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I thought I had a deal on an '09 Kingpin Tour but it didn't come together. So I've got time to learn what there is to learn about the slight model changes over the years. From what I understand the 6 speed transmission came out in '06 along with the 100 ci engine. Then in '08 the gear ratios were improved slightly, the compression ratio was lowered and timing was advanced along with improvements to the fuel injection and air box yielding a slight power increase. 2008 and newer Kingpins are wired for electronic cruise control. In 2011 the engine displacement was increased to 106 ci and horsepower increased to 97 ponies. Someone said the '08-'10 Kingpins are not as desirable as the '07 and 2011 - 2012. What difference was there between "06 and '07? Is a mint garage kept '07 Kingpin Tour with 3000 miles on it worth as much as a similar "09 with 10,000 miles? Would you pass by these two bikes to wait for a 2011 - 2012 model? How much of a premium should I expect to pay for a low mileage 2011 - '12?
 

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2007 without hesitation.
The 2008 and 2009 are closed loop and low compression.

Don't pay any attention to HP claims from the manufacturer.

They fucked up the transmission in 2012 to put in a positive neutral finder. The best trans year was 2007 but 1st gear is taller in the 2007-down bikes. Those are a good candidate for an underdrive front pulley (2 teeth smaller).

If you are buying a 10+ year old motorcycle it is best if you are mechanically inclined. If you are not "wrenchy" get a newer bike.
 

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@half_crazy , my March 2010 Vegas 100/6, can you tell me what the compression was on my bike? , and would it have increased with the Lloyds 109 kit, if so by how much?.
The 100 cube pistons after 60,000 miles had a fair bit of carbon on the tops of them, I presume from using premium gasoline.
Ive tried to cut back to mid grade but not all stations have mid, so when the choice is top or bottom grade I tend to go the higher choice.
Naturally if I'm gonna run it on the track I use premium.
 

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Thanks alot fellows I appreciate the help. It feels good buying a bike that comes recommended by experienced owners. With only 3300 miles on the clock I expect it to serve me well.
 

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Welp I'll go ahead and say you bought the right bike.. maybe only because it looks like a twin to mine. :) Hope she give you miles of smiles.
 

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I've got the 07 model and I like it. I had some issues last year with the fuel pump loosing pressure and found that there was a couple O' rings in the pressure assembly that got dried up and allowed fuel to pass by and in turn the bike wouldn't start because of low fuel pressure.
Also, I have a chirp in the belt in which I have been informed that it is normal but I hate it! I have read several topics on this and other forums and have found that if you are able to rub a little bees wax on the sides of the belt the chirp goes away. And it does. I tried it last year and it worked.. But this year I road the bike again and it is chirping again. I will re apply the wax.
Also, The rear tire worn prematurely last year and I had to replace at 3600 miles.. Brought it in to the local shop and they said they had not ever seen a tire wear like that with so few miles. They replaced and found it was out of alignment?? never heard of that on a bike but ever since they replaced the tire, it has been good. You have to have some sort of mechanical aptitude if you own any bike if you ask me but over all, this bike has been pretty good considering it is over ten years old.
Awesome power to gear ratio. Shifts a little heavy (Clunky) and has more tranny noise than I like in 4th and 5th gears but it keeps going.

I have not owned many other bikes to compare this one with but I have rode with quite a few other bikes and I have never had an issue keeping up with or in some cases.... Blowing away, other bikes! LOL good power, handles great, comfortable for longer rides, shifts through the gears as long as you shift aggressively and over all pretty good stock set up.
 

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I don't know why but I have read about people going from earlier model KP's to the 09 KP and there's something about that year they don't like. Maybe because they got it shortly after they went to closed loop and people were still getting used to it or maybe it was something in the suspension but I would think it would be the same. Anyway; it stuck in my mind to stay away from the 09 KP's unless I did more research to find out what their beef was.
 
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