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Posted On 03 May 2024
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This entry is part 10 of 30 in the series AusMotorcyclist Issue#29

YAMAHA BOLT C-SPEC
ROLL ON DOWN TO THE CAFÉ IN STYLE WORDS STUART WOODBURY PHOTOS NICK WOOD

Yamaha has expanded the range of the popular Bolt cruiser family.

It now includes the C-Spec, which is basically a café racer inspired bike. It looks truly cool and attracts attention wherever you ride. You just need to choose the colour – Silver or Green.

Having built our Yamaha Bolt outfit, I am quite intimate with the way the Bolt is made and operates. The V-twin 942cc engine is smooth in operation and has a decent amount of power.

Having got used to the power it puts to the ground with the added weight of the sidecar, I found the Bolt C-Spec pleasantly flexible throughout the rev range and fun to ride without the added weight.

The engine power and torque remain unchanged from the base and R-Spec models, as does the double-cradle frame, 12 litre fuel tank, steel front and rear guards, 12-spoke wheels and wave-style brake rotors.

The major changes that create the C-Spec’s look are the clip-on bars, rear set foot pegs, fork gaiters, seat and rear seat cowl.

As much as I like the look of the new seat and rear cowl combination, it is not much more comfortable than the normal Bolt seat you would have seen or know.

Because of the lie-down sort of position that the pegs and bars demand, the seat not as comfy as it could be. The pegs will make it hard for those with short legs. They are right at the point where you put your legs out at a standstill, a not uncommon feature on café racers. It’s not ideal, but you do get used to it.

The clip-ons are nicely positioned, and they really do give you that “café racer” feel.

The C-Spec doesn’t rely on looks alone as it tracks through the curves between home and the café. It has a sportier stance thanks to the 41mm KYB forks with 9mm longer tubes,plus the preload-adjustable piggyback KYB rear shocks (from the R-Spec) which have been lengthened by 6mm.

Ride height has increased 40mm for an improved 37 degrees of cornering lean (it’s 33 degrees for a standard Bolt), and Michelin Commander II tyres have been selected for their sportier handling characteristics.

Handling is neutral and very stable, supported by a ride that soaks up all but the harshest bumps. With a bit of fine tuning of the rear preload, it could get even better.

The single disc front brake provides enough power to stop you swiftly, and as with any good coffee grinder, mildly spirited cornering on this new Bolt C-Spec will grind the peg feelers (and more) in short order, but much later when compared to the standard Bolt.

If the original Bolt was accused of targeting the ubiquitous Harley Davidson Sportster 883, then the new Yamaha Bolt C-Spec takes direct aim at Triumph’s similarly themed Thruxton. Is it a match for the Thruxton? Yep. Does it have as much street cred? We’ll have to find out.

Either way, the C-Spec is an attention seeker that you’ll need to ride if you’re the café type.

SPECS YAMAHA BOLT C-SPEC

PRICE: $12,699 (plus on-road charges)
WARRANTY: Five years,unlimited distance
SERVICING INTERVALS: Every 10,000km or 12 months
ENGINE: Air-cooled V-twin cylinder,4-stroke, SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
BORE x STROKE: 85 x 83mm
DISPLACEMENT: 942cc
COMPRESSION: 9.0:1
POWER: 38.3kW @ 5500rpm
TORQUE: 76.8Nm @ 3000rpm
TRANSMISSION: 5-speed, wet multi-plate clutch, belt final drive
SUSPENSION: Front, 41mm telescopic fork, non-adjustable, travel 120mm. Rear, monoshock, adjustable preload, travel 70mm.
DIMENSIONS: Seat height 765mm, weight 251kg (wet), fuel capacity 12 litres, wheelbase 1570mm
TYRES: Front, 100/90/19. Rear, 150/80/B16
FRAME: Tubular steel
BRAKES: Front, 298mm disc with dual-piston caliper. Rear, 298mm disc, single-piston caliper.
FUEL CONSUMPTION: 6.18 litres per 100km, premium unleaded
THEORETICAL RANGE: 194km
COLOURS: Envy Green, Liquid Silver

VERDICT: DOUBLE SHOT

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