The new Yamaha Bolt BIKE thread

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

  1. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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  2. ZappBranigan

    ZappBranigan Been here awhile

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    With no front brake that can't be street legal. So why put a headlight on a dirt tracker?
  3. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    I have some bomb ass speakers....and that didn't sound that great.
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    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Try the akrapovic site. They have better sound bytes with the bike under load. Sounds better, probably, on bomb ass speakers.

    I like the Akra part because it lowers the exhaust frequencies and doesn't increase the db.

    Loud pipes suck. :deal :lol3
  5. Bird76Mojo

    Bird76Mojo Bird is the word

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    It has a front brake. It's not shown in that picture as it seems that was taken during the build.

    As for the exhaust, the Vance and Hines 2 into 1 sounds absolutely beautiful on that engine.


  6. kiwi5

    kiwi5 Been here awhile

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    I can't seem to find anyone who is making after market shocks specifically for the bolt, or will any basic size work??? I did read about a company that does a kit that lifts the rear by one inch which would certainly help.

    http://www.baronscustom.com/catalog/display/3217/index.html


    If this link works you can see the lift kit.
  7. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    A guy on the Bolt forum got hagon to do a set.
  8. kiwi5

    kiwi5 Been here awhile

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    Would a longer travel rear suspension also give the bike better ground clearance?
  9. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Yeah. The problem with travel, as you can see in the various dirty sportster threads, is that when increased you get increased belt slack at certain points in range of motion. So, you have to fit an idler pulley to hold it in proper tension through ROM, or you have simply add longer shocks with the same ROM as stock and work with that. This is a gross oversimplification though.

    You can increase travel a bit without the tensioner needing to be added. But you'd have to math it out and determine what is best.

    Right now the big obstacle to clearance is peg/sidestand location and suspension height.
  10. kiwi5

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    Holy crap- a bit more work than I expected...time for a bit of "improve Harley 883 suspension" googling to try and understand the associated costs. :eek1:eek1
  11. kraven

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    It's not so bad. You just have to look before you leap.
    A couple of guys here on advrider have used something as simple as a skateboard wheel to promote belt tension through range of motion on lifted belt drive sporsters.

    And if the goal is to raise the bike a bit and give a bit more range of motion, for ground clearance, you should be able to accomplish that without too much drama or engineering.

    Here's the thread for the guy in Scotland who did the Hagon parts. He's had no trouble with his belt slack.
    He went with 230mm shocks.
    Here's the bike with shocks fitted. Noticeable difference in ride height.
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  12. Super Sneaky Steve

    Super Sneaky Steve B@nned Club :D

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    Well Kraven, I had to one up you on the Bolt. I plopped down some money today.

    The dealer said he didn't expect the 2015's in till much later. He said January.

    I suck at waiting. :lol3

    Pictures next week when I take delivery.
  13. kraven

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    Dammit Steve! I assume you bought the fastest color. :deal
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    Super Sneaky Steve B@nned Club :D

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    Yup, Grey R Spec. I wanted that one because the decals can be easily removed. I wanted to plasti dip the tank and fenders but last night I read it doesn't hold up to gasoline very well. So now I'm not sure.

    My Yosh system and Cobra PowrPro are already on the way. :D
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    Super Sneaky Steve B@nned Club :D

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    Did you mean to say 270mm shocks?
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    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Yeah.

    Congrats on the gray r-spec. That's nice looking paint. I'd strip the decals and see how you like it. There's no way I could keep the factory decals on it.

    I do like the Euro "YAMAHA" tank decal.
  17. Super Sneaky Steve

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    You're stealing my secrets! I found some vinyl block letter "YAMAHA" declas last night.

    My dad used to have an old 175cc two stroke enduro. I want my tank to resemble his. I'm trying to think of the best way to do the pinstriping.

    Looked just like this.
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    I had his old helmet refurbished. It's a sparkely blue 3/4 hipster style. Bell makes a modern one just like it, but mine is the real deal.
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    all things considered that's still pretty f'ing sweet.
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    late 70's Special series vintage.