Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight vs. Kawasaki Vulcan S Café vs. Star Bolt C-Spec – COMPARISON TEST

As I rolled out of bed lethargically, it was clear a bit of a pick-me-up was in order. This trio of hip café-inspired cruisers percolating in the Cycle World garage suggested we turn up the heat and hit the road in search of a good cup of joe. Cruising has always been about style, so it’s no surprise that a resurgent café racer culture should influence motorcycles in this otherwise distinctly American space. The Star Bolt C-Spec put an entertaining twist on the standard Bolt, while the Kawasaki Vulcan S Café took a similar path this year with hopes of capturing the minds of young riders. And while the Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight isn’t strictly café style, the bobber cues and sporty stance fit the stylistic mash-up perfectly.

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