Victory Kingpin Review

This is not an article written by a wannabe motorcyclist article writer that is under direction from the magazine owners on what to write and say based on which motorcycle company is paying the most in advertising dollars at the moment. This article keeps it real.

As I mentioned, I purchased my Victory Kingpin in February of 2004 — A very good year. After looking at Harley Davidson and seeing how Harley has become a mass production company of cookie cutter, oil-leaking machines, I decided to look elsewhere. If a Harley is you bag, then that is all good. For me, I do not understand the appeal. Next I looked at the Honda VTX 1800 — Very nice bike. Best performance and all around cruiser for the money. I wanted this bike.

At the last minute I catch glimpse of a Victory Vegas advertisement. I decide I need to know more. I find that the 2004 Victory motorcycles are being sold by mostly Indian dealerships. Why? Well this is about the time that Indian corporation has decided to go out of business. So the nervous Indian dealerships are quickly signing on with Polaris to sell the Victory motorcycle lines. Was this fate or what? The Victory dealers are enjoying record sales now and selling high-quality American motorcycles. I go to my local Indian dealership, check out the Vegas, then in the back of the small showroom I see Victory Kingpins sitting there calling to me. One was the Black/Bronze 2004 two-tone color. I wanted this motorcycle. The look of the bike, the test ride.

Yes, I said test ride. And the professionalism of the Victory dealer made me sign for the bike that day. Sure I was nervous buying an unknown and unproven American (86% American that is) motorcycle. I knew the inherent problems with buying a Harley and I did not want to go there or be labeled a Harley rider. Not for me. Common sense told me I should have gone with the Honda VTX 1800. But the Victory had styling, had performance, and had comfort and handling that I wanted. It cost eight thousand more than a Honda, but who cares when it comes to the bike you want.

The Kingpin was a joy to ride from day one. I upgraded to the Stage I performance kit, which included new slip-on exhaust, a new K&N air filter and a remapping of the Victory Electronic Control Unit (ECU). The new slip-ons gave the bike a deeper throatier sound. Not the metal clanky sound you hear with Harleys. After doing the recommended engine brake in, I started to get comfortable with the new machine and explore its handling capabilities. With its low-center of gravity, this bike handled like a dream. Not as good as my sport bike but very impressive.

I initially was afraid to work on the bike since it was so expensive and foreign to me. But that winter I started doing some modifications on the bike. The modifications started small with simple bolt on add on like the highway bars, chrome goodies and mirrors. The following year I got even more serious and started wiring in brake light and headlight safety modulators. Then I started swapping out stock parts like the ugly stock turn signals and replacing them with custom LED lighting products from the boys at MBW Motorcycles. Now the bike was started to look custom and I was learning my way around.

The latest modifications I have done include more wiring in of the PIAA driving lights, adding a custom after market drive sprocket overdrive pulley. The latter modification involved removing the fuel tank, exhaust, rear wheel, belt drive, right foot controls. This was a serious modification and I had to make sure I put her back together correctly. I strongly suggest you buy the Service manual for your motorcycle. You need to know the torque specifications and which bolts need Loctite. I did succeed in getting the Kingpin back together and running. I took some time in practicing how to align the rear wheel with the belt drive. I did this a few times and bought a Motion Pro belt tension gauge to make sure I was a close to accurate I could be. With all of these modifications, my confidence in working on the Kingpin has gone from zero to what can I try next. It is Zen like to work on motorcycles and to ride them.

Now we are in spring of 2006. The Victory Kingpin is two year old. With all of my modifications and 10,000 miles I have not had one single mechanical problem with this motorcycle. Yes I am shocked. Especially since this was the first year for this motorcycle. There were bound to be some problems. The answer is simply no. This motorcycle is a gem. I can count on this bike on long trips. Feel comfortable riding the bike, and feel confident that I can keep her running for years to come.

I have my Kingpin completely customized to my style. With one or two performance modifications in place, I find the need to give the Victory Freedom 92 cubic inch engine more power. The method to which I will use to satisfy this need is to install an Eaglecat custom Victory air box and a Lloydz Victory Fuel Control module. Bit the items combined will give your Kingpin an additional 11 horsepower. Yes I said eleven horsepower. I have the dyno sheets to prove this.

