With such motor-centric bikes you'd expect performance, and for the most part, you get it, at least in the shape of strong stoplight-to-stoplight torque. The Bolt's 942cc V-Twin, a reworked version of the mill found in Star's V-Star 950, delivers a few more horsepower most of the time and quite a bit more torque than the 883, especially at lower rpm. The Bolt also stops more quickly, thanks to high-tech wave rotors front and rear. In contrast, the Iron feels under-braked, with a dead sensation at the lever and a wooden feel to the under-sprung front end. The Sporty's rear brake, however, is not as inclined to lock up, an all-too-common event when braking hard on the Bolt. These bikes are slammed for style, and also to provide extremely low seat heights, which is all fun and games until someone hits a pothole. The Harley fork bottoms harshly if you just look at a bump, while the Bolt's somewhat longer travel feels almost cushy in contrast. Cornering clearance for both bikes is quite limited, with the Bolt kissing asphalt less often, and contacting hard parts later than the Harley. The Bolt is more manageable during aggressive riding and more comfortable for freeway stints. It's got a better power curve, stops better, turns better, doesn't shake your fillings loose. Overall, it's the bike that feels more like a motorcycle and less like a life-size toy. As minimalists go, the Star Bolt is the bike that makes more of less.