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I haven't owned a bike for about 15 years but I have been drooling over the Kingpin for quite some time. I have found a 2008 black and tan with 6300 miles on it that I really like the look of. Is there anything I should know before purchasing this bike......The seller is asking plenty for it but I think I'd rather pay too much for a premium bike that is the right color than purchase a bike that doesn't quite turn my crank to save a thousand $. Was there any improvements to the Kingpin that came after 2008? I might want to add a rear seat and cruise control.
 

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I wouldn't pay over what it is worth. Print out the KBB and use it to make a fair offer. No matter the color a KP is not a hard to find bike and recent events have not made them higher in value.

Also depending on how and where it was stored it will need some TLC. Only having 6300 miles means it has barely been ridden which means it has sat most of its life which is never good. All plastic and rubber parts need to be checked.

On my KP I had a BrakeAway mechanical cruise control that worked great.

https://www.brakeawayproducts.com/
 

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I haven't owned a bike for about 15 years but I have been drooling over the Kingpin for quite some time. I have found a 2008 black and tan with 6300 miles on it that I really like the look of. Is there anything I should know before purchasing this bike......The seller is asking plenty for it but I think I'd rather pay too much for a premium bike that is the right color than purchase a bike that doesn't quite turn my crank to save a thousand $. Was there any improvements to the Kingpin that came after 2008? I might want to add a rear seat and cruise control.
08-10 were somewhat of a transition stage. They all had the 100 CI engine and 6 speed trans prior to 2011.

They also made some changes that detuned the 100 ci engines for EPA purposes for those 3 years. Some parts will fit from the prior generation, some from the later one. Bit of an oddball. Nothing wrong with them at all, just a bit of transition era.

In 2011-12 the (last year being 2012) the Kingpin got the 106 CI engine and what Victory called the "100K" transmission which supposedly had some upgrade.

The frame and tins are pretty much the same from 2004-2012 with little variance on the side panel and exhaust I think.

Some argue the 2007 100 CI is the best of that prior generation because it is a very easy engine to upgrade and ran without the EPA crap on it.

I have the 2012, with the 106 and 'updated' transmission but to be honest I have not ridden an earlier bike yet where I could tell a difference in the gearbox. They all clunk.

If I were in the market now, knowing what I know I would grab a 2007, or a 2011-2012 if the engine is a consideration. I really love the 106, but you can see many who have tons of power in their 100 power plants.

Not sure where you are or how much this guy is asking, but my dealer has a 2012 pearl white and silver ( same as mine) with a hair over 4K on it for 7900.00. And he ships.

Not sure what other goodies he has on that bike either. Maybe post what extras the bike has and how much this cat is asking, may be easier to let folks know if its a decent deal or not. If you get a much better deal, a paint job is easy. 2 fenders the tank and the side panels.


BUT....I can guarantee...you WILL love the Kingpin. I've had them all and this bike is phenomenal in more ways than I can tell you. Good luck.
 

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I've been helping a friend locate one and using searchtempest and looking out about five hundred miles from my location I have seen a lot of KP's. All prices and all manor of extras and miles. Shop, and you will be surprised. Good luck. And welcome.
 

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08-10 were somewhat of a transition stage. They all had the 100 CI engine and 6 speed trans prior to 2011.

They also made some changes that detuned the 100 ci engines for EPA purposes for those 3 years. Some parts will fit from the prior generation, some from the later one. Bit of an oddball. Nothing wrong with them at all, just a bit of transition era.

In 2011-12 the (last year being 2012) the Kingpin got the 106 CI engine and what Victory called the "100K" transmission which supposedly had some upgrade.

The frame and tins are pretty much the same from 2004-2012 with little variance on the side panel and exhaust I think.

Some argue the 2007 100 CI is the best of that prior generation because it is a very easy engine to upgrade and ran without the EPA crap on it.

I have the 2012, with the 106 and 'updated' transmission but to be honest I have not ridden an earlier bike yet where I could tell a difference in the gearbox. They all clunk.

If I were in the market now, knowing what I know I would grab a 2007, or a 2011-2012 if the engine is a consideration. I really love the 106, but you can see many who have tons of power in their 100 power plants.

Not sure where you are or how much this guy is asking, but my dealer has a 2012 pearl white and silver ( same as mine) with a hair over 4K on it for 7900.00. And he ships.

Not sure what other goodies he has on that bike either. Maybe post what extras the bike has and how much this cat is asking, may be easier to let folks know if its a decent deal or not. If you get a much better deal, a paint job is easy. 2 fenders the tank and the side panels.


BUT....I can guarantee...you WILL love the Kingpin. I've had them all and this bike is phenomenal in more ways than I can tell you. Good luck.




I got a little ahead of myself and put an offer on one that I looked at just a few miles from home. The guy said he would accept my offer so I guess I go pick it up on Tuesday. It is an 09 with 17,000 km (just over 10,000 mile). Perfect condition but nothing much for options other than the touring trunk/rear seat, saddle bags and engine guard. I will be paying 9300 CAD. The 7900 USD for the 2012 would likely be over $12k CAD by the time I pay currency exchange taxes and shipping but that may have been a wise decision. I was thinking it was the newer bikes that had the emission stuff on them. Whoops.
 

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Congrats, can't wait to see a picture and see if you like the bike.... Happy for you mate....

Andre using TaPaTaLk
 

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I got a little ahead of myself and put an offer on one that I looked at just a few miles from home. The guy said he would accept my offer so I guess I go pick it up on Tuesday. It is an 09 with 17,000 km (just over 10,000 mile). Perfect condition but nothing much for options other than the touring trunk/rear seat, saddle bags and engine guard. I will be paying 9300 CAD. The 7900 USD for the 2012 would likely be over $12k CAD by the time I pay currency exchange taxes and shipping but that may have been a wise decision. I was thinking it was the newer bikes that had the emission stuff on them. Whoops.
Thats not too bad for a touring setup though. Bags and touring trunk alone would cost you 1200 USD. Plus its a nice color combo and low miles. You will love the bike handling and feeling. I put 1200 miles on mine between Friday and yesterday. 2 days had heavy sidewinds and headwinds. I am intact! :) And I don't have the touring seat. Or highway bars.
 

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I came across an article that described the changesade to the Freedom engine from '07 to '08. The compression ratio was reduced from 9.8 to 8.7:1, the airbox was redesigned, new injectors installed along with a new fuel control module. As surprising as it seams, the overall result boosted torque from 103 to 106 lbft of torque and Victory claims peak HP was increased as well.
 
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