2004 Victory Kingpin Motorcycle — First Ride & Review — Motorcyclist Online

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Victory Kingpin

Victory rolls another with its latest custom

Like a busload of errant pulling up at the Palomino Club, we love Vegas#151the Victory V-twin cruiser, that is. We about the thing after our ride last fall, even more praise its way in our May test, then made one proclamation of Vegas lust by it Best Cruiser in our annual MOTY balloting. So when we Victory’s new Kingpin by saying the has built an even better you know the Minnesota maker has a winner.

This isn’t to say the is a replacement for the strong-selling Vegas. The is instead an alternative take on the concept, reworked with a few chassis and styling mods to Victory beyond the custom-cruiser the Vegas occupies and into the traditional, fat-fendered category now by various Fat Boys and the odd Road or Vulcan. The fact that the actually works better on the than the Vegas is but a happy

What, then, is the essential between the Vegas and the Kingpin? what remains the same is the Vegas chassis (with its linkage-type rear suspension) and 1507cc Freedom V-twin and transmission. Differences begin up where the Vegas’ conventional and chopper-style, 21-inch front have been replaced by an fork holding an 18-inch with wider rubber.

Crowning the new machine are fuller-coverage designed by custom bike Arlen and Cory Ness to the Kingpin that anchored to the look this customer Voil #151Victory easily and doubles the market appeal of the platform.

Thankfully, the creation of the is more than just maneuvering#151the stiffer fork and front tire transform the in the curves, as our brief ride in wine country evidenced. The inverted fork features internals (a first for Victory) as a result, the separate compression and damping circuits are very balanced. The improvement is especially at low speeds.

On tight, big-bumped (Trinity Road, for those of you with Sonoma County) the does a stellar job of keeping the on the tarmac. Only at higher (the open sweepers on Canyon and Pope Valley back in Napa) can you induce any indicating a slightly undersprung/underdamped shock. The upshot is that the end is spine-savingly soft at sane which is what most riders want.

Besides, in most riding you’ll run out of cornering clearance you begin taxing the suspenders. the Vegas, the Kingpin is long and attractive cast floorboards uncomfortably early, and there is feels like one degree of between the edge of the pivoting and the associated hard bits

Which is a shame, because the traction afforded by the 130/70 Dunlop (and similarly 180-series rear) tempt you to the Kingpin’s excellent four-piston disc (matched to a 300mm rotor and Goodridge stainless and drive deep into Very few cruisers, even sport-cruisers, will embarrass the on a curvy road.

Although the 1507cc displacement might meager compared with year’s crop of mega-motored it offers plenty of poke horsepower and 93.1 foot-pounds of when we dynoed our last and our recent ride confirms power delivery is as burly and as before. The Freedom engine is vibe-free; still, Victory a new, rubber-mounted handlebar and floorboards to the Kingpin.

Also new is a dual-density saddle is significantly more supportive last season’s too-soft Many tiny details also been tightened up on the Last year’s droopy-drawers signals are jettisoned in favor of shinier#151chrome bits, though the license-plate bracket looks something stolen from the of an ATV#151and then chromed.

Let the in the chopper crowd viva las you want a cruiser that rides, or if you just prefer traditional fat-fendered lines, the is the bike that should be at side.

Victory Kingpin
Victory Kingpin



Engine type: l-c 50-deg.

Valve arrangement: sohc, 8v


Transmission: 5-speed

639 lb. (claimed dry)

Victory Kingpin
Victory Kingpin
Victory Kingpin


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