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Default Purchasing Boardwalk, any input?

I really like the look of the new Boardwalk but after looking at the specs I have a few concerns. I notice that it only has a 3 inch travel on the rear suspension with a mono shock design. I do like to ride some distance occasionally and also with a passanger. Also with the width of the bars, how is the handleing on the highway?

Last bike was a 02 HD Fatboy. Didnt like the ride so got rid of it. Hoping the Victory will be a better bike.


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I really like the look of the new Boardwalk but after looking at the specs I have a few concerns.
Go ride it back to back with a Cross bike. There is really no comparison, the Cross bikes are so much better. Their ride is far more plush, they steer easier, and there is a ton more ground clearance. On the plus side for the Boardwalk, it's lighter and has a hotter cam that makes it feel spunkier.

Anyway, by the time you add bags, additional lighting, crashbars, and a windscreen to the Boardwalk, you'll be paying more for that Boardwalk than you would for a Cross Roads LE that comes with all that stuff outta the crate.

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Plus 1 on the XR LE, rode it at DemoDays (was like a kid in a candy shop and since I have an 04TC, I had to) and miles of improvments over the years. IF I ever sold my TC, I know I could fall back on a XR LE and be VERY happy having that classic look with modern engineering. We were just discussing on another thread "wind in the face" and I would think from the looks of it that shield is detachable... Im not sure but there would be an option (like we were just discussing SB) about having a bagger yet cruiser. Hmmm, lol... So for this weekend I have to advance my ATS to +6 and pull the shield on the TC.. LMAO! Forums.. geezzz Hope this helps Ron..

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Thanks for the feedback guys. I realize a bagger is definitely built more for the open road but im just not into the look of the bike as much a cruiser. I really love the look of the Boardwalk. I suppose I could always mod the suspension but hate to pay the price of the BW and then drop another grand into the suspension.

Guess ill have to take it for a ride and see whats up.
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Thanks for the feedback guys. I realize a bagger is definitely built more for the open road but im just not into the look of the bike as much a cruiser. I really love the look of the Boardwalk. I suppose I could always mod the suspension but hate to pay the price of the BW and then drop another grand into the suspension.

Guess ill have to take it for a ride and see whats up.
The most informative thing you can do is ride it. Looks only go so far. I, too, like the looks of the BoardWalk, but I needed my storage



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Silly question, but does anyone on this forum actually own a Boardwalk? Im really looking for feedback from someone who owns one or had driven one for some time.

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Ron,

I think they're all out riding....

I'm sure you'll get some candid info from Boardwalk owners real soon. As others have said, swing a leg over the XR or XC/T before or after you demo the BW. It can't hurt and its fun.

Welcome aboard and best of luck with your decision on a new Vic!


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I really like the look of the new Boardwalk but after looking at the specs I have a few concerns. I notice that it only has a 3 inch travel on the rear suspension with a mono shock design. I do like to ride some distance occasionally and also with a passanger. Also with the width of the bars, how is the handleing on the highway?

Last bike was a 02 HD Fatboy. Didnt like the ride so got rid of it. Hoping the Victory will be a better bike.


Any input would be much appreciated.

- Ron
Ron, I too love the look of the BW, I have not ridden one yet , but it is truly one gorgeous bike. The white looks fantastic!

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Ron, I too love the look of the BW, I have not ridden one yet , but it is truly one gorgeous bike. The white looks fantastic!

I would also go for the white one. Looks sharp!



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The XR or XC is a behemoth by comparison. If you don't want a full on barca lounger for a bagger then the BW is perfect. More power stock from the cruiser version of the 106. The BW ergos are really comfortable. The 3 inches of travel is the same as my Judge. Make sure you set the rear shock properly for your weight, preload is super important. Once set however my bike is as smooth as the XR I had. I don't like the floorboards but if you do then don't worry about it, the Vegas controls will swap right over if you prefer pegs.
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