More New Kawasakis for 2015

Kawasaki today released an updated Versys 650, a "new to the American market" 1000cc touring version of the Versys, and a new parallel twin entry level cruiser with modern styling queues, labeled the Vulcan S.

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS, Versys 650 LT

Kawasaki says:

The Kawasaki Versys® 650 ABS comes into the 2015 model year with a host of updates, including dramatic new styling, more power and torque, improved comfort as well as rubber-mounted engine and handlebar, plus new suspension to maximize your street-riding fun. The 2015 Versys 650 ABS is one of those rare motorcycles that is equally at home commuting on the local freeway or mixing it up on your favorite back road. Whatever your destination, this reliable, versatile, comfortable and nimble motorcycle will eat up the miles and encourage you to take the long way home.

Two versions of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 will be offered– an ABS model, with everything you’ve come to expect from this flexible motorcycle, as well as an LT model. The LT includes all the same high specification but will additionally have KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) Hard Saddlebags and Hand Guards to increase its overall versatility.

- NEW Front-end styling with an aggressive and functional design
- NEW Repositioned footpegs and rubber-mounted engine for extended comfort
- NEW Larger windshield with increased adjustability provides better wind protection
- NEW SHOWA front suspension with easy adjustment
- NEW KYB rear shock with remote preload adjuster
- NEW Passenger grips for increased confidence and comfort incorporating KQR™ saddlebag mounting system
- NEW Brake master cylinders and Nissin calipers
- NEW More power and torque from 649cc parallel-twin engine with Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)
- NEW Larger fuel tank for extended range
- NEW Rear subframe allows increased payload capacity
- Extensive selection of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS continues to lead the way in the street adventure segment with its proven reliability, back road ability and awesome performance. And, with the 2015 updates, Kawasaki has ensured it will continue to be the top choice as the go-to bike for riding enthusiasts needing a dependable, versatile machine at an affordable price.

One of the standout attributes of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS is its upright riding position, which is ideal for commuting, back road runs and even weekend jaunts. Its narrow frame allows the Versys 650 ABS to be nimbler than its bulky competition. And for 2015, the comfort has been enhanced with the relocation of the footpegs. Located 15mm lower and 20mm further forward in comparison to the 2014 model, the footpegs allow the rider to enjoy this versatile motorcycle in greater comfort.

The stepped seat has a tapered front and low profile, assisting riders to reach the ground. The raised passenger area is also very comfortable for extended journeys. Combined with the new footpeg location and increased wind protection, the 2015 Versys 650 ABS is a truly comfortable companion.

The 2015 model also gets a new rear subframe and revised rear suspension that will allow the motorcycle to carry a larger payload. It will also make longer road trips a pleasure, thanks to a compliant ride and impressive suspension action that allows you to make the most of any road.

As an added bonus, the new subframe was designed to integrate the optional KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) Hard Saddlebags (these come standard on the 2015 Versys 650 LT model). The two bags, when combined with the purchase of the additional KQR 47-liter Top Case, will provide up to 103 liters of extra storage space. The One Key system allows a single key to be used for the motorcycle ignition and the saddlebags. So you can gear-up for longer journeys, wherever your paved road adventure may lead.

A revised upper triple-clamp has also been added for 2015. It has a rubber-mounted handlebar, which helps to reduce vibration for the rider. The rubber collars tame vibration while new rubber pads control movement fore and aft.

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS has all-new, dynamic styling that is sure to catch your eye. To sculpt the aggressive new appearance, the designers took inspiration from Kawasaki motorcycle heritage with the creation of a new front fairing, where we now find a design that is equally good-looking as it is functional. Rather than the previous stacked headlights, it has two horizontal headlights incorporated into the upper cowling. The new look exudes Kawasaki’s sportbike DNA in a uniquely Versys-specific package.

Design elements include a chin spoiler under the headlights, as well as air passages on the side of the cowling. The spoiler provides downforce at higher speeds, while the passages direct air around the rider and passenger.

The new cowling also incorporates a larger windshield. It is almost twice as large as last year’s model, giving increased wind protection and reduces buffeting on the rider. It can be adjusted in height by up to 2.4” (60mm) without needing any tools, and thereby suit a wide range of riders.

The passenger handholds and tail section have been updated. The LED tail light incorporates an all-new design that reinforces the sporty image.

To add to its stunning new looks, the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS is available in either Candy Lime Green or Pearl Stardust White to emphasize the sharp new lines.

The dependable fuel-injected 649cc, parallel twin engine remains the best choice for this light and nimble street motorcycle with its lively performance and smooth acceleration. Derived from the Ninja® 650 motorcycle but tuned for greater torque, the engine inspires confidence for daily commuters and provides fun on weekend trips. The torquey twin delivers a deep ribbon of power in the low- and mid-range of the powerband, while also pulling vigorously to the top of the rev range.

For 2015, the engine receives a new one-piece exhaust that boosts high-RPM power, which is matched by ECU changes that have also optimized fuel economy. When combined with a larger 5.5-gallon fuel tank, the fun-to-ride 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS can now enjoy extended periods between fill-ups.

Adding to the versatility of the motorcycle is its proven six-speed transmission that seamlessly shifts between the gears, making maneuvering even easier.

Long-travel, high-tech suspension coupled with the revised riding position is critical to the multi-role mission of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS. Combine these enhancements with the updated frame and you have one of the most versatile bikes in Kawasaki’s line-up.

