First Look: 2014 Star Motorcycles Bolt and Bolt R-Spec

Andrea Wilson | March 9, 2013
The new Bolt R-Spec from Star Motorcycles.

Star Motorcycles unveiled two of its latest cruisers to the motorcycling press on Wednesday night at the Smog Shoppe in Los Angles, California – the Bolt and the Bolt R-Spec – with the bikes being unveiled to the public for the first time this morning at the start of Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Apparently, gone are the days of the trendy custom-painted, raked and chromed-out choppers with a price tag that could be a down payment on a new home in most parts of the country. Now it’s all about being practical and that practicality has turned into fashion. Enter the stripped-down Bobbers – where it’s more about the machine and less about the bling.

Both the Bolt and Bolt R Spec are powered by Star’s fuel-injected, 58-cubic-inch (950cc), air-cooled, 60-degree V-twin engines, mounted in double-cradle frames and Star says that the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec are “Performance Bobbers” that they hope will attract a new cruiser buyer to the Star brand.

Both Bolt models feature wave-type brake rotors and round, smoked-lens digital speedometers while the Bolt R-Spec gets remote-reservoir shocks, a suede-type seat with colored stitching, and special paint and graphics.

The Bolt will be available in two color options – Raven and Pearl White – and will retail for $7990, with bikes available in dealerships starting in April. The Bolt R-Spec can be had in either Matte Grey or Camo Green and will retail for $8290, with the uprated R-Spec scheduled for arrival in dealerships starting in July.

Andrea Wilson | Associate Editor / Website Coordinator

Andrea has been shooting everything from flat track to road racing in her job as a professional freelance photographer, but she's made the move to a full-time staff position at Cycle News where her love of all things motorcycling will translate well. Wilson has proven her worth as more than a photographer as she migrates to the written word with everything from race coverage to interviews.