Test Riding the 2015 Bolt C-Spec by Star Motorcycles
The Star Bolt jumped on the scene for the 2014 model year and was embraced by builders and riders around the world. The bike is an easy platform. It’s got good looks, good performance, but is also full of potential for upgrades. For 2015, Star Motorcycles is bringing us the Bolt C-Spec. It’s a modern, air-cooled V-twin flirting with the cafe/bobber style of the custom moto world. It’s got Mikuni injection that is 3d-mapped into each cylinder.
The power is easy to get down to the road. Its carbon-fiber belt drive feels accurate and easy with minimal maintenance. No lubing chains.They’ve moved the pegs up and back and added clip-on bars for a more aggressive riding position. The stance feels good; comfortable for long rides but low and fluid for taking curves. It also has a removable seat cowl so you can bring along a passenger.
Star has provided an awesome accessory line for styling and performance upgrades on the Bolt. Everything from brushed aluminum side covers and performance shocks to spoked wheels and a fork brace. The 2015 Star Bolt C-spec pushes Star Motorcycles in modern styling and modern performance.
During the press ride, we found ourselves pushing through some iconic southern California landmarks. We rode through the harbors and port of Long Beach, down the coast into Laguna Beach, and then through the canyons to the famous Cook’s Corner. It was a long day of riding but the C-spec kept us comfortable. It draws looks from passersby and started a few conversations during our pit stops. We averted some small disasters (naturally, I attracted a nail to my back tire that only temporarily slowed us down) and enjoyed the day. It was even tight and compact enough to split lanes all the way back to Star Motorcycles HQ. Overall, it is a fun bike. It is a great performance-focused cruiser. It will find it’s way to a wide variety of riders and stays true to the old Yamaha motto: Revs Your Heart.
Learn more about Star Motorcycles 2015 Bolt C-Spec here.