2020 Kawasaki Vulcan S Guide

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2020 Kawasaki Vulcan S.

The Vulcan® S has the same low silhouette of a bigger-bore Vulcan® cruiser, mixed with Kawasaki Ninja®-derived power and handling, as well as its popular ERGO-FIT™ sizing system, designed to comfortably fit a wide range of riders. For 2020, the Kawasaki Vulcan S cruiser returns with Kawasaki’s user-friendly and unique ERGO-FIT with a total of 18 combination adjustments by adjusting the motorcycle’s seat, footpegs and handlebar. This allows for three seat options for added comfort and rider placement, three footpeg placement options, and two different reach handlebars.

With its unique engine, frame, suspension and non-traditional cruiser looks, the Vulcan® S was designed to be different. It was also designed to provide a high level of fit and comfort to help inspire a confidence in riding that makes the Vulcan® S especially attractive to new riders.

The Vulcan S is not your average cruiser. It stands apart, with its Parallel Twin engine, unique frame and suspension layout, and its very non-traditional looks. Unlike any other cruiser, the Vulcan S is geared to fit a wide range of riders. Never taking away from its stylish features, this bike takes comfort, adjustability, and Ninja®-derived power and performance to the next level.

Furthermore, the 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 maneuver, quicker acceleration, easier to stop, quicker to turn and smooth suspension action.

Unlike any other cruiser, the Vulcan® S is designed to transport riders into a sporty realm in edgy style. Blending an aggressive ride with a vintage styling and a powerful 649cc engine, this bike kicks any experience into high gear. Whether you’re commuting to work or enjoying a day trip, the Vulcan S adds confidence-inspiring performance to every ride.

NOTE: ABS Model shown in above photos.



Ninja®-derived power and performance
Sporty handling
Adjustable riding positions





2020 Kawasaki Vulcan S Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features



2020 Kawasaki Vulcan S Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve 649cc parallel twin with fuel injection delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low and medium rpm ranges. The Ninja® 650-based engine is re- tuned for even more rider-friendly power characteristics that will inspire confidence in new riders. The Vulcan S offers smooth starts from a standstill, smooth acceleration, and a satisfying pull when accelerating. The strong acceleration helps with highway merging and passing.

  • Intake porting, camshaft profiles and long-type intake funnels contribute to strong low-mid rpm performance, contributing to the smooth acceleration and good pull feeling.
  • Crankshaft design includes a heavier flywheel mass than the Ninja 650. This contributes to the easy-to-use engine character so it is very smooth when rolling on and off the throttle which makes pulling away from a stop easier.
  • Connector tube joining the header pipes helps eliminate peaks and valleys in the torque curve, resulting in smoother power delivery.
  • The design of the under-engine muffler contributes to strong torque in the low-mid rpm range wich helps with control at lower engine speeds.
  • Parallel twin engine is compact and helps reduce the dimensions of the entire motorcycle to keep it small and nimble.
  • 180-degree crankshaft plus balancer shaft for extremely smooth engine operation.
  • Triangular crank and transmission shaft layout makes the engine very short from front to back, a semi-dry sump(KP) oil system reduces overall engine height, while the narrow pitch of the chrome composite(KP) plated aluminum cylinders helps reduce engine width.

Positive Neutral Finder(KP)

  • Just lift the shift pedal from first gear at a stop to select neutral easily.
  • A Kawasaki exclusive.

Digital Fuel Injection (KP)

  • Fuel injection settings provide smooth low end response while contributing to the engine‘s quick- revving character.
  • Dual 38mm Keihin throttle bodies feature sub-throttle valves(KP) for high power output with smooth, sensitive throttle response. The sub throttles, located behind the main throttle valves, are controlled by the ECU so that the EFI system has smooth throttle response.
  • Precise fuel injection plus exhaust catalyzer significantly reduce emissions.
  • Fine-atomizing fuel injectors produce a fine fuel mist for better acceleration, combustion and fuel consumption.

