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Old 05-12-2013, 04:37 PM   #541
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The V-Star 950 is 613lbs wet with a 66.3" wheelbase.

The Bolt is 540lbs wet with a 61.8" wheelbase.

So you lose 73lbs and tighten up the wheelbase by 4.5".

I'd take the Bolt.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:07 PM   #542
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The V-Star 950 is 613lbs wet with a 66.3" wheelbase.

The Bolt is 540lbs wet with a 61.8" wheelbase.

So you lose 73lbs and tighten up the wheelbase by 4.5".

I'd take the Bolt.
I sat on a Vstar 950 today. I'm glad I got the bolt. for where I'm riding it will suit me better, plus I think its way better looking. but hey, that is what attracted me to it in the first place
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:12 PM   #543
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I saw the Bolt, for the first time, this weekend at the local Yamaha/Honda dealership. This bolt feels like an iron sled, especially after straddling the Honda CB500F(fantastic ergos). As much as I hate to admit it, the Hipster tag seems like the strongest selling point, the Bolt has.

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Old 05-12-2013, 09:50 PM   #544
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The V-Star 950 is 613lbs wet with a 66.3" wheelbase.

The Bolt is 540lbs wet with a 61.8" wheelbase.

So you lose 73lbs and tighten up the wheelbase by 4.5".

I'd take the Bolt.

Yep, but for someone my size, the V-Star would be a much better fit. The Bolt is just to small, as is the 883. I looked at a lot of Sportsters, the 1200 Roadster was the only one that almost fit. I could live with it. Haven't seen the Bolt up close yet, but the 883 Iron feels like a mini bike to me.
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:13 AM   #545
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The V-Star 950 is 613lbs wet with a 66.3" wheelbase.

The Bolt is 540lbs wet with a 61.8" wheelbase.

So you lose 73lbs and tighten up the wheelbase by 4.5".

I'd take the Bolt.

I weighed my stock V-Star 950 at 640 pounds ready to ride and full of fuel, no mods.


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Old 05-13-2013, 02:26 PM   #546
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It seems that at $8590, the Bolt's biggest competition may be Yamaha's own V-Star 950. It looks to be about twice the bike, for only a small fraction more. The Bolt looks like you took a V-Star, and chopped about half of it off. Almost as much difference as between a Sportster and a Big Twin.
Two different bikes for two different purposes.

I swear this isn't THAT difficult.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:27 PM   #547
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exhaust

I have some extra exhaust pipe laying around from my warrior stage 4 exhaust,
so let the cutting begin. this is just the beginning phase. I'll get back to it in a couple weeks as I will be riding until then





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Old 05-13-2013, 03:51 PM   #548
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^Wrenches have been turned! Sparks will fly! Now we're gettin' somewhere!
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:38 PM   #549
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Hey dirthopper, no one was able to tell me yet if the speedo is back lit for night time use. Have you taken it out at night yet?

Let us know how the exhaust turns out.
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:47 PM   #550
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Hey dirthopper, no one was able to tell me yet if the speedo is back lit for night time use. Have you taken it out at night yet?

Let us know how the exhaust turns out.
no problems seeing it at night at all, and I ride with a smoked visor
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Old 05-14-2013, 06:33 AM   #551
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^Wrenches have been turned! Sparks will fly! Now we're gettin' somewhere!
Thanx, Dirthopper!

FINALLY!!!
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:42 PM   #552
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I rode the Bolt yesterday...



There was NO issue of burning your leg on the left hand side against the cylinder. I was wearing jeans and even pressed my leg against it and didn't feel any burning. But, I will say that the engine as a whole puts out WAY more heat than I'm used to! I actually felt more uncomfortable heat on my right leg, which was inches away from an exhaust header. The left hand side was no issue- at least not on a 30 minute ride.

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The mere fact that a rider can press their left leg "against" the cylinder, and their right leg is inches away from an exhaust header, proves that this is a "not a well thought out idea." All Yamaha had to do was put a bigger gas tank on it which would prevent either leg touching a cylinder or exhaust. This is typical example of form over function, and a "not well thought out idea."
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:40 PM   #553
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The mere fact that a rider can press their left leg "against" the cylinder, and their right leg is inches away from an exhaust header, proves that this is a "not a well thought out idea." All Yamaha had to do was put a bigger gas tank on it which would prevent either leg touching a cylinder or exhaust. This is typical example of form over function, and a "not well thought out idea."
yeah, that's pretty silly reasoning.

What's the big deal about touching the cylinder if you aren't getting burned?

Should I be worried about touching the seat too? Ah! lookout! It's summer time! That vinyl is hot!
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Old 05-14-2013, 02:44 PM   #554
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I saw the Bolt in the flesh today. It's not my style, but it is a good looking bike.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:14 AM   #555
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holy cow! this thread was about to slip off the first page! You people need to step it up!
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