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2008 Victory Kingpin 8-Ball First Impressions

7-29-2008

by Pascal Bastien , moto123.com

Like an 800
In a world where 1,800-cc and 2,000-cc monsters (weighing 350+ kilos) are becoming a more common sight, the Kingpin 8-Ball is certainly not out of place. In fact, it's much more rider-friendly, extremely easy to park and maneuverable like an 800-cc bike in city traffic. Learning to ride the Kingpin is so easy that you feel like you've been owning it for many years. That's not something you can say about most motorcycles of this caliber (displacement).

Learning to ride the Kingpin is so easy that you feel like you've been owning it for many years.

Comfort is excellent for a boulevard cruiser. The well-designed, thickly-padded seat has a lot to do with it. The humongous fenders offer great splash protection and add to the "neo-retro" style of this magnificent all-black demon.

The 2008 Victory Kingpin 8-Ball has all the necessary ingredients (and few flaws) to succeed, starting with a mysterious, retro-looking design that turns a lot of heads. It sets new standards for build quality, fit and finish. And at $14,249, it's by far the best-valued model in the lineup. Victory wants to lead rather than follow competitors and the new Kingpin 8-Ball is a great example of this philosophy.


Value
Comfort
Efficient engine
Well-executed, mysterious-looking bike


Optional two-passenger seat




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Photo Credit : Philippe Champoux
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