In the front, the all-new, adjustable Showa fork is utilized to increase rider confidence and comfort in all situations. It splits the damping and spring functions into separate fork tubes, giving the rider adjustability while also saving weight.

New longer outer fork tubes help to improve rigidity and provide the ultimate combination of light handling and supreme comfort.

At the rear, a new KYB shock allows riders to quickly make preload adjustments via the new remote-mounted adjuster. This can compensate for cargo or passenger weight or be tuned to the rider’s preference.

The crisp, linear ABS brake system is revised and included as standard equipment for 2015. The brakes incorporate several updates including new Nissin block-style calipers, new brake pad material, new master cylinders and a larger rear disc to help enhance overall braking power.

Completing the upgrade is a new, easy-to-read instrument cluster that features a revised fuel gauge, maximum range indicator and ECO Economical Riding Indicator that shows the rider when maximum efficiency is being achieved.

With all these revisions, a great motorcycle is now epic. The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS is a highly versatile motorcycle that is equally at home on the commuter run, cruising the freeway or on your favorite back road. It’s all about having fun, enjoying life and experiencing as many fun roads as you can. This is what the dependable, comfortable, reliable and fun-to-ride 2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 ABS allows you to do with ease.

The 2015 Versys 650 will be available in two models. There is the fully equipped ABS model, and then the new LT model, which has the same specification and will be supplied with standard KQR (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Hard Saddlebags and Hand Guards. This equipment will add even greater flexibility to an already accomplished motorcycle. The saddlebags, for example, will be invaluable for both daily commuting and to make it more practical for weekend escapes. Furthermore, the Kawasaki Quick Release system makes it very easy for the rider to remove and mount the bags in a matter of seconds.

The Hand Guards will further add to its appeal, bring welcome protection from the elements, increasing the long-distance comfort of the Kawasaki Versys 650 motorcycle.

The Kawasaki Genuine Accessories program is available at authorized Kawasaki dealers. The range of options includes KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Hard Saddlebags with the Kawasaki One Key system, as well as a new KQR 47-liter Top Case (with the same One Key system), which can accommodate two full-face helmets and can be used alone or with saddlebags. There is also an optional LED Light Bar, a 12v DC Outlet to power electronics, Grip Heaters, a low Gel Seat, Tank Bag, Knee Pads, Frame Sliders, Windshield and a Gear Position Indicator, to name some of the items offered as Kawasaki Genuine Accessories.


649cc DOHC Parallel Twin Engine
-  Most compact engine in its category, helps reduce the dimensions of the entire motorcycle
 - Triangular crank and transmission shaft layout keeps the motorcycle short
 - Semi-dry sump oil system reduces overall engine height
 - Narrow, chrome composite-plated aluminum cylinders help reduce engine width
 - Tuned to deliver smooth, responsive power in the low- to mid-RPM range for exceptional roll-on response – ideal for negotiating city traffic, tight back roads or freeways
- 180-degree crankshaft and a balancer shaft produce a remarkably smooth engine
- Oil jets on the connecting rod ends spray oil on the undersides of the pistons to aid cooling
- Under-engine muffler with 3-way catalyzer helps mass centralization for light handling and great looks
 - NEW One-piece exhaust and muffler helps to boost top-end performance
 - NEW Exhaust end-cap design for smarter appearance
 - NEW Fuel pump for improved fuel delivery
 - NEW Revised ECU settings to match exhaust updates and enhance fuel economy

-  NEW KAMS (Kawasaki Air Management System) radiator air ducting system
 - Engine temperatures remain consistent for long engine life and sustained power in tough conditions
 - Coolant routed through the engine case reduces the number of external hoses

Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)
-  A pair of 38mm Keihin throttle bodies with ECU-controlled sub-throttle valves mean optimum performance
-  Sub-throttle valves, located behind the main throttle valves, give the Versys 650 ABS precise throttle response and great feel
 - Automatic fast idle system makes starting and warm-up easy, even on cold days
 - Precise fuel injection provides great fuel mileage, and the 3-way catalyzer significantly reduces emissions

Six-speed Transmission
-  Versys 650 ABS motorcycle has a racing-style cassette transmission layout that is extremely compact

Slender Double Pipe Perimeter Frame
-  Frame is small, light and narrow at the knees and pegs for excellent comfort and control
 - 3D computer analysis in the design process achieved the optimum balance of stiffness for superior ride and handling
 - NEW Rear subframe design adds strength for saddlebag mounting

- NEW Showa front fork has spring components in the left tube and damping components in the right, saving weight
- NEW KYB offset lay-down rear shock includes new remote adjustable preload
- Lay-down single shock complements the distinctive frame design, with an integrated line flowing from steering head to rear hub
- Short, compact frame and engine design allows the swingarm to be longer, improving overall handling

Anti-Lock Disc Brakes
- NEW Front and rear brake block-style calipers, front and rear master cylinders and brake pad material for increased braking performance
- Standard ABS brakes
- Same disc design as found on some Kawasaki sportbikes: the petal design offers improved cooling and warp-resistance compared to traditional discs

Six-spoke Wheels
- NEW Versys 650-specific Dunlop Sportsmax D222 tires for light handling and comfort
- The six-spoke wheels are similar to the ones found on the Ninja® ZX™-6R and ZX-10R motorcycles. They use less material between the spokes, so rim thickness is reduced along with overall weight
- Lightweight wheels increase suspension performance, handling, acceleration, deceleration and initial turn-in performance

