The new Yamaha Bolt BIKE thread

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

  1. kojack

    kojack AMF!

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    Besides I am guessing you can't even spell Harley Davidson considering you could not read current bikes in my profile. Speaking of tossing around wisdom.

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  2. JerryH

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    Just shows how controversial this bike is. Might actually help sales.
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    waveydavey happy times!!

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    better check your settings partner. :lol3
  4. kojack

    kojack AMF!

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    Better check yours.....I see em.

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  5. kojack

    kojack AMF!

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    I just laugh when someone says anything about the mo co and the faithful just loose it.

    What is the difference between a vacuum and a Harley? Ha ha

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    waveydavey happy times!!

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    Yes, but no one else can bucko. check the view your profile as everyone else can setting. Just trying to help here, don't be so touchy. sheesh.
  7. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    Getting back to the BIKE, one thing that I wonder about is, does the Bolt provide you with a place for your paperwork and a (rudimentary) toolkit and storage like all my (admittedly old) Japanese brand bikes did?

    The Sportster (at least my 93) offers none of the above, which is why you see a lot of HDs with "purses" that are such an easy target for derision. (Although, in the Bolt ad, the purse is big, "out and proud":D).
  8. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Left side has a lockable compartment. Has a spot for paperwork and tools. Not much storage.
    [​IMG]

    It's something. :lol3
  9. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    Well, like I tell my wife, something's better than nothing!

    In that case, this guy is wearing the "purse" because he wants to, not because he needs to?:lol3

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  10. NJ-Brett

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    I looked at and sat on a bolt today, along with the new cb1100.
    If you are looking for a sportster copy, the bolt gets very close, silly riding position, very heavy feeling.
    The bike looked fine to me, seemed to be made well.

    I was shocked by the cb1100 though.
    It felt VERY light, and is a lot smaller then I would expect an 1100 to be.
    Kind of cramped for a 6 foot tall person, and the seat seems to slide you into the gas tank very much.
    Worlds better then the bolt though...
  11. Super Sneaky Steve

    Super Sneaky Steve B@nned Club :D

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    Bolt should be at least 10lbs lighter than the CB.
  12. B02S4

    B02S4 Aye

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    I tested a Bolt today, pearl white. It had 24 miles on it.

    Nice enough for what it is. Good price point.



    The good:
    • great cornering/handling
    • nice view from behind the bars
    • strong low-end torque
    • smooth & clean EFI mapping
    • good suspension
    • sounds great at idle
    • don't notice the tank seam when riding
    • seems small & rides lighter than what it is
    • decent brakes
    • despite the price point it impressed me as being a quality bike
    • GREAT grips. Loved em.
    The bad
    • No tach, but not needed because...
    • Stock tune runs out of steam pretty early, game over, upshift. Nothing to see here people, move along.
    • Personally didn't like the mids.
    • The seat SUCKED. It is small/cramped & no where to move around. First thing I would toss.
    The ugly (completely subjective, of course):
    • cables stuck to bars with untrimmed zipties...are ya kiddin me?
    • exhaust - perhaps trying to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up (all your pipes belong to us!)
    • airbox - the answer my friend, ain't blowin in the wind...but the airbox is.
    • cyclops tail light. Ugh.
    The whatever
    • why does the digital display have to be so dim - is that a hipster thing?
    • will forward mount pegs work with that airbox?
    • starts instantly. Right freaking now. Ready to roll.
    • begs to be customized, however it remains to be seen what aftermarket support & options may become available.
    • I like Yammies. Always have. Prolly always will.
    Would I buy one?
    • In a word, no.
    • At least not now, & not new. Which definitely means not now.
    • I expect resale to plummet at some point, after supply catches up. We'll see.
    • That said, I dig bobbers, even bobber wanna-bees.
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  14. kojack

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    Ha ha ha, I will double check. However I think you were the one being touchy considering I commented on how the bolt was better than a sportster and that 90% of Harleys here are ridden by posers that goto the local coffee shop to look "bad ass". I think your the one that needs to " lighten up Francis".....just sayin.

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  15. kojack

    kojack AMF!

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    Not even in the same category. That's like me saying you should try a versys instead of a v star 650 if you want to see how light a 650 can be. Keep it somewhat to the bike....

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    Very succinct, and pretty much right on point with criticisms.
    Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder with exhaust and lights and such. But the zip ties are maybe the big thing I keep looking at and shaking my head about regularly.

    But this is also the kind of bike where you don't sit around waiting on someone to make bolt on parts. You do your own thing with your own two hands, if you can.
  17. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    I believe in the "if it works" maxim too. I've been using a Trager laptop bag like that since about '05 or so. I also use a mountain hardwear Enterprise business backpack too. But I like a messenger bag.
    Maybe that makes me a true hipster since I've been doing it way before it was cool. :lol3

    Oh, it's still not cool, is it? Score. :lol3
  18. kojack

    kojack AMF!

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    Too funny.

    The bike looks friggin awesome tho. The poser riding it. Not so much.

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  19. HapHazard

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    For all my bikes (except the Sportster) I use a magnetic tank bag (the Sportster tank shape just won't work with it - it looks like the Bolt tank would have the same problem).
    That Mountain Hardwear backpack is nice! I have one made by Tactical Tailor with a laptop sleeve I use all the time.

    I tried a messenger bag (really!) and didn't like it - I felt off balance (and maybe a bit light in the loafers:lol3).
    Yes, you must be the "Proto-Hipster"!:lol3
  20. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Oh, crap. This may be all my fault. :lol3

    Tbh, none of the gay guys I know would be caught dead using a messenger bag. They think it's a fashion faux pas too. :rofl

    But I can carry my laptop or iPad, a full size revolver, a pair of speed loaders, a voice recorder for interviews, pens, paper, folding knife (in case I need to extract some tenderloin from a road kill deer) and keep everything organized. So, I find it useful. And it's easier to take on/off than a pack since I wear a Kilimanjaro or a leather jacket with armor.

    And the leather wears well, looks professional, and is nice and tough.
    The whole thing is based in practicality for me. Though I admit that I do like leather and buckles a whole lot more than the average guy. I draw the line at fringe and conchos. :deal