Test Yamaha XV 950 Bolt (Real Competitor)

The Japanese custom takes a new path with the Yamaha XV 950, “Bolt” of his first name across the Atlantic. Finished the ‘glitter’ of a certain style too often development, here is counting that bonus… and the character! First contact

 Test Yamaha XV 950 Bolt: real competitor

This is the “custom culture” (or “custom culture”) inspired by the American lifestyle of the end of the 1960s, which inspired the designers of the Yamaha XV 950. And this trend is deprivation, both aesthetic and technology, this Yamaha includes thinking about a certain Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster.

Exit then the chrome galore. Farewell also to the technology on all floors: the 950 “Bolt” has different engine mapping, traction control, and ABS (the ‘R’ version only). Style, side Yamaha knowingly played count: future owners will be able to transform their machine to the environment (via the catalog of options of the constructor).

Test Yamaha XV 950 Bolt: Very ‘Low Rider’

 Test Yamaha XV 950 Bolt: real competitor

Note the profile is very “low rider” for this XV 950, with the choice of a rim of 19-inch front and 16-inch rear. The ground clearance is limited, but despite this and its rear suspensions that anger a bit, the “Bolt” features tasteful handling… As long as we keep in mind the philosophy of this machine especially made for cushy cruisers: this is neither a sport nor a sports roadster!

Test Yamaha XV 950 ‘ Bolt ‘: Well-Manicured Look

 Test Yamaha XV 950 Bolt: real competitor

XV 950 treats its look. The color contrast between the crankcase and the gearbox output, symmetrical housing top and bottom belt, and double cradle quite late, so rigid frame chopper.

Test Yamaha XV 950 ‘Bolt’: known engine

 Test Yamaha XV 950 Bolt: real competitor

With the exit of the XV 950 Midnight Star, the twin is re-examined for better sticking to the spirit of the “Bolt”. It offers a few fewer horses (2 to be precise), but it gives more couple (0.3 m/kg), the whole obtained by the exhaust and studied box with air specifically.

Test Yamaha XV 950 ‘Bolt’: rear wheel-axle unit

 Test Yamaha XV 950 Bolt: real competitor

Clean and discreet, the timing belt is a ‘must’ for a custom medium capacity. As for the shock, it is a little sore subject on the standard version the race is very short, with a running start too soft and end very tough race. And reload the hardest thing is worse. The ‘R’ version is itself equipped with Ohlins elements much better.

If the handling of the bike is instant, position, feet forward, demand for addiction. But Yamaha easily slips in city traffic, clutch, gearbox, and throttle knowing to be forgotten.

Template content and relatively low center of gravity do not prevent the bike from being quite heavy 247 kg with full advertised. It ‘calls’ a little forward in small corners, but nothing alarming. Dry, suspensions, and limited race save however little lower back. But despite the limited ground clearance, the chassis is neutral and handling pretty good.

Test Yamaha XV 950 Bolt: real competitor

For its part, the engine is voluntary and provides its maximum torque at 3000 r / min, accepting without much fuss to climb to 5500 rev/min allowed by design. Moreover, since the philosophy of the bike and the limits of its chassis, it is easy to simply ‘only’ a 52 hp V-twin.

These advantages are sufficient for Yamaha for the Harley Sportster with bikers? We expect your comments…!

Spread the love

About Oliver

Check Also

Motorcycle News Yamaha MT-07 is close enough to the MT-09

Motorcycle News Yamaha MT-07 is close enough to the MT-09

Yamaha is going to come back strong: Such were the words of the president of …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *