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The John Norwich Riders Corner In honour of our fellow moderator: John Norwich R.I.P. September 17th, 2014
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Yamaha Bolt R? to buy or not to buy..

Has anyone had a chance to ride one yet or see one on the road?

I'm leaning towards this for my first cruiser and eager to ride soon.
Would like some feedback from the experienced riders.

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ENGINE - Air-cooled, SOHC, 8-valves, 60 degree, V-twin, 942cc
BORE AND STROKE - 85 x83mm
COMPRESSION RATIO - 9:1
MAXIMUM TORQUE - 8.2 kg-m (59.3 ft-lb) @ 3,000rpm
FUEL DELIVERY - 35mm dual bore throttle body fuel injection
FUEL CONSUMPTION± 20 kpl / 57 mpg (imp.)
5 speed
FINAL DRIVE Belt
SUSPENSION (FRONT) 41mm fork
SUSPENSION (REAR) Preload adj. dual "piggyback style" premium gas shocks
BRAKES (FRONT) 298mm disc / twin piston caliper
BRAKES (REAR) 298mm disc / single piston caliper
TIRES (FRONT) 100/90 x 19
TIRES (REAR) 150/80 x 16
LENGTH 2,290mm (90.2")
WIDTH 830mm (37.2")
HEIGHT 1,120mm (44.1")
WHEELBASE 1,570mm (61.8")
RAKE / TRAIL 29 degrees / 130mm (5.1")
SEAT HEIGHT 690mm (27.2")
FUEL CAPACITY 12 litres (2.6 Imp. gal.)
WET WEIGHT 247.5kg (546 lb.)
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:56 PM   #2
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Sweet looking ride, if you get it remember to post up pics!

Revive the "lets go for a ride" thread too
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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It's still 3-6 weeks away before they get the flat grey r spec version in, I'm putting my deposit down tomorrow.
Might grab some accessories too, thinking fork gaters, bullet cowl, and custom pegs.
First cruiser bike so I'm pretty excited!!

I've been to a few of the RS meets with my 350z, how are the bike meets/rides?
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relatively the same price, why choose the wanna be but not the real HD sportster?
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My buddy bought a Bolt at Daytona last week. He loves it.
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beautiful bike.
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Was tempted to get one of these.

It was between a Triumph Bonneville or the Yammie Bolt R. I decided to stick to bicycling.
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Why a Bolt over a Sportster 883?

Better bike.
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So, I feel guilty as Patrick over at Daytona was very helpful.. But after much deliberation I have decided to get the HD Iron 883 in black denim.. Yes the yamaha is faster, yes the yamaha is smoother, and yes the yamaha has better brakes.. But the fit and finish on the Iron 883 is far superior after seeing them both up close.. I will be picking it up tomorrow and will post some pics once its safely back home.. Im a big supporter of Jap and Euro everything so this is a big leap for me buying a domestic.. My "this is the one" moment was when I sat on the bike, fired it up, and heard the throaty Frap of the exhaust note.. Instantly I felt like a badass ready to cruise the streets for no other reason other than self gratification.. It's a bike with soul (I know that might sound cheesy) and I guess that's what it's all about at the end of the day? Hopefully everyone won't mind riding with a baby Harley Attachment 17525
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