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Old 03-28-2015, 07:04 AM   #1
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Anybody get a ride on the new Vulcan 650S yet?

I've never owned a cruiser, but the littlelest Vulcan has really piqued my interest. Think it looks awesome in white (without the stupid green wheel stripes). I haven't found much in the way of (good, professional) reviews on it. May toodle over to the dealer soon to sit on one. The ergo-fit thing is pretty cool too, and makes you wonder why more manufacturers didn't do that sooner. Anybody manage to get a ride on one or own one yet?
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Old 03-28-2015, 07:32 AM   #2
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I haven't as of yet, however there is a very positive review by Bruce Steever in the April 2015 MCN.
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Old 04-19-2015, 04:12 PM   #3
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Looked at one.
Was more impressed with the CTX 700 naked.
Better handling, better mileage
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Many cruisers look great but, the weight has always kept me away from them. I sat on a Vulcan 650S at the dealer expecting it to be another block of lead & was pleasantly surprised when it popped up off the stand feeling not much heavier than the CB 500F I rode in on. It must carry it's weight down low as it has a claimed weight of 498lbs.

It was the white one & I thought it looked GREAT, much better in person than in pictures. Fit & finish all seem to be of quality but, I wasn't looking too seriously at the bike. I just found myself thinking about it more & more as I rode home. I'd love to get a test ride on one myself as I'm far more impressed with the Vulcan S than any other cruiser I've seen. I like the idea of it being a P-twin which breaks the image of it being a "Harley clone".

I'm thinking it will be a big seller for Kawasaki & hopefully it will inspire an 800-1000cc (as long as the weight stays down) "big brother". The Vulcan S has the best chance of putting me on a cruiser of anything available so far.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:26 AM   #5
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Looked at one.
Was more impressed with the CTX 700 naked.
Better handling, better mileage
Did you come to this conclusion from an actual ride or did you figure it out from a simple "look"? Nothing wrong with liking what you like but, a test ride can often change your mind.

I do like the look of the CTX but, I didn't see any claim of wet weight on the Honda web site.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:49 AM   #6
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Did you come to this conclusion from an actual ride or did you figure it out from a simple "look"? Nothing wrong with liking what you like but, a test ride can often change your mind.

I do like the look of the CTX but, I didn't see any claim of wet weight on the Honda web site.
A ride on each.
The CTX was more responsive through the gears in my opinion.
It's almost 500 lbs. but felt a lot lighter to me. Stopped well and shifted real nice. The forward pegs were different from my V Strom, but not a deal killer.
As a result of the rides, I sold my '08 DL 1000 and got a naked CTX (red).
I will be adding a windshield, no bags (I used to carry too much crap), have small tail bag. Doesn't need much else for me. Didn't buy it for mpg but it's been 65 or so on the first 4 tanks. Not as soft a ride as the Strom(or previous bikes-better than my Triumph America though) but it is what it is. 6400 rev line takes getting used to-so you work the gears 2500 - 5500 instead of 3500 - 7500(or more). Does it for me.
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:29 AM   #7
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Many cruisers look great but, the weight has always kept me away from them. I sat on a Vulcan 650S at the dealer expecting it to be another block of lead & was pleasantly surprised when it popped up off the stand feeling not much heavier than the CB 500F I rode in on. It must carry it's weight down low as it has a claimed weight of 498lbs.

It was the white one & I thought it looked GREAT, much better in person than in pictures. Fit & finish all seem to be of quality but, I wasn't looking too seriously at the bike. I just found myself thinking about it more & more as I rode home. I'd love to get a test ride on one myself as I'm far more impressed with the Vulcan S than any other cruiser I've seen. I like the idea of it being a P-twin which breaks the image of it being a "Harley clone".

I'm thinking it will be a big seller for Kawasaki & hopefully it will inspire an 800-1000cc (as long as the weight stays down) "big brother". The Vulcan S has the best chance of putting me on a cruiser of anything available so far.
Ditto....I've never owned a cruiser, but the new Vulcan has me questioning my "cycle orientation..."
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:41 AM   #8
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Many cruisers look great but, the weight has always kept me away from them. I sat on a Vulcan 650S at the dealer expecting it to be another block of lead & was pleasantly surprised when it popped up off the stand feeling not much heavier than the CB 500F I rode in on. It must carry it's weight down low as it has a claimed weight of 498lbs.

It was the white one & I thought it looked GREAT, much better in person than in pictures. Fit & finish all seem to be of quality but, I wasn't looking too seriously at the bike. I just found myself thinking about it more & more as I rode home. I'd love to get a test ride on one myself as I'm far more impressed with the Vulcan S than any other cruiser I've seen. I like the idea of it being a P-twin which breaks the image of it being a "Harley clone".

