Yesterday Victory unveiled its newest motorcycle model, the 2013 Victory Boardwalk which will replace the Victory Kingpin in the 2013 lineup. The new Victory Boardwalk is designed to better compete with Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe—Boardwalk is in the same classic cruiser market segment as the Softail Deluxe. Along with the Boardwalk came a brand new, simpler and bolder Victory logo and a large collection of accessories including Lock & Ride windshields, saddlebags, and sissybars. Whitewall spoke tire, stylish full fenders, and chromed beach bars and headlight—Victory Boardwalk has an appealing vintage look.
Like every current model in Victory’s line-up, the new Boardwalk is powered by Victory’s reliable fuel-injected 106-cubic inch Freedom V-Twin engine with 6-speed override transmission. The recommended oil change interval is every 5,000 miles. The bike offers luxuries such as heated grips and cruise control. Its 4.7-gallon gas tank must offer a good range.
The Boardwalk is 2.7 inches shorter than the Kingpin with 1.1 inch less ground clearance; it offers smaller 16-inch wheels and tube sliders instead of the Kingpin’s inverted fork. Color options include Pearl White and Solid Black. For a base model you’ll have to pay $15,500, which is $1,650 less than the base HD Softail Deluxe.
According to those who took the Boardwalk for a first ride (read Justin Dawes and Brian J. Nelson), the bike gives a smooth and comfortable ride on open highways. It turns quickly and elegantly and can be ridden for hours without causing fatigue. Though it has only one front disk, the brakes have a great stopping power. Good suppression. Overall the Boardwalk is a competent, less expensive alternative to the Sotail Deluxe.
2013 Victory Boardwalk Specifications:
Engine: Freedom 106 50° V-Twin
Displacement: 106 ci / 1731 cc
Bore x Stroke: 101 x 108mm
Valvetrain: SOHC, 8 valves
Fueling: EFI with Dual 45mm throttle body
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallon (17 liter)
Transmission: 6-speed Overdrive
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Final Drive: Carbon fiber reinforced belt
Front Suspension: Conventional Fork, non-adjustable, 5.1 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock, preload adjustable, 3 inches travel
Swingarm: Cast aluminum with rising rate linkage
Front Brake: 300mm Floating Rotor with 4-piston caliper
Rear Brake: 300mm Floating Rotor with 2-piston Caliper
Wheels: 16 x 3.5 inch,
Front Tire: 130/90 Metzeler ME880 FrontRear Tire: 150/80 Metzeler ME880 Rear
Wheelbase: 64.8 in
Seat Height: 25.9 in
Ground Clearance: 4.7 in
Rake/Trail: 31.7° / 6.7 in
Dry Weight: 675 pounds (claimed)
Colors: Solid Black, Solid Pearl White
MSRP: $15,9499 (solid black), $15,899 (solid pearl white) CA models add $250