2014 Victory Boardwalk Review

2014 Victory Boardwalk
The Boardwalk offers a relaxed seating position within a hot-rod styling package. (Photography by Kevin Wing)

The Victory brand was started by Polaris Industries in 1998 as a means of addressing the lucrative big-inch V-twin market that Harley-Davidson largely had to itself. The bikes are built in Minnesota and Iowa, as are the Indians.

From the start, Victory wanted to position its bikes as more performance-oriented V-twins than Harleys and, as a result, they utilize an air-cooled, 50-degree V-twin motor with four valves per cylinder and 1,731cc (106 cubic inches) of displacement. They inhale through four valves per cylinder, as does the Moto Guzzi.

The Boardwalk model is distinguished by its larger, full-coverage fenders, but it carries the same fuel tank and running gear as the other Victory models. Its styling is all about sharp angles like those in the headlight, fenders, turn signals, tank and swingarm.

The seat is dished and well padded, and it allows the rider to stretch out behind that wide handlebar. The view forward includes a single white-faced gauge, a chromed headlight flanked by the black upper triple clamp and bar risers, and the wide tank.

After having ridden the other three bikes, I was struck by the visceral feel of the Boardwalk. Its exhaust bark has real attitude with a throaty rumble, and its pulses can be felt in the seat and grips—especially during acceleration. With the wide handlebar accentuating the motor’s shaking, the vibes caused one of my hands to go numb on a long section of highway.

2014 Victory Boardwalk
2014 Victory Boardwalk

Second only to the Moto Guzzi, the Victory motor generates 84.9 horsepower at 4,700 rpm, and 98.1 lb-ft of torque at 4,300. The suspension is firm and well controlled, though not plush, and the motor exudes a pleasing rawness that is not evident on the other bikes. Though equipped with only a single front disc brake, its braking action is powerful. Put it all together and the bike is great fun on a winding road, with good cornering clearance, good solidity and a pleasing aura of sound. On top of this, the Victory provided surprisingly good economy at 45.7 mpg.

In terms of sound, suspension and aggressiveness, the Victory Boardwalk reminds me of the visceral bikes we rode back in the day before cruisers were homogenized and quieted by government regulations. It provides the more rip-snortin’ ride of the group.

2014 Victory Boardwalk
Base Price: $14,999
Website: victorymotorcycles.com
Engine Type: Oil-cooled, transverse 50-degree V-twin, SOHC, 4 valves per cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 101.0 x 108.0mm
Displacement: 1,731cc (106ci)
Transmission: 6-speed,
hydraulically actuated wet clutch
Final Drive: Belt
Wheelbase: 64.8 in.
Rake/Trail: 32 degrees/6.8 in.
Seat Height: 25.9 in.
Wet Weight: 711 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 4.7 gals.
Average MPG: 45.7

* NOTE: This review was part of a four-motorcycle comparison titled Cutting-Edge Cruisers: Function Meets Form Head-On, which was published in the September 2014 issue of Rider magazine. To read the main article, CLICK HERE. To read the sidebars on the other three cruisers, follow the links below:


2014 Victory Boardwalk
Victory’s forward view is spare with black risers and upper triple clamp supporting the relatively small gauge.
2014 Victory Boardwalk
Victory’s 106-inch motor has more modern styling with overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.


  1. my 2014 moto guzzi trumps my harley road king. it is lighter and far quicker. i get looks and comments from many riders wanting to know “what the hell is that? i tell them it is pure italian style. beautiful and powerful this is the best bike i have ever had…..that includes 12 bikes I have owned over thirty years. a true classic in my opinion!! it is the 1400 california.


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