Why Men Get Nervous When They Are About to Approach a Woman

We see them there in the bars, or the nightclubs, or even in the school yard. They are women, and they are scary. In order to try to ascertain why girls are indeed so scary to boys, we have to stop a moment and think back a long time ago. I’m not talking about last week; rather, I am talking about over fifty thousand years ago, in a time known as the Pleistocene. Try to imagine that you are a young male walking around the planet at this time. Typically you would have probably been in the African Savannah, and you would have been part of a group of around 50 people or so. In this group, about half would have been women. Of these 25 women, most will probably already have a mate. Some will be too old for a mate, and some will be too young. This means, that in a most probably scenario, you will probably only have about five girls whom you may consider a potential mate.

Now let us consider a scenario in which you approached one of the five girls, and she didn’t like you. This is bad but it is often not so bad as you think. Remember the game is a numbers game. Or perhaps she thinks you are too weak, stupid, odd, tall, short, ugly, pretty, or just too weird. What would be her next course of action? Well as soon as you walk away after being cut down by this girl, she of course is going to tell all of her friends. And who are her other friends, the other four girls in the group of course. So, we can see that, your failure to attract a woman in the Pleistocene would have met with horrendous results. The other girls in the group would have lost respect for you and your mating value would have been diminished significantly. Now, as fate turns out, with the invention of civilization, we no longer live in the Pleistocene. In the modern era, if you fail to attract a girl, chances are you may never see her again. But the problem is, the brain doesn’t know what civilization is. It is still living in the past because it hasn’t had enough time to evolve yet. Consequently, even to this day, when you enter a public gathering your brain is literally designed to make you anxious about approaching girls.

Cowboy Boots For Men

Whoever said that women were the only ones who could afford to be choosy about their footwear, while the guys would wear drab stuff all their lives. In recent times, fashion footwear for men has reached an all time high; and the variety of footwear available is simply mind boggling. Then again, keeping in mind the need to look fashionable even in times of bad weather, say during cold winters or rains, boots are the ideal option. In recent times, men’s cowboy boots have made massive leaps in fashion, and we intend to tell you about some of them. In case you are confused about so many choices, or want t know what would suit you the best, here’s the latest about men’s cowboy boots. Read on.

You know that style wise, there are several basic types of cowboy boots, which differ in terms of design. One of course, is the classic Wellington boot, the original cowboy boot. Then again, we have the Hessian boots, with a V-shaped cut in the front part – often lace or tassels are hung from this part, for the old Western look. We have the high heeled Horsemen boots; another similar type is the Cavalier boots, more expensive and the same high heel quality. In general, men’s cowboy boots are available in many varieties – different types of heels, material (pure leather or synthetic or faux materials), colors (from the classic brown to colors such as silver and purple!) and so on. One of the major innovations, of course, since the 1950s has been the change from square toe boots to round toe boots, although the former style has come back strongly in recent years as part of the retro cool fashion.

Then there are ‘cowboys’ for different uses – sports boots, called ‘risk taker’s boots’, Eskimo boots for cold weather. Both of these boots have thick soles and protective pads to protect your feet from sudden injuries/bitter cold climates. Then we have the ‘Executive boots’, ‘Funky Leather’ boots, and Worker’s Hiking Boots.

In general, leather boots are the best, as leather is perhaps the best material to use for men’s cowboy boots. It keeps your feet warm, does not wear out easily, and most importantly for men perhaps, you do not need to clean them that often.

Finally, do you know about Uggs? Well, the same company that wowed the fashion world with its trail blazing, ‘real ugly’ boots for women, endorsed by the likes of Kate Moss and Sarah Jessica Parker, are back, this time with Uggs (!) for men. these boots are remarkable in that they are ‘apparently, and deliberately ugly’, and a throwback to the original cowboy boots, those which were worn first by Australian sheep shearers. Later on, they were taken up by aviators to keep their feet warm, and finally by Australian surfers from the 70s onwards. This time around, the list of endorsers for Uggs goes like this – Justin Timberlake, Harvey Keitel, Ronnie Wood, Brad Pitt and so on. Need we give more encouragement?