2013 Yamaha Star Bolt R-Spec

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    Yamaha has introduced its Bolt and Bolt R-Spec "Performance Bobber" motorcycles.
    From Yamaha: Powered by a fuel-injected, 58-cubic-inch (950cc), air-cooled, V-Twin engine, mounted in a double-cradle frame, the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec are “Performance Bobbers” that will attract a new cruiser buyer to the Star brand.
    The Bolt R-Spec’s chassis design is entirely new. Components such as the 3.2 gallon fuel tank, textured seat with colored stitching, remote reservoir rear shocks, belt drive, front and rear wheels, digital meter, and steel fenders are new, creating a unique and fresh style.
    The slim body and low seat design combine to give the motorcycle light maneuverability and a

    stable handling feeling. The upright riding posture helps the rider feel the wind, hear the sounds, and experience the pulse of the machine.




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    Specs:
    Here's the details of the Bolt R-Spec.

    • Engine Type 58-cubic-inch (942cc) air cooled 4-stroke,V-Twin, SOHC, 4-valve
    • Bore x Stroke 85.0 x 83.0
    • Compression Ratio 9.0:1
    • Fuel Delivery Fuel Injected
    • Ignition TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
    • Transmission 5-speed multiplate wet clutch
    • Final Drive Belt
    • Suspension/Front Telescopic fork, 4.7-in travel
    • Suspension/Rear Dual remote reservoir shock, 2.8-in travel
    • Brakes/Front Wave-type disc, 298mm
    • Brake/Rear Wave-type disc, 298mm
    • Tire/Front 100/90-19M/C 57H tube type
    • Tire/Rear 150/80-16M/C 71H tube type
    • L x W x H 90.2 X 37.2 x 44.1 in
    • Seat Height 27.2 in
    • Wheelbase 61.8 in
    • Ground Clearance 5.1 in
    • Fuel Capacity 3.2 gal
    • Est. Fuel Economy 50.9 mpg
    • Wet Weight 540 pounds
    • Color Matte Gray; Camo Green.
    Pricing: $7,990 for the standard Bolt and $8,290 for the R-Spec. The standard Bolt is due in April with the R-Spec due this Summer. Comments?
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    Not for me. Looks too much like a Sportster and I've never liked the look of them either. I can see a lot of people really liking it though. I think a lot of people will be mistaking it for an HD at first glance.
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    it sure does look very similar to a sportster, had me looking twice
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    From what I have seen here I really Like this Yamaha. I think they will do well with this. It's nice and light, it's a great little runaround bike that will fit a lot of people as a second bike. It does look like a Sportster but I'll bet it's much more reliable and it won't leave your hands buzzing like the HD. My younger sister was looking at the sportster as a step up but all the brothers even the HD guys advised against it but this is something I think would suit her well. I'll bet Yamaha does well with this model and I think Victory should pay close attention. I think Victory needs a bike with a smaller engine and look that won't intimidate new riders like the big 106 engine does.

    Nepper's nickel.
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    I like it. It does resemble a Sportster a great deal. This is the type of entry level bike I was hoping Vic would produce to draw folks in. It's sharp and my experience with Yamaha has been positive as they build a very solid and dependable bike.
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    Chop off the rear fender, cut the exhaust in half, add a suicide shift, and some mini apes... I'd rat-rod that thing in a heart beat. Yamaha makes a rock-solid engine and frame. What's more,most of their bikes will have a lot more metal vs plastic or fiberglass than most brands. I don't think you can go wrong with this.
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    Hope we get these in Aus.. thats a nice looking bike for sure.
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    Super pretty as a small bike. If I was into small bike, I would seriously consider. Great job Yamaha
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    For that price I'd just as soon buy a Sporty, the bike it's copying.
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    That thing don't look like a Sportster!! ...is ugly! Sportster are the best HD, had oneand put 136k miles on it!! never saw a shop!! ..my Roadking leave me already on the side of the rode 3 times!! Polaris should make something on the medium range (around 850cc) new riders, females, cityguysand broke people like me will buy it!!
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    I still don't think Vic needs an entry level bike, my nearestvic dealer is also a yamaha dealer, so this bike will be there, it's the service that they must provide to bring people coming back to upsize into the Vics.
    On topic, Ikinda like the bike, would I buy it? no. Theweightseems a bit much for a58" engine in my mind. Considering the Vegas is only 90 lbs heavier with a lower seat heightand has the 106.
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    i like the looks, it does remind of the Sportster 72. The big issue with Japanese bikes though still lies with the tanks. Why they don't hide that ugly seam at the edges I'll never know.
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    I like the look of it.
    It appears to have the same power train as the XVS950. If so then a swap of the exhausts and an engine re-map will make one heck of an improvement to performance and sound, from the engine.
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    I think its cool, and if it is copying a sporty, thats a great looking bike to copy.
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    A day late and a buck fifty short.
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    I like it, & It definately looks like the sportster is in its sights, a fun mid sized bike, with the ONLY cool looking factory exhausts pipes I've ever seen (they look like Custom sport bike titanium a/o CarbonFiber units) and an affordable entry price.
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    I thought it looked like a Sportster too. There is some nice things about it, but overall I'm not a fan.
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    Like it!!!
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    My first thought was a Bonneville, but I've been lusting after a Bonnie lately. I love the retro look, 19" front tire and yes it does look like a sporty. I think it will fill the niche of "not needing all that power and retro styling" in a reliable bike.....
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    I like it. Make a good entry level bike. God! I'm getting old.....I remember when a 900 CC bike was HUGE!!! My brother had a KZ900 and I thought it was just monstrous.

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