2015 Star Motorcycles Bolt C-Spec, Raider and Stryker Bullet Cowl – First Look Review

The 2015 Star Bolt C-Spec is a café racer-styled variant of the popular performance bobber.
The 2015 Star Bolt C-Spec is a café racer-styled variant of the popular performance bobber.

Today at the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Orlando, Florida, Star Motorcycles announced new and updated models for 2015.

The Bolt C-Spec has clip-on handlebars, rear-set footpegs, a longer fork and shocks, and a solo seat with cowl.
The Bolt C-Spec has clip-on handlebars, rear-set footpegs, a longer fork and shocks, and a solo seat with cowl.

Building on the runaway success of Star’s Bolt/R-Spec “performance bobber” cruisers and the current popularity of café racers, Star introduced the Bolt C-Spec. This new variant has clip-on handlebars, fork gaiters, a removable passenger seat cowl and sport café paint and graphics. The footpegs have been moved up and back for a sportier riding position. A longer fork and shocks give the bike a taller look with greater lean angles, and front and rear disc brakes feature sport-style wave rotors. Height of the slim solo seat is just 30.1 inches.

Like other Bolts, it’s powered by a fuel-injected, 58-cubic-inch (950cc), air-cooled V-twin, mounted in a double-cradle frame. Fuel injection and ignition timing maps have been calibrated for strong low- and mid-range torque. Belt final drive and steel fenders make the Bolt C-Spec ripe for customization, and Star Motorcycles will offer a full line of café-styled accessories. The 2015 Star Bolt C-Spec will be available in Liquid Silver or Envy Green for $8,690, and it will be in dealerships in January 2015.

2015 Star Raider Bullet Cowl
2015 Star Raider Bullet Cowl

Star Motorcycles will also offer Bullet Cowl editions of its Raider and Stryker factory-custom cruisers. The Bullet Cowl fairing adds wind protection and gives both bikes a distinctive look. The Raider Bullet Cowl, powered by a 113 ci (1,854cc) air-cooled V-twin, is available in Raven for $15,390, and the Stryker Bullet Cowl, powered by an 80 ci (1,304cc) liquid-cooled V-twin, is available in Camo Green for $12,090; both bikes will be in dealerships in October 2014.

The 2015 V Star 1300 Deluxe has been given tough-guy styling with many blacked-out components, a shorty smoked windscreen and red stitching on the seat. Powered by an 80 ci (1,304cc) liquid-cooled V-twin with a 5-speed transmission and belt final drive, the V Star 1300 Deluxe is available in Raven ($13,790) or Rapid Red ($14,090) and will be in dealerships in October 2014.

2015 Star Stryker Bullet Cowl
2015 Star Stryker Bullet Cowl
2015 Star V Star 1300 Deluxe
2015 Star V Star 1300 Deluxe

5 COMMENTS

  1. My wife and I traded in our 2012 Stryker for a new “leftover” 2013 V Star 1300 Deluxe yesterday afternoon. I Loved the Stryker for solo riding , but my wife was not exactly comfortable riding on back for more than 25 miles.
    We both love the blue paint on the 2013 1300 Deluxe better than the charcoal silver on the 2014 model.
    The red paint on the 2015 1300 Deluxe above looks like sh*t!
    Actually, the red paint and black accents are kinda cool, but that “80” on the gas tank and those stripes have got to go!
    What a way to effup an otherwise good looking motorcycle. WTF were they thinking?!

  2. I got the first s raider that hit the shop put 50,ooo miles on it then traded for another one love everything about the bike except one thing. Why does yamaha insist on putting those stickers all over a great looking bike if people like stickers they can get them cheap everywhere I hate stickers so if I want another raider. I will have to repaint it

  3. I’e test ridden several Raiders — love ’em — and recently owned a 2012 Road Star Silverado. Great bike but I wish that Yamaha would add 6th gears to their bikes, four-way flashers and also enlarge their fuel tanks. My Road Star was a huge bike but had a puny 4.7 gallon tank. The Raider (and Stratoliner) have larger motors and smaller tanks. And like the other folks — lose the garish stickers. We can add our own, thanks.

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