The More I ride my KP the Angrier I get..
I tell you, I have been on lots of bikes in my time and this Kingpin is up at the very top all time bikes for fun, handling, and power when upgraded. And I figured I'd somewhat made my peace with the end of the Vic line but....
I was out yesterday and this bike still just amazes me in all respects, in spite of some of the little nigglers that frustrate me like a clunky shift from N to 1 or 1-2 or the tappity top end. Slap the Lloydz cams and TT and tune it via PCV or ECU and not only is thing a serious ripper it feels comfortable and corners like a gem.
A few weeks back this thing got me over the Mackinac Bridge in 50+ MPH winds...in a flash heavy rain...on a wet steel grate. Intact, and it kept me upright...well almost upright considering the angles I had to ride with the winds and still try to keep rubber on the metal lol.
It simply p!sses me off that they stopped this in 2012 to prepare for the Great Indian Scalping of 2016. Not only is it a joy to ride it is just built well. There is not a single Indian model out there I would swap this bike for. Not 1 Indian model fits me this well or can handle like this bike.
In fact no matter what other bike I may add to my collection...this one has to stay. I can see why they decided to drop it for Indian 1st because I have had lots of people think it WAS an Indian. Hell, if they slapped an Injun sticker on it and kept it...I would be fine with that if they never changed the engineering and dynamics. At least the dumbasses would still have a customer.
The only thing that would cause me to lose it is if I physically could not ride anymore. I just seethe thinking about the Polaris decision to drop the KP years back, much more the entire line of bikes. I think it is the best combo between a steel frame and aluminum frame for long trips and feel. Seriously, even if Polaris still sold Vic...it would p!ss me off to be on the last year model.
It was simply asinine to end this bike in 2012 much more the entire line later on. I get compliments all the time from various people, but even if I didn't this bike suits my frame well and is truly close to a perfect bike in the things that make me enjoy riding. It was no wonder they were hard to find used before the Wine plan to replace with Indian. People didn't let them go often. Now I know why.
Effin Polaris... either way this sleek powerhouse is a true jewel. I don't think I've ever had a bike I was this attached to overall. A few times I thought about swapping or selling etc...but then I remember the feel of engine and the pulling of the bars, the raw feel of this bike and dammit...what can replace it? This model is simply a bike riders joy.
Torque Tubes, VM-1 cams, PCV, Throttle ring, ATS