Comfortable Ergonomics
- NEW Footpeg location is 15mm lower and 20mm further forward to accommodate a wide range of riders
- NEW Subframe design with increased stiffness, enhanced grab rails and comfortable seating position make the Versys 650 ABS more enjoyable for the passenger, as well as allowing use of Kawasaki Quick Release (KQR™) saddlebags (standard equipment on the 2015 Versys 650 LT model)
- Seat is tapered at the front to make it easier for most riders to reach the ground
- Rubber bushings at the rear engine mounts, on the handlebar mount and hollow rubber-covered footpegs result in reduced engine vibration and a more comfortable ride

Unique Bodywork
- NEW Bodywork design emphasizes sporty appearance of this touring motorcycle
- NEW Cowling with twin horizontal headlights and a new LED tail light give the Versys 650 ABS a distinctive, high-tech appearance
- NEW Adjustable and larger windshield provides a large still-air pocket for comfort, and its tool-less adjustability makes it adaptable to fit the rider’s preference

- NEW Easy-to-read instrument panel has a large analog tachometer and digital readout for the speedometer, fuel gauge, odometer, dual trip meters and clock

Versys 650 LT model
- NEW KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Hard Saddlebags and Hand Guards are standard equipment
- Hard Saddlebags allow riders to carry gear on the daily commute or weekend jaunts. They mount and dismount quickly using the Kawasaki Quick Release (KQR) system and also have the Kawasaki One Key system that allows them to be locked using the motorcycle’s ignition key
- Hand Guards are mounted with aluminum brackets and use composite covers to protect hands from the elements when riding in all weather

Kawasaki Genuine Accessories
- KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Hard Saddlebags with Kawasaki One Key system
- KQR47-liter Top Case with Kawasaki One Key system. It can accommodate two full-face helmets, is color-matched to the motorcycle and can be used with the standard Hard Saddlebags
- Optional Saddlebag and Top Case Liners
- LED Light Bar to provide greater visibility for the rider and for other road users
- Grip Heaters for cold weather riding
- Hand Guards for protection form the elements
- Helmet Lock to secure your helmet to the motorcycle
- Radiator Guard to protect from debris and stones
- Frame and Front Axle Sliders
- Gear Position Indicator to let the rider know what gear is selected
- DC Power Outlet to charge devices
- GPS Mount to allow you to mount a GPS device
- Windshield to provide more protection from the elements
- Gel Seat to provide more comfort for longer journeys
- Backrest Pad to keep the passenger more comfortable
- Tank and Knee Pads to improve comfort and to protect the paintwork
- U-Lock Bracket to secure a lock when not in use

Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder parallel twin
Displacement: 649cc
Bore x stroke: 83 x 60mm
Compression ratio: 10.8:1
Cooling: Liquid
Fuel injection: DFI® with two 38mm Keihin throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with electronic advance
Transmission: Six-speed with positive neutral finder
Final drive: Sealed chain
Frame: Double pipe diamond frame constructed from high-tensile steel
Rake / trail: 25 degrees / 4.3”
Wheelbase: 55.7”
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm hydraulic telescopic fork with stepless adjustable rebound and preload / 5.9”
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Single offset laydown shock with remote adjustable spring preload / 5.7”
Front tire: 120/70 ZR17
Rear tire: 160/60 ZR17
Front brake: Dual 300mm petal-style rotors with two-piston calipers and ABS
Rear brake: Single 250mm petal-style rotor with single-piston caliper and ABS
Overall length: 85.2”
Overall width: 33.1” (LT: TBD)
Overall height: 55.1” (windshield low) / 57.1 (windshield raised)
Seat height: 33.1”
Curb weight**: 476 lb (LT: TBD)
Fuel capacity: 5.5 gallons
Colors: Candy Lime Green, Pearl Stardust White
Warranty: 12 months
Optional Kawasaki Protection Plus: 12, 24, 36, and 48-month plans are available

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT

Kawasaki says:

You asked for it, America, and here it is! By popular demand, Kawasaki introduces the 2015 Versys® 1000 LT to the USA. And to increase its appeal, this versatile euro touring motorcycle has received dramatic new styling that increases its functionality.

While the styling and powerplant might be new, the Versys 1000 LT retains the characteristics that make the Versys 650 so popular. It still has the comfortable, upright riding position that allows you to stay on-board all day when touring, as well as long-travel suspension that helps ensure it can soak up the bumps on the road less traveled. Adjustable suspension means it can easily be set to carry a passenger and a full load in its standard-fit KQR™ Hard Saddlebags, or entertain on twisty back roads. And with its 1-liter engine, the 2015 Versys 1000 LT motorcycle is guaranteed to deliver plenty of fun.