I'm thinking it will be a big seller for Kawasaki & hopefully it will inspire an 800-1000cc (as long as the weight stays down) "big brother". The Vulcan S has the best chance of putting me on a cruiser of anything available so far.
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Ditto....I've never owned a cruiser, but the new Vulcan has me questioning my "cycle orientation..."
I've never owned a cruiser either, but would consider one now since I rode my first one last Fall. The Vulcan S is interesting, and worth a look, but if you're looking for something that is not a Harley clone, don't forget about the Triumph cruisers, they have parallel twins too.

I was expecting this S to sell well, and hope it does, but I was at an Open House on Sat and they had demo rides going with 4 bikes to choose from - an 1190 adv, super duke, CB1100, and the new Vulcan S. By the time I got there, the rides were over, but I was looking at the sign-up sheets, and ONE person had ridden the S all day! Not good. Of course, the 2 KTMs had pretty full sheets, but even the CB (which isn't exactly selling like hotcakes) had about 4 names on it.
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:17 AM   #9
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A ride on each.
The CTX was more responsive through the gears in my opinion.
It's almost 500 lbs. but felt a lot lighter to me. Stopped well and shifted real nice. The forward pegs were different from my V Strom, but not a deal killer.
As a result of the rides, I sold my '08 DL 1000 and got a naked CTX (red).
I will be adding a windshield, no bags (I used to carry too much crap), have small tail bag. Doesn't need much else for me. Didn't buy it for mpg but it's been 65 or so on the first 4 tanks. Not as soft a ride as the Strom(or previous bikes-better than my Triumph America though) but it is what it is. 6400 rev line takes getting used to-so you work the gears 2500 - 5500 instead of 3500 - 7500(or more). Does it for me.
Does it have the "frunk" like the NC700X? The frunk is an awesome bonus compared to any machine. Weight wise they are about the same & C.O.G. could easily be lower on the CTX.
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Old 04-20-2015, 11:44 AM   #10
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The 600S is included in a small cruiser comparo in the June issue of Motorcyclist. It came in second behind the Bolt, and ahead of,(from 3rd to 6th), the Triumph America, Honda CTX700N, Suzuki Blvd M50, Harley Street 750. Comments were generally positive. The biggest negative was limited rear suspension travel(kinda normal for cruisers, it seems). They really liked the adjustable ergos.
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Old 04-20-2015, 05:17 PM   #11
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Does it have the "frunk" like the NC700X? The frunk is an awesome bonus compared to any machine. Weight wise they are about the same & C.O.G. could easily be lower on the CTX.
no frunk
a small cubby in front of the tank fill (which is not under the rear seat) but is under a lift up access cover and a little room under the seat
it handles surprisingly well once you get used to the feet forward position
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Yup, just picked up my wifes in grapevine texas this weekend. The custom fitting they did allowed it to fit her perfectly. My summation is that its a little
Light cruiser that will do highway speeds easily, its very stable. I was able to overtake on the highway easily in top gear at 80 and the lil thing shot up to 90 pretty quick. It handles very well, enough so that she can have some fun at trackdays with us. This with me being 290lbs with riding gear on. She rode
It today and loved it. She rode for 3 hrs tonight and quite frankly couldnt think of a more perfect bike for her and ill admit, it doesnt trip the trigger for me like the vmax or my ninja 1000 but its a fun fun bike to ride and id have no qualms about taking it as far as i wanted to go.
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brother picked his green one up last week. gonna see if he'll let me ride it this weekend...
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:45 AM   #14
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Yup, just picked up my wifes in grapevine texas this weekend. The custom fitting they did allowed it to fit her perfectly. My summation is that its a little
Light cruiser that will do highway speeds easily, its very stable. I was able to overtake on the highway easily in top gear at 80 and the lil thing shot up to 90 pretty quick. It handles very well, enough so that she can have some fun at trackdays with us. This with me being 290lbs with riding gear on. She rode
It today and loved it. She rode for 3 hrs tonight and quite frankly couldnt think of a more perfect bike for her and ill admit, it doesnt trip the trigger for me like the vmax or my ninja 1000 but its a fun fun bike to ride and id have no qualms about taking it as far as i wanted to go.
Great input, thanks!
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Many cruisers look great but, the weight has always kept me away from them. I sat on a Vulcan 650S at the dealer expecting it to be another block of lead & was pleasantly surprised when it popped up off the stand feeling not much heavier than the CB 500F I rode in on. It must carry it's weight down low as it has a claimed weight of 498lbs.

It was the white one & I thought it looked GREAT, much better in person than in pictures. Fit & finish all seem to be of quality but, I wasn't looking too seriously at the bike. I just found myself thinking about it more & more as I rode home. I'd love to get a test ride on one myself as I'm far more impressed with the Vulcan S than any other cruiser I've seen. I like the idea of it being a P-twin which breaks the image of it being a "Harley clone".

I'm thinking it will be a big seller for Kawasaki & hopefully it will inspire an 800-1000cc (as long as the weight stays down) "big brother". The Vulcan S has the best chance of putting me on a cruiser of anything available so far.
Test ride a Bolt too if you can. It's 540lbs same as a Honda CB1100, but the weight is carried low.

They handle great and have a neutral seating position.
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