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Victory Kingpin Review

This really is not an article written by a wannabe motorcyclist post writer that is under direction from the magazine owners on what to write and say based on which motorcycle company is paying the most in advertising dollars right now. Triumph Pete's cycle

As I mentioned, my Victory Kingpin was bought by me in February of 2004 -- A year that was great. After seeing Harley has turned into a mass production company of cookie cutter, oil and looking at Harley Davidson -leaking machines, I decided to search elsewhere. Then that's really all good, if a Harley is you bag. For me, I do not understand the allure. I looked at the Honda VTX 1800 -- Very fine motorcycle. Best performance and all around cruiser for the cash. I needed this motorcycle.

I decide I should know more. I find that largely Indian dealerships are selling the 2004 Victory bikes. Why? This is about the time that Indian corporation has decided to go out of business. So the nervous Indian car dealers are rapidly signing on with Polaris to sell the Victory bike lines. Was this fate or what? The Victory dealers are enjoying record sales and selling high-quality American motorcycles. I go to my local Indian dealership, check the Vegas out, then in the back of the little showroom I see Success Kingpins sitting there calling to me. One was the Black/Bronze 2004 two-tone color. I wanted this bike. The appearance of the motorcycle, the evaluation ride.

Yes, I said evaluation ride. Sure I was nervous buying an unknown and unproven American (86% American that's) motorcycle. I understood the inherent difficulties with purchasing a Harley and I did not wish to go there or be labeled a Harley rider. Not for me. Common sense said I should have gone with the Honda VTX 1800. However, the Success had handling and comfort that I needed, and had styling, had operation. classic bike parts australia

The Kingpin was a joy to ride from day one. I updated to the Stage I performance kit, which included new slip-on exhaust, a new K&N air filter and a remapping of the Victory Electronic Control Unit (ECU). The new slip ons gave the bike a deeper throatier sound. Not the metal clanky sound you hear with Harleys. After doing the recommended engine brake in, I began to get comfortable with the new machine and explore its managing capabilities. Not as great as my sport bike but very remarkable.

I was afraid to work on the bike because it was foreign and not so cheap to me. But I began doing some alterations on the bike. The modifications began small with simple bolt on add on like mirrors, chrome goodies and the highway bars. The following year I got more serious and began wiring in headlight security modulators and brake light. Subsequently I began swapping stock parts such as the awful stock turn signals out and replacing them with custom LED lighting products from the lads at MBW Motorcycles. The bike was started to seem custom and I was learning my way around.

The most recent modifications I have done include more wiring in of the PIAA driving lights, including a custom after market drive sprocket overdrive pulley. The latter change entailed removing the fuel tank, exhaust, rear wheel, belt drive, right foot controls. This was a modification that is serious and I needed to make sure I put her back together correctly. I strongly suggest you buy the Service manual for your bike. You need to be aware of the torque specifications and which bolts desire Loctite. I did succeed in running and receiving the Kingpin back together. In practicing how to align the back wheel with the belt drive, I took some time. I purchased a Motion Pro belt tension gauge to ensure I was a close to exact I could be and did this a couple times. With all of these alterations, in working on the Kingpin, my trust has gone from zero to what can I try next. It is Zen like to work on motorcycles and to ride them.

Now we're in spring of 2006. The Victory Kingpin is two year old. With all of my adjustments and 10,000 miles I 've not had one single mechanical difficulty with this motorcycle. Yes I 'm shocked. There were bound to be some issues. The reply is simply no. This bike is a jewel. I am able to count on this particular motorcycle on long excursions. Feel comfortable riding the bike, and feel assured that I can keep her running for years to come.

I have my Kingpin fully customized to my style. With one or two functionality modifications set up, I find the need to give the Victory Liberty 92 cubic inch engine more power. The procedure to which I shall use to fulfill this need is to set up a Lloydz Victory Fuel Control module plus a Eaglecat custom Victory air carton. Bit the things combined will give your Kingpin an added 11 horsepower. I said eleven horsepower. I possess the dyno sheets to prove this.

In the event you are buying new bike and don't know what to believe. Take this review for the honest truth. I ride this motorcycle on an almost daily basis. This motorcycle is the best motorcycle I have ever owned. Don't consider but what current Victory Kingpin owners need to say anything.

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