2008 Victory Kingpin 8-Ball Road Test Rider Magazine

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2008 Victory Kingpin Road Test

The Kingpin is a new model for 2008, and like its from the pool hall, it is direct, basic and commands

Photo Credit: Kevin

Bill Stermer

February 5,

If you play pool, you know the 8-ball is black, with a numeral against a white And you also know that—in the of the same name—if you sink the unintentionally, you’ve lost; it at the right time, however, and you It’s an important, dangerous and if it gets in the way of your next we all understand what “being the 8-ball” means.

This critical, basic-in-black factor is why chose to name two of its models it, including the version we test

The Kingpin 8-Ball is a new model for and like its namesake from the hall, it is simple, direct, and commands attention. It features a body, blacked-out engine bright fins, black and a blacked-out handlebar. In Victory an 8-Ball is a base model sinister, blacked-out styling, and to show their baseness models (the $13,999 8-Ball tested here, and the Vegas 8-Ball) have a solo seat and five-speed all other models feature the box.

Like all other models (except the new Vision its 106-inch engine) the two 8-Balls the company’s signature air/oil-cooled, (1,634cc), 50-degree V-twin with single-overhead cams, valves per cylinder and hydraulic For

Despite low-ball price, the suspension is first-rate for a cruiser.

the 100-inch engine has been whether it has been attached to the or six-cog transmission. Bore and remain at 101 x 102mm, but compression has been dropped from on most previous models to across the line. The revamped looks very similar to the version from the outside, but have been significant.

the airbox has been changed for flow and style, and the oil cooler had previously been a rectangular hung like an afterthought the frame downtubes) is now triangular and has relocated down to where it between the lower frame It neatly tucks aside to the forward cylinder’s header Both internal and external oil are also new this year.

As all other Victory models, the 8-Ball is equipped with final drive.

Inside is the real changes have The new closed-loop fuel-injection system of new oxygen sensors, Engine Module (ECM) and 45mm injectors to make the engine run quieter and more efficiently. To noise, vibration and harshness the Victory engines get a slew of new including the cams, pistons, crankshaft, balance shaft, and engine covers.

And it all works well together.

position is spread out and comfortable, and the Victory windscreen is welcome.

the all-black Kingpin and nothing it announces that this is a model; nothing screams Bargain! Kmart Blue Special!” Not only is the 8-Ball a and black with those valanced fenders—but its stretched-look steel tank, clear-lens with faceted reflector and taillight give it the look of a custom.

Also note how the is notched to accommodate the pointed seat. Anyway you look at it, the 8-Ball has that lean, demeanor of a pool hustler a gritty movie.

While the Hammer and Jackpot models super-wide 250-series rear that are great for show but make a bike harder to the Kingpin and Vegas lines are rider’s bikes as all models them carry a 180-series tire. The Kingpin is a big, motorcycle, which places the forward on floorboards with the bent because of the pull-back At 26.5 inches off the asphalt the is low, and the key is centered in the triangular EFI on the left side under the an identical cover has been on the right side.

Instrumentation is the of simplicity and elegance.

The bike starts simply and (doesn’t anything have a or fast-idle control anymore?), and pull is moderate. It moves out with a minimum of clutch and the heel-and-toe shifter works easy crispness. First has been given a lower this year for enhanced and acceleration.

The exhaust has a good, note, with a bit of a bark to it; one that we journalists call Vibration is present, though in its most pleasant guise of a throbbing through the seat and as the revs rise, which is where you want them.

its size and the heft of a 65.6-inch and 692-pound wet weight the 8-Ball fulfills the “real steel” Its generous specs include degrees of rake and 5.4 inches of steering is solid and neutral, far from quick. Cornering the bane of most cruisers, is on the 8-Ball, but of course we always more before its folding begin to drag.

With the power, relative lightness and feel you’ll want to its cornering limits on its Dunlop

In its wake, the Kingpin 8-Ball an authoritative exhaust note a pleasant bark.

When first appeared more 25 years ago, they notorious for having low-buck delivering rocky rides. In modern times this male-slider fork is very damped and controlled, and at the rear is a shock adjustable for spring It is likewise well controlled delivering a relatively comfortable for its short travel.

Braking is provided by a single at each end gripped by a four-piston and two-piston (rear) caliper. is likewise powerful and easily Though small in size, the is very well padded and and proved much more than expected.

At highway I experienced some noticeable against my torso and legs, the flapping my jeans and trying to my feet off the footboards. The pull-back also hangs the rider out like a spinnaker. To alleviate the pressure we requested Victory’s and Ride Windshield, and they us their smaller version.

Its brackets went on easily some lack of clarity in the in the case of the 8-Ball a blacked-out set have been more With the windscreen set in place on grommets, the key provided deploys a pin on side through the bracket to the ’screen in place. The same key the pins and allowed for the ’screen’s removal.

While it relieved the to the torso at the expense of some head buffeting, the ’screen did not wind pressure against the

The single front disc, its four-piston caliper, offers modulated stopping power.

Our 8-Ball has no tachometer, but the Borla dynamometer confirmed that by rpm it is already generating 86 lb-ft of and it peaks at 70 horsepower at 4,800 Both show how the Victory slightly higher displacement and four-valve cylinder-head design give it a stock performance over the American competition.

The holds 4.5 gallons of fuel, and a warning light illuminates on the when only about a is left. Through our testing the 8-Ball delivered a decent miles in return for each of gas.

Obviously, the Kingpin is a spare, emotional bike doesn’t offer much in the way of though many are available as Not only does the lack of a seat preclude carrying a it also means you won’t be to attach a seat bag or camping essentially relegates it to “bar-hopper” We ordered up the small Victory tankbag that will just a dieter’s lunch or a spare set of gloves.

Though appearance has changed little, the has been updated for 2008.

Any to pick are minor. The bike a tachometer, but it can be reasoned that in keeping with its character of while helping keep the relatively low. The 8-Ball on each fender is a peel-off which seems out of place on an otherwise quality machine.

Victory explains that the is designed to be easily peeled off to an even stealthier machine, but seems a strange thing to do a bike’s model name. It reflect the maker’s second-most goal for the 8-Balls besides Victory’s entry-level-priced machines—to mild-to-wild customizers a ready-made to build upon.

For its $13,999 the 8-Ball delivers a lot of performance and for a reasonable amount of cash. hustler offers not only style for the price, but is also updated from previous And for those who like their domestic, please note Victory motorcycles are built in the White North up in Medina,

This new model not only down the road, but riding one to a situation in which being the 8-Ball is very fortunate

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