Acceleration is generous, not up to Suzuki M109 standard, but then who is? Real torque shows up at 2,000 rpm and stays with you up to peak revs, making for a responsive, almost eager cruiser – just what the doctor ordered to help you relax and play a little at the same time.
|Real torque shows up at 2,000 rpm and stays with you up to peak revs.
All the controls operate without strain; I especially liked the shifter and rear brake pedals, both of which only need a rotation of the ankle to operate, making control and modulation of the very important rear brake that much easier. Front and rear suspensions dampen better than the average cruiser, while the adjustable preload at the rear helps the rider adapt to load and riding conditions. I would rather see two discs in front for emergencies when fully loaded – at least the rear brake is easy to use!
For my book, Victory produces bikes of the highest quality, with top line components and electronics, all assembled close to perfection. Pricing wise, this Kingpin Tour model is priced right between the H-D Road King and Road King Classic models, setting up a competitive value/image contest that only the buyer can win.
Quality of fit and equipment
Power and torque of the smooth engine
Ease of use
Needs twin disks in front for a better safety margin
The constant sound of air rushing sucked into the cylinders
Photo Credit : Philippe Champoux