The chassis is slim and lightweight, due in part to the compact design of the engine. Light, easy handling is complemented by a reassuring low seat height and a slim design that makes it easy to reach the ground. The low overall weight is apparent as the bike is lifted off its side stand, making the Vulcan S one of the most accommodating bikes for new riders available.



  • The compact engine allows use of a slim, minimalist frame, resulting in a design that is narrow at the knees and feet.
  • 3D analysis was used to achieve the ideal stiffness balance for the frame, contributing to superb handling characteristics.
  • Constructed of high-tensile steel for strength and light weight.
  • The layout of the offset single-shock rear suspension allows the battery to be located beside the shock instead of beneath it. This elegant arrangement allows a lower seat height as well as a slim design.
  • The exhaust is kept under the engine as much as possible, ensuring a slim chassis and an unobstructed reach to the ground.
  • The Vulcan S’s low weight and low center of gravity make it highly maneuverable, whether riding, pushing from a parking spot, or walking beside the bike.
  • Slim backbone-style rear frame design allows all components to be positioned close to the bike centerline.
  • Instead of using seat rails, a single beam formed from interlocked C-section pieces is used. The slim design enables a more comfortable seat construction.
  • Separate swingarm pivot plates contribute to the slim chassis design. At the swingarm pivot, the lower part of rear frame is supported by two sleeves through which the swingarm bolt passes. This enables a narrower design between the rider’s feet, facilitating the reach to the ground.
  • Rigid-mount engine is a stressed member, contributing to the frame’s idealised rigidity balance, and to the bike’s excellent handling and stability.
  • Frame geometry contributes to light, natural handling.
  • Footpegs are positioned relatively high so that they do not touch down easily, enabling stress-free cornering.
  • Optimized wheelbase balances light handling and a superior riding experience.



  • Both front and rear suspension settings prioritize ride comfort.
  • Offset laydown single-shock rear suspension is equipped with linkage to enable a longer stroke for increased ride comfort.
  • The rear suspension arrangement also contributes to the bike’s compact design, freeing up space for a large-volume silencer under the engine.
  • Rear shock features adjustable preload, with seven positions to suit rider size and payload.


  • Large 300mm front disc is gripped by a two- piston caliper and at the rear a 250mm disc is gripped by single-piston caliper.
  • The brakes provide ample stopping power.

Feeling comfortable—especially for a new rider—is one of the key factors when choosing a motorcycle. The Vulcan S was designed to be accommodating for a wide range of riders from short to tall. Complementing the relaxed riding position, adjustable footpegs and levers, and a number of accessory components allow riders to custom-fit their bike to suit size and preference.

Low seat height

  • Low 27.8-inch seat height allows riders to easily put their feet on the ground when stopped, one of the most important factors in feeling comfortable on a motorcycle.

Slim chassis design

  • The Vulcan S’ parallel twin engine enables a slimmer space between the rider’s legs since there is no cylinder there such as in a typical V-twin cruiser.
  • Slim, backbone-style rear frame contributes to the easy reach to the ground.

ERGO-Fit™  adjustability

  • Footpeg position can be adjusted to any of three positions: mid-reach, one inch forward, or one inch back. (Alternate shift linkage rods, sold separately, are necessary when changing the position from standard.)
  • Ergo-Fit™ reduced reach accessory handlebar positions the handle grips 1.7 inches closer to the rider.
  • Three different accessory Ergo-Fit™ seats adjust rider position: reduced reach positions rider closer to the tank and controls to accommodate shorter riders, mid-reach for average-sized riders is standard, and extended reach provides a more spacious seating position for taller riders.
  • Brake and clutch levers can be adjusted to suit the rider’s hand size and preference.


