Kawasaki Vulcan S – Not your average Cruiser







A brand new model is set to be added to the Kawasaki 2015 motorcycle line-up in the UK for the coming season, the Vulcan S.

At the heart of the Vulcan S is the proven parallel twin 649cm3 engine, known and loved in the Versys 650 and ER6n/f, now reconsidered and re-tuned for a fundamentally different character in its new role.  This engine shows its muscle from pull-away with a gutsy low-mid range yet it is still easy to exploit its full performance potential throughout the upper reaches of the power band.  Newcomers to the world of two wheels will particularly appreciate the overall engine settings which make the Vulcan S easy to master.

As performance of the Vulcan S is enviable, the brakes too assure safe and smooth braking with a 300mm front disc, controlled by a two-piston caliper, while the rear wheel carries a 250mm disc and single piston caliper. Additionally, the latest spec ABS is optional and programmed to provide safely controlled stopping power in all conditions – another advantage for those new to two wheels.15EN650B_44SBLKDRS3CG_C

An offset laydown single-shock rear suspension complements the styling of the bike with a linkage arrangement enabling a longer stroke for increased ride comfort.  The rear suspension configuration also contributes to the bike’s compact design, freeing up space for a distinctive large-volume silencer under the engine.

Reassuringly, rider preference and use is also considered as the rear suspension sports adjustable preload, with 7 positions to suit rider size and payload.  Putting rider comfort first, the telescopic front fork contributes to the bike’s easy-to-control, light and natural handling.15EN650B_44SPURDRF3CG_C

The low seat height makes this bike accessible to any rider, young or more mature, male or female and makes city stop-and-go riding fun and easy.  The slim chassis aids easier ground reach, while the plush sculpted seat offers excellent hip support and comfort.  No compromises have been made to stability though, as the long wheelbase, low centre of gravity and centralised mass all offer high stability for highway cruising and easy manoeuvrability.15EN650B_44SWHTDLS3CG_C

Interestingly, one of the many great features of the new Vulcan S are 3-position adjustable rear to front foot-pegs so the rider can customise their bike according to their personal measurements and preferences.  Further personalising this machine, both the brake and clutch levers are adjustable to facilitate ideal hand reach and effort.15EN650B_44SPURDLS3CG_C_001

This trend-setting addition to the Kawasaki family adds modern style and flare standing out from the rest of the field.  The Vulcan S is positioned as the “real deal” with looks, comfort, practicality, accessibility and performance as key attributes.

With an urban design approach characterised by flowing style and a long-and-low stance – plus modern styling elements like the original headlamp and distinctive cast wheels – the Vulcan S introduces very non-traditional cruiser looks

October 17th, 2014  |  Published in Kawasaki, News

Kawasaki’s radical new H2 revealed


When Kawasaki first conceived the Ninja H2R, the driving development concept was to offer the kind of acceleration no rider had experienced before.

That a motorcycle be “Fun to Ride” is one of Kawasaki’s guiding principles. But while there are many ways for a motorcycle to be enjoyed, it was felt that having incredible acceleration was a major factor in delivering ultimate riding exhilaration.

Powering the Ninja H2R is a supercharged engine with a design target of 300 PS allied to a compact design on par with power units found in supersport litre-class models. The key to achieving this incredible performance lies in the engine’s supercharger—a motorcycle-specific unit designed completely in-house with technology from other companies within the Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Group: the Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, Aerospace Company and Corporate Technology Division.

KHI Group technology was not limited to the supercharger. Advanced technological know-how shared from other group companies is found throughout the all-new engine and chassis design. For example, the carbon-fibre upper and lower wings that ensure stability when riding in the ultra-high speed range were designed with assistance from Kawasaki’s Aerospace Company. This is but one example, and this inter-group collaboration combined with the level of technology poured into this model is the reason the Kawasaki River Mark* is displayed prominently on the front of the Ninja H2R.

When it came time to name this model, using “Ninja”—a name synonymous with Kawasaki performance and shared by many legendary models over three historic decades —was an obvious choice. But this model is also named for another epoch-making model, whose 2-stroke 748.2 cm3 Triple gave it an intense acceleration that made it a sensation around the world: the Mach IV 750, also known as the “H2.” For a model designed to offer “the kind of acceleration no rider has experienced before” we can think of no better name.

Built Beyond Belief. In 2014, Kawasaki is once again ready to unleash a new sensation upon the world.

*The Kawasaki River Mark is a long-time symbol of the KHI Group dating back to the 1870s. As a policy, its use on products is rare and limited to models with historical significance. But for the Ninja H2R permission to use this symbol was granted.




In order to be able to offer intense acceleration and a top speed in a range that most riders never have a chance to experience, it was essential that the engine be able to produce big power. While a large-displacement engine could easily provide a high engine output, to ensure a lightweight, compact overall package a compact engine was also desired. Using a supercharged engine—essentially enabling a high-performance engine to be downsized—allowed both of these engine design requirements to be met: maximum power output has been targeted at 300 PS, and the engine size of the 998 cm3 In-Line Four is on par with other supersport litre-class power units.


