If you like the concept of the Yamaha Star Bolt, but want something that’s still retro, but your taste runs more to the 1970s than the ’60s, the 2017 Yamaha Star Bolt R-Spec is the styling treatment you’re looking for—Yamaha calls it the Urban Performance Bobber look.Using 12-spoke wheels and twin piggyback reservoir shocks, the Yamaha Star Bolt R-Spec bumps up the performance of the standard Bolt a bit thanks to improved rear suspension. It still has less than three inches in the back, but the action is a bit more sophisticated.
The price goes up $9 (yes, just nine bucks) for 2017, and for that the 2017 Yamaha Star Bolt R-Spec gets a brand new higher-capacity fuel tank that has no flange for a cleaner look.In-town, the 2017 Yamaha Star Bolt R-Spec retains its credibility as a good performer that knows how to conquer urban obstacles while looking sharp.Read our Star Bolt R-Spec ReviewVisit our Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide
2017 Yamaha Star Bolt R-Spec Specs:
Motor: SOHC 4 vpc, V-twin
Bore x stroke: 85 x 83mm
Displacement: 942cc (58 ci)
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Fuel delivery: Fuel injection
Ignition: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutch
Final drive: Belt
Front suspension: Telescopic forks; 4.7 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Dual shocks; 2.8 inches of travel
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, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.