The Yamaha Bolt was introduced in the beginning of March at the American market. The new bike will also be presented in Europe and the name for the new model will be XV 950. The XV950 R will also be available, featuring an ABS. 
The low saddle, high handlebar and the air-cooled engine indicate a rather user-friendly bike.


Yamaha is back to basics. The new Yamaha Bolt for the American market

The 2013 Yamaha Bolt belongs to the American Yamaha Star Series. The 942 c.c. fuel injected V2 engine is air cooled,  the final drive is belt. The seat height is veeery low at 691mm (27.2 in), and the weight is 245 kgs (540 lbs).  
The styling is a minimal transition between a cruiser and an everyday bike. 

The petal rotors, the digital speedometer and the LED  taillight are  three very modern touches to an old school styled bike. The solo rider saddle adds to the minimalist bobber look. 

This is the first attempt by Yamaha to adapt to the new global  economic era, which makes it a significant model, despite the humble looks.  The price is $7990 for the base model and $8290 for the R version which makes it the cheapest bike after the 650 c.c. V-Star  Custom of the line-up. 

The standard Bolt is available in Raven or Pearl White, whereas the R-Spec comes in Matte Gray or Camo Green. The Bolt will be available from  April 2013.


The North-American Yamaha Star cruiser series consists from 17 bikes. In less than 18 days, that means 2013/3/9, a new bike will be unveiled with the slogan “less is more”. Will that be another cruiser for the masses? Time will tell.