Not every Kawasaki Vulcan is a big road cruiser—in fact, the Vulcan S is just the opposite. This nimble, lightweight version of the Vulcan is based more on the Ninja than on the Vaquero and puts a sportier spin on cruising, a la the Honda Rebel or Yamaha Bolt R Spec. And for 2022, Team Green has added a brand new version of the Vulcan S for the cafe racer segment: the (wait for it) Vulcan S Cafe.
What sets the Vulcan S Cafe apart from the version we already know and love (not to mention the sport cruisers offered by other Japanese bike makers)? It’s mostly about the design—you get sport striping and a dark tinted windshield deflector, plus a gorgeous, retro-inspired three-tone paint job (Ebony/Pearl Robotic White/Candy Steel Furnace Orange). Those details will run you about $500 more than the non-ABS standard Vulcan S, and about $200 more than the ABS version.
All models of the Vulcan S pack a 649cc parallel-twin engine producing 61 HP @ 7,500 rpm and 46.5 lb-ft of torque @ 6,600 rpm. It’s a fair amount of power—more than enough for city commuting, and perfectly capable of taking you on a day trip through the nearest mountains or canyons. For rider aides, you get dual throttle valves, an economical riding indicator, and Kawasaki’s signature ergo-fit technology that allows riders of roughly any size to fit on the bike comfortably.
This baby’s designed to get you cruisin’ in comfort, and it makes an attractive and approachable addition to the 2022 Kawasaki motorcycle lineup. It starts at $7,449 USD / $8,399 CAD (for the standard Vulcan S without ABS).
DFI 38mm Throttle Bodies (2), with sub-throttle valves
46.3 lb-ft @ 6600 rpm
6-speed with positive neutral finder
41mm telescopic fork/5.1 in
Lay-down offset rear shock with linkage and adjustable preload/3.2 in
Single 300mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Single 250mm disc with single-piston caliper
Fuel Tank Capacity
Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray/Metallic Matte Graphite Gray, Pearl Robotic White
TCBI w/ Electronic Advance
Kawasaki Protection Plus
12, 24, or 36 months
2022 Kawasaki Vulcan S/Vulcan S Cafe Features
Dual Throttle Valves
Late-model sport bikes often use large-bore throttle bodies to generate high levels of power. However, with large diameter throttles, when a rider suddenly opens the throttle, the unrestricted torque response can be strong. Dual throttle valve technology was designed to tame engine response while contributing to performance.
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
Using high-precision electronic control for engine management, Kawasaki models can achieve a high level of fuel efficiency. However, fuel consumption is greatly affected by throttle use, gear selection, and other elements under the rider’s control. The Economical Riding Indicator is a function that indicates when current riding conditions are consuming a low amount of fuel. The system continuously monitors fuel consumption, regardless of vehicle speed, engine speed, throttle position and other riding conditions. When fuel consumption is low for a given speed (i.e. fuel efficiency is high), an “ECO” mark appears on the instrument panel’s LCD screen. By riding so that the “ECO” mark remains on, fuel consumption can be reduced.
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.
Proper fit is key for rider comfort and control. However, the ideal fit varies from rider to rider, depending on their physical dimensions and riding style.
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.