These girls can
They’re two of the hottest sectors in motorcycling right now, the naked roadster and the emerging cruiser. Both have their individual merits and both can be aimed at the same, or similar, markets.
New riders, riders who don’t want a tonne of power or riders who want to enjoy the ride instead of worrying about speeding tickets are all in the sights of these bikes.
And it’s fair to say that these motorcycles are, largely, also being aimed squarely at female riders. So we got a group of five ladies together to see what they made of two very different types of motorcycles from Kawasaki – the Z300 and the Vulcan S. Launched earlier this year, the Vulcan S was developed with a focus on rider ergonomics, style and increasing rider confidence. It’s powered by a retuned version of the Versys 650 and ER6 649cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine. It’s priced at £6049, produces 61bhp @ 7500rpm – an A2 licence compliant version is available – and features ABS as standard. The seat height is low at 705mm and it weighs 228kg wet. Whether you’ve got long legs or shorter legs – you can configure the Vulcan S to fit you.
The brake and clutch levers have five different settings and the footpegs can
Between April 2014 and March 15, more than 2800 women passed their module one test and over 2700 passed their module two. This isn’t a new phenomenon though – there have been lots of motorcycles made specifically for ladies including bikes in the early part of the last century which had a dropped frame for a lower ride-height. be adjusted into three different positions – keep them as standard or move them forwards or backwards by 25mm.
The ‘ERGOFIT’ set up means that there are also additional accessories to further personalise it: reduced reach, mid-reach – which is the standard machine as bought in a dealership – and extended reach to suit short, medium and tall riders respectively. Those needing reduced or extended reach have the option to change the handlebars and the seat from the accessory range, which change the dimensions of the bike.
Emma (left) and Tess head out on the Kawasakis.