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#1 cm das

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Posted 2013-10-25 18:38:18

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I stopped by a Yamaha display in Airport Plaza (Chiang Mai) yesterday & saw that they are now taking deposits for the Star Bolt with delivery sometime January or February 2014. Full price is 465,000 Baht. It's basically a 942cc copy of the Harley Sportster 883. I've always liked the style of the Harley Sportsters but have been scared off by the price, along with reliability and vibration issues. So I'm very interested in the Bolt. Cycleworld.com did a comparison & the Bolt came out looking much better in terms of suspension, brakes, handling, torque... you name it:

http://www.cycleworl...omparison-test/

 

Of course, the prices here in Thailand are way high, but here too the Bolt has the Sportster 883 beat by 120,000 Baht. Yamaha Square is supposed to have a floor model in the shop sometime next month & I'll be heading down to check it out for sure. Anyone out there have experience with this bike? Am I the only one who's excited to see this new option coming to Thailand?

 


Edited by cm das, 2013-10-25 18:46:50.


#2 Duindam

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Posted 2013-10-25 18:57:24

Motorcycle Thailand reported that a few months back http://www.motorcycl...V-Star-Thailand



#3 ll2

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Posted 2013-10-25 20:10:18

you can go buy a kawa vulcan 900 for less than 500 k thb right now too.



#4 guzzi850m2

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Posted 2013-10-25 20:27:01

Very nice looking bike, I like it and 465.000 for a such a bike is not too bad and the HD's are overpriced for what you get.

 

The HD Sporster 883 is underpowered and considered a beginers bike in the US but the 1200 is very very cool and with a bit tweaking quite fast too.

 

Extremly reliable too, it's a simple motor and anybody can easily do their own maintenance too.

 

If money was not a problem and single, I would have a Sporster 48 parked outside the house.



#5 cm das

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Posted 2013-10-25 21:13:17

I prefer the style of the Sportster/Bolt to the Vulcan. Still, a couple years ago I was considering getting a Vulcan but I was seriously turned off by the dealer in Chiang Mai. The sales girl told me that under no circumstances would I be able to test ride one - the fact that my bike at the time was a D-Tracker 250 I'd bought from the same dealer didn't matter at all. There's no way I'll drop nearly half a million baht on a bike without being able to ride it. I don't know for sure about Yamaha these days but a few years ago a friend of mine was able to take an FZ6 out for a test ride. That gives me more hope for the Bolt.



#6 BSJ

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Posted 2013-10-26 19:43:11

It's overpriced but OK.  The right side looks the business but the drive belt guard on the left side really makes it look crap.



#7 cm das

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Posted 2013-10-27 13:19:45

Yeah, the drive belt guard is pretty ugly but it's far from a deal-breaker for me.



#8 BSJ

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Posted 2013-10-27 22:02:14

Yeah, the drive belt guard is pretty ugly but it's far from a deal-breaker for me.

In the USA and OTHER Western markets I am sure a lot of people will be drawn away from the Sportster as a first cruiser and the Yamaha will sell well.



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Posted 2013-12-13 05:38:09

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Needs to look more like this.

 

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Posted 2013-12-14 09:01:49

Needs to look more like this.

 

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That is the SH1T!  If they put that in the showroom I would be very tempted to pay sticker price to have one!



#11 dagling

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Posted 2013-12-14 17:59:38

Very nice looking bike, can`t wait to see and sit on it in a few months... Really would love to have one;-)



#12 dagling

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Posted 2013-12-31 20:00:29

Any news on this bike in Thailand? Is it available for sale?



#13 Issanman

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Posted 2013-12-31 23:00:34

Dr-bikebangkok has them on their website for B465,000.  

 

Whether or not they actually have them available in stock or to order, who knows?



#14 eezergood

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Posted 2014-01-01 09:16:09

I do like the sportsters, but after 2km I thought my teeth might fall out - this is a nice looking thing, but again silly Thai prices



#15 AllanB

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Posted 2014-01-02 08:07:12

Not a bad looking bike, but any big bike that makes it's way to Thailand is a good thing as there is such a poor choice here. With grey imports banned too we end up struggling for truly something different, or even suitable, plus more choice usually means better prices, at least for secondhand.

 

Also I would have thought cruiser/choppers would be more suited to Thailand where speed is somewhat limited by the poor road conditions, so it would be nice to see a smaller bike in the category, say 400-650cc available here, with a 300k pricetag, These type of bikes also fit 6' Farangs a bit better. 



