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Hello all. I have a 2011 Kingpin. Great bike, but a bit short on real storage for commuting, lugging laptops etc. I was a dealer today and was sitting on a Cross Roads. The XR is bigger, but it wasn't a lot more effort to stand up than the KP. The XR has the bags, ABS, dual front brakes . My KP has a windscreen and cruise now, so that's a was.

For the XR owners, is the XR that much better than a KP? Is the XR nimble (for a big bike)? The KP does fairly well on a back road and pretty well on the interstate. I know the XR is more geared for the interstate, but I only commute on the interstates. When I'm out for a Sunday I try to avoid them.

So, is the XR upgrade worth it?

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Good question. I own both.
The CR has far superior rear suspension. Actually handles better at higher speeds.And the storage is awesome.
The KP handles a little better at low speeds to me.It also feels more like a "motorcycle" to me, if that makes sense. I guess it has a little more raw feel to it, to me anyway.
My wife is way more comfortable on the CR, so I will be selling the PIN soon. In a perfect world, I would keep both. I will for sure miss it, but the cross roads is just more refined and meets our needs better.

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I think so. The huge side cases and weather protection are great, as are the loooong floorbaords. I ride mine to the grocery and on multi-day trips with ease.

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Thanks for the replies!

Tarzan - how does the gas mileage compare between the KP and XR? I've read that the XR is a bit more thirsty. My KP does really well, probably mid 40's. I would expect a bit less on the XR due to the extra weight, but I don't want to swap to something that gets 35 mpg!
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Actually, my kingpin gets 38-42. Depending on conditions. It only has a 5 speed trans, also has high compression pistons bigger cams and a few other goodies.
My CR gets 40 - 46 depending.

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Hello all. I have a 2011 Kingpin. Great bike, but a bit short on real storage for commuting, lugging laptops etc. I was a dealer today and was sitting on a Cross Roads. The XR is bigger, but it wasn't a lot more effort to stand up than the KP. The XR has the bags, ABS, dual front brakes . My KP has a windscreen and cruise now, so that's a was.

For the XR owners, is the XR that much better than a KP? Is the XR nimble (for a big bike)? The KP does fairly well on a back road and pretty well on the interstate. I know the XR is more geared for the interstate, but I only commute on the interstates. When I'm out for a Sunday I try to avoid them.

So, is the XR upgrade worth it?

Thanks in advance.

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Out of the box, the KP has a hair more juju when you twist the wick.

The XR OTOH has more ground clearance, is more comfortable for rider and passenger, has more luggage capacity, more fuel capacity, an air adjustable shock, a stiff aluminum frame, and hell yeah they can haul ass down twisty roads!

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The Kingpin got me hooked on Victory. The XR keeps me a fanboy.

Out of the box, the KP has a hair more juju when you twist the wick.

The XR OTOH has more ground clearance, is more comfortable for rider and passenger, has more luggage capacity, more fuel capacity, an air adjustable shock, a stiff aluminum frame, and hell yeah they can haul ass down twisty roads!

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Your sig pic is one of the reasons I'm looking at the XR. That was going to be my next question! The KP is nice on a back road. I had a Road King a few years back. Not a bad bike, and for a bike it's size it handled pretty well. BUT - it was a big heavy feeling bike. I ended up selling it. It was tough to paddle around the garage and tough to back up in a parking lot. I don't want to make the same mistake! Should probably try a demo when the weather breaks. In the meantime I'll have to rely on everyone's real world experience!

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My XR gets up to 50mpg on back road rides with the speedo hovering around 55 to 60. Worst tank was 35 and was mostly stop 'n go city stuff.

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My XR gets up to 50mpg on back road rides with the speedo hovering around 55 to 60. Worst tank was 35 and was mostly stop 'n go city stuff.
Thanks. How does it do at 70-ish? My commute is about 54 miles each way, about 40 miles at 70 mph on the interstate.
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Around 70 per she gets about 40mpg depending on the terrain. A lot of upgrades takes it down of course. That's cuz I'll drop down a gear or two. More interested in the fun factor than squeezing every drop of gas.

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