The 2021 Kawasaki Vulcan S/S Cafe: The Essential Light Sports Cruiser
The 2021 Kawasaki Vulcan S and Vulcan S Cafe models are a very interesting take on a sports cruiser. Whereas most cruisers, including in Kawasaki’s own lineup, are powered by V-twins, the Vulcan S uses the very same 649cc parallel-twin that is found in the Ninja 650 and Z650 sport bikes. For the cruiser, however, the engine gains a heavier flywheel and a different routing of the air intake to give the plucky little motor some serious down low grunt and mid-range power. In fact, it develops 54 HP and 46 lb-ft of torque, with most of that torque starting to come in at 3,000 RPM.
In an attempt to make this a friendly cruiser for everyone, the Japanese manufacturer designed their patented Ergo-Fit system, which allows three different peg positions, three different seat types, and three different handlebar angles you can choose. As well, compared to 2020, dual-zone ABS has become standard across all Vulcan models, globally.
There is also an S Cafe variant of the Vulcan, which adds a Cafe Racer style cowling and low wind deflector around the front headlight. It also gains a cafe inspired three tone paint option, but otherwise remains the same specification as the base Vulcan S.
The 2021 Kawasaki Vulcan S starts at $7,599 USD / $8,499 CAD, while the Vulcan S Cafe starts at $8,199 USD / $8,899 CAD.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 Kawasaki Vulcan S/S Cafe in one place.
- Price: $7,599 USD / $8,499 CAD
- Key Features:
- Classic sport cruiser styling with sport bike powerplant
- Kawasaki Ergo-Fit customization system
- Standard dual-zone ABS
- Engine Type: 649cc 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled
- Horsepower: 54 HP
- Torque: 46 lb-ft
- Wet Weight: 498 lbs (226 kg)
- Seat Height: 27.8 inches (705 mm)
2021 Kawasaki Vulcan S/S Cafe Specifications
|Engine||649cc 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled|
|Bore x Stroke||83.0 x 60.0mm|
|Fuel System||DFI 38mm Throttle Bodies (2), with sub-throttle valves|
|Transmission||6-speed with positive neutral finder|
|Final Drive||Sealed chain|
|Suspension Front||41mm telescopic fork/5.1 in|
|Suspension Rear||Lay-down offset rear shock with linkage and adjustable preload/3.1 in|
|Brakes Front||Single 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper|
Single 250mm disc with single-piston caliper
|Fuel Tank Capacity||3.7 gal|
Metallic Flat Raw Graystone, Pearl Blizzard White
|Ignition||TCBI w/ Electronic Advance|
|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|
|Curb Weight||498.3 lb*|
|Warranty||12 Month Limited Warranty|
|Kawasaki Protection Plus||12 / 24 / 36 / 48 months|
2021 Kawasaki Vulcan S/S Cafe Features
Dual Throttle Valves
On models with dual throttle valves, there are two throttle valves per cylinder: in addition to the main valves, which are physically linked to the throttle grip and controlled by the rider, a second set of valves, opened and closed by the ECU, precisely regulates intake airflow to ensure a natural, linear response. With the air passing through the throttle bodies becoming smoother, combustion efficiency is improved and power is increased.
Economical Riding Indicator
While effective vehicle speed and engine speed may vary by model, paying attention to conditions that cause the “ECO” mark to appear can help riders improve their fuel efficiency – a handy way to increase cruising range. Further, keeping fuel consumption low also helps minimize negative impact on the environment.
ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)
ERGO-FIT® is an interface system designed to allow riders to find their ideal riding position. Various points of the chassis interface (the handlebar, footpegs and seat, etc.) can be adjusted through a combination of interchangeable parts and parts with adjustable positions. This enables a wide range of riders to find a riding position that offers both comfort and control. Feeling at one with their machine, they will be able to experience how Kawasaki machines are fun and rewarding to ride.
*Adjustable parts and their range of adjustability vary by model.
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