Victory Kingpin

Victory Kingpin review

The Kingpin broke onto the scene like a giant wrecking ball. A big, juicy, custom-inspired bike that busted up conventionality with iron-fisted authority. A smooth customer. All wrapped in a demeanor direct from the wrong side of town.

Victory Kingpin

It’s hard to say no to the Victory Kingpin. After all, how many bikes combine this much classic American style with this much muscle? Victory’s own 100 cubic-inch, fuel-injected Freedom V-Twin with six-speed overdrive delivers massive amounts of torque and power throughout the entire power band, while the inverted front fork, rising-rate linkage rear suspension, rubber-mounted handlebars and vibration-isolating full floorboards assure a stable, comfortable ride. Clean lines combined with a custom-inspired headlight, fully valanced fenders and a deeply contoured seat give the Kingpin just as much presence as it has power. If you’re looking for a bike with classic lines and modern American engineering, check out the “Godfather” of the Victory lineup. It will make you an offer you can’t refuse.

Victory's new Kingpin also suggests that fat is where it's at, being a more filled-out version of the successful Vegas on which it is closely based. The deep fenders are the big visual difference between it and Victory's first big hit, but the Kingpin also offers an inverted cartridge fork, a wider 18-inch front wheel instead of the skinny 21-incher on the Vegas, floorboards and standard cast wheels. If you order between August and October using Victory's Custom Order Program, you can change those last two items, picking from three wheel choices (including wire spokes) or selecting footpegs as well as different paint, an HID headlight and engine finish. Victory's fuel-injected 1507cc engine employs overhead cams, air/oil cooling, and has a belt final drive. It has evolved tremendously since the first Victory was introduced using the same design back in 1999. The current engine shares virtually none of its parts with the original. The Kingpin has the latest-generation Victory single-shock chassis shared with the Vegas, and it enjoys its own clean, distinctive styling, with lines very much like those of the Vegas. Despite the fatter front tire, Victory stuck with the Vegas' single disc brake up front. Victory adopted fewer of the usual styling features than most of the big twins. The airbox, for example, is concealed under the tank instead of hanging alongside the engine. The inverted fork legs lack covers (though they have a heft look, nonetheless), and the speedo is located in front of the top fork crown.

Victory Kingpin

Victory Kingpin specification

General information
Model: Victory Kingpin
Category: Custom/cruiser

Engine and transmission
Displacement: 1507ccm
Engine type: V2
Stroke: 4
Compression: 9.2:1
Bore x stroke: 97 x 102mm (3.8 x 4.0 inches)
Fuel system: Injection
Valves per cylinder: 4
Fuel control: SOHC
Cooling system: Oil & air
Gearbox: 5-speed

Transmission type
final drive: Belt
Dry weight: 290kg (639.3 pounds)
Seat height: 673 mm (26.5 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall length: 2519 mm (99.2 inches)
Ground clearance: 148 mm (5.8 inches)
Wheelbase: 1690 mm (66.5 inches)
Chassis and dimensions
Trail: 138 mm (5.4 inches)
Front suspension travel: 130mm
Rear suspension travel: 100mm (3.9 inches)
Front tyre dimensions: 130/70-18
Rear tyre dimensions: 180/55-B18
Front brakes: Single disc
Front brakes diameter: 300mm
Rear brakes: Single disc
Rear brakes diameter: 300mm
Fuel capacity: 17.00 litres (4.49 gallons)

Victory Kingpin

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