2018 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec Review

2018 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec

2018 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec 2018 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec 2018 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec 2018 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec


2018 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec Review on Total Motorcycle:

Compact, raw bobber design, powerful 942cc V-Twin, a flangeless tank, piggyback shocks and textured seat. Old School style meets modern performance.

Features compact, raw bobber design, powerful 942cc V‑Twin, piggyback shocks and textured seat for old‑school style and modern urban performance.

Designers and custom builders are stepping back to a time when the mechanical beauty of a motorcycle was highlighted in its styling. The Bolt R-Spec’s simple styling, compact layout, V-Twin power and natural riding position combine to offer an incredibly fun riding experience.


942cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valves per cylinder, 60° V-twin engine produces outstanding low- and mid-range torque. Maximum torque is reached at only 3,000 rpm – for an exceptionally fun riding experience.


The differences between the standard Bolt and the R-Spec model include; different colours & graphics, preload adjustable premium remote reservoir gas shocks, a cool, textured seat, blacked-out mirrors and mag wheels.


The Bolt R-Spec is designed to be compact and slim, featuring clean, simple styling with the ability to easily personalize / customize the bike with a wide range of Genuine Star accessories. We make it easy for you to transform a Bolt into “your” Bolt.

51 MPG Estimated



2018 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features


Urban Performance Styling
The Bolt® R-Spec is stripped down with minimal chrome, epitomizing the “Urban Performance Bobber” look. The compact chassis proudly showcases the 58 cubic inch (942cc), air-cooled, 60° V-twin sitting at the heart of the bike.

High-Tech Engine
The Bolt R-Spec uses modern technology to create a riding experience superior to other similarly sized machines. Fuel injection and ignition timing maps have been chosen specifically for this bike to deliver class-leading performance with strong low and midrange torque sure to bring a smile to every rider’s face.

Compact, Stable Chassis
The slim body and low seat design combine to give the motorcycle light maneuverability and a stable handling feeling. The upright riding posture helps the rider feel the wind, hear the sounds and experience the pulse of the machine.

Ready to Customize
For riders who value personalization, the options for the Bolt R-Spec are limited only by the owner’s imagination. As we say with the Star® cruiser line, “We build it. You make it your own.”® And as the perfect canvas for customization, Bolt R-Spec is the ultimate example of that philosophy.

Unique Bolt Persona
Components such as the 3.4 gallon fuel tank, belt drive, front and rear wheels, digital meter and steel fenders combine to create a distinct look in the Star cruiser line-up.



