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Victory Kingpin 8-Ball

Review of the 2010 Victory and Kingpin 8-Ball

The same day I got to ride the Victory Vision. I ahead and took advantage of the rides and took a Victory for a spin as well. Ironically, not a member of the Victory Rider’s I got drafted in on an honorary basis for the day so I be the tailgunner as well as a test They saw how much I loved the Vision and also how comfortable I was on it and I could easily tailgun on a smaller bike.

They wrong as the Victory Kingpin I secured for the second test of the day was absolutely fantastic as well. than trying out the Hammer, or Tour models, I opted for the for a couple reasons. First of it was the polar opposite of the Victory being one of the smallest bike in lineup, with the smallest

Secondly, my fiancée is absolutely in with the bike, just sitting on one in the showroom. After my I can’t disagree with The fact that the Kingpin is in the very same Two-tone and Sandstone as the Victory Vision for a cute motorcycle pairing on the a fact not lost on either of us.

Kingpin vs. Kingpin 8-ball

I admit I really wanted to a full-blown Kingpin and the demo had the Blue and Sandstone model However, someone claimed it so I opted to try the Kingpin 8-ball. The that the 2009 Kingpin is one of the least expensive bikes sells was not lost on me either.

for the 2000 dollar difference, I go with the standard Kingpin and the extra 300 for the two-tone paint is a

Where the two bikes differ significantly is in the transmission. The 8-ball makes do with the pretty bullet proof 5-speed Victory has used for years, than the newer 6-speed. not nearly as mandatory on the smaller, Kingpin model, having 6 th gear for cruising on the freeway for a smoother, quieter ride; not to the better mileage that the 6 th can extract.

Other places the 8-ball’s 2000 dollar difference is seen is in details. The is a solo seat, meaning carrying a passenger will an upgraded seat or a passenger which has an MSRP of $250. The is rated at over 1200 gross, so carrying a passenger is no problem; once you’ve for the seat. (A sissy bar is an additional but both models would this for any serious distance for a passenger and I would highly it due to the performance).

Another detail are the blacked out for the turn signal stalks. On my bike, they were not down all the way and because I had to straighten one I realized they were flimsy black plastic. The standard model has more turn signals that are pieces and felt like were metal.

Finally, the detail is that the headlights are different. The 8-ball uses a plain headlight enclosure to the standard Kingpin model. I, didn’t mind the look and that the standard’s headlight have looked out of place on the out, back to basics of the 8-ball.

Victory Kingpin

According to Victory, there are 6 pounds of weight difference the 8-ball and standard Kingpin Because of this, I can easily say straightline numbers will be identical, especially since the from one to five seemed identical to the six speed transmission was in the Victory Vision.

Now, let’s talk line performance. You have a that weighs 660lbs dry (or and has an engine that makes 85 and 106 foot pounds of torque. Put perspective, that is a better to weight ratio than cruisers on the road and when with the impressive torque that the bike has some pull.

A previous bike I and loved was a Hyosung GV-650, a cruiser weighing around and pulling about 70hp and 46 pounds of torque out of a 90 degree That particular bike was on quarter-mile time list the had as only a touch slower a V-Max (another bike I owned previously ), Valkyrie (My ride) and V-Rod; but faster every other V-twin cruiser on the market.

That did NOT include a Victory Kingpin and I that it is likely equal (or at very close) to the GV-650 in line performance. Being the gunner has its perks and I honestly a light and had to catch up to the group. In up, I gunned it and I was impressed with the

From launch, the Victory accelerated very strongly and was not up when I backed off a bit past

On top of straight line performance, the Kingpin 8-ball was very to toss around and having the suspension, tires and wheels, the Kingpin should handle identically. Both in taking at lights and in trying to weave my lane, the bike was absolutely to be tossed around. I never anything in my brief time but I confident that I easily have, had there been an to do so.

The big surprise for me was braking. A few years ago I a demo Honda VTX1300 at my Honda shop and didn’t make it past the first before turning around and home. The single front on that bike was simply not stopping power for the bike. a comparable weight to the Kingpin, I was a dubious going in.

However, equips their bike a four-piston caliper versus the 2-piston setup Honda across the board on their and, again, stainless brake lines come even on the 8-ball Kingpin The difference was amazing and I never that the bike needed a front brake.

Victory Kingpin 8-Ball
Victory Kingpin 8-Ball

The Ride

After coming off the Vision, I was concerned I was going to be a spoiled but the Victory Kingpin delivered a smooth ride. The forks are inverted and the rear is for pre-load. The route we took the time avoided the jarring but other bumps in the road easily absorbed and even the lowered seat and the thinner that came with it, the was never bad.

The choice of on the Victory Kingpin is an interesting as they are not a matching set. are Dunlops but they are different However, Victory has found a combination of tires that are and comfortable.


I really the purity that the Victory represented. Completely devoid of it reminded me of the fun just riding can be. no weather or wind protection, you are to the elements and it is a great thing to be

The bike was absolutely fun to ride and comfortable. As a second bike for me for town duties or as the primary for my fiancé, it is a great choice and likely serve in both once we get it. I went in a little but came out sold on this as well.

Victory is now two for two with me.

Tested: Victory Kingpin

MSRP: $12,999

Highs: Handling, Braking

Lows: Cheap Hardware, Solo only a 5-speed transmission addressed in the Standard Kingpin

Victory Kingpin 8-Ball
Victory Kingpin 8-Ball
Victory Kingpin 8-Ball
Victory Kingpin 8-Ball

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