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The supercharger used in the Ninja H2R was designed by Kawasaki motorcycle engine designers with assistance from other companies within the KHI Group, namely the Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, Aerospace Company, and the Corporate Technology Division. Designing the supercharger in-house allowed it to be developed to perfectly match the engine characteristics of the Ninja H2R. The highly efficient, motorcycle-specific supercharger was the key to achieving the maximum power and the intense acceleration that engineers wanted to offer.


The objectives for the Ninja H2R’s chassis were to ensure supreme stability at ultra-high speeds, offer cornering performance to be able to enjoy riding on a closed course, and finally to have a highly accommodating character. Ordinarily, high-speed stability can easily be achieved with a long wheelbase, but a shorter wheelbase was selected to achieve the compact overall package and sharp handling that were also desired. The frame needed not only to be stiff, but also to be able to absorb external disturbances—which, when encountered while riding in the ultra-high speed range, could easily unsettle a lesser chassis. A new trellis frame developed using the latest analysis technology provided both the strength to harness the incredible power of the supercharged engine, and the balanced flex to ensure the stability and feedback for high-speed riding.



As speed increases, wind resistance increases exponentially. To be able to operate in the ultra-high speed range, a combination of high power and slippery aerodynamics is needed. With power requirements taken care of by the supercharged engine, the next step was to design bodywork that both minimised drag and ensured control when riding at ultra-high speed. Assistance from Kawasaki’s Aerospace Company was enlisted in creating the aerodynamically sculpted bodywork to ensure maximum aerodynamic efficiency.



Wanting to ensure a bold design worthy of a model that carried both the “Ninja” and “H2″ names, the prime styling concept chosen for the Ninja H2R was “Intense Force Design.” As a flagship for the Kawasaki brand, it required presence, and a styling that reflected its incredible performance. But the design is much more than cosmetic. While it certainly looks the part, the Ninja H2R also possesses a functional beauty: each piece of its bodywork was aerodynamically sculpted to ensure stability at ultra-high speeds; the cowling design also maximises cooling performance and heat dissipation, aiding in achieving the engine’s roughly 300 PS output; and the Ram Air duct is ideally positioned to bring fresh air to the supercharger. More than any motorcycle Kawasaki has built to date, the Ninja H2R is a showcase of craftsmanship, build quality and superb fit and finish—right down to the high-tech mirrored-finish black chrome paint specially developed for this model.


ENGINE TYPE: Supercharged liquid-cooled In-Line Four


SUPERCHARGER TYPE: Centrifugal, scroll-type

MAXIMUM POWER: Design target 300 PS

FRAME TYPE: Trellis, high-tensile steel


F: 120/600R17 (racing slick tyre)

R: 190/650R17 (racing slick tyre)


The Ninja H2R is a closed-course model;

it may not be ridden on public roads.

The street model (Ninja H2) will be released at EICMA.


A road version the H2 will shortly be available.

October 3rd, 2014  |  Published in Kawasaki, News


Top selling cruiser bike for Kawasaki since its introduction, the VN900 is now being offered as part of an attractive Personal Contact Plan (PCP).

Increasingly attractive to purchasers, the essence of a PCP agreement is the combination of manageable monthly repayments coupled with the ability to either purchase the machine outright at the end of the term or carry the plan on to a replacement new machine, as Craig Watson of Kawasaki explains.

“These personal contract plans are now part of the landscape of car purchasing and every month we are seeing more and more motorcycles bought on this type of plan. It is seen by many as an ideal way to gain access to the Kawasaki of their choice and move from one machine to the next with minimum hassle as the plan matures.

For the VN900, the monthly repayments are only £99* after the initial deposit which makes the offer on this most attractive cruiser bike really good value as the riding season proper begins. Added to that, an APR below 7.5% must make the VN900 the outstanding V-twin bargain of 2014”. 

*Plus initial repayment, final repayment and deposit.

Representative Example:

Cash Price £7,432
Deposit £2,007
Total Amount of Credit £5,425
Agreement Duration 37 Months
Cash Price £7,432
Credit Facility Fee** £230
Purchase Fee** £10
Initial Repayment of £175
35 Monthly Repayments of £99
Final Repayment of £2,686
Total Amount Payable £8,333
Interest Rate (Fixed) 5.22%
Representative APR 7.4% APR

**Included in monthly repayments

Your regular monthly repayments are low because it is the nature of a PCP product that a significant proportion of the total amount payable is payable at the end of the contract by one large final repayment. Finance is subject to status and is only available to applicants aged 18 and over. Indemnities may be required. This finance offer is only available through Kawasaki Finance provided by Black Horse Ltd, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff CF10 5BH. Figures applicable at time of publication.

March 19th, 2014  |  Published in Kawasaki, News

Tom Sykes named as 2013 World Superbike Champion

Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes was crowned the World Superbike Champion for 2013 after setting an amazing lap record at the Jerez circuit in Spain.

Sykes finished in third position in the first race, gaining enough points to secure the championship title – a far cry from the 2012 championships which he missed out on by half a point. He then competed in the second race where he set a new lap record for the Jerez circuit, and finished second after leading the pack for 13 laps, just behind Eugene Laverty.  Read the rest of this entry »

November 11th, 2013  |  Published in Blog, Kawasaki

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