And I can do that because I have full access to the entire lineup here at Jim Gilbert's PowerSports. So if you're in Fredericton, New Brunswick, come on, check this out. It's middle of February or middle of January right now there's snow and ice everywhere, but there is a massive showroom of motorcycle scooters and all kinds of things to look at. So make sure you swing by there. Let's go with the review. So the first thing I wanna talk about with the Vulcan S is the engine, because this is not your traditional cruiser engine. A lot of people think that a Vulcan or a cruiser bike has to have a V twin engine and this is a twin cylinder engine, but it's a parallel twin. And Kawasaki's not shy about telling you that this parallel twin comes from the ninja lineup. So it's more than just the engine that comes from the ninja lineup.
And what I think is good about this is, especially if you're a new rider, it really gives you the advantage of having that cruiser style. But it takes you into the general motorcycling, motorcycling realm outside of cruisers. It allows you to experience something that can zip through the gears kind of quickly. And one thing that really surprises people about this motor is even though it's a small two cylinder 6 49 cc, which is small for a cruiser, you actually have more speed, more acceleration than a whole lot of big, big cruisers because you have a quick revving engine, a wealth spaced gear ratio and a bike that's made for something like the engine that's made for something like the Ninja. So it's a very quick bike and the nice thing is with the smaller engine you don't have a huge insurance premium. So you have that ability, but it's more than just the engine.
Let's talk about some of the chassis benefits that give you a great handling cruiser as well, which to me really matters. So how do you make a cruiser handle? Well, usually cruisers have a really sort of laid out front uh, fork here. And this one is not like tight like a sport bike, it is still laid out so that can make a little bit more lazy handling, but nice straight line cruising. But you'll notice there are pieces in here that allow it to handle better than the average cruiser. Fairly lightweight wheels Dunlap, sport max tires. Now again, these tires are a kind of tire that they would use on something like the Kawasaki Versys uh, even that style on something like the Ninja. So they have a nice tread here to it, uh, very uh, cruiser like. But the overall construction of the tire is more sport bike like even though it's not fully sport bike and fairly lightweight wheels, large disc brake, you have good braking for a fairly lightweight cruiser and the type of tires that can really lean themselves over.
So you've got something that handles and can be leaned over much better than a typical cruiser that you know, oftentimes you only ride fairly straight up and down. It does make a more playful ride. It does make for a more fun ride in my opinion. Take a look at the back end here. We did mention this shock here. This is a preload adjustable shock. So that means that if you were to add an extra passenger or if you're heavier or lighter, you can sort of adjust that preload so it can handle the weight without a real big sag when you get weight on there. I like the way this bike is set up to, to maintain its real kind of sporty kind of feel. It's a great single person bike. When you add a second person on there, you are gonna notice that it turns into more of a cruiser.
It's gonna lose some of its playfulness, but again, you can adjust that preload to handle extra weight. So it's not the end of the world. You can absolutely take an extra passenger and there are all kinds of accessories for the back. But looking through here, you've got this shock which is forward mounted that keeps the um, weight forward, keeps everything kind of in line for which is what you see in a lot of sport bikes. Instead of having the shocks kind of back here and again lightweight wheels, large disc brake in the rear as well, given the weight distribution of this bike, it's a fairly large rear disk brake compared to some bikes which just sort of balances that uh, front and rear braking capability out and a nice kind of smooth cruiser look. But you still see these big tube frames in there, very sport bike look if you look through to some of the details, but very cruiser feel when you're sitting on the seat.
And let's talk about sitting on that seat for a second. So the first thing you're gonna find when you approach this bike is this is a low low seat height compared to all the other bikes that share this engine. And there are a lot, there's a ninja 650, there's a Z 650, there's a z650 Rs, there's a Versys 650, there's this, there might be more. All of those bikes that share this engine have a taller seat than this and you have a nice rider position here, but if you don't like this rider position, you can change it. So if you're very short, you can lower the seat, you can bring foot pegs in, you can bring the handlebars forward. If you're very tall you can extend all of those pieces out as well. What I think is cool is you can mix and match
Couple of accessories that I really like on this is you can get little tiny windshields here, sort of cafe, just sort of style windshields, but you can also get quick release, medium and tall windshields, uh, or permanent medium and tall windshields. So you can take 'em on or off with Kawasaki's quick release system, which I really like back here. You can get like a luggage rack here. You can get a rear seat with a luggage rack behind. You can get saddlebags, you can get all kinds of things that allow you to customize this bike up the way you want and in many cases kind of tweak it around for the type of riding you're doing. You can put that rear seat on or off on your own. Same thing with the rack, but this is a bike that you can use for commuting to work back and forth just zipping around town.
And again, that quick revving engine makes it fun doing that. But it's also something that you can stretch its legs out and go on the highway. So I'll show you that ergo fit what they show on the website here. There's three different triangles here. There's sort of a red, a green and a blue that sort of shows the different, uh, small, medium, large type, uh, sizes that it has. But keep in mind as well, you can mix and match some of those pieces and that's what makes it really versatile as far as fitting different riders and turning it into the bike that you want. There's not another Kawasaki bike with this engine that allows that versatility and seating position, uh, right from the factory. So that's one of the things that really kind of appeals to me about this bike. Very comfortable, great visibility, sporty for a cruiser.
Along the bottom here you have the gear indicator to the left, which is something that I really like. They didn't always put a gear indicator on these classic bikes and that's right there. Clear big speedometer clock up top and you can cycle through various uh, things over here as well. So you've got a trip B kilometers per liter, uh, average kilometers per liter, which I uh, range as well. And back to the odometer. Now the kilometers per liter, I'm almost positive that you can take it and do the liters per hundred kilometers if that's what you wanna do. If you're in Canada, obviously if you're in another area is miles per gallon, that kind of thing is available. So you have a nice little selection of really good information that's clearly laid out and not distracting. And again, because this bike can rev out, it's not your typical cruiser, which you know, like I said in the conversation, some people battle it wasn't a cruiser at all.
This bike's gonna fit you just perfectly, which is a real strength to this Vulcans. So I know we touched on the engine to start, but let's just look at a couple other things here. First of all, to get that cruiser look, you've got these false fins. Again, it looks like it's air cooled, it is not. It's liquid cooled, which I think is what most riders are now looking for. It gives you the ability to have a little bit more performance, really controlled, uh, environment in the engines, which gives you that good power. Which again, six 50 cc, not much for a uh, cruiser, but again because it's lighter weight, because it's high revving because it makes good power and torque numbers because of the way it's designed. Again, built for that ninja six 50. This thing is absolutely a faster bike than a lot of cruisers, which is really kind of cool. So liquid cooling out front here, that fin look over here. You've
Again, with this powerful engine, it's the kind of engine that's easy to drive. So it's good to learn on, but again, you've got a lot more speed than even the full size cruiser, so it's not something you ever have to move up from. It does offer quite a bit to both new riders and experienced riders. As far as versatility, again, windscreens cargo capabilities, and again, one of the reasons that I recommend it to newer riders is if you're unsure of the ti kind of riding you want to do. If you just get a traditional cruiser, you're kind of locked into a typical cruising style, whereas this, you can discover a little bit more of a sporty riding and you can make the decision later on if you want to keep this or if you wanna move something a little bit more sporty. Again, cruisers don't really give you that sporty ride like this does. So you don't really get to experience the different styles.