The new Yamaha Bolt BIKE thread

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by mrbreeze, Apr 9, 2013.

  1. TINGLER

    TINGLER Swamp lips

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    No way, a person can never go fast enough..... :deal

    I have an interest in that as well. Only a lack of funds holds me back (and thankfully I normally don't have the funds or who knows what I'd do to my vehicles) :lol3 There's nothing wrong with modifying stuff and I hope to see a Bolt "chopped" or "bobbed" or hot rodded in the near future.
  2. JerryH

    JerryH Long timer

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    I don't see how the Bolt compares at all to the Shadow or Vulcan. The Shadow has tube type tires, which takes it off the list for me. I'm to big for the Bolt, and have to have tubeless tires, so the Yamaha V-Star 950 or Vulcan 900 Custom would be at the top of my list. I really like the V-Star 950 tourer. Already set up the way I want it with accessories that fit.
  3. BigIron

    BigIron Tenured Prof - Leghump U.

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    That's just part of the fun. :evil
  4. kpmsprtd

    kpmsprtd Been here awhile

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    I am a hardcore standard motorcycle rider. I do standards, including adventure bikes, which I consider as standards with luxuries.

    And yet, this damn Bolt has somehow incepted its way into my brain. I thought HondaFanatic had gone insane when he changed his purchase plan from the Honda CB1100 to the Bolt. Now I'm beginning to understand. Lifelong standard man I may be, but I actually spent some time this evening thinking about owning and riding a Bolt.

    Is it the advertising maybe? Is it the fact that I've worn flannel shirts since 1976? Maybe the fact that I shave only every other day at best? Or is it the bike?

    Do you appreciate my dilemma? I want to loathe not only the Bolt, but even the style of bike that the Bolt represents. And yet I like it! What in the world has Yamaha done?

    Disclaimer: It's possible that this whole idea of the Bolt as a minimalist motorcycle is what's getting me. I've always had a weakness for that.
  5. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Hey, that describes me.

    I'm a standard bike rider and minimalist. Never been one for farkles and glitz.

    I also had completely written off the Star line after I changed the rear tire on an 1100 for a guy.

    So, they had a long way to go, actually, to convince me to like this bike.

    But sitting is believing. It's like everything practical in an aesthetically pleasing package. No paint shaker engine. No clunky transmission. No lousy bottom shelf brakes. Just enough rake and trail for town use and highway.

    I feel ya. :freaky
  6. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I don't want to burst your bubble, but the 950 trans ain't smooth...it's not Harley clunk clank bang, but it's pretty clunky.

    I'm completely ruined after that butter smooth TE610 trans, and a week on that damn Stelvio didn't help either, ultimate snick snick shifts.
  7. Super Sneaky Steve

    Super Sneaky Steve B@nned Club :D

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    Yeah I'm the same way. I never owned a cruiser and never thought I would. I have a 919 right now. It's powerful and handles well, but there's something about a twin that's special.

    Maybe it's unfair to call this bike a cruiser. It's more like a feet forward standard. Simple is good. And being a one seater it gives me a good reason to leave the old lady at home.

    The only question in my mind now is. Do I get the first year bike, bugs and all or do I wait a year for them to fix anything like that.
  8. TierHawg

    TierHawg Herder of the J-Cats

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    Maybe Yamaha will sneak a bigger motor and ABS into the bike next year? :evil
  9. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I've ridden this engine/trans/electrics since 2009 and there aren't any bugs. There was one recall for a fuel line connector and the starter croaked, everybody uses glued magnets now...I don't hold that one against Yamaha.
  10. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Sorry, I didn't mean to imply it's smooth. It's not a clunky cruiser transmission on par with some of the cheaper/lower line bikes out there that get false neutrals and shift like a Massey Ferguson.

    On the continuum of tractor================silky , I reckon the quality is better than some of the industrial feeling stuff I've ridden.
  11. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Yeah, you never find a false neutral or feel like you need to double clutch like an old tractor trans and it's miles smoother than a Big Twin trans...not as good as a Sporty/Buell.
  12. brucifer

    brucifer Long timer

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    Yeah, I don't know what it is with Yamaha and their shifting. I've owned quite a few and ridden many over the years and I can't remember any being smooth shifting, and that includes my FZ1. Everything else about the bike is superb as far as I'm concerned.

    The Bolt's a neat bike. I hope they sell a bunch.
  13. HondaFanatic

    HondaFanatic To Ride Is To Live

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    I'm thinking Yamaha has done some work on this transmission (the 3rd quote even states that). All the 1st Ride reviews had nothing but great things to say about it


    CycleWorld.com
    Motorcycle-USA.com
    Motorcycle.com
    Forbes.com
    Motorcyclecruiser.com

    Plenty of "smooth", "smoothly", and "snicking away" being thrown around [​IMG]
  14. HondaFanatic

    HondaFanatic To Ride Is To Live

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  15. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Yeah, it's not exactly an R-bike's transmission, is it? :lol3

    I liked this shot:
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  16. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Could be, but I doubt it, they probably all tested a Harley that morning. :lol3

    Clutch pull was always easy, but 'snicking away' I'd never say to describe this trans and straight cut gears are known to cause a trans to be even clunkier...silly hipster testers.
  17. White Tenere

    White Tenere 42 years on two wheels

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    Some unedited video of a couple Bolts at the Austin MotoGP..
    I have to say as a non Iron 883 owner but admirer of them I'm glad I held off on buying the Iron, I will get a Bolt at some point in the near future..
    Really nice looking in person, got to take one for a ride and it was totally different then the Iron in every way (good way).. I really think they are gonna have a success on there hands, when the track opened on Saturday-within a few hours you couldn't get near the Star tent/Bolts...

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RInjV7bM6x4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  18. HondaFanatic

    HondaFanatic To Ride Is To Live

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    Boy, that black standard model loaded up with the mini fairing, springer seat, gaiters, and brass trim bits looks great :clap

    And you Sir, are a lucky dog :D As the only person here who has actually ridden a Bolt, could you elaborate a little more on how it felt? Power delivery, transmission smoothness, brakes, and suspension feel? Thanks!
  19. Super Sneaky Steve

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    Too bad there wasn't a green one there. I'd like to see it "in the flesh".
  20. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road

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    standard riders - hey, me too!

    I prefer a standard, always have. I just want a basic bike that can do everything reasonably well. That seems to be too much to ask for.

    I don't see me stepping up and buying a Bolt. I like it alot - but not enough. Same for the CB1100. I like that a lot too, but seeing it in the flesh - well, if I could put it in the living room and just sit and admire it, that would be great. But it just seems small to me. I have about decided that I am really a "Beasts" guy, so lately I have been hanging out 2 doors down the hall. I have even started toying with the idea of buying another V-Strom, which is a big shift for me. I loved my DL1000, but not Suzuki.

    If I could buy a Bolt as a 2nd, or even 3rd bike, then I would be pretty excited about it. I just don't see it as being versatile enough to be my ONLY bike though.