A few years ago, the Minnesota-based manufacturer offered for the first time a stylish, blacked-out motorcycle, the Vegas 8-Ball. This machine delivered all the thrills of the more expensive models in the lineup for less than $15,000. Now, for 2008, Victory is at it again with the all-new Kingpin 8-Ball. Sleek and mysterious, it certainly does not lack any appeal.
|The ultra-low center of gravity allows great stability in all conditions.|
With near-perfect ergonomics and a highly-responsive engine, riding a Kingpin proves to be a fantastic experience. The wide handlebar, comfortable seat and forward-mounted floorboards provide plenty of room and ensure a relaxed riding position. The controls are intuitively positioned, while the shifter is extremely ergonomic.
Despite a fairly commanding size, the Victory Kingpin 8-Ball handles like a medium-displacement motorcycle. The ultra-low center of gravity allows great stability in all conditions, making it suitable even for beginners. The suspension is just firm enough to deliver a sporty ride on winding roads; yet it's not painful on bumpy sections. The large floorboards limit handling in corners, meaning the bike remains more upright for added safety.Simple engine?
The Kingpin 8-Ball is motivated by a 1,634-cc, 50-degree V-twin using an air/oil cooling system as well as an electronic fuel injection system with dual 45-mm throttle bodies. Unlike other Victory models, this one only gets a 5-speed transmission. The final drive consists of a high-performance belt made of carbon fiber and aramid -- a wise choice considering that it requires no maintenance and very few adjustments.
Exhilarating and torquey, this SOHC mill enhances your riding pleasure both in the city and on small country roads. The exhaust is extremely well tuned and produces a delightful sound.
|The Kingpin 8-Ball is motivated by a 1,634-cc, 50-degree V-twin that enhances your riding pleasure.|