Kawasaki has launched their newest offering in the form of a cruiser, the Vulcan S at a price of Rs 5.44 lakh (ex-showroom). The bike is a direct competitor to the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and the Hyosung Aquila 650. However, if you aren't a fan of cruisers and want something different, there are eight other options in the same price bracket. Here is what else you can buy at the price of the Kawasaki Vulcan S -
In the streetfighter category, you could opt for Kawasaki's Z650 or the Benelli TNT 600i. The Kawasaki Z650 sports the manufacturer's 'Sugomi' design and sports a parallel twin engine that displaces 649cc. This engine produces 67.2bhp and 65.7Nm of torque via a six-speed transmission and a slipper clutch. The bike is priced at Rs 5.26 lakhs. The Benelli 600i on the other hand gets a raw-appeal thanks to the large and edgy tank and the underseat exhaust. Powering the bike is a 600cc inline-four engine which delivers 82bhp and 52Nm of torque through a six-speed transmission. The Benelli 600i costs Rs 5.78 lakhs.
In a similar bodystyle is the Harley-Davidson Street Rod at Rs 6.16 lakhs. Although the bike looks like the Street 750, it sports an aggressive upright position and gets a higher ground clearance. The bike is powered by a 749cc V-twin engine that produces 62Nm of torque.
Kawasaki also offers the Ninja 650, the bike which the Vulcan S is based on. The fully-faired middleweight motorcycle is positioned as a tourer and gets appropriate ergonomics like an upright riding position and a slightly tall windscreen. It is powered by the same 649cc parallel-twin engine engine as the Z650 that produces 67.2bhp and 65.7Nm of torque. You could also opt for the Hyosung GT650R which is priced at Rs 5.09 lakhs. It sports a sharp design language. However, the design as well as the engine are outdated. It gets a 647cc, V-twin engine which produces 72bhp of power and 61Nm of torque.
The Benelli 600GT is the only adventure touring motorcycle in this range. It gets a semi-fairing, panniers, a comfortable riding position, tall windscreen and an engine derived from the 600i streetfighter. This engine is a 600cc inline-four engine which delivers 82bhp and 52Nm of torque. You could get your hands on the 600GT at Rs 6.61 lakhs. The Kawasaki Versys X-300 fits in a similar segment; although it is more off-road focused. It gets a tall-windscreen and spoke wheels to boost its character. The bike is powered by a slightly revised version of the Ninja 300. This 296cc parallel-twin motor puts out 38.5bhp of peak power and 27Nm of maximum torque which is mated to a six-speed gearbox. The bike is priced at Rs 4.60 lakhs.