Dawn of the Neo-Power-Touring-Cruiser

Victory Kingpin Deluxe vs. modified Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod

story by Eric Bass, Photograph by Fonzie, Created Jul. 05, 2004
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"You're older than you've ever been, and now you're even older, and now you're even older, and now you're even older. You're older than you've ever been, and now you're even older... and now you're older still" - from the song, "Older", by They Might Be Giants

As the sinister bitch goddess, Time, marches on, she offers us all sorts of little clues as to the increasing proximity of our inevitable decay and demise. The sprained ankle that should have been healed after two weeks is still nagging us two months later. The bald spot at the back of our heads is sprinting feverishly to meet the bald spot at the front. The women who want to date us already have kids, and the women we want to date are young enough to be our kids (theoretically of course).

While they may not be twins separated at birth, as configured, the V-Rod and Kingpin have more in common than meets the eye.

Oh yeah, and we start seriously considering the purchase of a bagger. This is a difficult transition point in most of our lives.

While we now crave the cush, comfort and accommodations of a touring craft, we still want to feel the goose of a powerful engine shooting us forward as we snap open the throttle.

We still want to lean into long, fast, sweepers and feel the centrifugal forces tugging the corners of our mouths into a shit-eating grin.

For those of us honest enough to admit it, we still want a ride that onlookers will think is "cool" for something other than having a reverse gear.

EBass had a splitting headache when he woke-up at the end of this comparo...

Enter the "Neo-Tourer". When I called up H-D and Victory with the idea of doing this story, they both had the same reaction, "These are two very different bikes, Eric." and this is certainly true.

While Victory's Kingpin Deluxe features all of the tourer accoutrements, it does so with Arlen Ness' custom flair, and performance attributes that transcend the typical bagger.

Harley-Davidson's V-Rod is really a power cruiser, but when outfitted with bags, mini-luggage rack, a windscreen, and a plusher "Sundowner" seat, it becomes a "cheater" tourer that nobody is gonna mistake for a GoldWing.

The Kingpin Deluxe adds a billboard sized windscreen and locking saddlebags to the base package.

As I explained to the OEMs though, they are both (as configured) American V-Twin tourers, both provide best in class power and performance, both are designed with a dramatic "custom" look, and both are clearly targeted at the 30-45 year old, "too old for a `Busa, too young for an ElectraGlide" crowd.

While they may not be twins separated at birth, as configured, the V-Rod and Kingpin have more in common than meets the eye.

Oddly enough, in the end, the marketing folk agreed with me. Hey, there's a first time for everything!

"The 44mm throttle bodies give a very un-tourer-like wrist response and I received torque on-demand whether at high revs or low."

As fate would have it, there was a new rally called "Motorcycle Madness" making its debut in Santa Maria, CA, that seemed to be the perfect destination for a road trip to test the trekability of these steeds. Fonzie and I loaded up the twin twins and decided that we would swap off every 50 miles along the 400 mile round trip to maintain an un-MOlike semblance of scientific rigor.

Beginning the trip on the Kingpin Deluxe, which adds a billboard sized windscreen and locking saddlebags to the base package, it didn't take long for me to recognize that Victory had followed up their success with the Vegas in worthy fashion. Powered by the same overhead cam, air/oil cooled, four valve per cylinder, 92ci "Freedom" powerplant that garnered such rave reviews propelling the Vegas, the Kingpin offers excellent go-power across the entire rev range.

The 44mm throttle bodies give a very un-tourer-like wrist response and I received torque on-demand whether at high revs or low. This was especially nice when making freeway-speed passes at high RPMs or squeezing that extra drop of oomph out of the low end of 3rd gear when going around a tighter than expected curve.

The whine of the overhead cams had been a pet peeve of mine when I test rode the original Vegas. However, to my delight, it was noticeably diminished in this year's iteration. The same excellent 300mm floating rotor brakes with dual Brembo 4-piston calipers up front and a 2-piston Brembo in the rear deliver stopping power to both the Vegas and Kingpin, and while the Kingpin packs 20lbs more than the Vegas and has ever so slightly different dimensions, the braking characteristics were similarly impressive.

