The new Yamaha Bolt BIKE thread

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

  1. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    I saw a Bolt in person yesterday and I thought it looked good.
    Yeah , the little silver bits on the exhaust were a little cheesy looking, but not bad enough to be a deal breaker .
  2. Super Sneaky Steve

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    Anyone seeing any R's around? It's July...
  3. HondaFanatic

    HondaFanatic To Ride Is To Live

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    None in Georgia yet. I have all the dealers within 150 miles on alert to phone me as soon as they know when a green R-Spec is heading their way.
  4. lrgart

    lrgart Adventurer

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    Yamaha had a demo day at Big St. Charles today! (I've ridden 20 years and various types of motos-sport, cruiser, standard)

    First impressions of the Bolt:
    Torquey engine with good sound from the stock muffler. Slightly tighter than my '05 Bonnie in the knees and hips. Right knee rested on the air cleaner. Dragged a boot heel through a tight right hander. Handlebars are in a good place. Got it up to 70 but traffic and other demo riders were the limiting factor.

    Looks like a great machine to make your own.
  5. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

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    Checked out a local multiline dealer yesterday, 3 Bolts on the floor, 2 white and a black.

    Not a bad looking bike but I was surprised at the gas tank. I thought the underside seams would be a real turnoff compared the Sporty's but the seams didn't look out of place. However, maybe just the lightning and reflection off the paint, but the tank looked almost "blocky" with a visual impression of sharp angles on the sides and top rather than a smooth rounded appearance. Also tank is much bigger than Sporty tank, of course that translates to greater range but makes the bike look physically bigger than it is.

    Overall a good looking bike for someone interested in a minimalist small-mid size cruiser.

    I wanted to ask a salesman how many they have sold and what has the response been but the few present were all busy with customers looking at large displacement cruisers and sport bikes.

    Any idea how well these first release non R-Spec bikes are selling? I was surprised the dealer had 3 on the floor, is this what others are seeing?

    I'll go back when the FZ-09 arrives.
  6. Super Sneaky Steve

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    I think a lot of people are holding out for the R. My local dealer won't even get the regular ones in because he too thinks most people want the R.
  7. DirtHopper

    DirtHopper Been here awhile

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    I'm kinda surprised to hear of people talking about the seams on the tank. It's a Jap bike. They ALL have tank seams :evil
  8. Buckaroo Banzai

    Buckaroo Banzai Been here awhile

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    Well, they should be making a killing on the accessories till all these 3rd party vendors come out.

    I put the passenger seat on $200 for a pad on the fender and passenger pegs.

    I was gonna put a sissy bar on but
    $103 for the side arms for the sissy bar
    $90 for the small sissy bar
    $70 for the Pad
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    $ 263 for a sissy bar

    $ 419 for the saddle bags
    $ 120 for the saddle bag supports

    Do get me wrong I love my bolt, but I'll have to wait till some aftermarket comes out.My Pocket not that deep.

    But at my dealer they sure didn't keep any bolts there long...
  9. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    It's tradition. Doesn't anyone round here appreciate tradition. Without those seams it's just a Wannabe metric. :lol3
  10. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I think the "Star" name comes primarily from AMERICAN Yamaha, not Yamaha International. I also think they hope the "Star" name would take off, like "Acura", Lexus" and "Infiniti" have taken off, but it just hasn't really. It seems most buyers would rather call them "Yamahas" than "Stars". I never could understand why someone would pay a premium for a Lexus that was obviously just a tarted up Toyota Camry, but judging by the parking lot where I work, lots of people do it.
  11. blk-betty

    blk-betty bam-a-lam

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    Ever driven a Lexus?

    My ex-wife has an entry level 250i and it is so much nicer than a Camry. One of the docs I work for has a top of the line LS460 and it's just as nice as a comprable BMW or MB.

    Lexus, Acrua, and Infiniti are the premium line of their parent auto companies whereas Star is the cruiser segment of Yamaha....nothing premium about Star bikes.

    Back to the Bolt, it's a good looking bike and I think Yamaha did a good job with it but there can be no denying that the Sportster and HDs engine appearence (plastic rocker box covers that mimic an HD engine) were the canvas for the Bolt.

    Hopefully they will sell lots of them.
  12. NJ-Brett

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    Was at Atlantic city cycles (its in Hammonton, 20 miles from AC???) and the bolt was the only new bike sitting out in the rain...
    Even the TW200's and xt250's were inside...
  13. ZZ-R Rider

    ZZ-R Rider Captain Fantastic

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    I own/Ride a Honda Shadow Spirit ('06) ... it is a fine motorcycle and I love Riding it ... but iffen I had the scratch, I'd replace it with a Bolt in a heartbeat ... the Bolt, style-wise, oozes character, while the Spirit is rather "bland" in that department ... plus the Bolt has that sweet air-cooled 950 motor!!
  14. mrbreeze

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    good point about Lexus, I have driven one, also driven an Infiniti. Nice, but I guess I'm just too cheap. I do think the Star bikes can claim to be a premium marque, at least where the bigger bikes are concerned. I can't see how any other brand is a higher quality product. The Royal Stars had a 5 yr unlimited mileage warranty. The quality of fit and finish is at least as good as anyone else's.
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  16. DirtHopper

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  17. JerryH

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    H-D, Ducati, BMW, and a few others are the "premium" brands. Yamaha (or Star) is at the lower end of the spectrum. The Royal Star used to be called the Yamaha Royal Star. Do they even have the 5 year warranty anymore? And just what does that warranty cover? Most warranties specifically exclude normal wear, which means if you literally wear the engine out, and it quits running do to loss of compression, etc, it is NOT covered under the warranty. Many car warranties today cover the powertrain for 10 years/100,000 miles, and that includes wear.

    Hopefully Yamaha will either drop the Star name, or at least put Yamaha in front of it. Star is just a name Yamaha uses for it's cruisers, and their quality is no better than anything else they build. I so hate fakery.
  18. Blakebird

    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    More generalizations.... without having owned a Star product - only what you read and hear, as usual. It's the worst kind of stale claptrap.

    No fakery involved in the Star brand - just a bit of marketing to separate their cruiser line from the rest of their product.
    Suzuki did the same thing with the Boulevard brand....just marketing, not an attempt to fool you savvy buyers :lol3

    And having owned a Star Roadliner for a year and putting many miles on it, I will say that the Roadliner and Stratoliner are definitely a very solid, well built bike with no plastic cost-cutting pieces, that can hold their own with anything H-D or Polaris is building quality-wise.
    Very well made machine, and off the showroom floor it was a much better performer than any stock H-D, performing at a level with the custom shop CVO iron.
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  20. Super Sneaky Steve

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    I'd like to read some owner updates. I hear the R's are trickling in.

    I need to keep my bike buying momentum up before I just say fuk it and keep riding my old Honda.