2018 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

• Blacked out, 942cc, air-cooled, SOHC, 4-valve per cylinder, fuel injected, 60° V-twin power plant pumps out impressive power & torque. Maximum torque is reached at 3,000 rpms, for relaxed cruising performance.
• SOHC, pent-roof, 4-valve cylinder heads.
•4-valve design optimizes breathing efficiency & overall engine performance at all rpms
•31.5 mm intake & 28 mm exhaust valves use friction reducing single valve springs
•compact pent roof combustion chamber design & optimized squish area forces the fuel / air mixture toward the centre of the combustion chamber for more complete combustion & excellent power with reduced emissions
•25,000 km valve adjustment intervals
•Specially designed roller rockers activate the valves.
•Y shaped roller rocker arms allows a greater amount of valve lift without causing excessive camshaft wear & friction
•slipper portion of the rocker arm utilizes a needle bearing for reduced camshaft wear & reduced sliding resistance (friction)
• No fuss, traditional air-cooled engine design.
•cylinders have a tapered “V” appearance to highlight the V-twin engine design
•cooling fins have been optimized for reliable cooling even in stop & go traffic
• Automatic cam chain tensioners reduce mechanical noise & simplify maintenance.
• “Liner-less”, ceramic composite-plated cylinder bores.
•ceramic coating sprayed directly on the aluminum blocks, eliminating the liners & reducing weight
•excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery
•ceramic coating enhances the thin film of oil between the cylinder & piston, reducing friction & increasing power
•extended cylinder service life
•Flat top, lightweight forged aluminum pistons.
•less reciprocating mass for fast engine response
•reduced mechanical vibration for excellent reliability
•Single pin style crankshaft.
•design accentuates V-twin engine character, pulse feel & sound
•Wet sump lubrication system with easy access, spin on oil filter & drain plug for easy oil changes.
• Classic side mounted 2.3 litre air box houses an easy access, a high-flow viscous paper-type filter.
•”Closed loop”, dual bore, 35 mm throttle body fuel injection system with linear throttle response for easy riding.
•system uses throttle position sensor (TPS) to help optimize intake air flow & power
•ISC or idle speed controller ensures a steady idle
•4 – hole injectors optimize fuel atomization & feature a dual spray pattern for more complete combustion chamber filling
•”closed loop system” uses an oxygen sensor to “sniff” spent exhaust & automatically adjust the fuel / air ratio for reduced emissions
•oxygen sensor is located before the mufflers, so the use of aftermarket “slip-on” mufflers will not affect the closed loop system
•fuel injection benefits include; excellent throttle response, choke-free starting, steady idling during warm up, excellent fuel economy & reduced emissions
•Smooth-shifting, 5-speed transmission.
•optimized gear ratios match engine power for strong acceleration
•5th gear offers reduced engine rpms at highway speeds
•clutch is an “outer pull” design for light, easy lever effort
•Special narrow design belt drive final drive.
•narrow 21 mm wide belt design
•cleaner & quieter than chain drive… no messy chain splatter
•low maintenance… no regular adjustments or lubrication required
•belt drive system simplifies customization
•Maintenance-free transistor controlled ignition (TCI).
•produces a strong spark for fast starts
•provides precise ignition timing / mapping for optimum engine performance at all rpms
•2 into 1 exhaust system.
•large diameter header pipes for maximum flow
•dual stage muffler produces a low, throaty V-Twin growl
•heat shields protect rider & passenger from hot components
•3-way honeycomb catalyzer reduces harmful exhaust emissions
•Air Injection System injects fresh air into exhaust ports to fully burn any unburnt fuel, further reducing exhaust emissions.


•Tube type, double cradle steel frame.
•provides a natural riding position & roomy ergonomics combined with a low 690 mm (27.2″) seat height
•frame utilizes a rigid engine mounting system optimizing the overall chassis rigidity balance for superior handling
•engine mounting position provides a low center of gravity for light, easy handling
•Tube-type, steel, swingarm compliments the frame & features a dual shock rear suspension system.
•Compact 1570 mm (61.8″) wheelbase provides light, agile handling, for a fun riding experience.
•41mm KYB front fork offers 120 mm (4.7″) of wheel travel.
•good ride comfort & compliance
•chip guards help prevent fork tube “nicks” & protect fork seals
•Adjustable, premium, dual remote reservoir gas charged shock rear suspension. Rear wheel travel is 70 mm (2.8″).
•5 – positions of spring preload adjustability to suit load and / or rider preferences
•remote reservoir design keeps the shock cooler for more consistent damping performance
•Single, 298 mm front disc brake features a floating, wave-style disc squeezed by a twin piston caliper.
• strong, confidence-inspiring stopping power
•wave-style disc offers more surface area than a conventional round disc for excellent heat dissipation
• 298 mm rear wave-style disc brake is squeezed by single piston caliper.
•caliper mounted to the underside of the swingarm, reducing the centre of gravity for light handling
•location also hides the caliper for a clean, custom look
•Lightweight 12-spoke, cast aluminum wheels.
•front wheel size is MT2.50 x 19; tire size is 100/90 x 19
•rear wheel size is MT3.50 x 16; tire size is 150/80 x 16
•tubeless tires
•Short design, front & rear steel fenders for easy painting or customization.
•New, 13 litre, slim design flangeless fuel tank.
•2.8 litre reserve capacity (low fuel light illuminates)
•high capacity electric fuel pump
•Separate rider & passenger seats feature a dual texture, premium buckskin/suede design.
•good comfort & support
•seat height is 690 mm or 27.2″ off the ground, enhancing rider confidence
•narrow design through seat-fuel tank junction makes it easier to get both feet on the ground
•passenger seat can be easily removed if desired
•Foot pegs are positioned more rearward than on a traditional cruiser for a more natural & upright riding position.
•Conventional low handlebar offers an upright riding position.
• excellent rider comfort
• bar can be changed to a different “bend” for easy customization or personal preferences
•Triple clamp mounted LCD digital meter / instrument.
•functions include; speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel reserve trip meter (counts kilometers since low fuel light activated), clock & range of warning lights
•self-diagnostic function
•instrument functions can be “tabbed” through & reset using the RHS handlebar switch gear, allowing the operator to change instrument functions without taking hands off the bars.
•60/55 watt high intensity halogen headlight with chromed bezel.
•”Vintage design” LED tail light.
•The Bolt R-Spec is designed to be compact & slim, featuring clean, simple styling with the ability to easily personalize / customize the bike with a wide range of Genuine Star accessories.


