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2014 Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec First Look

Saturday, March 9, 2013
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.

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Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec Specifications
The 2014 Bolt R-Spec will be in dealers in July.
Engine: 58-cubic-inch (942cc) air cooled 4-stroke, V-Twin, SOHC, 4-valve
Bore x stroke: 85 x 83mm
Compression ratio: 9.0:1  
Induction: Digital fuel injection
Ignition: TCI
Transmission: 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive: Belt
Frame: Steel. double-cradle  
Front suspension / wheel travel: Telescopic fork, 4.7-in travel
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Dual shocks (remote reservoir on R-Spec), 2.8-in travel
Front tire: 100/90-19M/C 57H
Rear tire: 150/80-16M/C 71H 
Front brakes: Wave-type disc, 298mm
Rear brakes: Wave-type disc, 298mm
Overall length: 90.2 in. 
Ground clearance: 5.1 in.
Seat height: 27.2 in.
Wheelbase: 61.8 in.
Curb weight: 540 pounds
Fuel capacity: 3.2 gal.
Colors: Raven, Pearl White (Bolt), Matte Gray, Cammo Green (R-Spec) 
MSRP : $7,990 (Bolt), $8,290 (R-Spec) 
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KenC   March 11, 2013 06:38 PM
Justin: Thanks for getting confirmation "from the dudes at Star" about the wheels taking tubeless tires. This is an important consideration (having taken my share of nail punctures).
bugnbyke   March 11, 2013 05:00 PM
sat on the bike today in daytona. at 6'4" is was a surprise, comfortable seat and moving room. nice looking and quality finish. cant wait until July.
.357 Magnum   March 11, 2013 02:35 PM
Finally, some real competition for the Sportster! The Honda Shadow RS had an old-fashioned drum brake, cheap plastic taillight housing, and a chain drive, and still ended up costing MORE than a real Sportster the year of its release! The retro Triumphs do much better in build quality, but are still chain-driven. I'm glad to see Yamaha is finally able to offer something modern at an affordable price.

Harley is bringing ABS to its regular cruiser lineup as well, so it'll be interesting to see who's up to competing with them. I think all the big names are fuel-injected by now, so who will bring fly-by-wire throttle control to their under-1L offerings first? I might consider a Yamaha or a Suzuki Boulevard these days, but it's been weird these last few years, with Harley actually being quicker to implement newer technologies. Is it true the 2013 Goldwings STILL don't offer fly-by-wire? Maybe Polaris/Victory/Indian will goad some of the others into doing better. I'm glad to see Yamaha intends to be a serious contender.

RENDELL   March 11, 2013 12:56 PM
Despite the cast wheels, both tires require tubes...
RENDELL   March 11, 2013 12:52 PM
I read on Star's website this motorcycle is quick. I'm curious how quick it is or what is their definition of quick? 950cc air cooled engine in a 540 pound wet weight does not sound quick on paper. If this motorcycle is quick I would be seriously interested.
Justin Dawes   March 11, 2013 11:05 AM
Ken C - From Star - the tires are tubeless as they should be for cast wheels.
mrbreeze   March 11, 2013 09:04 AM
I too am glad to see this bike. It's right up my alley. I have tried the Sportster a time or too. I just couldn't see the Emporer's clothes, if you know what I mean. Hopefully this will suit me better. I especially like the black version with the mini apes and the tall sissy bar. Add some hiway pegs and strap a duffel on the back, and go see America.
Justin Dawes   March 11, 2013 08:32 AM
KenC - Man you are on it! Actually that spec is straight off of the Star specs. Perhaps there are some translation issues going on there. Getting a confirmation from the dudes at Star. I'll update you as soon as I hear back. Superbikemike - already in the works, my man. The minute we can get our Bolt for testing it's on!
Superbikemike   March 10, 2013 06:25 PM
have a comparison...hd sportster, triumph bonnie, yammy bolt, ect
KenC   March 9, 2013 10:56 PM
Justin (or other): Any comment on why the cast wheels - according to the stats shown above - take tube-type tires? A miss-print, maybe?
Justin Dawes   March 9, 2013 09:39 AM
KenC - Star estimates the fuel economy at 50mpg. The smallish 3.2 gallons will still give you a decent range.
KenC   March 9, 2013 09:35 AM
Wait a second... I just noticed the fuel tank capacity.
KenC   March 9, 2013 09:32 AM
This is exactly what I've been waiting years for: a quality, metric manufacturer - Yamaha - giving me a more-stardard, slightly less cruiser-like, Sportster competitor. Sign me up!