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2014 Star Motorcycles Bolt Review: Can the New Kid on the Block Beat Harley?

By April 9, 2013

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2014 Star Motorcycles Bolt R-Spec Review

Not too long ago, we debated whether Star Motorcycles' new Bolt was a viable alternative to Harley-Davidson's venerable Sportster; today, I saddled up with both versions of the Bolt-- a standard and an R-Spec-- and spent nearly a hundred miles gleaning riding impressions on this factory custom style cruiser.

How does the Bolt, which is priced only nine dollars cheaper than the Iron 883 Sportster, compare to the Motor Company's half century old design?

Read about my thoughts in this 2014 Star Motorcycles Bolt Review.


Photos Brian J. Nelson; click for review

April 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm
(1) Ninja Kev says:

There was a story on the local news, here in Denver, about the quality and frequency of repairs for different motorcycle brands. My favorite, Kawasaki, was the second best just behind the winner, Yamaha.

So which are the two worst bikes to own? BMW was the overall worst with Harley-Davidson right behind it. The reporter was interviewing a Harley dealership mechanic who sheepishly replied, “Well…when you have a lot of stuff on the bike like saddlebags there are bound to be more repairs.” WTF?

I know, I know…either you love Harleys or you don’t, but learning that BMW was the worst bike really surprised me!

April 9, 2013 at 1:50 pm
(2) Joe says:

Love the way Kev picks on HD but is surprised at BMW as being the worst. Saw the same consumer report, BMW was more then twice as bad as HD. Actually that does not surprise me that HD did not fair well in a report like that, most HD owners do major work on there bikes when new. Big bore, cams, trans, etc., It’s just looking for reliability problems when someone messes with major stuff like that over stock parts. With BMW owners this is rarely the case.

April 9, 2013 at 2:14 pm
(3) Scottie says:

I have had my Yamaha for four years and all I’ve done is have the oil and filter changed and new tires. I haven’t seen it for a few months, but I’m confident that it will start right up next time I’m ready to ride.

April 10, 2013 at 5:09 pm
(4) Brenda Snider says:

Try the F6B Honda!

April 10, 2013 at 11:27 pm
(5) Scottie says:

I’m sure it’s a great bike. Actually, I’m certain it’s great bike. Just not what I want.

April 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm
(6) Dwight says:

It isn’t right to compare the Bolt to the Iron. The Iron was designed with lowered suspension to begin with, after all. Maybe comparing it with a more standard HD, like the 883 Superlow would be a better way to go.
Too bad the old standard 883 Sportster isn’t around. Then the suspension wouldn’t be the deal-breaker.

April 12, 2013 at 6:18 am
(7) Azzi says:

Riding miles and miles on Harley Davidson I don’t think it would be tired ride. in fact this would be a adventure ride for me. I would always love to own Harley Davidson bike.

new bike prices

April 16, 2013 at 9:33 am
(8) RobertG says:

It’s still an imitation.

April 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm
(9) Karl Steinmeyer says:

I’ve been riding Yamaha for about 6 years now and love them. My original decision did weight heavy on quality and price, and I ultimately decided on Yamaha over Harley.

Yamaha serves a particular niche inside of the biker arena. A portion that loves to ride, is passionate about the bike life, and supports their brand of choice. In my first reaction to the Bolt, I don’t think that this fits the market that Yamaha appeals the most to.

Ride Safe.

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