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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 07-02-2013, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Just curious to know what the main differences are between both these bikes. It is often suggested that the Boardwalk replaced the Kingpin, that they have similarities, yet many people say the Boardwalk has nothing on the Kingpin. Not having seen a Kingpin I am about to purchase a Boardwalk which I have seen and love. Interested to hear any views.
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Much obliged, answered a lot of questions.
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Basically it's the front suspension, and spoke wheels. You can throw the handle bars in there too, but that's really something minor and I think there is also a shorter shock, and equals less suspension travel. The only thing that would keep me from buying one is the spoke wheels..... Too much maintenance, and I don't mean cleaning them.


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Basically it's the front suspension, and spoke wheels. You can throw the handle bars in there too, but that's really something minor and I think there is also a shorter shock, and equals less suspension travel. The only thing that would keep me from buying one is the spoke wheels..... Too much maintenance, and I don't mean cleaning them.


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Would the average rider notice a major difference between the two different types of forks? Other than cleaning, what other sort of maintenance is associated with spoked wheels?

I guess it's horses for courses and perhaps it would not be suitable as a daily ride. I am just a fine weather Sunday rider and would be lucky to do 3K Klms a year. The rest of the time I expect I would get much enjoyment cleaning, polishing, caressing all those lovely curves.

But thank you for being so concise with those differences and I think that that is about all there is to it, certainly not enough to put me off.

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Would the average rider notice a major difference between the two different types of forks?
I notice a considerable difference in the quality of the ride between the KP and all the newer cruiser models with lesser suspension components. The KP does a much better job of gobbling up road irregularities.

But is riding the newer cruisers the end of the world, no.

If you like how it looks and you're not a distance or sporty rider, it's surely an adequate machine. And the best part is that if its ride bothers you too much, you can always go buy better suspension bits for it.

Vic is doing the same thing Harley is now. Putting low end components on their cruisers and top end stuff on their tourers.

I was looking at Progressive Suspension the other day to see what it would cost to upgrade the suspension on a Softail Deluxe to something decent. It was only about a grand if you do it yourself. Considering that one could blow thru that kind of money on decorative Victory doodads in the click of a mouse, a grand don't seem so bad...




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Spokes are a little more to maintain in that most shops will have you replace the wheel strips and tubes every time you replace tires. And also if you would be in an unfortunate situation that you get a flat tire, on the road, there's no fixing it with a plug and CO2 kit . But with all the more riding you're planning, these issues won't be a big deal.

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I notice a considerable difference in the quality of the ride between the KP and all the newer cruiser models with lesser suspension components. The KP does a much better job of gobbling up road irregularities.
Recent aggressive rides over roads that were in poor condition cemented my love for the Kingpin. Last weekend I had peg feelers rubbing while the road under the bike looked like a washboard... no reaction from the chassis at all... solid and stable with the tires in constant contact with the pavement. I hardly felt any of it, a true testament to the competence of this chassis and suspension.

In fairness I should mention that the bike wears sticky radials which are substantially lighter than the OEM bias ply tires, and the bike also wears Pro-Lite rotors which weigh next to nothing... so unsprung weight has been reduced on this bike which probably helps.

The Boardwalk would be giving up the good forks in addition to the added unsprung weight of 16", tall-sidewall, bias ply tires with innertubes in them. Not sure how spoke wheels compare in weight to the cast aluminum wheels, but I assume the hub, spokes, and rim are steel and would weigh more.

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Spokes are a little more to maintain in that most shops will have you replace the wheel strips and tubes every time you replace tires. And also if you would be in an unfortunate situation that you get a flat tire, on the road, there's no fixing it with a plug and CO2 kit . But with all the more riding you're planning, these issues won't be a big deal.
Don't spoke wheels need the spokes torqued and the wheels trued from time to time?

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Don't spoke wheels need the spokes torqued and the wheels trued from time to time?
In my experience, I haven't had to have it done on any of my prior bikes. But that isn't to say that is always the case....

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