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.