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2023 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec [Specs, Features, Photos]

2023 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec
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2023 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec: An Old-School Bobber in a New-Age Guise

The ‘Sport Heritage’ line in the 2023 Yamaha portfolio comprises two V-twin models. This, the 2023 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec, is the larger-capacity model and is a Japanese cruiser that perfectly captures the company’s humble beginnings.

Like last year’s bike, the 2023 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec is only available in one color option — Storm Gray — that complements the rest of its blacked-out aesthetic. Yamaha mentions that the bike features an “Urban Performance Bobber” look; we see no reason to dispute that. Design elements like the teardrop fuel tank, multi-spoke alloy wheels, and steel fenders positively contribute to its appeal, a gorgeous addition to the 2023 lineup.

The Bolt R-Spec’s slim body and low seat also improve accessibility and maneuverability. Overall, it looks like an all-American cruiser with the blacked-out components giving it a more contemporary appearance. The 942cc, V-twin engine on the bike produces 65 hp and 59.3 lb-ft of torque. The best part? Peak torque is produced as low as 3,000 rpm.

Staying true to its old-school charm, electronic rider aids are minimal, with just ABS-equipped disc brakes at both ends.

The 2023 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec starts at $8,899 USD / $10,599 CAD.

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2023 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec in one place.

2023 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec

Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $8,899 USD / $10,599 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Peak torque produced at 3,000 rpm
    • Low-maintenance belt drive
    • Low seat height enables easy accessibility

Key Specs

  • Engine: 942cc, air-cooled, V-twin
  • Power: 65 hp
  • Torque: 59.3 lb-ft
  • Weight: 542 lbs (245.8 kg)
  • Seat Height: 27.2 inches (691 mm)

2023 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec

2023 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec Specifications

From Yamaha


Engine 58-cubic-inch (942cc) air-cooled SOHC V-twin; 4 valves
Power 65 Hp
Bore x Stroke 85.0mm x 83.0mm
Compression Ratio 9.0:1
Fuel System Fuel injection
Starter Electric


Clutch multiplate wet clutch
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive Belt


Suspension Front Telescopic fork, 4.7-in travel
Suspension Rear Dual piggyback shocks, 2.8-in travel
Brakes Front Hydraulic single disc, 298mm
Brakes Rear Hydraulic single disc, 298mm
Tires Front 100/90-19 Bridgestone® EXEDRA G721 F
Tires Rear 150/80-16 Bridgestone® EXEDRA G722 R
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.4 gal


Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Spark Plugs
Headlight LED
Tail Light LED


Overall Length 90.2 in
Overall Width 37.2 in
Overall Height 44.1 in
Wheelbase 61.8 in
Ground Clearance 5.1 in
Seat Height 27.2 in
Wet Weight 542 lb


Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

2023 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec

2023 Yamaha Bolt R-Spec Features


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.

Rider-Focused Engine

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.

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.

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 powerplant.


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.

Air-Cooled V-Twin

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.

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.

Fuel Injection

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.

Lightweight Performance Pistons

High-quality forged aluminum pistons have a lightweight, high-strength, compact design that contributes to reduced vibration and increased durability.

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.

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 while delivering a rich, throaty exhaust note.


Advanced Suspension

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.

Agile Wheelbase

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.

Handling-Focused Frame

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 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.

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.

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.

Powerful Braking

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.


Bobber-Style Seat

Solo rider saddle adds to the minimalist bobber look while providing support for longer rides.

Modern Lighting

LED rear taillight looks cool and adds to the modern bobber appeal.

Real Steel Fenders

Steel front and rear fenders are ideal for personalization, including paint and customization.

Slick Instruments

Compact digital LCD meter assembly provides clean styling with excellent visibility.


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