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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-01-2013, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all,

First some words of thanks to those who facilitate this forum, I'm grateful for the opportunity to join.

Looking at getting another bike, (last bike was a 2000 HD Softtail, Nighttrain) it's been a while, but the itch to get back on 2 wheels is getting so bad I'm gonna have to scratch it...

Strongly considering the Victory brand (I already ride Polaris Sleds and have a tremendous dealer - Skagit Valley Polaris) and he is a longtime bike guy, and speaks very highly of the Victory line, and he's always been super honest about the lines he caries, even if it means not serving his best interest.

Based on what I see, and read so far, I'm strongly leaning towards a Kingpin, and cost is a factor as I want to pay cash, and not finance, so I'm gonna go "pre-loved".

I haven't purchased yet, but it is in my plan that if I do indeed decide on a Victory model, I'll upgrade to a paying member here, and support the forum on a financial level. Until then, I'm still collecting info.

I was very happy with my Harley, but.... I just cant get past a couple issues.. 1) cost, and 2) that 'image' we all pay for is actually supporting an inferior design (that potato-potato exhaust sound may be cool, but it's from a design flaw...)

I'm 38, single, live in Western Washington, no kids, and work as a fireman. Got my BS from WWU in Vehicle Research and Design a few moons ago....

Thanks again, and happy to be here,

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-01-2013, 03:57 PM
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sounds like you have really thought this through,
the kingpin is a great all around bike and handles very well.
if you look around you should be able to find one
with low mileage and some upgrades (exhaust etc.)
at a very good price. check the search engines
cycle trader,etc.

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Originally Posted by Polar Express View Post
I'm strongly leaning towards a Kingpin
Excellent choice. Will make your Night Train seem as a Nightmare by comparison.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Saddlebag -

I'm reading around the forum, and seeing a lot of folks bashing on HD, and just not understanding why yet... but.. I also haven't gone up to SVP and taken an actual ride on a Vic yet... maybe then it'll all make sense... ha ha. But, my only negative experience with my HD was the purchase price...

I'm hoping to get up there for a spin this week maybe and start to get a few steps closer to picking one out...

Thanks for the welcome folks, happy to be here!

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-20-2013, 03:44 PM
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Welcome to the forum and a Kingpin is a great bike! I know because I was in the same boat you are in last year looking for a Kingpin and after 4 months of searching nationwide I finally found a great deal on a 2007 Kingpin Tour for $6,800. It had just 19,000 miles on it which is a lot for a Harley but just getting broken in for a Victory! I have no worries that this bike won't take me to 50,000 or 80,000 miles before the first major service of the engine. My uncle has a 2000 Victory V92C with 107,000 miles on it with no major engine work done. That was enough for me to pull the trigger when my Kingpin deal popped up 100 miles away!

I would highly recommend getting at least a 2006 model for the 6th gear! If you do a lot of highspeed freeway riding you will love having a 6th gear! My Kingpin loaded down with 150 lbs of camping gear got 50 mpg on the interstate last summer at 75 mph. You can't get that from a 5 speed!

I have still not seen another factory bike that looks as cool as a Kingpin right out of the box. Customize it and it can be even more unique. I love the fact that the Kingpin is so rare on the street...I have only seen another KP once before while riding....we exchanged huge thumbs up gestures!
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