- Proven 1,043cc, inline, 4-cylinder engine
- Aggressive front fairing styling
- Standard KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Hard Saddlebags, as well as Hand Guards to protect against the elements
- Large windshield and center stand
- Long-travel suspension with KYB inverted fork and horizontal back-link rear shock with remote preload adjuster
- Comfortable, upright riding position
- Rider technology such as ABS, ECO Economical Riding Indicator, 3-mode KTRC Traction Control, Assist and Slipper Clutch, engine Power Modes
- A full range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories available

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT packs in all the great features of the immensely popular Versys 650 but with the power, smoothness and performance of a 1,043cc inline four-cylinder engine that is engineered to deliver plenty of torque but utter dependability. It is also crammed with features, such as the three-mode KTRC traction control, selectable engine Power Modes, ECO Economical Riding Indicator, ABS brakes and the Assist and Slipper Clutch. It is this combination of engine, technology, comfort, nimbleness, versatility and reliability that has made the model so popular in Europe and around the world, and now US riders can enjoy its tremendous street bike virtues as well.

Kawasaki has built a motorcycle for people who have an adventurous spirit, who want to get out and explore the great country we live in. So while this versatile and reliable bike can easily cope with the daily grind, even making the commute more entertaining, the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT is equally adept at traversing interstate highways, taking you and all the gear you need to the remote paved locations we all dream of.

The 2015 Versys 1000 LT is focused on the ride, and it’s ideally engineered to do so. It starts with the upright seating position that gives you a great view of the road ahead and good leverage on the handlebar when the roads become more challenging.

The rider sits with legs in a relaxed position on low footpegs, rather than the high-mounted pegs on a sportbike. This allows the rider to relax and ride longer without needing to continually stop and stretch like many sportbike riders.

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT seat has been designed to taper at the front, making it easier to reach the ground. In the middle and rear sections, the seat is flat and wide to accommodate the rider and passenger, helping to ensure both are equally relaxed as the miles tick by.

The oversized handlebar is rubber-mounted (as is the engine) to reduce rider fatigue. The handlebar has a tapering damper to absorb vibration and a flat damper to absorb fore and aft movement. The levers are adjustable in five positions to allow easy reach. Hand Guards with aluminum brackets and rugged composite covers come as standard equipment to offer protection from the elements.

The main tachometer face has a black background for high visibility, and there is a trip reset button mounted on the handlebar to help touring riders measure distances, fuel range, etc.

The passenger gets robust grab handles, which form part of the mounting system for the standard KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Hard Saddlebags. These saddlebags incorporate Kawasaki’s convenient One Key system, allowing multiple bags to be locked with the ignition key. The same system will work with the optional Kawasaki Genuine Accessories KQR 47-liter Top Case, which is large enough to store two full-face helmets. And, like the saddlebags, it is color-matched to the Versys bodywork.

The 1043cc in-line four-cylinder engine gives the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT many advantages over its competition, not least of which are reliability, versatility and a huge fun factor. The smooth but powerful Kawasaki engine can provide exhilarating performance, yet will be utterly dependable when transporting the rider, passenger and luggage across state lines.

For 2015, the engine includes 12-hole fuel injectors for finer atomization, resulting in optimized combustion and efficiency. It also gets a sporty exhaust, which is indicated by a brushed aluminum finish to the silencer and a black, die-cast aluminum end cap. The ECU programming allows crisp throttle response, good torque characteristics and a wide powerband to ensure fun at all speeds.

The engine has Kawasaki’s rider-selected Power Modes, allowing the rider to choose full power output when wanting to enjoy the open road, or have the ability to reduce it to 75% with a passenger or if conditions dictate.

Further rider aids include Assist and Slipper Clutch functions that are derived from Kawasaki’s sportbike heritage. Not only does this reduce the effort required on the clutch lever, but it also limits back-torque when downshifting.

The alternator supplies 15.3 amps at 1100rpm, enabling the 2015 Versys 1000 LT to run accessories such as the Kawasaki Genuine Accessories Grip Heaters or a GPS device, even when the engine is idling.

A significant contributor to the ride comfort of the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT is its long-travel suspension, which soaks up the bumps and is firm enough to entertain you on a canyon ride. In fact, it is the nimble chassis on the Versys 1000 that has made it so popular, able to run rings around its bulkier competition.

A great deal of effort went into helping to ensure the 2015 Versys 1000 LT is stable at all speeds, with long outer tubes on the 43mm inverted fork providing rigidity, while the geometry provides light steering that is nimble and precise. The remote preload adjuster for the horizontal back-link rear suspension is another vital tool for the rider, since it allows simple suspension changes to compensate for the load of a passenger and/or loaded saddlebags.

The 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT has a robust, twin-spar, aluminum frame to help ensure the motorcycle responds precisely to the rider’s input. The rear subframe was designed specifically to create secure handholds for the passenger while also providing mounting points for the Kawasaki Quick Release Hard Saddlebags. There is also a rear luggage area that will accommodate the Kawasaki Genuine Accessories Top Case. This can be used in combination with the saddlebags and operates on the same One Key system for convenience.

As another indication of the motorcycle’s practicality, Kawasaki fitted a center stand as standard equipment. It gives the rider a stable platform when parked with a full load, as well as allowing easy maintenance.

ABS brakes, 310mm front rotors and four-piston calipers are fitted as standard equipment, enhancing the motorcycle’s all-weather ability and increasing rider confidence in slippery conditions.

Fitted with sporty 17” wheels and Bridgestone Battlax Sport Touring T30 tires, the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT is fully equipped for its role as a commuter bike, tourer and back-road entertainment.

