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2017 Yamaha/Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec – First Look Review

2017 Yamaha Star Bolt in Raven

Introduced as “performance bobbers” for 2014, the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec became best-sellers in Yamaha’s Star cruiser line. (Quick note: Yamaha and Star Motorcycles were treated as separate brands from 2005-2016, but Star is now considered one of several lines under the Yamaha umbrella, which includes Supersport, Supersport Touring, Sport, Adventure Touring/Dual Sport, Cruiser/Touring and Sport Heritage.) Read our review ...

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Yamaha and Star Motorcycles Announce More 2016 Models


Following the June announcement of several early-release 2016 Yamaha and Star Motorcycles models, including the FZ-07, FZ-09, Bolt and Bolt R-Spec, Yamaha and Star have announced nearly all of their remaining 2016 cruiser, sport and adventure touring lineup. Read about early-release 2016 Yamaha and Star Motorcycles models 2016 Star Motorcycles Most Star Motorcycles cruiser models return for 2016 with the ...

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2015 Star Bolt C-Spec – First Ride Review


photography by Brian J. Nelson Star Motorcycles hit a home run in 2014 with its all-new Star Bolt, a minimalist “urban performance bobber” powered by the torquey, 942cc air-cooled V-twin from the V Star 950. With its solo saddle perched just 27.2 inches off the deck and a curb weight of 540 pounds, the compact Bolt looked tough with heavy-metal, ...

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Winner Named In The 'Battle Of The Bolts'


Star Motorcycles created the “Battle of the Bolts” contest to help people see how unique the Bolt can be, and how easy it is for owners to personalize it. In the battle, dealers across the country competed against each other in building the coolest custom Bolts on the planet. Starting with stock Bolt motorcycles, competing dealers added Star Custom Accessories, ...

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


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

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Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec Return for 2015


Star Motorcycles recently revealed that its popular Bolt cruisers will be among its motorcycles returning for 2015. Both top-selling Bolt and Bolt R-Spec models are powered by a 942cc, air-cooled V-twin, and updates include wave-type brake rotors and new instrument clusters. The R-Spec also receives new wheel stripes. The Bolt returns in Glacier Blue and Candy Red for $7,990, and ...

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Star Motorcycles Announces Winners in the Bolt Custom Build-Off


Star Motorcycles recently held a contest to see who could create the greatest custom motorcycle using the Star Bolt as their canvas. There were a total of 10 bikes created with each being truly unique, reflecting their individual inspiration and style. After months of hard work and creativity by each of the builders who participated in the Bolt Custom Build-Off, ...

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2014 Star Bolt and Bolt R-Spec – First Look Review


Fully embracing the popularity of stripped-down, back-to-basics customization as well as the need to offer cool, affordable motorcycles to attract new and young buyers, Star Motorcycles has introduced the all-new Bolt and Bolt R-Spec cruisers. Based on the V Star 950 platform, the Bolt is powered by a fuel-injected, 58-cubic-inch (942cc), air-cooled, 60-degree V-Twin mounted in an all-new double-cradle frame ...

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2012 Star Raider SCL – First Ride Review


(This article was published in the July 2012 issue of Rider magazine.) Story by Greg Drevenstedt, Photos by Nelson and Riles Starting in the late ’70s, metric cruisers, such as Yamaha’s 650 Special and Virago 750, Honda’s CB650 Custom and Nighthawk, among others, offered an alternative to American V-twins, with more reliability, higher performance and lower prices than Harley-Davidsons of ...

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