Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: New Philadelphia, Ohio
I have heard about the transmission noise on older bikes, but I don't think it's that bad. All bikes have a bit of a whine at speed, so it's what you are used to. My bike is an 07, and I do not notice anything that makes me worried. I test drove a 2011 before getting mine, and it didn't sound that much different to me. I do recommend a bike with the 6th gear though. You don't use it on back roads, but if you ride interstate type roads, or don't have a lot of sharp turns, it is really nice. (If you do get a new bike, they all have six speeds.)
I worry that they are not going to have a ton of offerings on new Kingpins in the future. There is only one color this year, and I think they are trying to push folks to the cross series of bikes. Hopefully I am wrong, but it seems odd that they do not have many choices. As for your trade, I missed the fact you have a 2011 Kawi.
Good luck, and stay safe,
2007 Victory Kingpin
Pearl White and Nuclear Sunset
Too Much Chrome