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Comparison Vulcan S vs Yamaha VX950 Bolt R-Spec

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As explained in my introductory post, I am in the process of obtaining my motorcycle driving license. This means, I have not purchase my bike yet. However, I made my mind about the Vulcan S after test riding a friend's of mine (I have ridden Kawasakis for many ears when I was younger) I fell in love with right away. Up to know I have been doing research on the bike and all the different accessories, to the extend that I exactly know what I want and when to get it.

However, couple of days ago, the devil crossed my way by making me discover the Yamaha Bolt R-Spec which it is truly beautiful and it competes directly with the Vulcan S. The Bolt, right out of the bat is more expensive which a quite important show stopper for me. However, I would like to get your opinion on how the Vulcan S beats the Bolt. Do you know any review video comparing such bikes?

I leave a couple of pictures for anyone who hasn't seen the Bolt before. Thanks for everything and I am waiting to hear your responses.
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One key difference for my was Liquid vs Air Cooled, it can hit close to 40C around here in the summer and I did not like the idea of needing air to cool if I am stuck in traffic
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Yamaha makes some nice machines,see the bolt is air cooled?would have to review it to know more
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When I was researching I know I saw at least a few video and text reviews comparing the two to each other as well as a few other similar bikes. I don't have any links saved, but a quick google search should help you find them.
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Originally Posted by Newfiezedder View Post
One key difference for my was Liquid vs Air Cooled, it can hit close to 40C around here in the summer and I did not like the idea of needing air to cool if I am stuck in traffic
Very good point. I leave in Madrid and during the summer, it gets out there and the traffic is also quite hefty.
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I briefly looked at the Bolt online, as I also liked its looks (though not as much as the Vulcan S). However, I also saw a video of someone complaining about the speedometer display, as it was against a black background and not backlit like the Vulcan's is, and this made it almost impossible to view at times in direct sunlight. That was enough for me to discount it entirely.

Found this... you should definitely investigate it before making a decision: new 2015 BOLT Speedometer
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The Vulcan S caught me at just the right time and in the right mood for buying. However, I had seen the Bolt R on the showroom floor a few bikes down but it was some odd color that didn't impress me (and the Vulcan S was a satin black, which I loved immediately). Also, the Bolt seemed a little more upright and chopped off at the nose and I liked the streamlined look of the Vulcan S a little more in front. I would have liked the bigger engine of the Bolt just for exhaust sound purposes, but the Vulcan S is plenty loud if you do it right.

VulcanS vs BoltR
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Saw both, I was immediately drawn to the Vulcan S, It seemed more streamlined, and broke the mold of your typical cruiser imo. Secondly, i wanted something for daily commuting in the city, so it had to be nimble and enjoyable and able to deal with the issues that come with city navigating, also it had be able to hit the highway when i decided to sneak away or just flush the brain from a long week of work. The air cooling and 5 speed gear box just didn't seem to meet my needs, I'm now a year in with the Vulcan and i still see Bolts at the dealer when i stop in and i'm still convinced i made the right choice.
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I think this comparison was one that led me to the Vulcan S: CRUISER COMPARISON: We Test 6 Small-Displacement Cruisers | MOTORCYCLIST

It came down to price, fit, and weight.
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I looked at the Bolt. Looks really good on paper, and I really like the looks of it, but when I actually sat on one I found that, as a tall guy, it wasn't very comfortable for me. The air box really sticks out on the right side and my knee ended up against it in a way that would have drove me nuts. I also felt kind of scrunched up on it.

I was pretty bummed because I REALLY like the looks of it.

You can read a lot of stuff, but it all comes down to how it actually fits you when you throw a leg over it.
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