California racer Tommy Aquino has died after a crash involving another rider at Piru Ranch MX in Piru, Calif. According to the Ventura County Star, the 21-year-old professional racer died in a head-on collision shortly before 12:30 pm on Feb. 2. An unidentified second rider was seriously injured and air-lifted to hospital. Aquino raced five […]
Bolt Headlines Returning 2015 Models From Star & Yamaha
With all the excitement focused on the FZ-07′s stateside introduction, let us not forget these equally important models returning to Star’s and Yamaha’s 2015 lineup: the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec, the street-legal WR250R, XT250 and TW200, and the Blu Cru MXers; the 2-stroke YZ85/125/250, and 4-stroke YZ250F/450F.
Like the FZ-09′s success, the Bolt is a smash hit for Star Motorcycles. So good, in fact, Star says the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec have been the best selling metric cruisers in all displacement sizes for the last 12 months ending in April of this year. For 2015 not much has changed beyond improved legibility of the digital gauge in direct sunlight, and two new colors, Glacier Blue and Candy Red. Even the price remains the same at $7990. The Bolt R-Spec receives the same upgraded instrument, and new wheel striping as well as a $100 price bump to $8390. New colors for the 2015 Bolt R-Spec are Raven Black and Matte Silver.
Both the YZ250F and YZ450F were all-new models for 2014, so it comes as no surprise that the 2015 models receive only minor updates including quarter-turn fasteners on the air box, new fork internal settings, differently shaped motor mounts comprised of new material, and new Dunlop MX52 tires. Both colors, Team Yamaha Blue/White and White/Red are again available for 2015 while only the Team Blue receives black rims and a gold chain. Prices remain tentatively unchanged at $7490 and $8490, respectively. Both models will be available this month.
Both the YZ125 and YZ250 received a host of new cosmetics and a few performance tweaks for 2015 including:
•Side number plates
•Front brake hose holder
•Rear brake caliper protector and disc guard
The 2-stroke MXers will be available in August for $6390 and $7290, respectively.
Not to be left out, the 2015 YZ85 received new triple clamps and handlebars, revised intake/exhaust port timing, an adjustable clutch and these new cosmetic upgrades: front fender, radiator shroud and side number plates. New 2015 model YZ85s are available now for an MSRP of $4090.
While Yamaha updated its Super Ténéré for 2014 with electronic suspension (reviewed here), three more affordable dual-purpose models return for 2015 unchanged. The WR250R will be available in September for $6690, the XT250 is available this month for $5190, and the TW200 will be available in August for $4590. Pricing for these three is tentative and may change prior to availability.