Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Southern Maryland
The performance packages that HD offers (stages 1, 2, 3) are warranty compliant. This is their selling point AND their downfall because any aftermarket package will perform better than the Screamin' Eagle stuff... just like any aftermarket package will out-perform the "Victory Performance" stuff.
Like the rest of the HD 'all image' thing... most guys don't really care if the bike performs its best, they just want to say they have a Stage 3 because it sounds badassed when said on a bar stool. When riding, the bike needs to look and sound badassed... but if it were actually badassed (you know, made some serious horsepower) the owner would be afraid of it. The image of power is far more important than having power for real.
I'm sure this will be seen as bashing on the bikes and the people who ride them... but I see it all the time. A guy spends $25,000 on a bike to look cool , sound cool, and when the bike doesn't perform he will say, "Powerful enough to get me in trouble". Yeah, OK, but for the riding you do (light cruising), and the performance you require, any 800-1300cc cruiser would do the job as well or better and cost $15,000 less. They bought the Harley BECAUSE it was a Harley and to have the image that comes with that. Hey, if that's what a man is after, fine with me, but what chaps my ass is the "Harley is the best motorcycle in the world". Sorry, no it isn't.
The truth is that lots of these guys wouldn't recognize best bike if it walked up and kicked them in the nuts. Exactly the reason why the Kingpin didn't sell like hotcakes... most guys didn't appreciate that it was the most competent and versatile American cruiser on the market. "I don't like the fenders".
In the two years I spent deciding what would be the best motorcycle for me... I just compared fender styles and bought the one with the cutest fenders. Not.
Example: Vegas sales not so hot. What to do? Should we improve the way the bike runs, rides, handles, and stops? Hell no, put apehangers, spoke wheels, wide whitewalls, and a flat black paint job on it. Sales are up!
Sell the image of performance. No one cares about actual performance.
2006 Victory Kingpin
Lloydz 116" Stroker/Big Bore, .495 Cams, Torque Tubes Airbox,
RPW Thor Pipe, Lloydz ECU Flash, PC-III, PTS (-2), Rivera
Primo Clutch Spring, 31 Tooth Pulley w/Buell Belt.