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Hey, everyone. Wife's looking for a bagger and we have a couple she's interested in. She currently rides a Vulcan 900, but needs a bit more beef to keep up with my XR and she wants to get something with hardbags while we're at it. The Nomad is a front runner, but she also really likes the Kingpin and how it looks. Found a nice '05 that has what appears to be Tsukayu Jumbo Strong Bags painted to match. Any issues with the 92/5? Or is the 100/6 a much better set up? Most of our riding is done around town at speeds of 40-65, with some being at interstate speeds of 70+. My XR has a sixth gear and I do notice a difference when in it at 70MPH (used to have Meanstreak 1600/5), but I wouldn't say the 1600/5 set up on my old bike bugged me.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-07-2011, 08:30 PM
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I sold my 2009 Vulcan 900 (great bike) and purchased a new left over 2008 Kingpin.

1. Seat height slight higher and slightly wider; or it feels that way to me
2. stiffer clutch lever
3. KP will not cut off when you put the kick stand down
4. KP blinkers turn off automatically
5. way more power and I like have a 6th gear
6. KP is oil cooled vs water
7. heavier than Vulcan
8. once you get the feel of it you realize it can corner better
9. KP horn button to close to blinker button

I like the KP over the Vulcan because it looks better and is better built. The Vulcan is a good bike but cost less and therfore not as well built; such as the drive gears, air intake, frame to name a few obvious differances which are better than the Kawasaki.
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Nothing wrong with either engine. If you ride the highway a lot go with the 100/6.
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I sold my 2009 Vulcan 900 (great bike) and purchased a new left over 2008 Kingpin.

1. Seat height slight higher and slightly wider; or it feels that way to me
2. stiffer clutch lever
3. KP will not cut off when you put the kick stand down
4. KP blinkers turn off automatically
5. way more power and I like have a 6th gear
6. KP is oil cooled vs water
7. heavier than Vulcan
8. once you get the feel of it you realize it can corner better
9. KP horn button to close to blinker button

I like the KP over the Vulcan because it looks better and is better built. The Vulcan is a good bike but cost less and therfore not as well built; such as the drive gears, air intake, frame to name a few obvious differances which are better than the Kawasaki.
Thanks. I should have clarified a bit better. I'm very aware of the differences from the 900 to the KP...was more curious as to differences from the '04/'05 models with the 92/5 and then the '06 and on 100/6.

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Nothing wrong with either engine. If you ride the highway a lot go with the 100/6.
Long haul rides on straight freeway are a few a year. The rest is recreational riding on back rodes at 55-60. I do like the 106/6 combo on mine, but she's coming from a 900/5 so I'm guessing the 92/5 will work just fine as well for her. Ha ha! I think my main concerns are:

-Any issues with the first run of the 100/6 on the KPs? I'm guessing not since it was used the year before in the Hammer.
-Any reason they went from the 92/5 to the 100/6 other than the "bigger is always better" mentallity?
-Any substantial changes to the engine/tranny other than the bigger bore and extra gear?

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I have an 03 Vegas with 92/5 combo and I have absolutely zero problem with it. When I'm on the freeway I don't know why but for some reason I can't keep it under 80 (I wonder why) and bike goes like a bat out of hell. From what I read 100/6 and 106/ gets around 40mpg and my 92/5 also gets 40mpg so I guess running a a few hundred less rpm doesn't make any difference with a bigger CI engine and also from what I read there are many high milage 92ci engines out there without any problems so I guess running a few hundred rpms doesn't hurt the engine either.
Conclusion...if the price is right I say go for it.
By the way I'm fairly a new rider and my previous bike was a 750 Honda shadow with 5 speed.

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I have a 92/5 with the stage 2 kit. Its lots of fun! I do alot of freeway driving and when I'm doin 75-80mph it seems a touch high in the rpms, goin off of sound since I have no tach, but at 45-65 it seems just right! I get 38.8mpg on average with alot of freeway miles. I wish it was more (mpg) since work is 42 miles one way, I have to fill up every day and a half.

I think the only reasons to change it from 92/5 to 100/5 to 106/6 was just to stay competitive with the market. From what I've seen and read I can't recall any hardcore problems, just keep up with the maintenance.

Keep in mine that if she goes from a 900 to a 1507 or 1634 there is some weight difference that might put here over her comfort level, maybe have here go demo ride some bikes first, it would really suck if you get her one and she doesnt like the weight difference.

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I have a 92/5 with the stage 2 kit. Its lots of fun! I do alot of freeway driving and when I'm doin 75-80mph it seems a touch high in the rpms, goin off of sound since I have no tach, but at 45-65 it seems just right! I get 38.8mpg on average with alot of freeway miles. I wish it was more (mpg) since work is 42 miles one way, I have to fill up every day and a half.

I think the only reasons to change it from 92/5 to 100/5 to 106/6 was just to stay competitive with the market. From what I've seen and read I can't recall any hardcore problems, just keep up with the maintenance.

Keep in mine that if she goes from a 900 to a 1507 or 1634 there is some weight difference that might put here over her comfort level, maybe have here go demo ride some bikes first, it would really suck if you get her one and she doesnt like the weight difference.

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Thanks for the info on the other things. As for the added weight, it's not an issue for her. She's ridden my old Meanie in the past as well as thrown her leg over my XR, though she can't flat foot on my XR. She took a KP out this weekend and had no problems taking it off the kickstand. Fit her quite well, actually. Her only issue she said was the tank is just a bit wider than what she's used to, but didn't notice it while riding...only while at the lights. Overall, she really liked it. Unfortunately, she's a no go on the black ones which are most common...and found a great deal on one. But, she wants a premium with two tone. Oh well!

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