2014 Star Bolt | First Ride

It’s not an 883. It’s better.

By Thomas Kinzer, Photography by Brian J. Nelson, Tom Riles

Star took the V-Star 950 engine and created a new bike around it that embraces the elements of the Yamaha XS650 bobber craze.

Harley-Davidson 883 Iron
Triumph Bonneville
Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

Engine typea-c 60-deg. V-twin
Valve trainSOHC, 8v    
Bore x stroke85.0 x 83.0mm
Fuel systemEFI
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Claimed horsepowerna
Claimed torquena
FrameSteel double-cradle
Front suspensionKYB 41mm fork
Rear suspensionKYB shocks with adjustable spring preload
Front brakeTokico two-piston caliper, 298mm disc
Rear brakeTokico single-piston caliper, 298mm disc
Front tire100/90-19 Bridgestone Exedra G721
Rear tire150/80B-16 Bridgestone Exedra G722
Rake/trail5.1 in.
Seat height27.2 in.
Wheelbase61.8 in.
Fuel capacity3.2 gal.               
Claimed curb weight540 lbs.
ColorsRaven, Pearl white
Warranty12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact Yamaha Motor Corp. USA
6555 Katella Ave.
Cypress, CA 90630

VERDICT 4 out of 5 stars
A great value, the Bolt is a capable, urban machine and extremely fun to ride.

By Thomas Kinzer
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The return of the Virago!!!!   About time, too.   I've had two over the years, and ridden others, and never found one I didn't fall in love with.   Just capable enough to enjoy like a real bike, but with that low down torque and ride all day character.  I can relax and think about other things while the bike rides itself.  The V-Twin cadence is like a heartbeat, and suits my nervous system.  I've never had a ride I didn't enjoy thoroughly.  Hmmmm.
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