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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 05-16-2011, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Well, had a GREAT time taking all the Demo rides for 3 days! I rode everything more than once trying to get the idea of which bike is the best for me.

2-up and going any kind of real distance, the XC was ideal. Plush, smooth, balanced ride like drive my recliner!

Solo, for commuting to work and gym and hoping around town I really loved oh the Kingpin and High-ball handled. Was able to ride a Kingpin with X-bow exhaust, and just loved the rumble and deep sound and vibration when cracking down on it.

I've read the post about XC/XR exhaust, seemed most focused on sound. I don't need loud exhaust. I just want deep-throated sound and good vibration. Any suggestions? RPW maybe? Are the tips just for looks? Kinda like the look of the big mouth tips...

If the XR, bags were quick disconnect and it came any some other color besides black or red. Love the white and sand 2-tone of the Kingpin paint color... I really like the idea of being able to strip the bike down for my work week. and only throw the bags and shield on when headed out of town...

Maybe the 2012 XR will be more verstile. Any ideas when they normally announce the new year models?
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Don't count on the bags become removable on the X bikes any time soon.

It would requires a re-design on the rear fender etc.
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My thought there, would be if they redesigned the Kingpin onto the Cross bikes cast frame. Thus becoming the CrossKing? King Kong?

My other thought was maybe, I should just start with a XR, wear hard for a couple of years, then customize the fenders myself, I could drop the bags...

But, damn was that a seriously fun weekend! Rode them all hard and put them up wet!
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Don't count on the bags become removable on the X bikes any time soon.

It would requires a re-design on the rear fender etc.
Did I read this wrong??? All the bags on the x-bikes are removable with the 1.4 turn thumb screws located inside the bags.
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Did I read this wrong??? All the bags on the x-bikes are removable with the 1.4 turn thumb screws located inside the bags.
Yes, the "can" be removed. But, it is "unfinished" under there. In other words, seriously FUGLY. XBikes basically use the bags to "finish" triming the rear fender and hide ugly things...

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I had a KP and loved it but I will be honest... I love my bags on the XR!

I ride damn near every day of the year and I can keep rain gear on me 24/7 and never have to worry about it. Wife calls and asks me to pick up something from the store on my way home, XR bags got me covered again! There is not much that will not fit in those bags!

With gas prices cresting $4.00 a gallon my F250 V10 stays parked unless I am pulling my RV.

The funny thing is that with gas prices getting higher and higher I am seeing more and more guys on the road now with bikes. ALL OF THEM are either strapping backpacks or after market bags.

I like that I can lock mine, they are water tight and look GREAT with the bike.

Just my two cents but the XR is what I wanted due to not wanting the fairing. Love my XR but I would go with a XC now if I was to do it over again. I got the XR due to price and a ONE OFF skull paint on the XR.

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Just my two cents but the XR is what I wanted due to not wanting the fairing. Love my XR but I would go with a XC now if I was to do it over again. I got the XR due to price and a ONE OFF skull paint on the XR.

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Since you didn't want the fairing then, what makes you want it now? The radio? The looks?

My first instincts is that I don't want the fairing. But, the wife thinks it looks great, flows with the bike. I've been borrowing my brother-n-law's 1100 honda getting my riding legs back. I've gone 2 weeks now, trying to use a backpack. HATE the backpack. So, I put the quick-connect bags back on his bike. They are very small, but with a small gym bag and lunch bucket, it beats the heck out of backpacking it...

So, exactly why would you go with the XC now instead of the XR? it's not the money issue for me. If I save the $4k on a XR (cause I would get the white/silver XC), then I would turn around a spend that $4k on custom paint and mods to the XR...

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Well Henry

For me it was the fairing itself. I had never had a bike with a fairing and the thought of it just kind of bugged me. I have swapped bikes with a buddy that has an XC and I love it.

Money was not an issue with me either but I had a bike setting there that had documention that it was a one of a kind. The price was REALLY right, I could pay it in cash with T/T/L.

If that was not on the floor I would have gotten the white XC for sure! But that said I am very very happy with my XR and its going to be in my garrage for years and years to come.

good luck but you can not go wrong with any Victory. There are alot of aftermarket fiberglass bags out for the KP that would put you in the sweet spot that you want to be in.

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[QUOTE=Henry;30628]I've read the post about XC/XR exhaust, seemed most focused on sound. I don't need loud exhaust. I just want deep-throated sound and good vibration. Any suggestions? RPW maybe? Are the tips just for looks? Kinda like the look of the big mouth tips...

QUOTE]

D&D gets my vote. I love mine. Not obnoxious, just real deep with a great sound when accelerating, nice pleasant tone at cruise speeds on the interstate. IMO theres nothing worse than gettin an exhaust thats too loud and drives you crazy on a trip or long ride. One major downside to the D&D is it makes the radio obsolete.

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QUOTE]One major downside to the D&D is it makes the radio obsolete. [/QUOTE]

Do you mean that its so nice to listen to? Or do you mean that they are so loud you can't hear the radio?

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