Classic Cruiser: Victory unveils the Boardwalk

Publish Date: 
Jul 30, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Victory Motorcycles introduces the Boardwalk, the company's newest edition to its lineup of cruisers.

The Boardwalk is just the latest news coming from the Minneapolis-based OEM — the other stories being the company's new logo (see image, below), launched earlier in July; a move to develop new dealership branding based on the three bike segments Victory builds; and, the release of an all-new apparel collection in leather and textile.

Victory has also structured its 2013 lineup into a 9-block organizational format featuring the following categories: Cruiser, Bagger and Touring. These are further broken down into the classifications: Attitude, Modern and Classic. The Boardwalk is now the manufacturer's classic cruiser, joining the category alongside such bikes as the Judge and the Highball.

(SEE THIS: Click here for a gallery of images of the Boardwalk)

Designed with ultra-comfortable ergonomics designed for cruising, the Boardwalk features a new two-piece seat, a low seat height, large unencumbered floorboards and the widest handlebars of any Victory model. A collection of 60 accessories — including the Lock & Ride windshield, bags and backrest — that were designed with the bike mean that riders have a huge number of options for making the bike their own.

The bike is powered by Victory's Freedom 106/6 drivetrain — its 106 cu. in. V-twin mated to a 6-speed transmission with overdrive. The fuel-injected, counter-balanced motor offers 113 ft.-lb. of torque.

Here are a few select words from Victory about its newest model:

The Victory Boardwalk is available for 2013 in solid black or solid pearl white. The premium paint is complemented by ample chrome, including the headlight, gauge housing, handlebars, exhaust, belt guard, engine and ignition covers, turn signal housings, and fender struts.

Long, stylish fenders wrap around the whitewall tires, and a raised spine runs the length of the bike on the fenders and the new 4.7-gallon fuel tank. The rear fender hosts a flush-mounted, tall taillight, with powerful LED lighting in the brake lamp and turn signals for excellent visibility.

The whitewalls are mounted on 60-spoke, laced chrome wheels that elevate Boardwalk styling. The comfortable seat features a height of just 25.9-inch, giving every rider an easy reach to the pavement. Roomy and open floorboards complement the comfortable seating, and the wide handlebars are within easy reach for sure control and a relaxed riding position. An accessory heel shifter is available for those who prefer it.

The 43mm-diameter telescopic forks deliver a smooth ride and sure, easy handling. A single gas shock in the rear provides a plush ride and its performance is complemented by a preload-adjustable spring to suit any riding style. The 16-inch chrome laced wheels are shod with premium Metzeler tires, 150mm wide in the rear and 130mm wide up front for great handling, a smooth ride and sure tracking in all conditions.

The Victory drivetrain provides industry-leading ease of maintenance. The recommended oil change interval is every 5,000 miles, which keeps a lid on the cost of ownership.

The engine is solid-mounted in the frame, making it a stressed member of the chassis. This gives the bike outstanding torsional rigidity and enhances handling. When a Victory Boardwalk gets into a corner at speed, there’s no frame flex, no wobble. Just smooth, predictable tracking through the corner.

The MSRP for the Boardwalk is $15,499 for the black and $15,899 for the white.


  • ENGINE TYPE Freedom 106/6 V-Twin
  • DISPLACEMENT 106 ci / 1731 cc
  • BORE X STROKE 101 x 108 mm
  • VALVE TRAIN 4 Valves per Cylinder, Hydraulic Lifters & Cam Chain Adjustors
  • FUEL SYSTEM Electronic Fuel Injection 45 mm Throttle Body Bore
  • FUEL CAPACITY 4.7 gal / 17.8 ltr
  • EXHAUST Dual Staggered Slash-cut  with Common Volume
  • OIL CAPACITY 5.0 qts / 4.75 ltr
  • CHARGING SYSTEM 38 Amps Max Output
  • BATTERY 12 Volts / 18 Amp Hours
  • PRIMARY DRIVE Gear Drive with Torque Compensator
  • CLUTCH Wet, Multi-plate
  • TRANSMISSION 6-speed Overdrive Constant Mesh
  • FINAL DRIVE Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
    • Length 97.2 in / 2468 mm
    • Wheelbase 64.8 in / 1647 mm
    • Seat Height 25.9 in / 658 mm
    • Ground Clearance 4.7 in / 120 mm
    • Rake/ Trail 31.7? / 6.7 in / 170 mm
    • Dry Weight 675 lbs / 306 kg
    • GVWR 1151 lbs / 523 kg
  • FRONT SUSPENSION Type Telescopic Fork Travel 5.1 in / 130 mm
  • REAR SUSPENSION Type Single, Mono-tube Gas Travel 3.0 in / 75 mm
    • Brake System Type Conventional
    • Front System Type 300mm x 5mm Floating Rotor with 4-piston Caliper
    • Rear System Type 300mm x 5mm Floating Rotor with 2-piston Caliper
    • Front 16 x 3.5 in.
    • Rear 16 x 3.5 in.
    • Front Metzeler ME880 130/90 16 TL 67H
    • Rear Metzeler ME880 150/80 B16 TL 71H
    • Solid Black
    • Solid Pearl White



Posted by Dennis Johnson