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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-15-2011, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Default Newbie torn between to bikes

I apologize for the long-winded introduction, but I need some good advice, so I thought I give you the whole story...

I am 53 years old and just learned to ride and bought my first motorcycle (a Hyosung GV250) 2 years ago. As you can probably guess, I'm itching to buy the infamous second (real) bike, and will probably do so before next spring.

I can't afford a new motorcycle, so I started going to dealers to sit on used bikes a few months ago, and had pretty much settled on a Vulcan 1600 Nomad.

I live in a rural area outside of Chicago and the closest Victory dealer to me had no used bikes and didn't even have a new Kingpin that I could sit on. The other day, I found a used car/motorcycle dealer that had a 2005 V92TC and a 2006 Kingpin in stock and went and checked them out. I fit nicely on both bikes, and though they are obviously quite different from each other, without having ridden them, I love 'em both. Bottom line is, I no longer want a Kawasaki.

So, now I need some advice on what would be the better Victory for me. I am 6'1" and weigh 220 lbs. My wife is an amazonian 6'2" and weighs about the same as I do. The main use for this bike will be commuting 10 miles to and from the train station to get me into Chicago every day, but I would also like to get a Voyager trike kit and take a few long trips with my wife (she has some equilibrium issues and should not get on a 2-wheeled vehicle). The Touring Cruiser has some nice big bags on it, but I know that if I get the right exhaust, I can put some sizable bags on the Kingpin also.

If anybody out there has done some significant riding on both the V92TC and Kingpin, I would appreciate your input. The 2 used bikes I am looking at each have about 7-8,000 miles on the them and cost 7-8,000 bucks. The Touring Cruiser has the bags, highway bars, windshield, etc. and the Kingpin is bare, but I have no problem building on it to make it what I want.

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-17-2011, 02:55 PM
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Let me start by saying, welcome to the forum. Great place to get info on your scooter. As for your questions, I do not have any experience with the C style bikes, I do have a Kingpin, though. What I can tell you is that the Kingpin is leaps and bounds over my old bike, a Vstar classic, and is more than capable of 2 up riding. Parts and supplies are more readily avaiable for the KP, which would make upgrades a little easier.
At the end of the day, it's all about which one appeals to you more, but the availability of accessories is definately in the pins favor.

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Firstly, Welcome!
Second, you've come to the right place if you want positive feedback on these two choices. Either way you go, you'll enjoy these wonderful bikes.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-18-2011, 06:55 PM
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Try Craig's list - I'm in Tampa, FL and bought my '05 Vegas in June of '09 from a seller in Titusville, FL over on the East coast. I too am 53, experienced the 2nd childhood bike itch in June 0f '08, bought a new '07 Triumph Speedmaster and realized shortly thereafter that I also undersized, as I hadn't been on a bike in 25 years. Take your time, be patient and the right one will come along - my Vegas had 4000 miles on it and I got it for $6,500! I'd been looking for about 4 months and think I got pretty lucky - you may also, given the current economic conditions. I haven't regretted the purchase of the Vegas and just sold the Triumph 3 weeks ago. E-bay is a great source for for parts, as well as this forum's classifieds. Good luck, have fun looking and hope you find what you're looking for!

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-19-2011, 03:37 AM
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You need to ride each one before you can make a decision about those two particular bikes but as mentioned; look outside the area too. Even during the cold months; a bike can be trailered to where it needs to be.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-24-2011, 07:55 PM
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The Kingpin is a "newer" design than the TC so if it were me I would go for it simply due to the newer design. Weight on either bike might be an issue.

Thread of 420+ riders weight on Kingpin with people deciding between TC's and KPs that was authored around the timeframe of the bikes you are considering (mid '06) so it should be a good reference to help you decide. You will notice that even then many had an idea that the Cross Bikes would soon be on their way with the larger weight capacities but they might also be out of your price range (for now)

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-26-2011, 11:45 AM
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I'm going to the Victory Tour Saturday in St Pete Florida. I hope to ride both a Kingpin and Cross Country. I am 52 and started riding again 2 months ago after 30 years of not riding. My "starter" bike is a 2006 Suzuki C50T. I love the Boulevard, but I did buy it as a starter and will purchase a new 2012 Victory when the 2013s come out next year.


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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-27-2011, 01:03 AM
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Not sure if you are still looking but try to see if you can rent a bike somewhere near. I got to ride a Goldwing, a BMW and at least three harley's through rental programs. Coming off a sportbike, that helped me a lot. My dealer let me test ride my HB for nearly 30 minutes on my own before I decided to buy it. The proof is in the seat my friend. Good luck!

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