Kawasaki's replacement for the Vulcan 500 LTD?

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Kawasaki's replacement for the Vulcan 500 LTD?

Postby Triangles » Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:25 pm

Well ok not exactly a replacement, but this is the closest thing to the EN500C Kawasaki has put out since it was discontinued in 2009! The Vulcan S. It borrows a little more from it's sport bike brethren than the 500 did... What do you think?
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Re: Kawasaki's replacement for the Vulcan 500 LTD?

Postby Turbojoe » Wed Oct 15, 2014 10:34 pm

Looks pretty nice and the price doesn't seem that bad.

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Re: Kawasaki's replacement for the Vulcan 500 LTD?

Postby bikerbill » Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:35 am

Hmmm....

I like the 'Adjustability' features of the Seat-Footrests-Handlebars.
I like the instrument cluster being up high, instead of down on the tank.
The engine specs are nice.
I don't like the styling. It looks like a mish-mash of a V-Rod/Magna/Buell. And the engine is hidden behind all those frame members and body panels.

I wonder where I could mount the AUX fuel cell?
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Re: Kawasaki's replacement for the Vulcan 500 LTD?

Postby GeorgiaRider » Thu Oct 16, 2014 7:37 am

Interesting. Reminds me of something in between my Vulcan 500 and the wife's Honda CTX700N.
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Re: Kawasaki's replacement for the Vulcan 500 LTD?

Postby Burkerust » Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:42 pm

I'll take a white one as soon as they are available. Well maybe a test drive first but I like the modern version and staying with a high tech twin. I liked the Versys but didn't like the standard riding position. This looks to fit the bill and suits me better than the Yami FZ-07 that I liked but again didn't have a cruiser position.

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Re: Kawasaki's replacement for the Vulcan 500 LTD?

Postby burkbuilds » Fri Oct 17, 2014 1:29 am

Very interesting. I may have to check one of these out.

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Re: Kawasaki's replacement for the Vulcan 500 LTD?

Postby Triangles » Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:43 pm

I like it. It would be perfect if it only had hydraulic valve tappets and a belt drive. I wonder what kind of fuel economy it gets.
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Re: Kawasaki's replacement for the Vulcan 500 LTD?

Postby Turbojoe » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:28 pm

Triangles wrote:I wonder what kind of fuel economy it gets.


I saw somewhere on the website 64mpg.

I picked up yet another freaking nail in my rear tire today. I was able to pull the wheel but I tore the MCL in my right knee a few weeks ago and I'm not about to try using my knees to hold everything down while I break down the tire. $25 at the local dealer for repair and balance. Guess who's doing that tomorrow? Too bad the new bike isn't out yet or I'd give it a look see and try to get a test ride while I'm there. Can't remember what the release date is. That was on the site somewhere too.

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Re: Kawasaki's replacement for the Vulcan 500 LTD?

Postby Triangles » Sun Oct 19, 2014 7:59 am

I must be blind :) I scoured the site looking for that and missed it. Thanks TurboJoe!
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Re: Kawasaki's replacement for the Vulcan 500 LTD?

Postby burkbuilds » Mon Oct 20, 2014 9:21 pm

Agreed, the hydraulic valves would be great, had those on my 750 Vulcan, no adjustments needed, very nice. The "add" says a "sealed chain" what is that? Is it somehow enclosed so it doesn't get road grime or are they just talking about an "x-ring" chain? 64 mpg sounds good. I'm actually very interested in this bike.

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Re: Kawasaki's replacement for the Vulcan 500 LTD?

Postby Triangles » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:17 am

From the pictures I've seen the chain is not enclosed at all. I assume like you that they are talking about an O or X ring chain. I'm somewhat torn, I like the mechanics of the Honda NC700X better but I think the bike is ugly. The thought had crossed my mind to fabricate a chain enclosure of some sort but I doubt I'll ever do it. I want my next bike to have a belt drive and hydraulic valves or at the very least a long valve adjustment interval. At the current rate I put miles on it will be decades before I wear out my trusty EN500C.
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