When Victory fired off the invite for its 2013 Boardwalk model launch, we looked up from our meatball subs, wiped the marinara sauce from our chins and simultaneously exclaimed, “What!? It’s time for the 2013s already?” Heck, there’s still some Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill and cheese weenies leftover from our Y2K party in the office fridge. About then we also realized we had not yet tested a few important bikes that are new or updated for 2012, so we got on the horn, found it decidedly uncomfortable and picked up the phone instead, rounding up these five bikes to put through the wringer. Even slightly damp they all work exceptionally well.
If there’s a trend, a common thread, something that binds the six bikes we have gathered here, it was entirely unintentional. Really. They are one heckuva lot of fun, but other than all having two wheels and an affinity for fossil fuel, that’s about it. But hey, variety is the spice of life! Or was that oregano? In any event, we hope you find this Ridden & Rated special section as zesty and flavorful as a meatball sandwich. Please try to keep it off your shirt.
The motorcycles featured in this article are:
* 2012 Ducati Monster 1100 EVO
* 2012 Honda VFR1200F DCT
* 2012 Triumph T100 Steve McQueen SE
* 2012 Aprilia Tuono V4 R APRC
* 2012 Triumph Speed Triple R
* 2013 Victory Boardwalk
Click on the names above to read the review.
(This Ridden and Rated Special Section was published in the October 2013 issue of Rider magazine.)