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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 05-04-2014, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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I'm looking at a used Kingpin, 2012. Just curious if you guys think I should get it or look at one of the bikes in the new lineup. I've driven a Vegas which is good but I need my floorboards. I would also add saddlebags and a windshield to it. I like the fenders and floorboards on the KP so I would just add a windshield and some bags and be good to go.

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I would go with the Kingpin , it has everything you just mentioned you wanted , and it still looks badass when you pull the bags off , the best of both worlds ! PS I wish they never dropped it from the lineup , It was one of their best models , PERIOD .

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I absolutely love my 2012 Kingpin! Same setup as you describe except I have touring seats. I made a day trip and was comfortable from Fayetteville to Little Rock and back. (actually past Little Rock and into Pine Bluff)

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Go Kingpin! You won't be disappointed.

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If a bagger ain't your bag (har har), the 'Pin is a fantastic choice. Probably the best of the steel-frame bikes, better suspension than the Boardwalk that replaced it, alloy wheels, footboards, options for luggage and windshields...yeah. That's the way I'd go...tried to steer my wife toward one a few times.

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If a bagger ain't your bag (har har), the 'Pin is a fantastic choice. Probably the best of the steel-frame bikes, better suspension than the Boardwalk that replaced it, alloy wheels, footboards, options for luggage and windshields...yeah. That's the way I'd go...tried to steer my wife toward one a few times.

btw, welcome to the forum...I do believe we might be acquainted from that Vulcan forum place...
Hey I bet you're right. I'm the same meat lol. I still have my vn900 but I'm thinking of upgrading. I like the Victory baggers but I'm not really sure I like them $15-19,000 worth.
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Also, I'm curious why you guys prefer the Kingpin over other Victory models in the cruiser lineup.
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How does the Kingpin compare to the new lineup?

It doesn't. Allow me to expand on that... The Kingpin has the inverted front forks, 18" wheels front (130mm tire) and rear (180mm tire), longer rear suspension than these new lowered 8-ball models with more roomy control layout, it is styled to accommodate bags without looking stupid, either footboards OR pegs will bolt right on... arguably the most competent cruiser motorcycle ever built.

What's so good about the forks? Good enough for Ducati.
What's so good about 18" wheels? You can get good speed rated radials to fit it.
The suspension travel speaks for itself (or I hope it does).
Being able to mount large bags is nice and they won't overpower the bike.

Nothing in a big twin cruiser will touch it. Solid chassis that will forgive BIG mistakes (don't ask, I'll have to lie to ya), plenty of brakes, neutral handling, geometry that makes it stable in wind and at high speeds, but it steers quicker than it has any right to.

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Also, I'm curious why you guys prefer the Kingpin over other Victory models in the cruiser lineup.
First- Have you seen one? I mean in person. Pictures have never really done the Kingpin justice.
Secondly- To quote Victory "Ride one and you'll own one".
Yes, they really are that good. They're comfy with great ergonomics for the average American male (5'9" to 6'3" or 6'4"). They look like a stylish yet mature heavy cruiser, but they can tear up the back roads like a hooligan bike. Not to mention their GVWR allows for just over 500lbs of rider, passenger and gear. Very, very few non-touring bikes can do that. Victory broke the mold with the Kingpin.

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Well freakin put HC.
The KP was always ALWAYS my favorite for all those reasons.
We soon forget the KP was Victory's tour scoot before any cross bikes.
It was also their sexy fat fender blvd cruiser.. And their big boy bike with big shocks and solid front forks but still with steel-frame low center of gravity and seat height.
It was Victory's perfect do all cruiser.
I wanted one for years.. Much more than the original squishy front end original Vegas.
It was Victory's answer at the time to the fat front tire Harley softails, and road kings.
It has the suspension and geometry unlike any other Vic's but still steel-frame light.
In many ways the kingpin put victory on the map for real.
I was sad to see it go, and hope some day they take the closest thing to it in the boardwalk, do the same inverted forks, long shock and make a nice bike awesome again.
I don't hold my breath. The cross bikes are the leap you must make unless you want a hammer.



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