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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    I agree. It should certainly be feasible. Just a matter of whether or not someone wants to do it, I guess.
  2. ka5ysy

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    I just recently discovered someone on one of the boards was referring to BMW riders as "Armadillos" for all the armor we wear :lol3
  3. Tnbrit

    Tnbrit Been here awhile

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    Are you guys sure about the Pirate description?,a think lot of my fellow Harley riders,look more like the the Guy out of the Village People than a pirate:D & most of them laugh when i mention it(the ones I know of Course:wink:)
  4. norseXL

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    You mean they dress like Indians or construction workers?
  5. Tnbrit

    Tnbrit Been here awhile

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    How about the guy in the Leather Chaps,Jacket,Cap etc.:D
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  7. kiwi5

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    Okay, I take back my comment about getting my pirate uniform!! I would rather be the Armadillo. ;) and --- I do believe this talk of harley pirates has pretty much killed this thread. Back on topic people!
  8. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    so... I use my bike primarily as a commuter. I often find myself on the interstate running 80+ with the car traffic in the mornings. In the evenings, I try to take my time getting home, and I use the scenic route. Sometimes it takes me a couple of hours to get home. :D

    On the weekends, I like to go riding on the two lane blacktops in the rolling hills of Tennessee. Sometimes I do the group ride thing with friends. Almost all of them ride BIG cruisers, and most of them Ride Harley FL's.

    If I am lucky, I may get a couple of long weekends to spend in the mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina. I like to pack a tent and sleeping bag, and stay at places like the Iron Horse Campground or TWO.

    If I am REALLY lucky, I may get to do a long extended ride. It doesn't happen real often though. IN 2008, I rode from Tennessee to Maine, and spent a few days exploring New England. In 2010, I travelled to the Black Hills, Beartooth Pass, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons. The ride home across the Great Plains included a 900 mile day.

    So why should I buy a Bolt? I love the way it looks, but I don't know if it would work for me. Oh, and something else. I'm a BIG guy. You might say I am under height for my weight. :D
  9. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    You should consider Bolt because of your primary usage being commute.
    It's got the short wheelbase and all the stuff you need to commute like good brakes and reasonable steering geometry. And it holds plenty of fuel. By the time you burn through a tank you'll be ready to stretch your legs anyway. It's easy to park or lane split.

    The stator outputs enough for you to run heated grips (which I use on commuters) and such.

    It's easy to service. It's air cooled. The FI works well. You can install a slip on if you want to save lives, but still have room for bags (hard/soft).

    There are plenty of suspension upgrades for your heft:height ratio.

    Tires are a generic size, so there are plenty of rubber choices on the road or in hometown. No spokes, so no JerryH flat tire tales. But if you like spokes they're available through Star (nice ones too).

    It's reasonably priced and you get a lot of bang for your buck, in terms of commuting.

    If you have to haul it, it'll fit in the bed of a standard size pickup box without needing a trailer.

    And if you read up on some owner reports, you'll see that the 950 mill is pretty solid with no real issues reported as chronic problems (like final drives or surging or whatever). Belt drive means no chain lube, which is nice.

    TL;DR
    Primary duty as a commuter is what Bolt was designed to do. So, this fits what you need and want. Anything can be used for trips, even a Trail 90. At this price, you'll be able to afford new suspenders and enjoy a bike dialed in for you, which is nice when you live in a place with curves.
  10. mrbreeze

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    oh you're good - real good. You must do this professionally?
  11. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    I used to. Now I write about bikes and fix them up.
  12. MesaRunner

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    I use it as a commuter as well. Already have over 11K miles on mine. Thinking about doing a big trip as I have a 3 week break starting today. Might take a week or two and see how far I can get.:D
  13. mrbreeze

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    you should do it! take lots of pics, and do a ride report when you get back!
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    Yeah, I have a GoPro, so I do tons of it.
  15. mrbreeze

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    the guy that wants my V-Strom called. He is driving 5 hours to see it Monday. :clap:clap:clap
  16. kraven

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    Hey, that's good news. You'll be a lot closer to deciding once you have the money burning a hole in your pocket. :evil
  17. Buckaroo Banzai

    Buckaroo Banzai Been here awhile

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    I wonder if you could get shocks that are longer and softer to give it more travel. Or will that make it to high in the rear and mess up the suspension?

    It already has the shakes when you take your hands off the handlebars.
  18. MariusD

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    I dont see you doing all this comfortably on the bolt. Especially if you're a big guy and if your frame of reference is the vstrom. But sometimes you just gotta have a particular bike, so I get it.
  19. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    It'll actually handle quicker if you bring up the rear a bit.

    It's a piece of cake to get shocks that are longer. The most difficult part is deciding which company you're going to buy them from because they're fairly ubiquitous parts.
  20. mrbreeze

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