Cruiser-heads rejoice as Yamaha is about to launch their latest Bolt for 2020, dubbed as the “Urban Performance Bobber. The 2020 Yamaha Bolt boasts the same bobber-style retro-theme from its predecessors worthy to compete against its American cruiser counterparts such as Harley-Davidson and Indian.
The new Yamaha Bolt has minimal graphics with really clean body panels. At first glance, it’s already begging to be customized, as Yamaha would say — “We build it. You make it your own.”
A 13-liter, tear-drop shaped fuel tank makes out the retro look of the Bolt, together with a cropped rear fender and clean side panels keeping the design uncluttered and neat. A single LED taillight is mounted on the rear fender paired with a round headlamp in front gives old-school appeal while at the same time performing visibility duties. It has a pulled-back handlebar with footpegs that are slightly forward set for a little bit of an ape stance giving you a more laid-back riding position for more comfort.
Powering the Bolt is a 942 cc, belt-driven, air-cooled, SOHC, four-valve, V-Twin engine capable of generating a power output of 53 hp at 5,500 RPM and 80 Nm of torque at 3,000 RPM mated to a five-speed transmission. Dual-Channel ABS comes standard with its 298 mm petal disc brakes for the front and rear. At the same time, 41 mm telescopic forks up front and twin shocks at the rear provide you with damping duties. A small single-pod LCD instrument cluster keeps a clean look while displaying all the essential tell-tale signs to the rider. However, the bold offers no electronic rider aids which still makes it a purist’s ideal bobber.
The new Yamaha Bolt will be offered in two color options on two variants. The Standard variant comes in Blue Metallic paint finish while the higher-spec ‘R’ variant would come in Purplish Blue Metallic color. The Standard comes with spoke wheels while the ‘R’ variant features cast alloy rims with gold highlights on the suspension set-up for a sportier look.
The new Yamaha Bolt 950 is set to be unveiled on June 18 of this year to the international market by Yamaha Japan. The previous generation Yamaha Bolt was priced at P569,000 and while it has not been officially announced yet here in the Philippines, we can assume that the new version would be priced around the same range when they land on our shores.