Last Saturday at noon in Daytona at its International Sppedway, Star Motorcycles unveiled the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec models, showing that parent company Yamaha understands that to grow their market share they must offer bikes with attitude that youngsters can afford. Star’s Product Manager Derek Brooks stated “We’ve seen the cruiser market transition through the chopper trend to back-to-basics bikes that prove less is more. The focus is now more on the motorcycle itself and less on chrome and flashy paint. This is a solid trend and I think that the Bolt is going to be very appealing to all types of riders.”
Yamaha keeps prices of the Bolt in check (MSRPs of $7990 for the standard Bolt and $8290 for the R-Spec) by utilizing the air-cooled, 942cc fuel-injected V-Twin already used in the V Star 950. The 60-degree engine mounts in an all-new, double-cradle steel frame with a short Wheelbase of only 61.8″ long, a low seat at at 27″ from ground. in a quite slim , uncluttered shape. Sspension is handled by a conventional 41mm fork with 4.7 inches of travel and pair of rear shocks that offer 2.8 inches of cushion. Twelve-spoke cast aluminum wheels are fitted with bias-ply tires in sizes 100/90-19 front and 150/80-16 rear.
The 3.2-gallon teardrop tank has subtle badges, the front and bobbed rear fenders are made of steel, and contemporary touches include an LED taillight in a classically styled housing, and an LCD speedometer beneath a smoked lens. The two-into-one exhaust features black headers, but with heat shields and muffler done in contrasting aluminum. Gold-anodized shocks with piggyback remote reservoirs distinguish the R-Spec model, which also has an upgraded saddle with contrast stitching. The standard Bolt is available in Raven or Pearl White, whereas the R-Spec comes in Matte Gray or Camo Green. Additionally, Star has created an extensive accessory line that will give these bikes many different looks. Want mini apes and bags? Star has ’em. Sissy bar? Check. Bikini fairing? Affirmative. The possibilities are endless, as could be seen by the numerous custom versions on display at the Bolt’s press unveiling. Star’s 2014 Bolt arrives at dealerships in April, while the R-Spec model arrives mid-summer. There is an extensive demo program in the works, in which multiple semi trucks will take Bolts all around the U.S for test rides.
In 1994 Yamaha announced the creation of Star Motorcycles, a new standalone brand name for its cruiser series of motorcycles in the American market. Although a separate brand, Star motorcycles are sold at Yamaha dealerships. In 2006 The brand was expanded to being its own company, although Yamaha still handles production and distribution. The brand is operated out of the Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA offices in Cypress, California. The motorcycles are designed in the United States.