There are several electronic assistants derived from Kawasaki’s sportbike programs that are designed to help the rider when certain conditions arise. The Power Mode feature gives the rider the opportunity to reduce the engine output to suit the prevailing conditions. There is also a three-mode Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), which can be adjusted to suit the road surface. The three modes cover a range of riding conditions, offering either enhanced sport riding performance or the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence.
Finally, there is an ECO Economical Riding Indicator that shows when the motorcycle is being ridden in an economical manner, helping to stretch out the distance between fuel stops.

As if to celebrate its arrival in the USA, the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT received a dramatic new look. Replacing the stacked headlights of the previous model is a front fairing design that places two narrow headlights horizontally, giving the Versys 1000 a more captivating look.

As well as looking great, the styling brings tremendous function, with a horizontal chin spoiler below the headlights contributing downforce at higher speeds to enhance stability. There is also an air intake between the headlights to feed the four-cylinder engine as speed increases.

Furthermore, Kawasaki designers incorporated channels on either side of the front fairing, between the upper and side sections, improving airflow and reducing its air resistance.

Details like the mirrors have also been designed to reflect the overall styling theme, and the large windshield is easily adjusted, with up to 2.95” (75mm) of tool-less adjustment to reduce buffeting on taller riders.

To reflect its dramatic styling, the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT will be available in Candy Burnt Orange / Metallic Spark Black and Flat Ebony / Metallic Spark Black color options.

While it is fitted with KQR 28-liter Hard Saddlebags and Hand Guards as standard equipment, the 2015 Versys 1000 LT also has a host of optional Kawasaki Genuine Accessories that can be fitted. These include items such as the KQR 47-liter Top Case, as well as an LED Light Bar, Grip Heaters, Helmet Lock, Radiator Guard, Frame and Front Axle Sliders and a Gear Position Indicator, which can be neatly integrated into the instrument cluster. Additionally, there are Saddlebag and Top Case Liners, a Backrest Pad, DC Power Outlet, GPS Mount, Tank and Knee Pads, Windshield, Gel Seat and U-Lock Bracket.


- 1,043cc, inline, 4-cylinder engine
- Liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder
- Selectable Full and Low Power Mode allow the rider to choose the power output to suit the conditions

Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)
- Digital Fuel Injection system programmed for torque, efficiency and a wide powerband

Six-speed Transmission / Final Drive
- 6-speed transmission with chain drive

- Assist feature provides lighter lever action
- 5-position clutch lever adjustment to tailor lever reach
- Slipper function helps prevent wheel hop when downshifting to improve rider confidence

Braking System
- ABS brake assist with 310mm front rotors and four-pistons calipers. The rear brakes use a 250mm rotor and single-piston caliper

- Twin-spar aluminum frame

- KYB front fork places springs in both fork tubes and rebound damping components in right tube
- Long outer fork tubes for increased rigidity and precise steering
- Horizontal back-link rear suspension with remote preload adjuster

Wheels and Tires
- Sporty 17” wheels
- Bridgestone Battlax Sport Touring T30 tires are ideal for long distances and the sort of road surfaces touring can bring

Styling and Bodywork
- Dramatic horizontal twin headlights with lower chin spoiler, honeycomb grilles, central air intake, side air passageways
- Spoiler adds downforce for stability
- Spoiler and passageways direct air to protect rider for all-day comfort

Wind Protection
- Large windshield with 75mm (2.95”) of tool-less height adjustment to tune the airflow and protect the rider from buffeting
- Standard Hand Guards to protect against the elements

Convenient Storage
- KQR (Kawasaki Quick Release) 28-liter Hard Saddlebags fitted as standard
- Utility and practicality right off the showroom floor

- Touring seat with tapered front to help the rider reach the ground
- Upright riding position
- Wide, flat seat to accommodate rider and passenger in comfort on long journeys

Warranty / Kawasaki Protection Plus
- Standard 12-month warranty
- Optional 12, 24, 36 or 48-month KPP warranty available

Kawasaki Genuine Accessories
- KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) 47-liter Top Case with Kawasaki One Key system. It can accommodate two full-face helmets, is color-matched to the motorcycle and can be used with the standard Hard Saddlebags
- Optional Saddlebag and Top Case Liners
- LED Light Bar to provide greater visibility for the rider and for other road users
- Grip Heaters for cold weather riding
- Helmet Lock to secure your helmet to the motorcycle
- Radiator Guard to protect from debris and stones
- Frame and Front Axle Sliders to help protect the motorcycle in the event of an accident
- Gear Position Indicator to let the rider know what gear is selected
- DC Power Outlet to charge devices
- GPS Mount to allow you to mount a GPS device
- Windshield to provide more protection from the elements
- Gel Seat to provide more comfort for longer journeys
- Backrest Pad to keep the passenger more comfortable
- Tank and Knee Pads to improve comfort and to protect the paintwork
- U-Lock Bracket to secure a lock when not in use


Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, inline-four
Displacement: 1,043cc
Bore x stroke: 77 x 56mm
Compression ratio: 10.3.1
Maximum torque: 75.2 lb-ft @ 7500rpm
Cooling: Liquid
Fuel Injection: DFI® with four 38mm Keihin throttle bodies, oval sub-throttles
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: Sealed chain
Frame: Twin-spar aluminum
Front suspension / wheel travel: KYB 43mm inverted front fork with adjustable rebound and preload / 5.9”
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Horizontal back-link shock with adjustable rebound damping and adjustable spring preload, remote preload adjuster / 5.9”
Front tire: 120/70x17
Rear tire: 180/55x17
Front brakes: Dual 310mm petal rotors with four-piston calipers, ABS
Rear brakes: Single 250mm petal rotor with single-piston caliper, ABS
Overall length: 88.2”
Overall width: 35.2”
Overall height: 55.1” (windshield set low), 57.7” (windshield set high)
Ground clearance: 5.9”
Seat height: 33.1”
Wheelbase: 59.8”
Curb weight:** 549 lb
Fuel capacity: 5.5 gallons
Colors: Candy Burnt Orange / Metallic Spark Black, Flat Ebony / Metallic Spark Black
MSRP Standard: $TBD
Warranty: 12 months
Kawasaki Protection Plus (optional): 12, 24, 36 or 48 months

