Last summer’s long-term tester, the Yamaha Bolt R-Spec, was a lot of fun, but the suspension let us down. However, a new kit from Hageman Engineering addresses some of that problem, and also gives you a really cool look for your bike.
Hageman, formerly known as Doc’s Chops, won the 2013 Bolt Custom Build-Off in the US (you can find out more about that contest here). He put together a super-cool scrambler using the Bolt as a basis, and now he’s making some of the necessary parts available on eBay.
The kit includes a seat, a subframe, a new rear fender and number plates. He also offers an aluminum skid plate, tank decals, If you want spoked wheels, a different headlight or turn signals, or straight handlebar, or some other scrambler-esque parts, you’ll have to piece them together from other aftermarket sources.
Thanks to the re-worked subframe and fender, riders are now also able to bolt on better shocks to their Bolt. Hageman recommends Work Performance units; contact them and they’ll give you advice on how to get an optimal setup for your Bolt.