 

Eighteen-inch wheels sport a 130mm front tire and 180mm back tire.

Exec Editor Sean Alexander assisted with the photo shoot. While shuttling the bikes around for us, he noted that the Kingpin had excellent brakes, light steering and plenty of torque from its healthy sounding motor.

The aluminum swingarm with rising-rate rear suspension linkage and an inverted-cartridge front fork sucks up bumps like a sponge and still manages to provide adequate responsiveness in the curves. All of these features were enhanced by the fact that the bike provides excellent ergonomics for my 5'9" physique. If Victory ever adds cruise control, I might even try! The fully valanced fenders that provide its strongest custom visual cues dominate the bike's looks. Unlike the easy-to-love stretched and scalloped gas tank that dovetails into the seat, the fenders aren't going to appeal to everyone. They do add an element of retro to the tank's nouveau though, and the resulting trademark look is what sets this bike apart from the crowd stylistically.

"Comfortable knee angle, good support in the seat, bars just right. Factor in the turbulence-devouring windscreen and I honestly felt like I could have taken a nap while riding."

Page2At our first 50-mile interval, we pulled over at an AM/PM and decided to top-off the gas tanks as long as we were at a station. As I looked over at Fonzie astride the V-Rod, he appeared to be searching for something. Looking around the bike, under the bike, fishing into the leg of his chaps. "Uh, I think I already know the answer to this question, but is there some sort of a problem"? "Dude, the key fell out of the switch and now I can't find it. It's not on the ground.

I thought it might have fallen into my chaps, since they put the ignition right beneath your thigh, but I don't think it's in there either...". "Well damn Fonzie, I'm not helping you search in your chaps. Aliens didn't beam it up. Did it fall into the pipes and get stuck"? A first glance yielded a "negative" response to this query, as did a second glance. By now, Fonzie was rolling in the grease beneath the bike trying to get a look up from the underside. "Yup, there it is". "Oh man, that thing is really in there, isn't it"?

The V-Rod key is one of those short, stubby barrel-shaped jobs that The Motor Company is so partial to. It doesn't give you much to work with when trying to poke and probe it and it's too thick to slip through most tolerances of the V-Rod's innards, except of course for the ones that got it there in the first place. Now that we had located the lil' rascal, the next step was to rescue it. Fingers? Fuggedaboudit! Fountain pen? Not long enough. Wire hanger? Nope, didn't think I'd need to bring my formalwear to the rally. "Hang in there Fonzie, lemme sniff around in the mini-mart, they've gotta have something we can use. Meanwhile, you just keep the patrons entertained by squirming around in the grease spot. I'll be right back"

Fonzie

I told EB not to remove the OEM key fob, but he thought it looked tacky. I suggested that having the fob would help to keep it from getting lost when off the bike, didn't think it would also help when on the bike. Harley Davidson ignition switches are almost as tricky as BMW turn signals, the V-Rod having perhaps the worst key location. Eventually, you will come to easily shut down the bike and swing your arm out to the steering lock in one singular motion - thank you for not putting the keyhole on the other side of the steering head. Thanks again, for even putting a steering lock on the bike at all, the Kingpin has no head locking mechanism. What Victory did provide, is the old school, line-up the holes and bring your own lock system for locking-down your rolling luggage. What's worse is that Victory placed the holes on the closed-in (left) side of the bike and you'll need the fingers of a child to get a lock in and out of there.

Inside the market, I instinctively head towards the automotive section, but son of a gun, they are fresh-out of magnetized screwdrivers. They had plenty of Icees though and where there are Icees there are really long straws! "Hey Fonzie, check it out, it's a highly flexible, elongated probing tools (no comments please --Sean) with real kung-fu chopstick action"! Newly equipped with our state of the art locksmith technology, it wasn't long before we had extracted the key and fired up the H-D. Having completed one of the most awkward bike swaps in MOronic history we were finally on the road again.

Sean loved the V-Rod's midrange, but wanted to rev it another 3,000 RPM past redline for the full-on superbike effect. He also wished it had another 30° of ground clearance. I guess he just doesn't get it.

You can't set yourself much farther away from the pack stylistically than a V-Rod. There isn't anything out there that looks (or rides) remotely like it. Despite its eccentricities, the newest Porsche errr... Harley is one of my all-time favorite bikes.

