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I am new to the forum as well as victory bikes and I hope to get some feedback. I am looking in to purchasing a victory bike. I found a 2005 kingpin both 3500 miles for $4500. Bike is in great shape however is there anything I should look for? Also should I worry about parts in near future?

Thanks for any feedback!

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Hi all!
I am new to the forum as well as victory bikes and I hope to get some feedback. I am looking in to purchasing a victory bike. I found a 2005 kingpin both 3500 miles for $4500. Bike is in great shape however is there anything I should look for? Also should I worry about parts in near future?

Thanks for any feedback!

Norbert
Hi and Welcome. The bike is basically new with those few miles but I'd still be concerned with rubber parts involving the throttlebody. Particularly the TB adapter and plugs. Tires may be old and needing to be changed. I personally try not to run tires more than 8 years old. Others say 6 years so some research may be needed. Location, climate, and garaged will make a difference.

My 04 is running strong and I expect to get 150k out of it but one never knows for sure of course. The throttlebody needs to be cleaned every 5k miles or so but you can re-route the breather so it doesn't dump into the TB thereby ending that procedure except as needed. Where you live and the air quality will determine that.

Parts (not accessories) are supposed to be available until 2027. No word on if there will be a secondary parts availability. There are still aftermarket parts makers but they are getting less and less all the time. Hopefully something will be worked out by then. Lots of Vic's on the road and running great.

The price seems fair to me for the miles but NADA book values put these bikes at a lower price due to the discontinuation of Polaris making them I guess. You can look yours up too. Mine was valued at less that $3k by them but as always the value of something is determined by what people will pay for it. Can you post a picture of the bike yet or a link to a picture on a pic hosting site?
 

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BBob thank you for your reply and good advice. Bike is located in Central CT. Unfortunately I do not have any pictures. I will look at the tires and other things mentioned. Owner mentioned bike was sitting in the garage for few years before it was actually used, not sure if this is a good thing. I like the bike however situatio. Both victory make me little worried. Thanks again!
 

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If it was not on an automatic trickle charger, the battery is toast. Do not run it without first changing the oil. Before the first startup, remove .the spark plugs and give it a spin to circulate the oil.
 

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Get owners book checking oil on a Vic is not like other bikes
 

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Thanks all great feedback! I am going to see the bike tomorrow or Friday. Will know more about it then and possibly purchase it at the same time since it's about 2 hours away. Will keep an eye on the things mentioned. One of the things mentioned what is so special about victories oil changes?

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Nothing special at all about a Victory oil change. One oil to change and filter is right by the drain plug. Be careful tightening (over tightening the plug) and use a new copper washer each time. People have been known to get a bit over zealous when tightening the plug then stripping it which is a big pain to fix with an insert.

There are lots of how-to videos for Victory's online. They can help a lot.

I usually use a scissor jack to do oil changes. It also makes it easy to check the oil level with the bike straight up and the dip stick screw in. There are little tricks to making this process a bit easier which you can learn later. You will find Vic's don't like to sit flat on a lift due the design of the engine and frame. There are tricks to that too.

The service manual (link in my sig line) says to change the oil every 2500 miles and that's fine but I've found the transmission starts getting a little glitchy (less smooth) when it needs an oil change so I usually get 3-4k on my 04 per oil change. Until you really get used to the bike you might want to stick with the recommended interval though. The interval for my 11 is supposed to be 5k miles but it really depends on the kind of riding I've been doing. If it's most local riding I can feel it needs changing around 4k miles. Highway riding extends that out to 5-6k. Use good oil. Lots of threads about that. It likes a synthetic mix but many run pure synthetic with good results. Others try pure synth and find their clutch slips. Plugs are cheap. Probably a good idea to change them and make sure Never-Seize is on the threads.

Take a picture of the bike so you can share it here. Have you seen a picture of the bike yet? How did you hear about it? Ask the owner how long the gas has been in the tank and if it has any fuel stabilizer in it.
 

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welcome Norbert to the forum,

You got a steal for that price for that machine...and you've found a great place to hang out for information...

Ride Safe,

Rob
 

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Here is how you check oil on a vic. Stand bike straight up screw dipstick in then out to get reading.

By the way what Half Crazy said about getting a newer model is a smart idea
 

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Thanks all for the great feedback! I was looking around for a while for a right bike, some of them were younger with more miles but not in the best shape other were older and little cheaper but hard to pull the trigger on. This one seems really good. Also I am not sure how much of the difference the 6 Speed on the newer model makes or the engine size? Reading around some people say this engines like higher rpms other say they miss the 6th gear. Anyways I am attaching picture that I was able to save from the post.
 

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The 6th gear is nice but not a must-have item. Vic's handle the 3200 rpm at 80 mph in 5th (with 5 speed) just fine all day long every day.

Looks like a nice clean 05. If you get it you might want to add a tach. I use mine quite a bit.
 

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Lots of people think they are getting a smokin' deal by buying an older bike... but they would be so much better off buying a later model for another $1000... because all the rubber parts from the tires (expired) to the fuel lines, vacuum lines, throttle body adaptor being rotten and needing replacement will cost you a grand anyway.
 

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Why settle for 5 gears when you can have 6?
Why settle for 92 inches when you can get 100 or 106?

I would avoid 2008/2009, but outside that, just get the best deal.
Why would you avoid the 2009. It has the 6th gear which i never use, 100ci and closed loop feedback. I may be selling mine but afraid of what i will need to let it go for. Its been great for 43,000 but have been riding the FJR1300 more and more
 

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Hi all as always thanks for your input, a lot of good info! My visit to see the bike got postponed as owner of the bike did not have the title on hand so we scheduled visit for next week :( Going into the years and newer bikes the 6 speed and the 100cc. I found few interesting bikes however why should I avoid 2008-2009? Also any one know cost of replacing all rubber pieces (vacuum hoses and throttle body adapter) Thanks!
 

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TB adapter is around $55. The little rubber pieces shouldn't be much. Probably should get a couple of O-Rings to go with the adapter too. Again; not much money.

No idea why the member said not to get an 08-09. I had an 09 Jackpot that ran good. He might know something I don't though.

More power is always good and that extra gear is definitely cool. What kind of riding are you planning on using the bike for? Local day trips or longer road trips or maybe some of both?

Here's a good site to look up parts and order them if needed.

https://www.victoryparts.net/
 

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Also worth mentioning, that I just remembered, the 100" and the 106" have the same power because the compression ratio is higher on the 100". My 09 106" did have more power than my 04 92" but not enough to make me miss the difference.

Now those who focus on hp/tq are never really satisfied with what they have so the search is never ending for more power. If you're like that then you should definitely start with something you can get max power out of.

I figure if I really wanted 160-180 hp I'd just buy a Ninja type bike and call it a day. That's not my thing though so my 92" rings my bell just fine.

YMMV, FWIW, JMHO.
 

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BBob, I too like my 04 92, but someday I would like to also put a XR in my garage. I like the looks.
 
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