• Industry-leading Star family fit & finish
• Upper & lower belt drive cover helps prevent debris from entering the belt and pulley areas
• Fork mounted steering lock
• Self-cancelling turn signals
• Passing switch (flashes high beam)
• Traditional dipstick to check oil level
• Yamaha diagnostic service tool coupler
• Low-maintenance, sealed battery (battery should be charged during winter storage)



2018 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8,399 USD

Engine Type 58-cubic-inch (942cc) air-cooled SOHC V-twin; 4 valves
Bore x Stroke 85.0mm x 83.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 5-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final Drive Belt
Suspension / Front Telescopic fork, 4.7-in travel
Suspension / Rear Dual piggyback shocks, 2.8-in travel
Brakes / Front Wave-type disc, 298mm
Brakes / Rear Wave-type disc, 298mm
Tires / Front 100/90-19
Tires / Rear 150/80-16
L x W x H 90.2 in x 37.2 in x 44.1 in
Seat Height 27.2 in
Wheelbase 61.8 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 29.0°
Trail 5.1 in
Ground Clearance 5.1 in
Fuel Capacity 3.4 gal
Fuel Economy** 51 mpg
Wet Weight 542 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color Armor Gray; Impact Blue




2018 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $9499 CDN





Air-cooled, SOHC, 8-valves (4 per cylinder), 60 degree, V-twin



Bore and Stroke

85 x83mm

Compression Ratio


Maximum Torque

8.2 kg-m (59.3 ft-lb) @ 3,000rpm

Fuel Delivery

35mm dual bore throttle body fuel injection

Estimated Fuel Consumption±

21.6 kpl / 61 mpg (imp.)


Wet Sump

Ignition / Starting

TCI / Electric


5 speed

Final Drive





Suspension (Front)

41mm fork / 120mm (4.7″) wheel travel

Suspension (Rear)

Preload adjustable premium dual gas charged piggyback shocks / 70mm (2.8″) wheel travel

Brakes (Front)

298mm disc / twin piston caliper

Brakes (Rear)

298mm disc / single piston caliper

Tires (Front)

100/90 x 19

Tires (Rear)

150/80 x 16


///Critical Data



2,290mm (90.2″)


830mm (37.2″)


1,120mm (44.1″)


1,570mm (61.8″)

Rake / Trail

29 degrees / 130mm (5.1″)

Seat Height

690mm (27.2″)

Fuel Capacity

13 litres (2.9 Imp. gal.)

Wet Weight

248kg (547 lb.)


Vivid Blue
Bluish Grey



2018 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See Dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)



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