I had seen one or two dolled up in touring trim at the Rock Store and other local scenes, and was curious as to just how worthy a travel companion this power cruiser could become.

Being the cooperative folks that they are, the H-D brass conjured up a "touring edition" V-Rod, resplendent in leather saddlebags, windscreen, Sundowner seat, and luggage rack. I am putting "touring edition" in quotes here because no such thing actually exists, but all things are possible, through the miracle of H-D's phonebook-sized parts catalog. Since the V-Rod has been dissected several times already on this site, I'll skip over the tech specs and focus on these touring modifications. While more practical locking hard bags are available, the Velcro-sealed leather versions with easy access outer pouches look far more attractive. Plenty of stowage for a weekend trip for one, or even two if you have a well-trained significant other. The mini-luggage rack augments the bags and depending upon how Spartan a traveler you are, can keep you supplied for a longer touring radius.

The windscreen does little for your face, but keeps the wind off your chest, consequently reducing stress on your arms. This is actually a significant addition, as the laid-back ergos of the V-Rod tend to rely upon the arms for support. With its chrome fittings and fingernail shape, this may also be the most visually appealing windscreen I've ever laid eyes on.

Fonzie

The V-Rod's screen is adjustable, unlike that of the Victory. Tools are required but one can get about 3" of range/angle by loosening and repositioning the articulated arms holding the screen to the handlebars.

The windscreen on the Victory is almost too big and not adjustable at all - but there's plenty of room for the screen chaps your momma got you for Christmas!

Victory Dash and Windscreen V-Rod Dash and Windscreen

"For those of you not familiar with the local terrain, Santa Maria is probably the ultimate spot for a bike rally."

The Sundowner seat is the star of the show though. With all that power, the back support cups you just right, and unlike the stock stiletto, the pillion is viable for a passenger that you actually like. If I were king, I probably would make one last mod to the V-Rod. While I love the look of the solid disc wheels, a stiff crosswind does seem to push them around a bit and a set of wire-spoked or billet rims would make me less nervous going through blustery canyon passes such as those leading to the Central Coast wine regions. Which brings us to our destination... For those of you not familiar with the local terrain, Santa Maria is probably the ultimate spot for a bike rally.

While EBass loved the look of the solid disc wheels, a stiff crosswind seemed to push them around a bit and a set of wire-spoked or billet rims would have made him less nervous going through blustery canyon passes such as those leading to the Central Coast wine regions.

Equidistant between Los Angeles and San Francisco, bordered by a majestic coastline, nestled between the scenic wine regions of Santa Ynez and Paso Robles, blessed with temperate and predictable weather, and if that isn't enough, Santa Maria also happens to be renowned for its rotisserie-style barbecue. MOrons, do I have your attention yet? While the promoters probably could have just rented a vacant lot amidst this bounty of natural riches and still sent everybody home happy, the event was actually very well-organized, and for those not Poker Running through the countryside, there was plenty to do and see at the main fairgrounds. Over 150 vendors plied their wares, while the three Budweiser Cup bike shows displayed the handiwork of many local builders and a few out-of-towners as well. The Globe of Death is always good for a cringe or two and Monte Perlin defied the laws of gravity (and sanity) for our vicarious entertainment
several times each day.

Hey babe! Your trailor or mine?

"As captivating as the scantily clad female form can be, I have to say that the flat track races were even more impressive."

A very convincing Santana tribute band, known as Carravannserrai, headlined the live music acts. The rumor was that if you intoned their name three times that the dead would come back to life.

Nobody could pronounce it correctly even once though, so aside from a few fellas who seemingly spent a little too much time at the Jack Daniels Saloon, the event remained happily zombie-free.

There was a fashion show and bikini contest, which is always a sure-fired crowd pleaser. Fonzie and I conducted a thorough search of the crawlspace beneath the dressing room trailer for peepholes. Alas, all we found was a bunch of arms-crossed security guards waiting to greet us as we emerged. My lobbying campaign to obtain a seat on next year's judging panel is already underway though, and if you could find it in your heart to call or email the folks at HorsePower Promotions on my behalf, I promise to perform my duties diligently and enthusiastically on behalf of MO's readership!

