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Old 09-15-2013, 06:02 PM   #1126
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Must be some really good pot in Hickory N.C.

Oh, there is.

And they put the word "hick" in the name of the town just so you know what you're getting into ahead of time.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:49 PM   #1127
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So voting for the custom Bolts is still open. Went to the Yamaha dealer today and the Stars are gone, despite us having a wet summer that damped (lol) sales.

Not a Bolt to be had, but a Stryker and Raider were both on the floor. The next r-spec they have is already bought. So, the line lengthens, it seems.

I may have to go out of town to find what I want.
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:19 PM   #1128
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So voting for the custom Bolts is still open. Went to the Yamaha dealer today and the Stars are gone, despite us having a wet summer that damped (lol) sales.

Not a Bolt to be had, but a Stryker and Raider were both on the floor. The next r-spec they have is already bought. So, the line lengthens, it seems.

I may have to go out of town to find what I want.
There's a white base Bolt on the floor in Allentown PA if you want it.
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:21 PM   #1129
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I may not want to go that far, but thanks for the heads up.

I gotta sell a couple of project bikes yet anyway.

And then resist the allure of more fixer uppers.
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:29 PM   #1130
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If you want to talk about plastic, the new V Star 650 Custom that I bought last year had a ton of plastic on it. I look at a lot of new bikes and most of them, even cruisers, have their share of plastic parts. I'm glad the Bolt has steel fenders and not plastic ones.

I was talking to the Yamaha rep that was visiting my local Yamaha dealership about three months ago about all the plastic parts on the V Star 650 that I had recently sold to buy a bigger bike. His answer was that the 650 was built to have a low price point and that Yamaha's market research shows that a big percentage of new motorcycle buyers, not motorcycle nuts like us here on various internet forums, don't give a rat's ass if various parts are plastic IF that helps keep the price down and those plastic parts LOOK good. Most buyers would rather have an $8K new bike with some plastic parts rather than that exact same bike with more metal but an $8.6K price tag.

I had a Vulcan 900 and everything save for the fuel tank was plastic, cheap brittle plastic.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:10 AM   #1131
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:25 AM   #1132
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:45 AM   #1133
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Gorgeous looking bike.

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Old 10-04-2013, 10:28 AM   #1134
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I suppose now the comparison to the Sportster is becoming more solid since we now have a "girl bike" ad.
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:06 PM   #1135
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Gorgeous looking bike.
That "bed pan" looks overly large.
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:17 PM   #1136
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What happened to this thread? All that momentum came to a halt!

I just rode one of these this week. I loved it. More than adequate power, very good turn-in, no problem with the brakes, and better suspension than the Sportster. The Sporty takes it to the cleaners in the looks/fit/finish department, though. All the little metal guards on the exhaust are cheesy, as are the plastic covers everywhere, and the switch gear doesn't seem like it would hold up to extended outdoor abuse very well.

Makes my decision very hard, I wish I could walk up to the Sportster and then have it ride like the Bolt. Can't have your cake and eat it too, I suppose.
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Old 10-04-2013, 04:51 PM   #1137
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What happened to this thread? All that momentum came to a halt!
IMHO for one thing, Yamaha came out with the FZ-09.
That bled off a lot of enthusiasm for the Bolt, especially here at ADV, where inmates care more about motorcycles than image.
The triple is a much better motorcycle (power, handling, weight, ride) by just about any measure for the same money.
Because of the value the FZ-09 represents (equal to bikes in the $11k range), and it's the newest thing, the Bolt is less interesting.

Oh yeah, and you don't have to own any red flannel shirts to ride the FZ-09.
(Sorry, Steve)
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Old 10-05-2013, 01:26 AM   #1138
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happened to run into an aquaintenance who works at our local Yamahog shop and the conversation tured to the Bolt ... they've had 4 or 5 in this seaon, all sold and one already wrecked apparently :( ... he went on to say that he's heard that the Bolt hasn't been as big a seller for Yamaha as was initially anticipated ... if true, that's also sad ...
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:25 AM   #1139
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That "bed pan" looks overly large.
It is big. I like the way the exhaust runs through it on the other side. I didn't want to repost all the pictures though. My favorite is Greg Hagemen's custom.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:28 AM   #1140
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That's a shame, I kind of like them. If I was going to a cruiser style bike I would go for that more upright sitting position. I sat on one a few months back and it felt closer to my Vmax than the Stryker. Being 5'8" everything was much more comfortable. I'm not ready to trade in the FZ1 just yet though.

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happened to run into an aquaintenance who works at our local Yamahog shop and the conversation tured to the Bolt ... they've had 4 or 5 in this seaon, all sold and one already wrecked apparently :( ... he went on to say that he's heard that the Bolt hasn't been as big a seller for Yamaha as was initially anticipated ... if true, that's also sad ...
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