Motorcycle Types Cruiser 2014 Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec | First Look

2014 Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec | First Look

2014 Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec Motorcycles Preview

Described as a pair of “performance bobber” cruiser motorcycles, Star has introduced the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec as early 2014 models.

Using Star’s existing 942cc (58 cubic inch) air-cooled, slightly oversquare, SOHC, V-twin motor, the Bolt bobbers have an all-new double-cradle chassis for aggressive urban riding. A solo seat gives each Bolt a serious rider-focused appearance.

Both versions of the 2014 Star Bolt are fuel-injected, with twin shocks (piggyback reservoirs on the R-Spec), 5-speed transmission, 298mm wave discs, a 16”/19” tire combination, a seat height of 27.2 inches, wheelbase of under 62 inches, and claimed wet weight of 540 pounds – perfect for working your way though in-town traffic.

A final belt drive, stainless steel air filter cover, and steel fenders make customization an easy task, though the Bolt R-spec takes a lead on that with it gold-accents shocks and textured faux-suede seat with colored stitching.

Star has focused the tuning of the Bolt engine for low-rpm and midrange torque, another commitment to down-and-dirty performance on city streets. A rubber-damped clutch means smooth engagement and less fatigue. The bike is narrow and, although we did not ride it, the ergonomics were friendly at a stop and the bike feels agile. Star estimates that the Bolt will get over 150 miles out of its 3.2-gallon fuel tank.

Factory-fresh Star Custom Accessories will further the ability of a buyer to personalize the Bolt. Urban riders can add taller bars and a spring seat, will others can turn the 2014 Star Bolt into a feisty weekend tourer with a bikini fairing, leather saddlebags, passenger seat kit, and backrest.

The 2014 Star Bolt will be available in two color options – Raven and Pearl White – and retails for $7990. The Bolt R-Spec can be had in Matte Grey and Camo Green and has a MSRP of $8290. The standard version hits the showrooms in April, while you will have to wait for July to snag a copy of the 2014 Star Bolt R-Spec.

Don Williams
Don Williams
With 50 years of riding experience, Don Williams is a fan of all kinds of motorcycles. He enjoys sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, touring bikes, adventure bikes, dual sport bikes, and rideable customs. Ask Don what his favorite bike is and he will tell you, "Whatever bike I'm on."

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