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I am hopefully going to pull the trigger on a new Victory sometime within the month. I have my decision down to one of two bikes, either a Kingpin or a Crossroads. Aside from luggage (I would get bags with a Kingpin) what are your thoughts on the bikes? Which do you prefer and why?
 

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I have a Kingpin and I believe its the best kept secret in the Victory line. I rode the cross roads and in my opinion, the Kingpin is a much nicer motorcycle. Of course, everything comes down to personal preferance, but I would suggest you ride both bikes and decide for yourself. Believe me, they are two totally different rides.[/B
 

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I have a Kingpin and I believe its the best kept secret in the Victory line. I rode the cross roads and in my opinion, the Kingpin is a much nicer motorcycle. Of course, everything comes down to personal preferance, but I would suggest you ride both bikes and decide for yourself. Believe me, they are two totally different rides.[/B


I am definitely leaning towards the Kingpin I think, but I want to keep an open mind in case I really hate it. The demo truck is coming near me soon and I plan on getting down there to try them both out.
 

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Other than the powertrain they are completely different animals. You'll have to decide what you want out of the bike (tour ready or tour capable), what style appeals to you (half naked or saddlebags always attached). Goat already stated the last consideration so to add to his input, if you're going to carry a passenger often the XR has a better rear seat and better suspension to handle 2-up then the KP.

I highly suggest riding both during demo days so the bikes will both be ready to ride and to get all the discounts you can! Note that some of the dealers only let you ride short distances and 10-15 minutes when the truck is there so you may want to go back for a 2nd ride (before the coupon expires). This will let you try both bikes out in conditions that you didn't get to try during the demo.

Best of luck and I hope the Victory of your choice gets to occupy your garage soon!
 

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I had the same dilemma, CrossRoads or Kingpin. Road both of those at the demo and the decision was made. Loved both. Got the CrossRoads for the comfort, locking saddle bags, and passenger accomodations. I hope to one day get a Kingpin to add to the Crossroads
(the CrossRoads is staying as long as I want a touring bike) because as stated above, they are two different motorcycles.
 

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Hard decision. The KP is the sexy sister who doesn't cook, clean, etc...but is a blast to ride and sexy as hell. The XR is kind of like the more plain sister. But she cooks, cleans and is a bit of a closet freak. And, the more you get to know her, the more attractive she becomes.

Consider your riding intent. Like stated, tour capable versus tour ready. The bags are better and bigger and fit the bike. The handling and ride are relatively similar but not exact. If you're more of a casual rider doing day trips and the like and seldom have need for storage, go with the KP. If you like doing longer rider and trips, especially with a passenger, get the XR. Soon enough, we'll have one of each in our stable once the wife gets her KP. :)
 

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Ride 'em both, get the one you like best now, then get the other one later when you can. Win win. :D

Remember; there's nothing saying you can't buy a good used bike and save a lot of money plus get a lot of the mods already done.
 

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I was torn between both the KP and XR also. If had been setting up a solo bike, it would have been the KP. But, I fell in love with the handling of XR, especially with my wife riding 2up. I hardly even know she is back there until she hits me, because I'm 20 MPH over the speed limit heading into a hard curve. :)

I don't take really long touring type trips. But, use mine as my daily commuter vechical. The bags have been a "huge" blessing. <pun intended>

However, if you intent is more bar hopper style, KP to me can real shine!
I long for a solo bike, but love having my wife ride with me. Now if I could only afford dual bikes for dual personalities. :D
 

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I am definitely leaning towards the Kingpin I think, but I want to keep an open mind in case I really hate it. The demo truck is coming near me soon and I plan on getting down there to try them both out.
Price point was my deciding factor. When I picked up my '08 Kingpin Tour, new for $9995, along with the $1000 accessory coupon for taking a test ride, I was sold. Love my Kingpin. Would love to own every bike in the Victory line-up, with the Vision maybe being next. Have test rode them all. Needed to re-set the MAX speed recording on the last Vision ride. Love the lines on the Kingpin, the black and chrome, and the acceleration on the twist of the throttle. Good luck with your decision. Looked at the Kingpin vs. the XC/XR in the showroom just this week. Kingpin still wins for me!
 

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I am hopefully going to pull the trigger on a new Victory sometime within the month. I have my decision down to one of two bikes, either a Kingpin or a Crossroads. Aside from luggage (I would get bags with a Kingpin) what are your thoughts on the bikes? Which do you prefer and why?
If you're really on the fence between the two bikes, buy the bigger one. So get the Crossroads unless you REALLY fall in love with the Kingpin.

I like my Kingpin. It rides great and looks a LOT nicer than the stock XR. But you have to be fair: A Kingpin dressed up for touring no longer looks cool. By the time you dress up the 'Pin as a cruiser it looks relatively lame, will have less effective touring potential, be less comfortable, and will probably have cost you more money in the long run.

If you're even thinking about touring, and you're on the fence after the test rides, don't get the Kingpin. I'd bet the house that you'll regret it later.
 

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Wow so much great info! I think that if its a wash between the two bikes I will probably go with the KP just because this bike will get way more use in town than touring, so having it tour ready for the situation where I may want to head out for a few days would make more sense to me than having a touring machine that never really gets used. Thanks everyone. Hopefully this can happen sooner rather than later. I will keep you updated.
 

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i just got a kp and really am enjoying it, it will probably be replaced with an xr down the road tho since i already have the hammer for in town.the kp is a great "do all bike" if you like more minimalist camping you could probly go pretty far on one and when you get home you can strip it down and cruze the town. lock and ride stuff is sweet but so are electric impacts, i can strip mine down pretty quick and cheap.
 
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