. The center of the tapered handlebar is thicker, which contributes to the more muscular shape of the handlebar. The petrol tank is designed in the form of a teardrop, which makes it feel like a cruiser.

The purpose of the rear fender is to hug the steering wheel as tightly as possible, giving the motorcycle the appearance of a small cruiser. Offset late down rear shock helped make the design workable.


The stacked instrument cluster is compact and easy to see, and it complements the overall style of the bike. White LED backlights on an analog-style tachometer and multi-function dual-window LCD screen provides a good night view.

Kawasaki 2020 Vulcan S ABS SE Cruisers

The gear indicator on the instrument panel shows the position of the gear to the rider at a glance, making it easier to keep track. The key cylinder is located in front of the petrol tank, which allows a very clean cockpit. It also makes it easy to access the location and turn on the ignition.

Kawasaki 2020 Vulcan S ABS SE Cruisers – Technical Specifications


Displacement 649cc
Type 4-stroke, Parallel Twin
Bore and stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Cooling Liquid-cooled
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Valve system DOHC, eight valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: 38mm x 2 with sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Lubrication Forced lubrication (semi-dry-sump)


Front: type Single 300 mm discs
Front: calipers Dual Piston
Rear: type Single 250mm disc
Rear: calipers Dual-piston


Overall length 2,310 mm
Overall width 880 mm
Overall height 1,100 mm (High position)
Wheelbase 1,575 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Seat height 705 mm
Curb mass 226 kg (EN650B: Single Seat)
Fuel capacity 14 liters


Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction ratio 2.095 (88/42)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.438 (39/16)
Gear ratio: 2nd 1.714 (36/21)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.333 (32/24)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.111 (30/27)
Gear ratio: 5th 0.966 (28/29)
Gear ratio: 6th 0.852 (23/27)
Final reduction ratio 3.067 (46/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


Type Perimeter, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 130 mm
Tire: front 120/70R18M/C 59H
Wheel travel: rear 80 mm (3.1 in.)
Tire: rear 160/60R17M/C 69H
Caster (rake) 31º
Trail 120 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 35º / 35º


Suspension, front 41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rear Offset laydown single-shock, linkage-equipped with adjustable preload


Warranty 12 months warranty

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