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2014 Star Bolt Comparison Photo Gallery
The 2014 Star Bolt rode into town to make a name for itself in our 2013 Urban Cruiser Shootout.
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.
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.
2014 Star Bolt Horsepower/Torque Dyno Chart
2013 Sportster Iron 883 vs 2014 Star Bolt vs 2013 Triumph Bonneville Horsepower Dyno Chart
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.
The Star Bolt has plenty of character in its own right highlighted by the deep note rumbling out of its exhaust.
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.
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.
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.
The Bolt has a modern, urban look that should appeal to a younger demographic of riders.
The Bolt has a sweet blend of power and handling but we sure ground the footpegs down.
The 2014 Star Bolt can hustle from 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds.
The 19-inch tall, 12-spoke cast wheel up front is one of the Bolt's notable features.
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.
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.
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.
The tank on the Star Bolt could have benefitted from trimming off the lip that goes around the bottom.
The flat-track style bars of the 2014 Star Bolt allow for good leveraging through turns.
Getting ready to ride out of Dodge City on our trusty steel stallions.
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