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Offline Alphonsusjude

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New, not yet owner with a question
« on: May 15, 2017, 12:18:32 PM »
Hey Bolt folks,

New to the forms, saw the Bolt R-Spec and fell in love. I haven't rode in about 6 years, and my last bike wax a 1983 Honda Nighthawk 550.

Looking to buy hopefully within the next few months.

So my big question is, is the 942cc engine enough to hall my ass around?

I'm a bit of a chunker, I'm 5'9" and about 260lbs. Are there any big guys on here that have any input for me before I buy?

My biggest use for the bolt will be driving around town, and commuting about 10k back and forth to work. I don't think I'll be doing much in the way of highway trips, but I'm concerned that the 942cc and 5 speed tranny won't hold up to my weight if I do try to take it on the highway.

Thanks in advance Folks

Alphonsus

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Offline Jonesin

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Re: New, not yet owner with a question
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2017, 12:49:18 PM »
Well, I'm 6'1 and 255 lbs. She gets up to speed in quick~ish fashion. Slower than my last bike, a 2002 Suzuki SV650s, which sub 4 seconds 0-60, and even slower than my car, a 2011 Infiniti M56. That said, she's fast enough to leave most vehicles behind you at the lights. For highways, I've gotten up to only around 140 km/h (85 mph roughly) and she was NOT at wide open throttle. But she was able to maintain that comfortably.
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Online Shane45_1911

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Re: New, not yet owner with a question
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2017, 01:18:31 PM »
The biggest issue you will have is your rear suspension travel and comfort.
There is only 2.8" travel to play with.  You're going to want to crank up the rear preload to compensate for 255 pounds of sag, but that means your suspension is going to be pretty firm with minimal rebound on the shock.
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Offline RudeBoltin

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Re: New, not yet owner with a question
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2017, 01:26:25 PM »
I'm 5'11" and pushing 210 pounds, plus ride double alot. With gear, supplies and 2 of us we run an easy 400 pounds down the hwy. Easily pushes up to 80+ mph to pass cars.
As Shane says the rear shocks are the biggest limiting factor. Better seat, I have full Mustang set, and shocks will make a huge difference. Hagon shocks run around $250 for rear set and come highly recommended by other members on this forum.
Good luck and enjoy.
Be safe and Bolt on.

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Re: New, not yet owner with a question
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2017, 07:32:06 PM »
I'm with the others - around 250 lbs and 5'9..... With Ivan's reflash, you won't have trouble keeping up with ANYBODY.... and probably walk away from a lot of bikes with bigger engines.  I know I've had guys with 1600 baggers tell me to slow down because they couldn't keep up with me.  ;D And that was BEFORE I got the reflash!
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Offline Alphonsusjude

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Re: New, not yet owner with a question
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2017, 12:39:48 AM »
Ivan's reflash?

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Re: New, not yet owner with a question
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2017, 11:52:27 PM »
Ivan's reflash?

Ivan's Performance takes your Engine Control Unit (ECU) and reprograms it.  He recurves the fuel settings, as well as the spark advance, as well as raising the redline and removing the "Deceleration Cutoff" that the EPA mandates that ALL Fuel Injected vehicles have.

Doing all this has several advantages.... Your engine runs cooler (believe it or not, MORE fuel will help it run cooler - it's complicated physics, but that's how it works), you get LOTS more power, and you have MUCH better control of the throttle. You'll use a little more fuel, but the improvement is worth it!

When it's stock, the throttle feels like an On/Off switch due to the EPA mandated Deceleration Cutoff. That means your engine literally shuts down when you back off the throttle a certain amount (when you're slowing down) - as the computer shuts off all fuel to it - then kicks back in when you hit the gas again. It's VERY unnerving, and makes it harder to control speed and power - especially at low speeds. And it's on ALL Fuel injected vehicles - but it's most noticeable on motorcycles.
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Re: New, not yet owner with a question
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2017, 02:47:15 AM »
I can back up everything Norm just said. I just got it done & the improvement in throttle control, smoothness of acceleration & deceleration is very noticeable! Also notice a little more power, probably due to the increase in rpm.
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Re: New, not yet owner with a question
« Reply #9 on: May 17, 2017, 09:57:51 AM »
To help put things in clear perspective, I have a 2015 Bolt in Candy Red. My friend liked the bike so much he bought a 2015 Bolt in Glacier Blue. We ride together all the time. I am 5'8 240 lbs he is 5'11 160 lbs. We drag race on the regular stop light to stop light. There is absolutely no difference....We are always neck and neck. if I get a better whole shot I will pull away from him a little and vice versa. When we get the same whole shot and rev each gear to the same RPM (Whatever that is lol) we stay shoulder to shoulder. I was actually surprised that even though I'm 80 lbs heavier there is absolutely No difference in acceleration whatsoever. like I said sometimes I get out the gate better and he cant come close to catching me and vice versa. hope that helps

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Re: New, not yet owner with a question
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2017, 08:27:50 PM »
I'm surprised that 80lbs in weight makes no difference to the acceleration. Would've expected a a solid bike length or so by third gear.
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Re: New, not yet owner with a question
« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2017, 02:41:41 PM »
I'm surprised that 80lbs in weight makes no difference to the acceleration. Would've expected a a solid bike length or so by third gear.

As did I! Side by side from dead stop We have gassed each gear to the max and have been side by side up to 100 MPH...No difference whatsoever. I was really surprised! bikes got some power!