2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S

Kawasaki says:

The 2015 Vulcan® S is a unique motorcycle that could only be a Kawasaki. It combines the low silhouette of a Vulcan cruiser and mixes it with Kawasaki sportbike-derived power and handling, as well as a custom fit concept, designed to comfortably fit a wide range of riders. The result is a package that offers comfort, confidence and adjustability, which combine to provide a very special riding experience.

The 2015 Vulcan S is the only motorcycle in its class with standard adjustable, forward-positioned footpegs, allowing a range of riders to get comfortable. It also has a low seat height, as well as optional seats and handlebar for the same reason. Furthermore, it boasts the lowest weight of any motorcycle in the category, and we all know what that means – easier to maneuver, quicker acceleration, easier to stop, quicker to turn and smooth suspension action.

- Low cruiser design, narrow chassis and comfortable, tapered seat make it easy to reach the ground in stop-and-go city traffic
- Full tailored fit concept allows the motorcycle to fit a range of riders
- Lightest motorcycle in its class, smooth suspension
- Standard ABS brakes (ABS model only) for greater confidence
- Cruiser appeal with modern Kawasaki power and handling
- Proven 649cc, parallel twin engine provides smooth power delivery
- Standard adjustable footpegs to suit a range of riders, with Kawasaki Genuine Accessories seats and handlebar options to further tailor the fit
- Full range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories to customize the motorcycle

Another stand out element of the 2015 Vulcan S is its 649cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine. Derived from the Kawasaki Ninja® 650 and tuned for more low- and mid-range torque, the engine is very smooth when pulling away from a traffic light and responsive when the rider wants to accelerate. This makes it suitable for novice riders, while its top-end power and nimble handling will keep more experienced riders entertained all day.

There are many aspects that can influence the comfort and confidence of a motorcycle rider, and one of the most obvious is the fit. So, first and foremost, the 2015 Vulcan S has been designed to accommodate a wide range of riders.

Being a cruiser-style motorcycle, the seat has a low height and is conveniently tapered at the front for greater comfort. This means most riders will be able to place their feet firmly on the ground, keeping them stable when stopped, and helping to increase confidence in stop-and-go city traffic. What’s more, there is significant hip support at the rear of the seat to increase the level of comfort. And there are tailored fit options with different seats and handlebar to ensure a comfortable fit for a range of riders.

The 2015 Vulcan S has a slim chassis thanks to the narrow parallel twin engine, which has it engine cylinders positioned further forward than a conventional V-twin engine. The parallel twin configuration also enabled engineers to route the exhaust under the engine and away from the rider’s legs. A further benefit of the slim chassis is an increased lean angle when cornering.

The 2015 Vulcan S suspension has been designed to absorb the bumps and give the rider feedback.


Kawasaki Genuine Accessories has several options to tailor the motorcycle to fit individual riders. The optional Ergo-Fit™ reduced reach seat, for example, moves the hip support further forward, making it easier for riders with a shorter inseam to reach the adjustable footpegs and handlebar. There is also a second optional Ergo-Fit extended reach seat with firmer foam that moves the hip support further back to accommodate taller riders.

For the rider who wants to take a friend along, the Vulcan S is even more customizable thanks to the optional Kawasaki Genuine Accessories passenger seat, backrest and passenger footpeg setup that will accommodate a second person.

The rider’s forward-positioned footpegs are mounted in a relaxed position that is typical of the cruiser riding experience. As an industry first for this class of motorcycle, these footpegs have three positions to accommodate a variety of different-sized riders. With an adjustment range of 1” forward and 1” backwards from the mid mounting points, the footpegs will be able to suit shorter or taller riders for maximum confidence and comfort. Please note that Kawasaki Genuine Accessory Ergo-Fit shift rods are required when the footpegs are repositioned.

It doesn’t stop there. Kawasaki Genuine Accessories also offers an Ergo-Fit reduced reach handlebar to help riders with shorter arms to comfortably reach the bar, which is brought 1” closer to the rider.

When combined with the low seat height, adjustable footpegs and range of accessory options, the 2015 Vulcan S ABS has been designed to instill confidence and increase the overall riding enjoyment, making it a good choice for novice and experienced riders alike.

Continuing with the tailored fit theme of the 2015 Vulcan S, both the clutch and brake levers are adjustable for easy reach to suit a range of hand sizes. The rider will also appreciate the Positive Neutral Finder, which makes it easier to find neutral when stopped.

The handlebar has a wide diameter for a positive feel and is rubber-mounted to reduce vibration and increase overall comfort.

The instrumentation consists of a compact analog tachometer with a multifunction dual-window. The digital display features speed, fuel level, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, range, average and instant fuel economy as well as an Economical Riding Indicator to show when the rider is optimizing fuel economy.

