Star Announces Bolt Build-Off Winner

Doc's Chops Takes Star Bolt Build-Off

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have ourselves a victor in Star's big competition. After months of hard work and creativity by each of the builders, a winner has been chosen in the Bolt Custom Build-Off.

The fans had their work cut out for them when trying to decide the ulitmate Bolt build in this contest, but after all the votes were tallied, Dave Hageman of Doc’s Chops took home the win with his unique DT/XT/TT inspired Bolt. Coming in second was Sam Nehme of Broward Motorsports with his take on a springer bobber. And rounding out the podium in third place was Mike McFadden of M&M Customs, with a race-inspired Bolt.

Doc's Chops Bolt Doc's Chops

Built with '60s and '70s styles in mind, Doc's Chop Bolt went for cues from that era, but accented with modern flair— and all accomplished without any frame cutting. The bike rolls with custom fenders, tires, rich candy gold paint, and more.

Doc's Chop detail

Suspension Works Performance

Wheels Ridewright Wheels hubs with Sun Rims (Front: 18 x 2.75 in., Rear: 17 x 4.25 in.)

Tires Continental TKC80 (Front: 120/90/18; Rear: 150/70/17)

Fork Gaiters BellaCorse

Seat Hand-formed pan Upholstery by Lance's Tops

Subframe Doc's Chops/Hageman Motorcycles

Air Filter HD® replica; filter adapter courtesy of Chris Hagest at Low and Mean

Skidplate Doc's Chops/Hageman Motorcycles

Headlight Lucas replica

Exhaust Cone Engineering/Norton Commando hybrid by Doc's Chops/Hageman Motorcycles

Paint Moe Colors Candy Gold and Metallic Silver, House of Kolor

BMS Bolt custom

Broward Motorsports

BMS stayed true to their reputation for detail but didn't betray the Bolt's bobber heritage, bringing an old school springer front end and seat, a ridged rear, big chain drive, and a classic peanut tank, all rolling on insanely thick spoke 23 inch front and 18 inch rear wheels.

Dubbed Lucky 13, this bobber also manages to seamlessly blend in new technology. Still, the bits that make the most impact are nods to the past, like a ridged rear frame, a peanut tank with inverted sides and a chain drive with single-sided sprocket, rotor and caliper. 'Course, there's no missing the tall and thick spoke wheels (with whitewall tire out back).

BMS Bolt rear Front End Package BMS Springer Front End and Caliper Kit

Wheel Package BMS Wheel, Tire & Rotor Package (23 x 3.5, 18 x 8.5 inch + Tires)

Engine Package BMS Custom Exhaust System BMS Dual Velocity Stacks & Adapter Chain Drive Assembly with Brake Sprotor

Body Package Dished Fuel Tank & Fuel Cap 240 11 in. Fender

Handling and Controls Arlen Ness Deep Cut Black Grips and Foot and Shift Peg

Brake and Clutch Side Hand Controls Performance Machine 5-3/4 Grill Headlight Assembly and Mount


BMS Custom Bolt Frame BMS Custom Shock Seat BMS Custom Paint

M&M Customs Bolt

M&M Customs

When building this custom 2014 Bolt R-SPEC, Mike McFadden of M&M Customs tried to imagine what a Star race bike might look like. With a low, drag racing-inspired style, this build taps into Yamaha's racing heritage to create a Bolt that's ready for the strip. This race-inspired machine sports lots of one-off fabrication; tank, fenders, side panels and lowers. All panels were hand formed from metal and all work performed in house (from welding and fabrication to paint) by McFadden.

M&M Customs rear end Design Concept Mike McFadden

Paint & Body Mike McFadden

Handmade Front & Rear Fender Side Panels and Number Plate Mike McFadden

Handmade Gas Tank Mike McFadden & Brad Greenwell

Custom 2-into-1 Exhaust Mike McFadden

One-off Tail Lamp Mike McFadden and Scott Heath

Braided Lines, Grips Star Custom Accessories

Billet Covers Star Custom Accessories

PPG Paints and Custom Mix Colors (Blue-Blew By You and Grab Your Eye Gray) Joe Jones

Real Leather Seat Deno's Upholstery (Owensboro, KY)

Carbon Fiber Hydrocoating Scott Winkler — Winkler's Custom Gunsmithing, LLC (Whitesville, KY)

Tires Continental

Clip-ons Joker Machine

LED Lighting Joker Machine

Pipe Wrap & Heat Shielding DEI (Design Engineering, Inc.)

Brass Pegs & Inserts Don Brandon

EFI Tuner Cobra

Big Air Kit Baron Custom Accessories

Burly Brand Bolt custom The rest of the builds were equally inspiring so we've posted some more images here (Burly Brands example above). For more details and videos, along with video interviews, visit

Star Motorcycles also announced a sincere thank you to everyone at Doc’s Chops, Broward Motorsports, M&M Customs, Low and Mean, Chappell Customs, Sesto Custom Cycles, Burly Brand, Palhegyi Designs, Rolands Sands Designs and Rooke Customs for their hard work and amazing bikes.