As an alternative to Harley Davidson Sportster 883, Yamaha Star Bolt for the most part, justifies the expectations and makes a pretty good bobber-like bike for a reasonable price. The 950cc engine, the brake system tasked to stop the bike, and that in fact, does it better than the one on Sportster, good torque at low rpm - these are some of the advantages of Yamaha Star Bolt.
Sure, it's not purely perfect and also has some glitches. But let's not talk solely about the specs. There is something about this bike that makes me believe that it's a good customization material. It's practically "ripe" for the build and, as if that's not enough, there are a lot of options what it can be turned into. One of them is a really great old school scrambler that you can see here.
Looking at the bike in this pictures I hardly imagine the amount of work gone into it, especially knowing that Greg Hageman - the guy who has built it, is a one man operation.
The discerning eye will probably notice that the bike is reminiscent of an old Yamaha DT400. The old school spirit is exactly what Greg was inspired by and what he's instilled into this Yamaha Star Bolt. Furthermore, there is also a practical side of the work. Besides the good look, Greg intended to make a handy and "go anywhere" bike that Yamaha could actually sell in their line up. Easier said than done, isn't it?
Although, the exhaust pipes have been routed differently, the engine hasn't been reworked. The scrambler is now shod in all-terrain tires and it packs an impressive front end, beautified by a head-light with a grid. Minimalistic flat seat partly and slightly covers the high mounted clipped rear fender. The bike has been painted in yellow, white and black. No gewgaws, no fancy toys.
Greg Hageman is currently in a competition, organized by Yamaha, with other builders (including some famous ones). His bike is really awesome and I'm not surprised he's winning at the moment. Find out more or/and help Greg by voting for this bike right here.
Images by Erick Runyon