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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-11-2013, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking about replacing my current bike, and I'm looking at a new Boardwalk and a new leftover 2011 Kingpin. The asking price on the Kingpin is still a bit high for a 2+ year old bike, even if it's a new bike, but it's at least $3000 less than the Boardwalk. I kind of like the Kingpin a bit better, particularly the trunk that's available, but the Boardwalk is a nice looking bike as well. The demo truck is going to be in the area in a few weeks so I'll be able to ride the Boardwalk, not sure if I'll be able to ride the Kingpin. I'm looking for input on pluses/minuses of the two. Thanks!
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The Boardwalk is a nice bike. But in my opinion it isn't as good as the Kingpin. The Kingpins inverted forks alone would be enough for me. Though the price difference is another big plus. I do like the Boardwalk fenders better now. Which is funny, because when the BW came out, I didn't like it much. I'm not sure what the bag and trunk options are for the BW, but the Kp has options.

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Kingpin all the way. If you plan on any real distance rides you can plug the tires on the Kingpin with the mag wheels. The Boardwalk has spoked wheels and no I would not take a salesman word if he says they are tubeless tires, they may say tubeless on the tire and run a tube inside. I would want more proof than his or hers word. Another plus, 5 or even 10 spokes on a mag wheel is much easier to clean than 60 wire spokes on each wheel. Tire plug and small electric pump you can though in your saddle bags are a lot cheaper on a trip than a tow truck and time waiting for a tow truck to pick the bike up if you pick up a nail. I have rode the Kingpin, very nice ride. Have not rode the Boardwalk. Those nice wide handle bars on the Boardwalk ought to catch the wind above 50 mph, so on a long high speed trip you will build upper body strength,ha,ha. Good looking bike. Just some ideas. ONLY you can make that decision and have to live with it a long time. Hopefully you will be happy which ever way you go.Good luck.
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The Boardwalk would be swell... but once you have to keep the spokes and whitewalls clean the swelling will go down in a hurry. Ask yourself which bike will be easier to live with day-in/day-out.

Kingpin wins hands down if you are looking for a motorcycle that excels at being a good motorcycle. If you're entering a fashion show, the Boardwalk might prevail.

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I guess it depends on the dealer, but w/ a 2 year old pin you should be able to test ride it. My dealer let me test ride my 12 highball because the 13 was being taken out of its crate out back. He wanted it off the floor, so he let me do a 8-9 mile loop.

You have to determine your riding style. The last thing you want to do is buy a bar hopper and then end up putting bags, windshield/fairing on it. Makes me cringe to see highballs w/ windshields.

Either way both are good choices, but there very different bikes, good luck.

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I think it depends on your riding style.

The Kingpin is more suited to luggage and 2-up touring and still looks great with bags, windshield and trunk.

The Boardwalk seems more suited to being an around town bike.
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The main differences are , the spoke wheels, and the front suspension. The inverted forks are superior, for ride and handling, but how hard are you going to push the bike ? Most is not all the Vegas, and Highball owners never complain about the conventional front end on their bikes. I wouldn't let that be a deciding factor. Spoke wheels are more maintenance, but they look nice. So really, ride them both. I think they are both very similar as far as the ability to tour, and ride two up, and be comfortable.

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Kingpin is one great handling bike. The inverted forks do make a difference. Spokes and sidewalls only if you like cleaning. The Boardwalk looks Ok, but it took me a long time to get use to the KP fenders too. Now i wouldn't give them up.
IMO the Boardwalk looks more like a city bike rather than a cruiser that you can dress up or down.

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I ride a 2008 Kingpin tour, and I love it. Handles so good both alone and 2up!

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Went to the dealers demo day and was able to ride the Boardwalk a couple of times. It was a nice bike, but I wasn't completely sold. I went back to the dealer the following Saturday and was able to test ride the '11 Kingpin. Bought the Kingpin. I must say, it handles far better then it should for it's size. I think I made the right choice. Kingpin fits me a bit better, handles better than the Boardwalk, and I saved a lot of $$ compared to the Boardwlk. Thanks to everyone for the input!
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