  • Seat designed with thick padding to offer a wide surface and excellent hip support, ensuring ample comfort for city riding and short tours. The seat bracket is rubber mounted to reduce vibration transferred through the seat.
  • Footpegs are positioned for foot-forward control, creating a relaxed cruiser-style riding position.
  • Handlebar is rubber-mounted to reduce vibration transmitted through the handle grips.
  • Rider footpeg stays are rubber-mounted to further reduce vibration.

For riders who prefer not to follow the crowd, the unique design of the Vulcan S offers a stylish, modern alternative to the traditional cruiser image.

Styling Elements

  • Curved, flowing style blended with a powerful, long-and-low stance and modern elements creates a unique, eye-catching design.
  • Inverted triangle headlamp contributes to the Vulcan S’s fresh, unique design.
  • Tapered handlebar is fatter in the middle, contributing to a strong appearance of the handlebar area.
  • Teardrop-style fuel tank adds a cruiser-style touch.
  • Rear fender shaped to hug the wheel as closely as possible, creating a compact cruiser-style design. The design was made possible in part by the offset laydown rear shock.
  • LED taillight contributes to the compact tail design and adds to the bike’s modern image.
  • Solo seat complements the low rear fender design.
  • Metal trim added to various components, including the radiator shrouds, cylinder head cover and swingarm pivot cover contribute to the high-quality image.



  • The engine configuration creates an image very different from the traditional cruiser.
  • Finish on the cylinder head is similar to air-cooled fins, contributing to an aggressvie appearance.
  • Slim radiator design matches the cruiser-style image.
  • Attractive bend of exhaust pipes and under-engine muffler arrangement contribute to the Vulcan S’s attractive styling.
  • Dual-wall exhaust pipe design gives the header pipes a fatter appearance for a strong image.


  • Elegant pipe perimeter frame is a key component of the Vulcan S’s identity. The bike’s bodywork accentuates the frame, rather than hiding it.
  • The design of the frame, rear suspension and swingarm create an integrated line running from the front of the bike to the rear hub.
  • Offset laydown rear single-shock suspension is a distinctive styling element, contributing the trend- setting design.
  • The swingarm’s D-shaped cross-section gives it a pipe-like design that matches the frame, and contributes to the high-quality appearance.
  • Long wheelbase adds to the bike’s cruiser-style long-and-low design.
  • Key cylinder is located at the front of the fuel tank, creating a very clean cockpit area. The position also greatly facilitates access and ignition operation.


  • Original design of the cast wheels uses five spoke pairs to create a cruiser-style image with a strong impact.


  • Compact, stacked instrument cluster matches the bike’s overall design and features an easy-to- read layout.
  • Analogue-style tachometer and multi-function dual-window LCD screen use white LED backlights for excellent visibility at night.
  • Gear indicator in the instrument display provides gear position at a glance to help keep rider informed.
  • Key cylinder is located at the front of the fuel tank, creating a very clean cockpit area. The position also greatly facilitates access and ignition operation.





2020 Kawasaki Vulcan S – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: NON-ABS: $7,099 / MSRP ABS: $7,499 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $8,399 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled
Displacement 649cc
Bore x Stroke 83.0 x 60.0mm
Compression Ratio 10.8:1
Maximum Torque 46.3 lb-ft @ 6600 rpm
Fuel System DFI® 38mm throttle bodies (2), with sub-throttle valves
Ignition TCBI with digital advance
Transmission 6-speed with positive neutral finder
Final Drive Sealed Chain
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel 41mm telescopic fork/5.1 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel Lay-down offset rear shock with linkage and adjustable preload/3.1 in
Front Tire 120/70×18
Rear Tire 160/60×17
Front Brakes Single 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brakes Single 250mm disc with single-piston caliper
Frame Type High-tensile steel diamond frame
Rake/Trail 31°/4.7 in
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
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal
Wheelbase 62.0 in
Color Choices Metallic Matte Mysterious Gray or Metallic Spark Black
Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional) 12, 24, 36, or 48 months




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