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Old 12-10-2014, 03:11 PM   #1
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And now for something completely different..................sort of.






Came as a bit of surprise to me. 650 Versys/Ninja engine. Probably a good choice as entry-level cruiser kind of thing.
It's different.
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:26 PM   #2
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I'll bet they sell the shit outta that thing.
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:59 PM   #3
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And the Vulcan 650's performance is probably at least = anything in the 800 / 900cc class V-twin / P-Twin cruisers.

I think it looks brilliant, from a marketing standpoint. I wouldn't consider a Star 650 cruiser, but the Vulcan, I'd like to test-ride.

Doesn't have the sex appeal of the Bolt, Sporty 883, or Speedmaster, but it is interesting, cheap, and offers ABS, which is non-existent in the class.
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Old 12-10-2014, 05:29 PM   #4
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It looks better than the Bolt to me - I've always thought the Bolt "tried" to hard to be badass or something.
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Old 12-10-2014, 08:50 PM   #5
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Looks like the same kind of garbage they were spewing out back in the 80s..
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:26 AM   #6
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Looks like the same kind of garbage they were spewing out back in the 80s..
The 50's people are in the retirement homes now. Time to work on the empty nesters who want to relive their eighties youth.

Time to drag out the shoulder pads for the misses. (CE Armour would work)
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Old 12-11-2014, 05:38 AM   #7
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Looks like the same kind of garbage they were spewing out back in the 80s..
About bloody time too!
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:48 AM   #8
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They list for $7999. on Kawasaki Canada's website. SPECIFICATIONS
LIFESTYLE
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
WARRANTY
MSRP*
SPECIAL OFFERS
ENGINE

Type 4-stroke, Parallel Twin
Displacement 649cc
Bore and stroke 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Compression ratio 10.8:1
Valve system SOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: 38mm x 2 with sub-throttles
Ignition Digital
Cooling Liquid-cooled
Lubrication Forced lubrication (semi-dry sump)
BRAKES

Front: type Single 300 mm discs
Front: calipers Dual Piston
Rear: type Single 250mm disc
Rear: calipers Dual-piston
DIMENSIONS

Overall length 2,310 mm
Overall width 880 mm
Overall height 1,100 mm (High position)
Wheelbase 1,575 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Seat height 705 mm
Curb mass** 226 kg (EN650B: Single Seat)
Fuel capacity 14 litres
DRIVETRAIN

Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction ratio 2.095 (88/42)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.438 (39/16)
Gear ratio: 2nd 1.714 (36/21)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.333 (32/24)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.111 (30/27)
Gear ratio: 5th 0.966 (28/29)
Gear ratio: 6th 0.852 (23/27)
Final reduction ratio 3.067 (46/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
FRAME

Type Perimeter, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 130 mm
Wheel travel: rear 80 mm (3.1 in.)
Tire: front 120/70R18M/C 59H
Tire: rear 160/60R17M/C 69H
Caster (rake) 31º
Trail 120 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 35º / 35º
PERFORMANCE

Maximum Power‡ TBA
Maximum Torque‡ TBA
SUSPENSION

Suspension, front 41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rear Offset laydown single-shock, linkage-equipped with adjustable preload


It's only about 10 kg heavier than the Versys the engine is from, so performance should be pretty decent. It looks like it might have a bit more ground clearance than a typical cruiser too.
But I also noticed that it only has a 14 litre fuel tank. Why do companies persist in creating bikes with such limited fuel range? They could have easily made it 2 or 3 litres bigger, and kept it looking identical.
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Old 12-11-2014, 09:58 AM   #9
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I cant believe Kawi took the time to make this bike when they should have been putting that motor into a new KLR.
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Old 12-11-2014, 10:59 AM   #10
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I'm far from a beginner, and I like the Vulcan S!! I hear the performance on that proven engine is on par with the fine Suzuki 650 v-twin motor. I only ride solo any more, and this bike would do me fine, and not be a pig.
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:22 PM   #11
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Not a bad looking one, well except for the headlight.
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Old 12-11-2014, 01:32 PM   #12
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This looks like a much better choice for a new rider that wants a cruiser. Too often they end up with something much bigger ( 800cc +) and heavier( 600lbs or way more) than they really need, because someone has convinced them that so long as they can put both feet flat on the ground, they can handle a big bike. And they'd just get bored with a small bike anyway.
I wish we could put those two sales myths to bed once and for all.

I would take it over many bigger bikes in the same category.
But I'm not really a cruiser guy, and yes they should put this motor in the KLR as well.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:20 PM   #13
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Too often they end up with something much bigger ( 800cc +) and heavier( 600lbs or way more) than they really need, because someone has convinced them that so long as they can put both feet flat on the ground, they can handle a big bike. And they'd just get bored with a small bike anyway.
I wish we could put those two sales myths to bed once and for all..
You and me both! Many (most) of the 750cc-plus cruisers are a bitch to handle, particularly since you sit so low in them and don't have the advantage of leverage from atop to work them with.
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Old 12-11-2014, 04:03 PM   #14
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..........you sit so low in them and don't have the advantage of leverage from atop to work them with.
Sit in it, brace yourself against the pegs and the back rest, yank hard on the bars until the big wallowing pigs settle on the sparky bits, roll off a bit, yank the other way onto the sparky bits, repeat, repeat.

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Old 12-11-2014, 04:45 PM   #15
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I wonder if my feet would reach those pegs…..

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