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Used to be fairly active here on this forum after I got my 2017 SCR950, but drifted away after realizing the SCR was too tall, top heavy and had footpegs in the wrong place for me. Next up in the stable was the delightful Yamaha TW200, the ultimate fun paddock bike, but I missed cruising lazily down the freeway on the fat torque curve delivered by the Bolt V-twin. I had to peg the throttle wide open on the poor TW to barely make 65. Any hill or headwind soon put an end to that.

So back to the Bolts. My local Az dealer made a trade I couldn’t resist on the TW and my latest Bolt came home. Quiz for the sharp of eye - is it a C-Spec or R-Spec? The dealer had a leftover 2015 C-Spec (VIN ending in 000038) at a very attractive discount but the Cafe ergonomics just didn’t work for me with aging back and knees. I ended up with a brand new 2019 Bolt R-Spec where the low seat height of 27” was easy to swing a leg over, compared to the SCR at 33”.

Of course the C-Spec and R-Spec are almost identical except for footpeg layout and low clipon style bars on the former. The SCR differs mostly in the rear subframe to accommodate a longer flat seat. I suppose you can now think of the C-Spec and SCR as orphans in the mainstream Bolt line, that is now down to 2 models.

Mods you say? I added the engine guards 1TP-F43B0-V0-00, Daytona tachometer DBY-ACC56-13-16, fork gaiters 1TP-F31E0-V0-00 (stock on the C-Spec), fork brace 1TP-F31H0-V0-00 and stock C-Spec double seat B33-24730-00-00.

It didn’t take long to find the low bobber seat bent my knees too much and made getting feet down safely for an emergency stop risky at best. The C-Spec seat is an ideal compromise at 30”, neither too tall nor too low for my size. I got the last one in stock in the US and had to order the fender mounting brackets from Webike in Japan, who delivered most promptly.

A quick glance at the picture then might fool Bolt fans into thinking my new bike is a C-Spec because of the seat (minus cowl) but the handlebars are the main giveaway. Now I’m just past the 300-mile mark and the tachometer helps keep the rpm within breakin range. A comfortable 3,500 rpm is good for 65 mph. Oh, and the street tires are nice and quiet, unlike the SCR’s knobby drone.

Each to their own, of course. The R-Spec is common, unlike the C-Spec and SCR that may verge on becoming collectible. It’s good to be back.

Cheers,
 

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Say, that's a nice bike.
 
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Keeping it simple, I see.
With that color, seat, etc... It's just right.
Have fun and welcome back!!!
=)


Aside: Genny wanted to demo a Bolt when they came out. So we drove to Twin Cities Yamaha in Auburn, AL and an open house event.
She got to try out an R Spec.
What did I demo?
A black 2012 Super Tenere - the exact same one I'd ridden 2 years earlier before buying one just like it! LOL
 

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Thanks Eddie; simpler is better in my book being raised on classic British motorcycles.

At my age I’d need a step ladder to climb aboard that Super Tenere. Then again, there’s too low as I found out with the stock R-Spec seat. I should have remembered my experience fitting a bicycle just right. You have to choose frame size first then properly adjust seat height and bar reach.

So I assume Genny didn’t succumb to the charm of an R-Spec back then?
 

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A black 2012 Super Tenere - the exact same one I'd ridden 2 years earlier before buying one just like it! LOL
Wow it's pretty cool that you got to take your old bike for a ride two years later!
Amazing that it sat there that long!

Nice looking Bolt, Rokrover!
 

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Wow it's pretty cool that you got to take your old bike for a ride two years later!
Amazing that it sat there that long!

Nice looking Bolt, Rokrover!
The "demo" Tenere got adopted by the shop owner and he dragged it out to let folks try one along with the Bolts. A mutual friend ended up with it eventually. For some odd reason, Tenere's wear out front tires faster than rears. At least our local sample of four anyway. How does that tie in? I'd replaced both of my tires at once and the "good" rear went on the demonstrator model. So, I rode the demo I'd previously sampled and revisited a tire I'd bought new. Weird. LOL
 

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Rokrover,
If you wanna be different with the Bolt, you could drill/tap the upper triple clamp to accept a SCR950 speedometer mount and move it up front next to the tach. =)
Just a project for a rainy day. ;-)

Bracket, Meter B33-83519-00-00 About $13USD.
The SCR upper triple's $158.
Drilling and tapping the existing one is WAY cheaper. LOL
 
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