The Victory Gunner isn't the only one in this market segment. Yamaha is revealing its 2015 Star Bolt cruiser, the follow-up to its hit Star XV950 Bolt. The original Bolt was one of the first bikes to truly embrace customer customization -- "we built it, you make it your own."
The 2015 Bolt has a compact frame with a low 27.2 inch seat. That seat is in the middle of the double-cradle frame, and the short wheelbase provides excellent handling in the busy traffic. The Bolt has 41mm forks, dual rear shocks, new wave rotors for both front and rear, and a hassle-free belt drive mated to the 5-speed transmission are standard.
The 2015 Bolt has a 942cc air-cooled engine with a penthouse chamber, roller rocker and a 4-valve design. The mass is kept low with a lighter cylinder head design.
The price comes in at $7,990, and will be available in July 2014. It will come in Glacier Blue or Candy Red.
Yamaha is a much bigger brand than Victory, so I'm guessing that the new Bolt will be some big competition for our friend the Gunner.