10. Kawasaki Vulcan S


We begin the list with a cruiser from Kawasaki, the Vulcan S. Why? Because Kawasaki is taking a risk by introducing something different in the cruiser world. It’s intended to cater to a younger demographic than typical cruiser riders who aren’t slaves to traditional (read the same-old, same-old) V-Twin fashion. With more modern styling, the Ninja 650-derived parallel-Twin engine should stand out in the class.

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The new, Ergo-Fit concept will broaden the range of customers by allowing the Vulcan S’ ergonomics to be adjusted at Kawasaki dealers to fit the dimensions of a variety of riders. First, the pegs can be moved either forward or rearward one inch from the standard position. The bar can also be moved back an inch to reach shorter riders who will also benefit from a seat that places their butts two inches forward from standard. Finally, the seat for tall riders moves the seat an inch rearward from standard. We think these novel ideas will be attractive to a wide range of current and potential riders. Better still, at $6,999 ($7,399 with ABS), it’s an affordable motorcycle riders won’t grow out of quickly.

  • ducatirdr

    Scrambler… Scrambler… ???

    • TroySiahaan

      We didn’t include 2015 models we’ve already ridden, the Scrambler being one of them. Says so right there in the second paragraph.

    • Kyle Smith

      Bare in mind the KTM SX350 puts out more power, they’d have to tune a few more ponies out of this engine to make it worthwhile considering the weight of it.

  • Kosta Chachanidze

    not that it was anmounced but still, not at all anticipating hondas “new africa twin?”

    • denchung

      That will assuredly be a 2016 model, not a 2015.

  • fastfreddie

    What about catering to us extremely rich busdrivers?Hello?!Where is hondas rcv213v in this list.All I see is rather plain motorcycles here…

  • panthalassa

    rideadvice says $15,998 for the base turismo veloce.
    good lookin’ bike, but it better really handle well, ’cause $5000+ sure will buy a lot of tires for the fj-09.

    • gg

      I just found this article, but to compare a Yamaha to a MV Agusta is like comparing a Ford to a Ferrari.

  • johnny mars

    These hyper bikes leave me cold and cranky from their painful riding positions and extreme pricing. Just gimme a comfortable, versatile, and economical sporty ride like the FJ-09, V-Strom 650, Tiger 800 X, or Kawasaki Versys 650 – 90% of the fun for half the cost. I’ll see you in Pantagonia.

  • Steve

    The Vulcan S – Something new? Seriously? This has been done countless times.

    • Zandit75

      With a parallel twin?

  • Amir

    Very exciting category, evolving rapidly with many new models. Would be interesting to compare the “first class” bikes of the category, s1000xr / Multistrada / Ktm1190, with the more “value for money” bikes Versys / Fj-09 / Vstrom / Caponord. For one I’d love to know can a 160 hp really be put to use on a tour/adventure chassis ?!?