The liquid-cooled 649cc parallel twin engine is another important aspect of the 2015 Vulcan S. It brings many distinct advantages, which includes its Kawasaki sportbike DNA that enables superb flexibility at all engine speeds, a healthy power band and legendary dependability. It is also considerably smoother than the traditional V-twin engines used in most cruisers.

For the 2015 Vulcan S, the engine has been engineered specifically to make it cruiser-friendly and to inspire confidence in new riders, while still being fun and agile for experienced riders. There has been specific tuning to the camshaft profiles, intake funnel length, throttle body spacer and air intake to provide exceptional low- and mid-range power delivery. The aim was to create an engine with user-friendly characteristics that ensure the motorcycle is easy to ride, with a smooth power delivery that is responsive to rider inputs at low speed. It also has enough grunt at higher RPM to keep it entertaining, being considerably more powerful than most cruisers, without becoming intimidating.

Thanks to its use of Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) to carefully meter the fuel used by the 649cc engine, the 2015 Vulcan S will sip fuel, providing more miles and smiles between fuel stops while also being kinder to your wallet. The motorcycle boasts a 3.7-gallon fuel tank to give plenty of range between stops.

The exhaust system has been routed under the engine to keep the motorcycle narrow for easy reach to the ground. It uses dual-wall pipe with a large diameter that is designed to look good and sound even better, having a distinctive growl that separates it from the typical cruiser.

The six-speed transmission drives an O-ring chain to efficiently transfer engine power to the road. It also has a Kawasaki Positive Neutral Finder, that allows you to simply upshift from first when stopped to select neutral every time.

With its cruiser appeal, the 2015 Vulcan S is long and low, with a wheelbase designed for increased stability at typical highway cruising speeds. And Kawasaki brought its sportbike expertise to create the slim, lightweight chassis that has a low center of gravity and centralized mass for even greater stability as well as nimble handling. These benefits will be felt as soon as you maneuver it out of the garage or in a tight space, but will be most appreciated on a Sunday morning ride.

The new perimeter frame adds to the unique styling of the 2015 Vulcan S and incorporates a rear subframe with slim backbone that eliminates seat rails. By keeping the motorcycle narrow, it helps the rider’s feet reach the ground more easily. There is also a “D” section steel swingarm that provides both style and strength.

The 31-degree rake and 7.1” trail of the front fork contribute to the light handling and easy control of the motorcycle, with the fork prioritized towards comfort and control. Similarly, the laydown, offset rear shock uses a back-link to provide a longer stroke for increased comfort. This setup also creates more space for the exhaust muffler.

The suspension was designed to absorb bumps and provide plenty of feedback. In fact, it has 3.15” of rear wheel travel, which is more than most of its competitors and this contributes to the greater comfort.

The rear shock also includes a seven-position, cam-style preload adjuster. It can be easily adjusted to suit the rider or when carrying a passenger and luggage, such as when the Kawasaki Genuine Accessories passenger components and luggage rack are fitted. This means the 2105 Vulcan S rider will enjoy confidence thanks to its suspension technology that is neither rough nor fatiguing, as it can sometimes be on motorcycles with short-travel suspension.

The 2015 Vulcan S is fitted with stylish cast wheels that feature a five-spoke design with twin spokes. These measure 18” front, 17” rear and exemplify cruiser style. The wheels are fitted with modern, high-performance radial tires to provide responsive handling.

The brakes comprise a single 300mm rotor and twin-piston caliper up front, with a 250mm rotor mated to a single-piston rear caliper. The Vulcan S ABS model also adds anti-lock braking (ABS) technology, which adds to the rider confidence in the motorcycle’s stopping ability because it assists braking under certain conditions.

As with any cruiser, style is very important, and the 2015 Vulcan S doesn’t disappoint. It incorporates elements such as the teardrop-shaped, 3.7-gallon fuel tank, inverted triangular headlight and black mirrors to match the black frame and exhaust muffler.

The distinctive front headlight design works in conjunction with a bright and compact LED tail light. The rear light is incorporated into the rear fender, which is supported by the separate rear subframe.

The 2015 Vulcan S will be available in three distinctive colors, including Candy Lime Green as well as Pearl Crystal White and Flat Ebony.

Kawasaki Genuine Accessories has developed a host of options to maximize the ownership experience of the 2015 Vulcan S. Owners can customize the fit, comfort and style of their motorcycle to meet their needs. Some of the standout items include Ergo-Fit™ seats and the Ergo-Fit reduced reach handlebar to tailor-fit the rider fit. Additionally, KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) large and medium windshields, saddlebags and passenger backrest options allow for tool-less installation and removal of these classic cruiser accessories.
Other notable accessories include a DC power outlet, gear position indicator, LED light bar and helmet lock.
Kawasaki Genuine Accessories will have more than 25 parts available for purchase at your Kawasaki dealerships in early 2015.

With its unique blend of cruiser style and sportbike performance, as well as its customizable fit that instills greater confidence in the rider, there is only one thing left to do: Ride!

With its affordable purchase price, low running costs and easy parking, the 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S is the perfect motorcycle for any rider to get across the city to meet friends. And while it has plenty of practical uses, the 2015 Vulcan S is fun, above anything else. It allows you to drop everything at a moment’s notice and take-off with a smile. So whether you’re a new rider looking to buy a first motorcycle, or an experienced rider looking to rekindle the reason you started riding in the first place, the 2015 Vulcan S is the perfect reason to visit your local Kawasaki dealer.


