The Yamaha bolt is coming back again for 2019. It will feature its classic bobber styling with its short wheelbase and high tank. It will also sport the old school styling that enthusiasts have appreciated throughout its duration. If you're not familiar with the Bolt then here are 10 things you didn't know about it to raise your awareness.
1. It's the perfect in the middle motorcycle
The Yamaha Bolt was made in an ideal size. It's something you'd imagine out of a Goldilocks and the Three Bears story because it's not too big and it's not too small. In fact, it's a good choice for new riders because it isn't intimidating like some of the bigger bikes, but it's not something that you'll quickly outgrow either.
2. The seat is ideal for shorties
If you're a rider who isn't tall or if you're even medium height, then this may be a good solution for you. The seat for the Bolt was made to sit low at 27.2 inches. To make it even better, the width is slim so it's easy to maneuver around in different positions without feeling like it's a big stretch. It's a comfortable bike for anyone who has a smaller build.
3. The Bolt is a bike you can customize
The Yamaha Bolt comes out in a naked version that is stripped down to the max. There is very little if any chrome but the fenders are made out of real steel, which is a plus. It's a bike that totally lends itself to customization. You can make it your own individual version of the bolt, depending on how much you want to add to it. Knock yourself out because your Yamaha dealer will be there with plenty of recommendations if you get stuck.
4. It's been seriously underrated
The Yamaha Bolt is a motorcycle that hasn't really received its fair share of attention. It's an attractive little bike that does such a great job when it comes to urban performance. Maybe people just aren't aware of its responsive throttle and smooth shifting, not to mention the fact that it's quiet. The Bolt will give you an awesome ride and it's really a smart looking cruiser for short hauls. Quite a few Bolt riders have wondered why it took them so long to give it a try when they discovered for themselves how many benefits the bike has to offer.
5. The Engine maintains a low compression
The compression ratio of the Yamaha Bolt is at 9.0 to 1. This is a feature that prevents it from beating itself to death. The engine is a 58cubic inch 942cc four-valve with a transistorized ignition and fuel injection. It has plenty of soup when you take it out on the highway for your morning commute without taking it over the top.
6. The Yamaha Bolt keeps your legs in tight
There are a couple of great features in the design of the bolt that makes it comfortable. The narrow seat doesn't give you a wide straddle. In addition, they've made it with a compact air cleaner so you can sit with your legs in closer and tighter to the motorcycle.
7. The bike has agile handling
Again, you can thank Yamaha's design team for giving the Bolt a nice frame geometry that aids with a rake of 29 degrees along with a 61.8-inch wheelbase. It gives the rider greater handling ability by virtue of its characteristics. It's a great model for beginner and intermediate riders because it's so easy to handle.
8. The fuel tank design is suited for commuting and cruising
The Yamaha Bolt has so many characteristics that make it a great choice for commuters. Even the fuel tank design was made with this in mind. When you see it, you think of the classic peanut tank that has had a few elements of a coffin tank thrown in. It's got that whole retro nuance thing going on. The fuel tank will hold 3.2 gallons of petrol which give you plenty of range for commuting to town and back.
9. There's been a debate about the transmission
Some Bolt riders feel that a sixth gear would have been nice, but others disagree and find the five-speed to be ideal. It's not a bike that has really been made for extensive highway use, although it works out just fine for short hauls. It's more of a tooling around town bike.
10. It's a good value for the price which has remained static
The Yamaha Bolt has maintained consistent pricing from 2016 through 2019 with a manufacturer's suggested retail selling price of just $7,990 in 2016 and a nine dollar increase for the 2017 models forward.
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