"With his foot extended expertly around the curves and the throttle of his Honda XR 50 twisted wide open down the straights, this mighty mite never blinked while slugging it out with opponents more than twice his size."

As captivating as the scantily clad female form can be, I have to say that the flat track races were even more impressive. Watching these guys (and one very impressive young gal) go elbow to elbow around the short oval, expertly sliding their rear tire sideways across the hard-packed dirt at the ragged edge of traction, just never ceased to amaze me. There was an entire class of old Indian Arrow 250s, won by Todd Eagen. Other vintage rides included a Triumph 500, an H-D 1200, a Bultaco 360 and a BSA 350 all of which were accorded spins around the track worthy of their glory years.

As for the races, I loved watching the GI Joe-sized tyro, five year old Brandon Weisz, take the Youth A class title on Sunday. With his foot extended expertly around the curves and the throttle of his Honda XR 50 twisted wide open down the straights, this mighty mite never blinked while slugging it out with opponents more than twice his size. I've already got early money on him to win Moto GP in 2025. That is unless he has to face Kayla Ritchie. Once the green flag dropped, the only thing that gave away Kayla's gender was the long blond ponytail flowing out from beneath her helmet and flying in the faces of the boys she left eating her dust. Ten year old Kayla showed no quarter to her male opponents en route to the Youth 80 title, swapping paint and forcing a much bigger rider to crash out trying to take away her line.

The most impressive performance I witnessed though was that of Kayla's dad, Danny Ritchie, in Saturday's Pro 600 race. A nine-rider field started the race, and not a one of them was about to concede the holeshot. Going into turn one, several riders went down, including Ritchie. As he lay helpless on his side, he was speared directly in the back by the front tire of another bike which then endoed, launching its rider high into the sky above Danny.

From where I was sitting, it looked ugly all the way around. The rider who was catapulted got up alright, but Ritchie lay motionless for a long time while the ambulance came out onto the track and paramedics attended to him. The mood in the stands got somber, as we all understood the potentially devastating implications of a spinal injury. Eventually Danny began to move, and then sat up to huge applause.

As captivating as the scantily clad female form can be, I have to say that the flat track races were even more impressive.

He had to be helped to his feet by the paramedics, but rather than hobbling towards the ambulance, he strode towards his bike instead. This guy still wanted to race! And race he did, guiding his Yamaha 600 to victory over eight other able-bodied riders, just minutes after being run over and immobilized. I'm here to testify, "That Danny Ritchie is one tough SOB"! Now I'm not the type to go around kissing up on racers and celebs, just because I have a press badge. I figure they get their derrieres polished enough as it is. But in this case, I felt compelled to make my way down to the paddock and tell Ritchie in person what everyone who left the stands that day was thinking, "Dude, you are gonna be one sore fella in the morning. But today, you were "The Man" and I just wanted to shake your hand and tell you so".

EB: "Any port in a storm..."  Fonzie: "Dude, it's NOT raining!"

I suppose that if I did have to pick a nit regarding the Motorcycle Madness event, it would be the tepid nightlife offered by the local Santa Maria pubs and clubs. Fonzie and I went sniffing around town, searching for the parking lot with the most bikes out front. I'm guessing that most of the attendees must have been locals and just rode home when the fairgrounds closed Saturday night. After making a complete pass along the main drag, we settled on Maverick's Saloon. There were probably only a dozen or so bikes there and we had passed right by it once already, thinking that couldn't possibly be the biggest thing going on. We were wrong... it was. Frankly, I've had wilder times on a Tuesday night at the library, but I suppose sometimes less is more, particularly when it comes to drunken foolishness.

Fonzie

Once I had given up all hope of finding a suitable Betty at the Maverick Saloon sausage party, I tipped my hat to the Bass-man and headed back to the event grounds, where I found the real party happening. With more acres to camp in than a RV park, those camping at the two-day event had free reign to camp anywhere in the fairgrounds. Some trailered their bike - in true RUB fashion - with space shuttle sized vehicles. Others, like myself, pitched a tent 18" from their bike and called it home. Besides, it's the safest place to be, when you would rather party with bikers than drive around town "looking" for a party that isn't going to happen. Out with the Maverick Saloon and in with a random batch of folks with a bonfire and bottle to share with their newest neighbor! "There is so much to do at this event, that there's hardly enough time to sleep, or drink."