Smooth, Torquey, 649cc Parallel Twin Engine
- Liquid-cooled, DOHC, eight-valve fuel-injected twin cylinder engine derived from the Kawasaki Ninja® 650 sportbike
- Engine delivers smooth, responsive performance, especially in the low- to medium-RPM range thanks to Vulcan S-specific tuning of the camshaft profiles, intake funnels, air intake, throttle body, exhaust and ECU
- Increased flywheel mass makes the Vulcan S easier to pull away from a stop
- Strong mid-range power produces exceptional roll-on response and impressive passing performance
- A 180-degree crankshaft-driven balancer shaft minimizes vibration and pulls double-duty as the water pump drive
- Oil jets on the connecting rod big-ends spray oil on the underside of the pistons to aid cooling
- Lightweight plug-mounted ignition coils deliver a hot spark and save space
- High-capacity radiator for optimum cooling efficiency
- Engine coolant travels directly to the engine cases, then follows internal passages to the cylinder and head for minimum external plumbing and a simplified cooling system

Digital Fuel Injection
- Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) settings boost the engine’s bottom-end power while still letting it rev freely
- Sub-throttle valve-equipped 38mm Keihin throttle bodies offer optimum performance and smooth throttle response
- Lightweight fuel pump is mounted inside the fuel tank

Six-speed Transmission / Final Drive
- 6-speed transmission with chain drive
- Positive Neutral Finder allows the rider to easily find neutral when stopped

- 5-position clutch and brake lever adjustment to tailor lever reach

Braking System
- Single 300mm front rotor with twin-piston caliper
- Single 250mm rear rotor with single-piston caliper
- ABS (Vulcan S ABS model only)

- High-tensile steel perimeter frame with slim rear subframe backbone, no seat rails
- “D” section steel swingarm
- Long wheelbase to increase stability at freeway speeds
- Separate subframe supports rear fender
- Narrow frame allows generous lean angles
- 31-degree rake, 7.1” trail

- 41mm telescopic front fork contributes to the comfort, light handling and easy control
- Laydown, offset rear shock with back-link to provide longer stroke for increased comfort, with 3.15” of travel
- Rear shock has seven-position, cam-style preload adjuster to compensate for a passenger, luggage or to suit the riding style

Wheels and Tires
- Cruiser-style 18x4.5” front, 17x5.5” rear cast alloy wheels with twin-5-spoke design
- 120/70 R18 front, 160/60 R17 rear tires

Styling and Bodywork
- Teardrop-shaped, 3.7-gallon fuel tank
- Inverted triangular headlight, rounded turn signals
- Compact LED tail light
- Black mirrors, frame and muffler
- Available in Candy Lime Green, Pearl Crystal White or Flat Ebony

- Comfortable cruiser-style riding position with forward-positioned footpegs
- Low seat height
- Seat is tapered at the front to help rider’s feet reach the ground
- Seat is sculpted at the rear for increase comfort
- Slim chassis and narrow parallel twin engine
- Standard adjustable footpegs are unique in this class
- Adjustable footpegs can be mounted 1” forward or 1” backwards from the standard mounting point to suit a wide range of riders
- Optional Kawasaki Genuine Accessories “Ergo-Fit” seats and handlebar for a range of riders

Warranty / Kawasaki Protection Plus
- Standard 12 month warranty
- Optional 12, 24, 36 or 48 month KPP available

- Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available through your local authorized Kawasaki dealer. They include the following:
- Ergo-Fit™ reduced reach seat and handlebar for shorter riders
- Ergo-Fit extended reach seat for taller riders
- KQR™ (Kawasaki Quick Release) large and medium windshields for improved wind protection
- Passenger seat, KQR passenger backrest and footpegs to accommodate a rear passenger
- Ergo-Fit extended reach passenger seat for taller passengers
- KQR leather saddlebags and brackets
- luggage racks
- clutch cover plate, clutch cover mark and tank decal for added style
- helmet lock
- DC power outlet to power personal devices
- LED light bar for extra illumination
- gear position indicator


Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four valves per cylinder, parallel twin
Displacement: 649cc
Bore x stroke: 83 x 60mm
Compression ratio: 10.8:1
Maximum torque: N/A
Cooling system: Liquid
Fuel system: DFI® with two 38mm throttle bodies, with sub-throttles
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Transmission: Six-speed with positive neutral finder
Final drive: Sealed chain
Frame: High-tensile steel double pipe perimeter frame
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm telescopic fork / 5.1”
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Lay-down offset rear shock with linkage and adjustable preload / 3.2”
Front tire: 120/70 R18
Rear tire: 160/60 R17
Front brakes: Single 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper, ABS
Rear brakes: Single 250mm disc with single-piston caliper, ABS
Overall length: 91”
Overall width: 34.7”
Overall height: 43.3”
Ground clearance: 5.1”
Seat height: 27.8”
Wheelbase: 62”
Curb weight:** 491.7 lb, 498.3 lb ABS
Fuel capacity: 3.7 gallons
Colors: Candy Lime Green, Pearl Crystal White or Flat Ebony
MSRP Standard: $6,999, $7,399 ABS
Warranty: 12 month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus (optional): 12, 24, 36 or 48 months

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