The new Yamaha Bolt BIKE thread

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

  1. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Not really. You just want something to grouse about on this bike.
  2. GB

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    If you have nothing positive to contribute move on... the crap has been punted.
  3. Super Sneaky Steve

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    With all the complaining that it's too much like an HD it's funny to me that someone thinks it's not enough like one.

    The cylinders look only slightly offset. Doesn't bother me one bit. It may even help with airflow?

    After spending all day on my 919, which I enjoyed very much I think my arms can't take the forward lean as much anymore. Time for an R spec me thinks.
  4. ssregal39

    ssregal39 Been here awhile

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    I also see a lot of sniveling about nothing. too much like a Harley. not enough like a Harley. guess what, it's a Yamaha!

    I'm not really into cruisers at all but looked at one at chaparral the other day. seems pretty neat. I'm 5 10 and my leg didn't touch the cylinder. nor did my buddies leg. that is feet up and down. he's only about 5 6 and he wants one now pretty bad after seeing one. i'm willing to bet they run a lot better and are a lot smoother than any harley.

    I don't think the heat from the rear cylinder will be an issue at all unless you're trying to make it an issue. all motorcycles transfer heat to the frame which in turn transfer into everything else.
  5. Datan556

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  6. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    I rode some more break in miles yesterday and took the speed up a notch. my smiles are increasing in size every time I jump in the saddle. probably towards the end of summer, I'm going to do some custom work to it and see who comes out with the best exhaust or if I have to make what I want.

    For the riding I'm going to do on the bike, it works for me and I love it. I haven't had this much fun with a cruiser in a long time. there is always going to be something that people are not going to like about a certain model. somethings are easier to fix than others. like the sometimes hard to see speedo unit. The beauty of most if not all of the people on this site is they are very creative and I have seen a lot of great work go into their rides to make them their own. My point to this is simple. you either like the bike, or you don't. go to your local dealer if you are interested. once you sit on it, you will know if you are going to take it home.

    In the mean time, I'm going to enjoy my new ride and make some people envious:evil

    my $.02
  7. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I used a universal fuel tuner from Kuryakyn on my 950, lots of people on the web had posted their settings for other bikes and I just set it up like others had done on similar sized bikes...they included a sheet with pot settings for other bikes too. It was the best one for seat of the pants tuning because it uses pots rather than an installed map. Maybe if the Bolt is super popular somebody like Bazazz will make a tuner for it.

    The Hard Krome straights were waaay too loud even with some add on baffles, be careful with exhaust mods, this engine screams when you open it up.
  8. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    the last exhaust I put together was a Vance and Hines Pro-Pipe header and a stainless steel muffler from the Warrior stage 4 exhaust. exhaust note was a nice low rumble that didn't blast your ears. I'm hoping to do the same with my Bolt. I'm hoping since the Bolt uses a closed loop system, you can use that "on the fly" tuner:D
  9. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Check your PM's. :deal
  10. JerryH

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    That is the exact one I had. Very much a cruiser. Fast, comfortable, handled well, had a real seat you could carry a passenger on, and it was a real Yamaha. It proudly says so right on the tank. And the quality was as good or better than what Yamaha makes today. I don't recall ever having any problems with it. It was made in Japan, and I'm pretty sure almost every part on it was also made in Japan. No Chinese parts on that bike.


    Yes there was also an XS1100 standard. But it really was a standard. No low bars and rearset pegs like today's "standards" have. But I liked the look of the Special better, and it was a bit more comfortable.

    As far as BMW, MOST BMW riders are the same as Harley riders. They tend to think BMW is the only company that makes motorcycles. Yes there are a LOT of them around here. Harley riders have nothing on BMW riders as far as snobbery goes. Maybe it is different somewhere else.

    Local dealer should be getting a Bolt in a week or two. I'll have to go check it out, but it's just not my kind of bike. Not all cruisers put form over function. My Vulcan doesn't, and the XS1100 Special certainly didn't.
  11. nachtflug

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    and a really nice one. the most amazing thing is that they did it with an existing engine already in their parts bin. when they get around to doing one as nice as this in the bigger engine sizes things are really going to get cut throat in the big cruiser world of sales. between Victory, Indian, and the never ending ever improving onslaught of japanese cruisers it sure must be nice to be in the market for one.
  12. MHaz01

    MHaz01 I Used To Be Faster

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    I stopped at a Yamaha dealer this afternoon to look at the new FJR1300. A Bolt was parked on the sales floor next to the FJRs. The Bolt looks MUCH better in person than it does in photos. The design cues are all 'industrial art' rather than 'Sportster wannabe'. Its design says 'not a Harley' way more than any other statement. The paint, fit, and detailing are flawless. Very high build quality. Dealer says he cant keep them in stock for more than a day or two, and that the buyers are definitely not cross-shopping HD.
  13. Ritalin Boy

    Ritalin Boy Petroconsumptivitius

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    53 riders showed up at Bart's Mega World today to ride the Bolt.

    12 of them arrived together on sportbikes in full leathers to try it while being completely straight up about how they have no intention of buying one.

    Wouldn't you know the oldest of the bunch (40's?) was the one who lofted the front wheel. :huh

    Three people came off the ride and walked in to buy a bolt, one guy traded in his 883 to do it.
  14. epb

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    Did any of the sportbike guys convert?
  15. Ritalin Boy

    Ritalin Boy Petroconsumptivitius

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    Nope.

    Although I had some fun with them; as they left I asked "which one of you will be back next week without his friends to by a Bolt?" :lol3

    They also got the "zippiest" ride of the day which given where we were and what we were doing was still quite tame. We observe posted speed limits, about the only thing we can do is be aggressive in getting to them. :wink:
  16. Super Sneaky Steve

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    Can anyone speak to the speedometer at night? Can you see it? Is it back-lit at all?
  17. Ritalin Boy

    Ritalin Boy Petroconsumptivitius

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    I hope he let them know about his negative impressions. I was at an event near HQ; some of the top brass were there and were reading the surveys. If all they hear is "it's wonderful" than the opportunity to see improvements down the line are reduced.

    The lead and chase riders are on other models because they want to reserve the Bolts for consumers. In my case I use a Stratoliner Deluxe even if I only have two guests. It's easier for us to use the same bike all the time as we use it to scout the routes and get back and forth to the hotel. I like having bags and a GPS so the Strat works well.
  18. mrbreeze

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    I don't get the "long way to the bars" thing. When I sat on a Bolt, it felt pretty good to me in that regard - but then again, I didn't get to ride it.
  19. DirtHopper

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    me either. maybe he had one fitted with the mini ape bars
  20. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    Finally got a chance to see a Bolt and sit on it today.

    I like it. Way better machine ergonomically, at least for me, than the Iron 883 or Nightster...