However, 7:00am Sunday is no time to be "sleeping" on the ground amongst 50 other Harleys rumbling to life (unless you like that sort of thing). The morning starts with a blessing of the bikes and church sermon. Bikers arise! All types of riders attended the ceremony.

About 9:00am, when the next wave of bikes spark-up to head on out for the poker run, you best be awake or you'll be blasted again with the roar of bikes on a mission to snag that bottle of Firestone Cab. There is so much to do at this event, that there's hardly enough time to sleep, or drink. Bike blessings, church service, dirt track racing, poker-runs, local tri-tip and wine tasting, balls of steel and vendors galore, Jack Daniels girls, bikini contests, custom bike competitions, and a handful of bands in between all that... I think next year is going to be even bigger. So do the vets I partied with on Saturday night, shout-outs to the Rough Riders of Southern California. (isn't Rough Rider a particularly "Butch" brand of prophylactic? --Sean)

These were the winning bikes in the custom show. Looks like you need to paint your bike red, orange, or rootbeer, if you plan on winning this show -Sean

I have to give a hand to Motorcycle Madness though. It may never reach the enormity of a Daytona or Sturgis, but I feel safe in saying that "Santa Maria" can now be officially added to the rally-goers vocabulary. If you didn't make it this time around, mark your calendars for next year. With 10,000 first-year attendees sure to spread the word about what a good time was had by all, I expect nothing but bigger and better things to come. Returning to L.A., I had time to reflect on the Neo-Tourers. For years now, H-D has churned out the same models unchanged except for perhaps a few details, while the Japanese have focused on cloning them.

Page3Frankly, this has been a profitable endeavor for all parties concerned, but thankfully, I believe this trend has reached its logical conclusion. It's time to move forward in new directions and to their credit, the OEMs appear to be doing just that. The cruising rider can't accommodate his unique riding style, ergonomic needs, and stylistic preferences if the available choices consist of a vast sea of McCruisers.

Victory started out with a "me too" tourer in the form of the 92C, but has begun carving out their own identity now. The Kingpin is a wonderfully versatile machine. It does virtually everything well and looks good doing it... at least if those flared fenders are your cup of tea. If they're not, that's OK too because a neo-tourer doesn't want everyone to like it, it wants someone to love it! If you plan to strike off in total comfort for long distances but still want to be checked-out when you pull up at the pub, the Kingpin just might be your dream ride.

"It's gotta be the ultimate executive riding tool for a weekend getaway with the boss's secretary.."

After loading up the V-Rod with a few touring accessories, it willingly morphs from a bullet-fast power cruiser with gobs of personality, to ... well a bullet-fast power cruiser-tourer with gobs of personality! It still looks terrific, as H-D has done a masterful job integrating the styling of the accoutrements into the look of the bike. The size limitations of the windscreen, pillion, bags, and gas tank probably won't make you want to go long hauling, but it's gotta be the ultimate executive riding tool for a weekend getaway with the boss's secretary.

Back when Saturday Night Live was still funny, Billy Crystal's Fernando Lamas character used to say, "It's better to look good than to feel good, dahling". That either/or proposition pretty much used to be your only choice. Now, the touring-equipped Kingpin and Vrod give you the chance to have both. Choose your weapon, baggers can be a blast and getting old ain't as bad as it used to be.

Super Fast vs. Rock Solid

When pitting two American V-Twin neo-cruisers against the each other in a get-the-heck-outta-los-angeles-for-the-weekend trip, I would blindly choose to ride in traditional style and pick the Harley Davidson V-rod. However, as both my camera collection and gullet grow and my desire for a bagger swells, I would ultimately choose the Victory for in-town touring as well as for cross country trips. While the HD's stock tank only holds enough gas for little over 100 miles, the Victory wins the range game hands-down with a 5.7gal fossil fuel reservoir.

