2014 Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec First Look

March 9, 2013
Justin Dawes
Justin Dawes
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Raised on two wheels in the deserts of Nevada, the newest addition to the MotoUSA crew has been part of the industry for well over 15 years.Equal parts writer, photographer, and rider, "JDawg" is a jack of all trades and even a master of some.

Star Motorcycles has pulled the wraps off of its newest model that gets back to the basics – the 2014 Star Bolt. The top brass at Star took notice of the shift in custom scene from long, raked-out custom choppers dripping in lavish paint jobs to simple, bobber-style cruisers. From that came the Bolt, a simple and stripped-down performance bobber ready for personalization.

The Bolt is powered by a 60-degree, 950cc (58ci) air-cooled V-Twin with fuel injection. A five-speed transmission feeds the power via belt drive to the cast-aluminum rear wheel. A double-cradle frame, using the engine as a stressed member, along with a 540-pound curb weight makes for sharp handling and a sporty character.

Touches such as a smoked-lens digital meter, wave brake rotors and LED tail lights bring some modern performance to the Bolt. Combined with traditional cues that include steel fenders and a fuel tank that is reminiscent of the Yamaha’s venerable XS models of the late 70’s and early 80’s, this new Star should grab the attention of older riders and well as young riders looking for simple and cool styling.

Starting at $7,990 the Bolt should be appealing to new riders as well as those looking for an inexpensive starting point for a custom cruiser. The Bolt R-Spec will retail for $8,290 and features upgrades that include remote-reservoir shocks, a faux-suede seat with colored stitching and special paint and graphics.

Star will be rolling out a host of accessories for the Bolt owner to customize the look. From saddlebags to mini-ape bars to bullet fairings, there should be enough factory accessories to get the Bolt custom scene firing as soon as it hits the streets.

The Bolt will show up on dealership floors in April, and the Bolt R-Spec arrives in July. MotoUSA will be sampling the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec in early April. Stay tuned for a full review.