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    Thumbs up New 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S: Adjustable Bike

    My wife was looking at the new 2015 motorcycle line up and was happy to see that Kawasaki's Vulcan S is adjustable in three sizes. I know it is a cruiser but Kawasaki seems to understand that many women and men need motorcycles with smaller proportions than the current BMW offering and done something about it.

    Wouldn't it be great if BMW could take a page out of Kawaski's book on this and respond to what many customers need to enjoy safe motorcycling? Here is a link to a popular Canadian woman's magazine/blog written by Vicki Gray (Twitter: MOTORESS @MOTORESS) that describes her fitting experience with the 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S: http://motoress.com/technique/review...r-adjusts-fit/
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    Please no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bogthebasher View Post
    My wife was looking at the new 2015 motorcycle line up and was happy to see that Kawasaki's Vulcan S is adjustable in three sizes. I know it is a cruiser but Kawasaki seems to understand that many women and men need motorcycles with smaller proportions than the current BMW offering and done something about it.

    Wouldn't it be great if BMW could take a page out of Kawaski's book on this and respond to what many customers need to enjoy safe motorcycling? Here is a link to a popular Canadian woman's magazine/blog written by Vicki Gray (Twitter: MOTORESS @MOTORESS) that describes her fitting experience with the 2015 Kawasaki Vulcan S: http://motoress.com/technique/review...r-adjusts-fit/
    It seems similar in approach to what Indian is trying with their Scout. It might not be my style, but I can't argue with the logic.

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    Kawa Vulcan S

    Overall the bike on paper is a good idea. 61HP, adjustable seat, weight under 500 pounds-overall a standard naked bike with a choice of midway foot position or cruiser style. It will appeal to a lot of people.

    But the seat has a very limited vertical adjustment (if any) and the suspension is weak.

    I think it is only a matter of time until other manufacturers copy the idea, as the competition for younger riders with less disposable income is fierce.

    Will BMW copy the concept of the adjustable seat placement? I doubt it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultracyclist View Post

    Will BMW copy the concept of the adjustable seat placement? I doubt it.
    In 2003 BMW introduced the R1100RS with:

    a. Adjustable windshield
    b. Two-way adjustable handlebars - fore and aft as well as angular orientation
    c. Three position adjustable seat height.

    In this regard they don't need to copy anybody except themselves.
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    Adjustments

    It seems crazy to me that very few bikes can be adjusted to fit the rider when so much of good riding depends on being able to control the bike. I have spent money on every bike I've owned to adjust the handle bars, foot pegs and seat to be comfortable. The RT comes with some options for seat height. The new model has even more flexibility. No one would buy a car if you couldn't adjust the seat. Why is it so hard to get that flexibility in a bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgin mary View Post
    It seems crazy to me that very few bikes can be adjusted to fit the rider when so much of good riding depends on being able to control the bike. I have spent money on every bike I've owned to adjust the handle bars, foot pegs and seat to be comfortable. The RT comes with some options for seat height. The new model has even more flexibility. No one would buy a car if you couldn't adjust the seat. Why is it so hard to get that flexibility in a bike?

    Absolutely agree. Why can't bikes be made with some flexibility for sizing. I know there can't be a " ONE SIZE FITS ALL" motorcycle, but it seems like the motorcycle industry in general has attitude that you fit the bike, not the bike fit you.

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    Next you're gonna want cars with adjustable seats and steering wheels.
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