Visually, the Vulcan S immediately stands out from the sea of generic cruisers. Its aggressive lines, large front mounted cooler, visible single laid-down rear shock, and tucked-under exhaust give nod to the sports bike world. This makes sense, as its 649cc powerplant is derived from that of Kawasaki’s legendary Ninja. The Vulcan is available in three colors, pearl crystal white, flat ebony, and candy lime green. Once astride, the Vulcan is light and nimble and the Ninja-derived motor offers a consistent range of power all the way up to its almost 10,000 rpm redline. It’s a confidence-inspiring machine, and the compact dimensions encourage tighter turns. Even though I’m used to a ride with nearly twice the displacement, it never felt underpowered.