One of the beauties of the legendary motorcycle event, Sturgis, is the fact that there are more custom rides than you can shake a spanner at.
Case in point, earlier this year nine of the motorcycle industry’s most renowned custom bike builders accepted a challenge with only one goal in mind; to inspire the imagination of Bolt fans and owners everywhere.
Star Motorcycles wanted to see what creative juices could flow from giving a group of talented builders a crack at their 942cc air cooled 4-stroke, V-Twin, SOHC, 4-valve minimalist ride. The Bolt is stripped down and devoid of chrome parts and epitomizes the “Urban Performance Bobber” look.
Riders may not be familiar with this motorcycle from Star as it's chassis design is entirely new. Components such as the 3.2 gallon fuel tank, belt drive, front and rear wheels, digital meter and steel fenders are new, creating a unique and fresh style.
The slim body and low seat design combine to give the motorcycle light maneuverability and a stable handling feeling. The upright riding posture helps the rider feel the wind, hear the sounds, and experience the pulse of the machine.
Just to give our readers an idea of the effort put into the first two customized Bolts that have been unveiled, here’s what a stock Star Bolt looks like.
Each builder started with a Bolt as a blank canvas and began creating their masterpiece. The first two were released into the wild at the start of this year’s 73rd Annual Sturgis Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.
Sticking to his café racer style Roland Sands Design’s Custom Bolt is all about screaming around the tightest corners on the local track and a rider lays down the ride and himself to milk every ounce of performance.
Chris Hagest and the crew at Low & Mean customized their bolt to ride close to the ground for bith the biker and the motorcycle. The mixed black paintwork is only broken by the motorcycle’s lines and a thick trim featured on the tank.
Both of these bikes will be featured in the Star Motorcycles display during Sturgis Bike Week and other upcoming shows.
There are seven more custom Star Bolt Motorcycles from the likes of Rooke Customs, Broward Motorsports, Sesto Customs, Jeff Palhegyi Designs, Chappell Customs, Doc’s Chops, M&M Customs and Dave Zemla of Burly Brand, taking center stage in the coming weeks.
Look for the next custom Bolt to be publically unveiled in the Star Motorcycles display at Indy MotoGP on August 16.
Make sure you check out the builds on all these custom Bolts at Star Motorcycles on Facebook and on Twitter @starmotorcycles.