The new Yamaha Bolt BIKE thread

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

  1. Ritalin Boy

    Ritalin Boy Petroconsumptivitius

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    Greetings,

    We'll be doing a dealer event at Eastbay Motorsports in Hayward, CA Saturday.

    First ride is at 9:00.
  2. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    So, just change the bars and forget risers. That's the simplest bolt on solution. The bars are a standard diameter and there are a million permutations to be purchased at about 40-50 bucks a pop.

    There are also a number of speedo relocation mounts available to move a speedo from the riser mount. Some later sportster models have this same issue and many opt for the Joker Machine speedo relocation to the upper fork leg, off to the side and out of the way to clean up the steering head area. There's also a half dozen other speedo mounts on the market. Measure the gauge diameter and check the size for which the mount is intended.
  3. Super Sneaky Steve

    Super Sneaky Steve B@nned Club :D

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    I like it too. Solves most of the major problems with the 48.
  4. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Looks like a Bolt copy. :deal:lol3:lol3
  5. bowlingballhead

    bowlingballhead Adventurer

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    Ok, here we go. At the risk of offending all Boltistas (of which I was one), I finally made it down to the city and saw a black, base model in person. (Let me preface this by saying that I loved the pics and videos of this bike, and thought for sure an r-spec would be my next ride). The right side of this bike IS HIDEOUS! I walked in, and they had it sitting there up against a posterboard Bolt display with the exhaust side facing out, and the first thing that came to my head was "WHAT THE FUCK!?" This is all subjective, and I don't mean to piss off those who still love this thing and those who have bought it, but I was completely turned off. All of the shit tacked onto the right side of the bike makes it look like some kind of weird, cheap, fuck, I don't know . . . cheap weirdo?

    The strap across the battery box is ugly, the heat shields are ugly, the air cleaner is huge and ugly, and the muffler is ugly. If the bolt had a dog, the dog would be ugly. The mechanicals may be better than the Iron 883, but the Iron is infinitely classier/more beautiful. There really isn't a bad line on the bike (as evidenced by the pic a few posts up).

    It doesn't stop with the looks though. Sitting on this thing while on its stand with both feet up on the pegs was one of the more awkward sitting-on-a-motorcycle-at-a-dealership experiences for me. I don't know how to explain it, it was just odd. The thing is too wide, the airbox too big, and the pegs are in a funny spot (I'm 5'6" with short legs, and have ridden an '08 Ninja 250 for the last five years, which I fit great on).

    Sitting directly across from the bolt was one of these: [​IMG]

    Honda Shadow Phantom. Looked five times better, sat five times better, hell, even tipping it felt five times lighter.

    I don't know maaaaan, I really liked the Bolt. I'm disappointed as all hell. I post very rarely, so, it just goes to show how strongly I felt about seeing it today that I would get off my lazy ass and write this diatribe.
  6. ZZ-R Rider

    ZZ-R Rider Captain Fantastic

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    I will judge for myself when I get an opportunity to test-sit a Bolt in a few weeks time ... can't wait to see one up close and personal ...

    The "Euro" 883 Iron pic'd above is GORGEOUS!!!

    BTW, the Shadow Phantom is a beautiful Bike too ... having recently picked up a pre-owned '06 VT750DC, I am pleasantly surprized how smooth and easy handling the 750 Spirit is for a Cruiser!
  7. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Hey, that's why they make Fords and Chevies, bowlingbalhead.

    There's something for everyone.
  8. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    This is the BOLT thread, right?
    Found myself shopping for bikes yesterday. The Sportster 1200C really "spoke" to me. Holiday weekend so the shop closed at noon. I arrived at about 11:30 and they wouldn't take a deposit because there was no time to do the paperwork. I was buying, I like it that much.
    So, I wanders off the the Honda/Yamaha dealer. Looked at the CB1100. Didn't like it at all.
    Then my eyes wandered over to the BOLT. In white. HAS to be the UGLIEST motorcycle I have EVER seen. EVER. The fit and finish is at best pitiful. The tank edge is horrid. No smooth lines anywhere. Compared it in my mind to the fit and finish of the 1200C you can't. Reminiscent of the old Suzuki Savage. Matter of fact, it would suit a thumper.....SR500 power plant?
    Lyle
  9. Gas Hog

    Gas Hog Two Wheel Fanatic

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    I would have a easier time believing your story if you hadn't led off with " A bike salesman didn't have time to take my money" :huh
    So the rest it just as unbelievable :1drink
    Gary
  10. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    Sat on a demo Bolt yesterday, keys were in it so it had to be started. Potato, potato, potato....

