They call them "modern interpretations of old school bobbers" and the just-unveiled 2014 Star Motorcycles Bolt and Bolt R-Spec certainly play the part, with their pared down construction and air-cooled 58 cubic inch (950cc) v-twin. But are these two new bikes simply performance bobbers as Star might have you believe, or a Japanese answer to Harley-Davidson's Sportster (which starts at $7,999 for an Iron 883 model)?
The new 2014 Star Motorcycles Bolt starts (not so coincidentally) at $7,990 in base form, while the R-Spec version upgrades the rear suspension to a remote reservoir unit for $8,290. A healthy 3.2 gallon fuel tank promises around 150 miles of range, while a five-speed gearbox and a final belt drive round out this back-to-basics bike.
It's hard to say how much Star's Bolt really has in common with entry level Hogs, but I certainly hope I get to swing a leg over some time soon and share my thoughts with a review.
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