Kawasaki recently unveiled a café racer edition of the Vulcan at the 2015 AIMExpo Show in Florida, US. Called Vulcan S Café, this special edition model has gone on sale exactly a year after the standard Vulcan cruiser was unveiled at last year’s AIMExpo Show.
The changes in the Vulcan S Café are limited to a new tinted windshield and a metallic carbon grey paint scheme. This matte paint scheme gets a special green stripe which runs through the axis of the motorcycle. Besides, the Vulcan S Café also gets adjustable seats and foot pegs with three settings, making it suitable for riders of different heights.
Under the skin, the Vulcan S Café retains all the greasy bits including the powertrain, suspension and the brakes. The Vulcan S is powered by a retuned version of the 649cc parallel twin engine which is also used in the Kawasaki Versys 650 and ER-6n. It comes with a power output of 61bhp and 62Nm of torque, and is mated to a six-speed gearbox. ABS is offered as standard.
Yamaha and Triumph have been making the most for the rise in demand of retro-looking motorcycles with their range of Yard Built and Classic motorcycles. However, the modifications in this Kwacker do not seem radical enough for the motorcycle to be called a café racer. The Vulcan S Café retails for an additional USD 600 (Rs 39,000) over the price of a standard bike.