With the base ‘Bolt’ being phased out in 2020, the Bolt R-Spec has filled its shoes as the new base model for this Sportster clone going into the future. This pure-blooded Japanese cruiser is marketed as a Sport Heritage model in Yamaha’s 2022 lineup as it really represents the humble beginnings that Yamaha came from.
With its torquey V-Twin engine configuration, the blacked-out 942cc air-cooled mill lays down some impressive torque numbers; which suits the aesthetic of this bike perfectly. The torque curve maxes out as 3000 RPM making it perfect for cruising, and the air-cooled engine design keeps things easy for maintenance.
This hotrod Bobber style is brought to life thanks to the 3.4-gallon teardrop fuel tank, 12-spoke front, and rear rims, and steel fenders all around. Although there aren’t any notable changes to this model for 2022, it’s admirable that Yamaha still even manufactures this motorcycle and they should be appreciated for keeping our collective Japanese cruiser dreams going. Thank you, Yamaha.
The 2022 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec starts at $8,599 USD / $9,999 CAD
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Price: $8,599 USD / $9,999 CAD
Belt final drive
Yamaha sport fuel injection technology on a cruiser
Air cooled engine with mildly oil-cooled transmission
Engine Type: 942 cc air-cooled SOHC V-twin; 8 valve
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-degree V-twin poweplant.
The Bolt R-Spec uses Yamaha’s advanced 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 mid-range torque that’s sure to bring a smile to every rider’s face.
Compact, Stable Chassis
The slim body and low seat design combine to give the Bolt R-Spec light maneuverability and a stable handling feel. 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 making a bike their own, the options for the Bolt R-Spec are limited only by the owner’s imagination. As the perfect beginning canvas for personalization, the Bolt R-Spec is the ultimate example of a motorcycle conceived and designed with owner customization in mind.
Unique Bolt Persona
Components such as the sculpted 3.4 gallon teardrop fuel tank, muscular blacked-out V-twin engine, distinctive 12-spoke front and rear wheels, belt drive, and steel fenders all combine to bring a hotrod Bobber style to Yamaha’s Sport Heritage lineup.
The 58-cubic-inch (942cc) engine is an air-cooled SOHC 60-degree V-twin with four valves per cylinder, a pent-roof shaped combustion chamber and 9.0:1 compression ratio. The engine is designed to provide excellent power and superior low-end torque.
Low Friction Internals
Special roller-type rocker arms with needle bearings are used to keep friction loss to a minimum, increase durability and help the engine achieve the ideal performance characteristics.
Advanced Cylinder Design
The pent-roof combustion chamber shape was precisely engineered to direct the fuel/air charge to the center of the piston for more efficient combustion and maximum power. Ceramic-composite plated cylinders provide excellent heat dissipation and reduced oil consumption.
Lightweight Performance Pistons
High-quality forged aluminum pistons have a lightweight, high-strength, compact design that contributes to reduced vibration and increased durability.
A sophisticated twin-bore fuel injection is used on the Bolt R-Spec to deliver strong acceleration for the ultimate in urban riding fun. Precise 3D maps for ignition timing and fuel injection enhance performance in the mid- and low-speed ranges.
Compact Air Cleaner
The stainless steel air cleaner cover provides a “raw metal” look that accentuates the Bolt R-Spec’s distinctive styling. In addition, the air cleaner design provides great intake efficiency and enhanced torque characteristics.
Unique Bolt Exhaust System
A 2-into-1 exhaust pipe layout on the right side of the engine contributes to the lively performance and minimalist styling of the machine, while delivering a rich, throaty exhaust note.
A double-cradle frame provides precise handling and enhances city riding enjoyment thanks to the rigid mount system mounting the engine directly to the frame.
Low Seat Height
The low-set seat provides a great riding position while being a mere 27.2 inches off the pavement, so most riders can easily put both feet firmly on the ground at a stop.
Bolt R-Spec’s short, 61.8-inch wheelbase contributes to the bike’s great handling, providing precise, tight turns in city riding and solid, stable handling on the open road.
The beefy front 41mm fork tubes offer excellent suspension performance and the twin rear shocks, which include piggyback style gas chambers, have been tuned to provide great comfort and handling while contributing to the machine’s low, aggressive profile.
Low Maintenance Belt Drive
At just 21mm wide, the drive belt contributes to the slim and clean look of the rear end. The belt has a carbon-fiber core which adds strength and durability for longevity.
Modern Wheels & Tires
Distinctive 12-spoke cast alloy wheels provide strength and toughness while Bridgestone® tubeless 100/90-19 size front and 150/80-16 size rear tires offer excellent road grip in varying conditions.
The 298mm front disc brake and 298mm rear disc brake both use wave rotors, the style usually found on sport bikes. The front brake uses a floating mount for great heat-distortion resistance, contributing to excellent braking performance.
Slim, Stylish Fuel Tank
The 3.4 gallon fuel tank is a traditional teardrop style with a slim shape that includes flattened top and side surfaces. Plus the premium flangeless design makes for even cleaner lines, enhancing the Bolt R-Spec’s custom styling without the ugly tank seams found on so many other bikes in the class.