The New 2015 Star Motorcycles Bolt And Bolt R-Spec “Performance Bobber” Models

Bolt1Last year, the introduction of the Star Motorcycles Bolt and Bolt R-Spec were quite a success for their modern interpretation of the old-school Bobber at very reasonable prices, The new 2015 Bolt and Bolt R-Spec cruisers should get the same success with young riders and women and will be in direct competition for buyers, at least for riders not attached to the Harley brand, faith the new Harley Street 500 and 750

Bolt2Qualified by manufacturer Yamaha as “Performance Bobbers hat will impress with both power and performance”, the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec are light weight motorcycles very easy to maneuver. They are powered by a fuel-injected, 58-cubic-inch (950cc), air-cooled, V-Twin engine, mounted in a double-cradle frame,. Performance components such as wave-type brake rotors and an updated digital meter are standard on both Bolt models, while the Bolt R-Spec ups the ante even more with the addition of remote-reservoir shocks, a suede-type seat with colored stitching, and special paint and graphics.

Bolt3The Bolt is a perfect platform for personalization and following Star Motorcycles motto “We Build It, You Make It Your Own”, an entire line of accessories is available from dealers. The Bolt will be available in two color options, Candy Red and Glacier Blue , and will retail for $7,990. The Bolt R-Spec can be yours in a choice of Matte Silver and Raven and will retail for $8,390. Both bikes will be available in dealerships starting at the end of July. More information at Star Motorcycles

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15 Responses to “The New 2015 Star Motorcycles Bolt And Bolt R-Spec “Performance Bobber” Models”


  1. 1 P. Danbury Jun 6th, 2014 at 8:48 am

    And the inspiration is…the Sportster.

  2. 2 Sharkey Jun 6th, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Just as the XS650 was the best British bike never made, these may go on to be the best Sportster’s never made…the consumer will decide…

  3. 3 Mr Dick Jun 6th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I took one for a demo ride, kept an open mind. My conclusion, why not just buy a Sporty?

  4. 4 Woody Jun 6th, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Mr. Dick, any good pros & cons thoughts on the Bolt compared to similar a Sporty?

  5. 5 Mr Dick Jun 6th, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Woody, I might be a little biased since my wife has a 1200 Sporty but here goes. Pros- it’s different, newer in the market place, Yamaha quality, looks kind of fresh. Cons- odd looking down tubes, resale value could be scary, maybe, and why not just get a Sportster? I can see why someone would buy it though. When I finished my demo ride, I went home and looked at the Sporty and said ” Sporty 1, Bolt 0.There’s just something about a Sportster. I’m 6 foot, 240 lb., and I would love to have a Sporty, if it fit me better.

  6. 6 skinny denny Jun 6th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    I’m predicting some heavy keyboard histrionics on this one. Looking forward to Brandon, Nicker, Kirk Perry, Kansas Joe, and other posters to weigh in on this comparison. Personally, I like the Bolt better than the “Cafe Racer 48″ the other day. I’m still chuckling over some of those comments! Have a good and safe weekend, everybody!

  7. 7 Rodent Jun 6th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    The tail light is butt ugly in the pictures…in person it gets worse!

  8. 8 James just another Crazy Kiwi Jun 6th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    The Thing is the XS 650 was and is a good bike, but it was still Japanese.

    It did not have the heritage of the Bonnie. Of which they are back building again
    Maybe if Yamaha wants to get in on the retro thing they should build an XS 650 and stop cloning other manufacturers bikes.
    As a weird foot note to that, in the throws of Triumphs 80’s death and trying to create sales from any where they cloned the XS650. It was called the TSX.. Fat back tire, odd seat and buck horn bars.
    Dopey hippy paint. What were they thinking. It was bilious !
    The 650 Kawasaki is brilliant and they do have the heritage. Kawasaki got it dead right !

    Personally if I get the choice between a vinyl jacket or a leather one, I will always take the original leather one !
    1200 Sportsters are a good motorcycle,

  9. 9 Woody Jun 6th, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    thanks Mr Dick, I meant more along the lines of how it rode compared to a Sportster, not so much the financial aspect.

  10. 10 Okie_k Jun 6th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    Just to make sure everyone knows, 942cc is a lot closer to 883cc than 1200cc, the price for the bolt is also closer to the iron 883 than it is the 1200 sportster, in fact it is cheaper than both. So is their a reason people are comparing it to the 1200 instead?

  11. 11 Mr Dick Jun 7th, 2014 at 7:26 am

    Woody,the ride is similar, a bit choppy, but decent. Ergos are close.

  12. 12 Woody Jun 7th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Thx Mr D. FWIW, it’s a little strange the way it looks so beefy in the back and spindly up front, but maybe it isn’t so pronounced when viewed in the real world. I don’t see it nearly as much as some others as a Sporty clone as I do a competitor, just too many subtle differences IMO.

  13. 13 nicker Jun 7th, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Well, if as reported the “ergos” and ride are nominally equal, then the only issues would be Price, Performance, and Visual appeal.

    Not counting blind brand loyalty, seems to me some customizing would cure much of the “looks.”
    Clean looking motor.
    Tank looks like it came out-a the Yamaha parts-bin (doesn’t help any).

    Down tubes doesn’t don’t exactly look to great handling(??), but that’s just a visual judgement.
    A closer lower tank, moved forward, could well cover that problem up.

    Someone needs to give that puppy a good dirt-road-flogging and get back to us with more info….. :-)

    -nicker-

  14. 14 nicker Jun 7th, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Is is just me, or does that frame remind ya of a Virago….????

    -nicker-

  15. 15 Blackmax Jun 9th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    So Star took aim at the Sporty market (883, not the 1200) anyway
    No more that the Victory Cross bikes took aim at the H-D Road King & Street / Road Glides
    Competition always pushes the companies to come up wit a better bike
    Let the market decide !!!!
    P.S. I do think the Bolt is a Bitchin ride for around town and bar hoppin
    I would not take a Bolt or a Sporty on anything longer than a day trip

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