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Offline Matt_Sh1t_Hazy

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Bolt in Boston Baby!
« on: August 16, 2021, 01:52:20 am »
New Member. Thanks for having me.

Boston (via NY). ~20yrs on 2 wheels+2 cylinders (30+ yrs on 2 wheels in general but added the HP once discovered you could go faster without the sweat, ya know once the gov't let me). Like a lot of guys I started on sportsbikes and my back is now in old-dude mode so that's where the sport cruiser comes in....

Did a couple months research (had the time, this was start of '21, remember?). Thanks to yamahastarbolt.com I got some great info, so...Thank You All. I went with a lightly-used '17 R-Spec in late May and have been loving this little lady. Comfortable AND Agile, dependable, Powerful, Beautiful, great commuter for the kinda BOS traffic that will make you debate life after the 10th gridlock of the day. Split lanes? Absolutely not (officer) the MA legislature hasn't wised up enough to legalize that here yet ;) ...But I don't have to sell you all on the Bolt's many merits.

I was close to pulling a trigger with the dealer on a new one, when this one popped up on the local CL, 5k miles, Cobra Exhaust, SSCC Billy-Bob Classic Half-moon Cleaner, Cobra FI2000, House of Kolors 3-stage Custom Painted Tank, Blacked Out Parts (including my soul), Yamaha Gaiters & Upper Fork Black-Out, Grips, Fender Removed & Plate Relocated, Extended Warranty, etc - Couldn't go stock after meeting her and tho I love configuring a good mod (there will be some for sure), just don't have the time these days to have started from scratch. Big Shout out to "F" in CT if you're on here, Nice work (again and again) bro, and don't worry, I'm taking great care of her.

I did switch out the white LED headlight bulb for a stock H4 bc it was not a great one with not much of a high-beam at night. I thought it might be the aiming, but popped in the old 'yeller and got that clear line on the hatchback in front of me just where it should be. So I know there are a lot of threads on headlight mods - I am expecting to go down that road in the future (and trying not to blind the oncoming cager with the power of a HID that I'm unaware of). Found a used CycleShell for her when she's out of storage and I love this thing too...highly recommended. Also, I will need a better storage solution than the backpack I'm currently using (I know guys dig it, no hate) but the issue is I really like the bare-bones style of the bike as it is...I guess either the bike is bare or my back is, not both. If anyone has some pointers here, would appreciate it on how to gain storage while maintaining bare look. Also, would be interested to hear if guys like the yammy luggage rack and passenger kit (assuming they put the kids to work over in Shenzen filling the backorder sometime soon).

Oh yeah and neither me or my bolt is short on wind - without a screen in the bike's case, or a filter in mine. :P  Anyway, nice to be on here. Looking forward to talking. Take care, ride safe, and thanks again for paying it forward with the good info on here.



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Re: Bolt in Boston Baby!
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2021, 12:07:11 pm »
Welcome to the BOLT - this is my 2nd Season (i rode for 2 summers on Bro's Yamaha 400 special at age 18-19)
I changed out to LED head lamp bulb (it has a red halo ring) but it also shoots too high for Hi-Beams at night
(i found adjustment of headlamp instructions - but have not done this Task, yet)
i have a luggage rack - looks better with it ? - but i do Not use it , i do Not want hooks scratching up my rear fender
i have removed the Front Fairing, smoke color - MOHAWK - this is for sale $50 plus ship ($195.95 new)
looks very similar to web link except that the clamps are Black Not Chrome - attach to your black painted forks
http://www.nationalcycle.com/index.php/catalog/category/view/id/6098

« Last Edit: August 16, 2021, 12:12:24 pm by E »
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Re: Bolt in Boston Baby!
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2021, 11:21:47 pm »
Thanks E.

Yeah, there seams to be a potential issue with some of these LED bulbs shooting too high (esp. for the high-beam). It's easy to adjust the aim with those two small screws (you can see the simple mechanism when its open) and I got close to attempting but glad I kept it where it is so I (hopefully) won't have to go through that process bc it appears factory as is...it was all the LED bulb...need a different solution anyway. One thing you may want to consider is if you readjust them downward, will then your lowbeams be aimed too low? Let me know if you attempt...would be curious to know. The regular H4 isn't bad for me in the meantime, at least i can see the road well. I do like the idea of the Red halo ring, sounds dope. What brand? Also like your red tach and "red-outs" did you do those yourself and is the speedo that popular one alot of guys have (forget the name)?
Well if u ever feel like selling that luggage rack, I'll take it off your hands. I hear ya on worrying about hooks, I figure: A) will just have to be cinched tight enough where there's no slack hanging down to scratch the fender, and/or B) I've seen some bungee cords with rubber coated hooks, the plastic ones more common, but those are kind of hard plastic, might still scratch.