I would agree with EB that the V-Rod's Sundowner saddle is better than the Victory's - maybe the best touring saddle I've ridden yet - but where the HD loses traction, is its lack of alternate foot positions. Easily fixed with that phonebook catalog of HD aftermarket parts, but they're still way-out-front and the passenger pegs are too high to use when riding solo. Ride height on the V-Rod is rather low - perhaps another choice for those considering the 883 hugger. Low and aimed "down" where the airbox cover is set. What one normally rides behind is a gas tank, but not with the V-Rod, instead we have an easily removable air box cover that appears to slope down and forward on the bike, making the bike feel even lower and thinner than it really is. This space is well suited for a non-magnetic tank bag. Otherwise, the V-Rod is a Harley I would probably never own. Sure, it's a sporty ride and a beautiful piece of machinery, but I feel that if I wanna buy a sport bike, I'll buy a Yamaha. When I'm ready to buy my next Harley, I'll want a Harley that sounds, looks and feels like a Harley! Thanks for the V-Rod's smooth ride, but I'll pass and take the Victory for those long days in the saddle.

The Victory's ride ergos are more upright and less of a pain-in-the-ass than the stylish V-Rod. This makes both sets of floorboards useable when not carrying the ol' lady around. The long reach to the Kingpin's bars frequently caused me to lock my elbows. However, rotating the bars slightly rearward would fix this in about 2sec flat. Neither bike had a passenger backrest - something else a touring bike should include - even if it is the little 2"x4" thing HD makes. Just a little something there is nice for either the passenger or gear lashing, but that's just my personal preference.

** SPECS PROVIDED BY HARLEY-DAVIDSON **

HARLEY-DAVIDSON VRSCA V-ROD

V-Rod MSRP as tested = $17,695
Accessories included in test:
Leather saddlebags = $799
Windscreen = $309
Sundowner Seat = $289
Luggage rack = $110

Length 93.6 in.
Seat Height Laden(1) - 26.0 in.
Unladen - N/A
Ground Clearance 5.6 in.
Rake Steering Head/Trail 34.0° / 3.9 in.
Wheelbase 67.5 in.
Fuel Capacity(2) 3.7 gals.
Oil Capacity 4.5 qts.
Weight Dry Weight = 596.0 lbs.
Running Order N/A
POWERTRAIN
Engine(3) Revolution
Displacement 69.0 in.
Bore x Stroke 3.94 in. x 2.84 in.
Claimed Engine Torque(4)(5) 74.0 ft. lbs. @ 7000 rpm
Fuel System(6) Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI )
Compression Ratio 11.3:1
Claimed Miles per Gallon(7) Carb. - N/A
ESPFI - 47 hwy / 37 city
Primary Drive Gear
Gear Ratio (overall) 1st - 11.745
2nd - 7.890
3rd - 6.320
4th - 5.450
5th - 4.890
WHEELS/TIRES(8)
Front Disc / 120/70ZR19 60W
Rear Disc / 180/55ZR18 74W
ELECTRICAL
Electronics Standard security system
Instruments Electronic speedometer; odometer; resettable tripmeter; diagnostic readout; tachometer
Indicator Lamps Oil pressure; engine diagnostics; coolant temperature
CHASSIS
Brakes (diameter x width) Front - 11.5 in. x 0.20 in. dual
Rear - 11.5 in. x 0.23 in.
Lean Angle (per SAEJ1168) 32° / 32°
Exhaust System Slash-cut duals
COLOR OPTIONS(9) Vivid black, impact blue, lava red sunglo, two-tone luxury teal and brilliant silver, two-tone smokey gold and vivid black
UNIQUE FEATURES Chrome, two-tone silver and charcoal engine; hydroformed perimeter frame with silver leafed aluminum powder-coat and clear-coat; 49mm forks raked out at 38°; 26" seat height; 3.7-gallon fuel tank under seat; radiator shroud with twin vortex air scoops; aerodynamic, reflector optic headlight
PRICING(10) MSRP
Vivid black - $17,695
Pearl - $17,895
Two-tone - $17,995
Anodized - N/A
Laced wheel option (if applicable) - N/A
H-D® factory security system - Standard
ESPFI - Standard
California emissions - Carb. - N/A; ESPFI - $100
Freight (applies to the 48 contiguous states and Alaska only) $220
All models feature 5-speed transmission and carbon fiber belt final drive; 40 mm constant velocity carburetor with enrichner and accelerator pump (except Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection models); multi-plate clutch with diaphragm spring in oil bath; and two-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.
We reserve the right to discontinue models or change specifications at any time without incurring any obligations.
Attention: The vehicle in the configuration shown and many of the accessories for this vehicle are not available for sale or use in several countries outside the U.S. Specifications and vehicle availability may vary from market to market depending on local importation and registration laws. Please check with your local dealer for details.
(1) Measurement reflects 180 lb. / 81.7 kg operator weight.
(2) Includes reserve on carburetor equipped models.
(3) Recommended 91 octane or higher fuel (R+M)/2.
(4) Per SAE J6 07.
(5) Values shown are nominal. Performance varies by country.
(6) Standard and optional fuel systems may vary by country.
(7) Based on tests conducted under ideal lab conditions per U.S.E.P.A.test procedures. Your mileage will vary depending on your personal riding habits, weather conditions, trip length, vehicle condition and vehicle configuration. Break-in mileage will vary.
(8) Standard and optional wheels may vary by country and region.
(9) Availability of colors may vary from dealer to dealer, and is subject to change without notice.
(10) Prices listed are the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices. Options such as color, laced wheel and fuel systems are available at additional cost. Prices exclude dealer setup, taxes, title and licensing and are subject to change. Dealer prices may vary.



