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.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, the weekly podcast brought to you by Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena goes to the Yamaha MT-10 launch. I have to say, the R1-derived MT-10 is one of my all time favorite street bikes. It’s the perfect balance of instant, usable power, crammed into an agile yet stable chassis. All that is built into an incredibly easy-to-ride package. And I’m not even going to mention it’s ability to wheelie… The latest MT-10 has had some upgrades, so I’m very curious to hear what Nic thinks.
For our second segment this week I chat with Paul Jayson—aka The Motorcycle Broker. Paul has been restoring, collecting, and selling investment grade motorcycles and cars for several decades, and his knowledge and passion for the art of motorcycling seems pretty much unrivaled.
Paul’s quest for total authenticity and insistence on a breathtaking level of detail is incredible. Actually, one of his restorations—a classic MV Agusta—won recently at Salon Privé.
Paul’s take on how the motorcycle market developed globally, and where it’s going, I found fascinating. You can visit Paul’s website at TheMotorcycleBroker.co.uk.
From all of here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!