    Not bad! It was a black one, kept thinking something should have been on the tank.
  11. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    I'm in Myrtle for bike week and I feel compelled to ride up to Barefoot Landing to see the Bolt yet again, since my local guys STILL don't have one.

    Bike week is a hoot and I plum forgot about going up North to the Star guys, since I'm down here in Surfside. It's all broken spoke and suck bang blow down here. :freaky

    I'll post some pics of the display and stuff, if anyone wants some. We have plenty of owner photos, so it's not like no one has seen the bike.
  12. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Yeah, we've gone from naked anger to scripted fiction where the faithful are concerned with the Bolt. Star has hit a nerve. :clap:rofl
  13. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Gary, I thought it a bit bizarre as well. They had ONE black 1200C, and he claimed they can't get another. I live 160 miles for the dealership, (check book in hand) and he knows that. He said...."We open bright and early Tuesday morning....." I honestly am going to buy a 1200C. I really LIKE it. The Yamaha/Honda dealer was open till 5:00 so I was just "looking" at the BOLT and CB1100. Absolutely NO interest in either bike. I do think the BOLT is UGLY!
    Lyle
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    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Gary....perhaps the CB1100 looks good in red....in white, it looks like a Fridge.
    Lyle
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    PonyExpres ScratchinMyAss

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    :ricky Houston Motorsports asked me to come and talk to thier camera man about a test ride I took last year when I bought my V-Star 950 T. Their camera man interviewed me and asked me what I thought about the ride. Just in case they don't use my interview I brought my GoPro and did my own YouTube commercial for their Star - Bolt 950 Test Ride day. ​

    Sadly, the rides started at 1:00 pm and Friday is a busy work day for me. I did not get to ride one but I did get lots of eye candy.
    If you like bobbers you are going to love the new BOLT.​

    One thing they did not ask me about on camera or perhaps they did not know. Yamaha corporate sent me a $300.00 off purchase coupon that I applied after all of the other inscentives they gave me when I sadly traded my cherished V Star 250. :deal

    PS. I tried to post the YouTube video here but I guess I don't know how. Here is a link if you want to see it. Thanks ​



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  16. Hulley

    Hulley Been here awhile

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    I've been mulling over which bike to buy for over a month now, and when I walked into the Yamaha dealership yesterday I fell in love with the Bolt. I happen to think its a great looking bike from the day I had seen it in a mag. I've never owned a cruiser and what I like about the bolt is that its not a streched out fat bike that looks like it wont turn. I have a big motocross background and I like smaller, nimble bikes. What I like most is the price and I felt totally comfortable when seated. Kinda funny, many people talk about the fit and finish being poor, I've worked for a luxury car line for 18yrs and I think the finish was fine. Of course I would chang a few things but isnt that part of the whole cruiser/bobber thing? I had actually narrowed it down to the Bolt or Bonneville but I would need to do ALOT to a Bonnie to get it where I would like it where I think the Bolt only needs a few minor things to make me happy. I guess we'll see, I'm planning on buying it this week.
  17. Super Sneaky Steve

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    The CB1100 is the best looking four banger out there. You've just disqualified yourself of being the judge of any bike based on looks.
  18. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    One thing I agree on is the bolt doesn't look good in white. Other than that, I still love mine :D
  19. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder young sport. So is ugly.
  20. kraven

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    Maybe people in Canuckistan get enough white 9 months a year?
    I would think the white would be nice since you could put a big red maple leaf on it. :clap

    I'm not a fan of the white Bolt, but I can't imagine buying a bike like that and not painting the tank a custom color. So, the color choice is really 2ndary to me.

    I like the black because it's a good base for modding, but the black tank would probably get a repaint, depending on where I went with it.