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2014 Star Bolt Comparison Photo Gallery

There's no denying who Star had its sights on when they introduced its 2014 Bolt, so we arranged for it to go head-to-head with Harley's 2013 Iron 883 Sportster and threw in the 2013 Triumph Bonneville for good measure.

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Cropped steel fenders, a 19-inch tall, 12-spoke cast wheel and the drilled-out design of the chain guard, heat shield and clamp for the battery box are some of the Bolt's best features.
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2014 Star Bolt Horsepower/Torque Dyno Chart
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2013 Sportster Iron 883 vs 2014 Star Bolt vs 2013 Triumph Bonneville Horsepower Dyno Chart
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We rode the trio hard around our HQ in southern Oregon to decide which urban cruiser had the edge on the road and in the twisties.
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The Star Bolt has plenty of character in its own right highlighted by the deep note rumbling out of its exhaust.
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The liquid-cooled, 942cc engine of the Star Bolt put up 47.72 hp @ 5300 rpm and 53.94 lb-ft torque @ 3400 rpm on our dyno.
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You can get into the flow of the road on the Bolt as the bike stays stable and sure-footed at lean in the turns.
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The tank on the Bolt sits high on the backbone and its flat-track style bars are wide and give the Bolt the most wind protection on the freeway of the three.
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The Bolt has a modern, urban look that should appeal to a younger demographic of riders.
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The Bolt has a sweet blend of power and handling but we sure ground the footpegs down.
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The 2014 Star Bolt can hustle from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
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The 19-inch tall, 12-spoke cast wheel up front is one of the Bolt's notable features.
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The small, bullet-shaped turn signals are a nice touch on the rear of the Bolt and the big taillight in the middle of the fender has a cool retro look but could have been integrated more cleanly into the build.
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The Bolt's V-Twin is the widest of the bunch and teamed with the big airbox makes it challenging for riders to snug up to the bike.
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Between the nicely damped piggyback reservoir shocks on the rea and the thickly padded seat, the 2014 Star Bolt R-Spec offers a comfortable ride.
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The tank on the Star Bolt could have benefitted from trimming off the lip that goes around the bottom.
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The flat-track style bars of the 2014 Star Bolt allow for good leveraging through turns.
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Getting ready to ride out of Dodge City on our trusty steel stallions.