** SPECS PROVIDED BY POLARIS INDUSTRIES **

VICTORY KINGPIN

(*PRICE AS CONFIGURED/ KINGPIN DELUXE*)
MSRP: $14,999

Engine 4-stroke/50°/Freedom V-twin
Bore x Stroke 97 x 102 mm x mm
Displacement 92 / 1507 cu.in / cc
Compression Ratio 9.2:1
Valve Train SOHC/4 valves per cylinder/self-adjusting cam chains/hydraulic lifters
Carburetion Electronic fuel injection/44mm throttle bodies
Fuel Capacity 4.5/17.0 U.S. gallons
Exhaust Staggered slash-cut dual exhaust with common volume
Oil Capacity 6.0 / 5.7 U.S. quart
Electrical
Charging System 38 amps
Battery 12 volts/18 amp hours
Cooling
Cooling System Air/Oil
Drivetrain
Primary Drive Gear drive with torque compensator
Clutch Wet/multi-plate
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh
Final Drive Reinforced belt
Brakes
Front Brake 300mm floating rotor with 4-piston caliper
Rear Brake 300mm floating rotor with 2-piston caliper
Dimensions
Length 99.1 / 2519 in/mm
Wheelbase 66.5 / 1690 in/mm
Seat Height 26.5 / 673 in/mm
Ground Clearance 5.8 / 148 in/mm
Rake/Trail 32.8°/5.44in./138mm
Dry Weight 639 / 290 lbs/kg
GVWR 1154 / 524 lbs/kg
Suspension
Front Suspension Inverted cartridge telescopic fork/43mm diameter/5.1in. (130mm)
Rear Suspension Single, mono-tube gas/forged and cast aluminum w/ rising-rate linkage/3.9in. (100mm) travel/preload adjustable spring
Tires
Front Wheel 18.0 x 3.0in./6-spoke cast aluminum (standard)
Rear Wheel 18.0 x 5.0in./6-spoke cast aluminum (standard)
Front Tire 130 70-18 Dunlop® Elite II
Rear Tire 180 55-B18 Dunlop® D417
Colors
Solid Colors Black, Sonic Blue, Purple Thunder or Solar Red
Two-Toned Colors Black & Bronze or Bronze Mist & Pearl White
Multiple Colors Sonic Blue with Tribal Fade Flames or Purple Thunder with Vogue Silver Tribal Flame
MSRP $14,999

*All specs are for standard Victory Models. Specs may change with the addition of custom order options. Seat height reflects 180 lb. operator weight. Prices listed are MSRP for stock solid black model. Alternate paint options or additional options may increase price. Victory reserves the right to change specifications at any time without incurring obligation.

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