I like the Mohawk Screen. Thanks. Will consider this one if I go down that Ave. Don't spend much time on the freeways right now.


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Re: Bolt in Boston Baby!
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2021, 11:28:57 pm »
Curious, could a screen like that Mohawk be installed to clip-on/clip-off?

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Re: Bolt in Boston Baby!
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2021, 11:58:56 am »
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FDQZMDY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
link for RED light bulb in head lamp (BLUE color is available) - 15 minutes i installed mine
MOHAWK smoke fairing with black clamps - requires removal of One allen head screw with serrated washer on each side
like a PIN to the Black Clamp Mounts - one each side , these CLAMPS are still on my Bike
these Clamps have a single sided Tape, perhaps 2 layers, that acts as a SHIM for different diameter Forks
--- quick release mechanism on my bi-cycle TIRES is nice, but a little heavy , little expensive add for QUICK Release feature on a Fairing (so - get allen socket screw driver and remove bolt on each side for REMOVAL of Smoke Fairing - but the CLAMPS are still on your FORKS, until you remove those same size fasteners
KOSO speedometer , $285 new on ebay at times - $355 or so from manufacturer - has RED Background color, like 7 colors
Tachometer - Digital display of what gear you are in - RED Light comes on when 1 gallon of gas is left in tank , etc
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Re: Bolt in Boston Baby!
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2021, 01:29:11 pm »
Thanks for the info.

I do like that Koso for the Tach. The gear display is a nice feature, but I've never had a bike with it so guess I'm just used to keeping a tally in the back of my head. The design is dope too, looks awesome. The oem one however I think fits better with my personal plan to keep mine classic and simple looking (simple just like me :-) ). Maybe I'll look into a seperate add-on tach at some point, have seen pics of guys mounting little ones down and to the side.

I like your red-outs, did you take those somewhere to haven powdercoated? Mine are spaypainted with high-heat rustoleum, like the BBQ stuff, but I imagine they are going to chip at some point.

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Re: Bolt in Boston Baby!
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2021, 02:56:27 pm »
I like your red-outs, did you take those somewhere to haven powdercoated? Mine are spaypainted with high-heat rustoleum, like the BBQ stuff, but I imagine they are going to chip at some point.
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Re: Bolt in Boston Baby!
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2021, 06:11:59 pm »
Thanks for the info.

I do like that Koso for the Tach. The gear display is a nice feature, but I've never had a bike with it so guess I'm just used to keeping a tally in the back of my head. The design is dope too, looks awesome. The oem one however I think fits better with my personal plan to keep mine classic and simple looking (simple just like me :-) ). Maybe I'll look into a seperate add-on tach at some point, have seen pics of guys mounting little ones down and to the side.

I like your red-outs, did you take those somewhere to haven powdercoated? Mine are spaypainted with high-heat rustoleum, like the BBQ stuff, but I imagine they are going to chip at some point.

The gear display is calculated speed to rpm. It displays it after you let the clutch out. IMHO useless to know if you hammered down 2 down or 3 down.
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Re: Bolt in Boston Baby!
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2021, 02:54:52 am »
Was not aware of that Srinath. Good to know. Thanks. Not crazy about a tach myself but curious...do you know if this bike will take a plug and play stand alone tach that's real input? I'm assuming no if koso guage has to use an estimate.

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Re: Bolt in Boston Baby!
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2021, 08:50:05 am »
The rpm is available from ecu so a standalone tach is doable plug and play (sort of).
The gear position isn't available from ECU. Thats why the koso calculates it with speedo/rpm numbers.
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Re: Bolt in Boston Baby!
« Reply #10 on: September 03, 2021, 12:23:04 pm »
Oh I gotcha, misread that. No actual gear reading coming from tranny.

Well according to Yamaha manual, you should prettymuch always be all the way up ...that and hammering all the way down at 16mph. Always thought their shift speeds were funny (see attached)..