#16 Richard-BKK

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Posted 2014-01-02 10:03:13

Not a bad looking bike, but any big bike that makes it's way to Thailand is a good thing as there is such a poor choice here. With grey imports banned too we end up struggling for truly something different, or even suitable, plus more choice usually means better prices, at least for secondhand.

 

Also I would have thought cruiser/choppers would be more suited to Thailand where speed is somewhat limited by the poor road conditions, so it would be nice to see a smaller bike in the category, say 400-650cc available here, with a 300k pricetag, These type of bikes also fit 6' Farangs a bit better. 

 

Grey imports are not banned, currently, the only imports that are banned are used motorcycles. You can still import a brand new bike without any problem (of course you will pay the maximum tax and duty involved with importing).

 



#17 yankee99

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Posted 2014-01-02 11:10:22


Not a bad looking bike, but any big bike that makes it's way to Thailand is a good thing as there is such a poor choice here. With grey imports banned too we end up struggling for truly something different, or even suitable, plus more choice usually means better prices, at least for secondhand.
 
Also I would have thought cruiser/choppers would be more suited to Thailand where speed is somewhat limited by the poor road conditions, so it would be nice to see a smaller bike in the category, say 400-650cc available here, with a 300k pricetag, These type of bikes also fit 6' Farangs a bit better. 

 
Grey imports are not banned, currently, the only imports that are banned are used motorcycles. You can still import a brand new bike without any problem (of course you will pay the maximum tax and duty involved with importing).
 

Correct no ban and that import tax will be cheaper then buying it from a dealer here...

#18 onlycw

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Posted 2014-01-03 17:38:05

Hi,

I never owned a Harley. But friends do - and a few of them have had their bikes for decades. Their machines are still worth a lot. IMHO, those 120 B will be soon "forgotten" when you try to sell either bike a few years later. Wonna bet? Yamaha Bolt? 200 k? Harley? 380 k and > 280 k for the next decade if you keep her in pristine condition...



#19 BirdsandBooze

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Posted 2014-01-03 18:44:40

^ The people who are going to buy the Bolt are buying it because they prefer the looks and performance of it over the competing Harley and worrying about depreciation won't be an issue. They probably won't keep the same bike for decades either. Also, big bikes from established manufacturers keep a pretty good resale value in Thailand. In other market, if the Bolt becomes a cult bike like the Yamaha 650 twins, V Max and RDLC strokers it's value will hold up well over the decades. I had a Harley XR1200 back in the UK and took a hit when I sold it. The depreciation on my Triumph Street Triple was less than that of the Harley.

#20 cm das

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Posted 2014-01-15 16:27:40

I dropped into Yamaha Square next to Kad Suan Kaew (Chiang Mai) today to see the Bolt in person. There were 3 of us drooling over checking out one bike while it was still being set up. Very nice looking. According to the sales guy they should have a test drive model in the shop next month.



#21 Spoonman

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Posted 2014-02-16 17:12:05

Watchara had a display at the Burapha Bike show. Price confirmed at Bt465,000 and they have their first container of 20 bikes arriving in May. 15 black and 5 green.

 

I sat on their display model and found it to be very comfortable.

 

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Edited by Spoonman, 2014-02-16 17:13:02.


#22 dagling

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Posted 2014-07-17 01:49:12

Watchara had a display at the Burapha Bike show. Price confirmed at Bt465,000 and they have their first container of 20 bikes arriving in May. 15 black and 5 green.

 

I sat on their display model and found it to be very comfortable.

 

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Can you decide how much you will pay in Down Payment, for example. 50%?



#23 MrJ

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Posted 2014-07-17 15:15:27

just took a test ride at the Pattaya dealer today (Watchara Marine) and it was fun, very easy to handle like a scooter, good looking and great sound. Two minus points - the air filter bothers with the right knee and for me 1.84m tall the bike seems a little to small as it looks like a toy bike with me on.

 

The staff mentioned a 2 month waiting time.


Edited by MrJ, 2014-07-17 15:16:29.


#24 dagling

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Posted 2014-08-28 21:27:33

 

Watchara had a display at the Burapha Bike show. Price confirmed at Bt465,000 and they have their first container of 20 bikes arriving in May. 15 black and 5 green.

 

I sat on their display model and found it to be very comfortable.

 

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Can you decide how much you will pay in Down Payment, for example. 50%?

 

 

Anyone who can answer about the down payment?



#25 yankee99

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Posted 2014-08-28 23:44:37

Not sure what your question is? In that old ad they were 15/20%. Depending on your financial status they may ask for more.





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