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.

Protective Motorcycle Clothing – To Wear Or Not to Wear?

Who wears Protective Motorcycle Clothing? Manly Men?… Or… Wimps?

Wearing protective motorcycle clothing… or not… is something everybody has to decide. There are several directions that the thinking that goes into making that decision can take you.

What’s your hide, and the other pieces and parts of your carcass, worth to you? Is it more important to ‘Look Cool’…

… or… remain whole?

Many years ago, an old Cowboy once confided in me; “Brian, there’s a thin line between Macho… and Stupidity… and son… I gotta tell you… you step across that sucker, way too often!

I have to admit that I’ve resisted acquiring much in the way of protective motorcycle clothing. But, at some point a fella has to accept that maybe a little discretion is in order… and take those few steps required to help preserve the good looks the Boss upstairs blessed him with!

I can’t help but agree that helmets reduce that absolute sensation of Freedom I get on a motorcycle. Wrapping my head in a plastic bucket is not my favorite thing… But that dislike is outweighed, in my mind, by the vision of somebody having to pick up the mush that used to be inside my skull, with a stick and a spoon!

The feeling I get when I roll without a motorcycle helmet is so superior to wearing one, that I can sometimes have considerable difficulty strapping on that particular piece of protective motorcycle clothing…

But… I take those couple of moments considering the possible consequences of not having it in place… seasoned with a thought or two about the other people, on the road, that a motorcycle rider has to contend with… and on it goes.

Your Brain pan is not the only part you have to protect either. You’ll want to consider the other pieces and parts of your carcass that are vulnerable, when considering protective motorcycle clothing.

All the parts that smack the ground if you’re sliding, or tumbling along, after you dump your motorcycle are in need of protection. Shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees… all can stand a lil’ shielding from the assault made on them by hitting the asphalt, at 45 mph!… or quicker!

Many is the story where a biker had to drop his ride… to avoid simply slamming into the side of some bozo on 4 wheels… and then got up and walked away, with only minor scrapes and bruises. A story that wouldn’t get told if he’d chosen ‘Macho’… over good, quality, protective motorcycle clothing.

Now we get to the bottom of the story, even your butt needs protection 🙂 sorry… I just couldn’t resist that one… Do a little googling about that… and I’m confident that some of the ‘Road Rash’ photos, that will turn up, is going to send you motoring, credit card in hand, liver quivering, to buy the latest, thermonuclear, protective motorcycle clothing for your kiester!

You’ll soon find that there’s no particular shortage of motorcycle gear to protect you. There are even a few outfits building ‘inflating’ motorcycle vests and jackets that instantly wrap you in an airbag you wear!… should you part ways with your motorcycle.

Motorcycle Leather or Fabric Jackets, complete with built in padding and shields to offer protection against impact and abrasion… synthetic or leather, Motorcycle pants, over pants, strap on shields and pads, underwear made to be abrasion resistant, and chaps and motorcycle gloves; the list of protective motorcycle clothing is nigh on to endless…

I’m the first one to admit it… I much prefer riding ‘Free’… Nose to the wind… unarmored… But, I can only shake my head when some guy comes roarin’ along, just sunglasses, muscle shirt, shorts and flip flops. No helmet, no gloves, hell, not even sleeves!

Then there’s the other guys… haulin’ their wives or girl friends on the pillion behind them… Just as unprotected… Not a piece of protective motorcycle clothing to be seen between the pair of ’em.

Knowing what would be… should either bike get cut off… and they have to drop it, just sends a cold shiver up my back.

I may be able to make that decision for myself… and live with the consequences… but should anything go wrong… having to look at the lady I carried, unprotected, is simply something I’m unwilling to do.

Make the decision to protect yourself… and then acquire the proper protective motorcycle clothing to keep you whole.

A set of Protective Motorcycle Clothing can change a really ugly wreck… into some minor scrapes and bruises… and provide fodder for some fine motorcycle touring ‘war stories’… sippin’ a coke at a stop on your next poker run!

… and the truth is… The gear they’re building now-a-days… carefully selected… actually looks pretty ‘Cool’ … so, now you’ve got no excuses!

Auto Detailing Explained

Auto detailing is important to vehicle maintenance. In addition, it is extremely significant particularly if the vehicle owner is hoping to divest or put up the vehicle for sale.

The aged or preowned auto indeed would not be beautiful to potential purchasers regardless of what model it is if the overall physical and exterior form is not too appealing.

Before any auto detailing action, it is important to completely assess the vehicle. When taking the common and helpful measures to car detailing, you surely may be asked to take three auto detailing briefings. Most importantly would be the paint evaluation.

The exterior of the preowned vehicle is the first recognizable and seen component of the car. Thoughts are made and unmade solely by observing and assessing the auto’s exterior. Therefore, the primary aim is always to clean up the vehicle through good spray painting.

The second auto detailing practice would be wheel and tire evaluation. Wheels of aged autos can endure black stains caused by the accrual of tar from brake dust. If the wheels do not get usual and regular cleaning and the proper waxing, chances are increased that you are going to put forth more effort to groom the vehicle components.

Third concern is the car inside. When you have tended to the exterior concerns, auto detailing will finally lead you to take care of the interior. Be mindful that the vehicle inside is the common indication of how the vehicle has been maintained and cared for by the user.

That is the reason that, as much as possible, car detailing should always be set as an intention to make the inside seem very superior and in good shape, exactly like the exterior.

Here are more simple tips that would definitely help make vehicle detailing a valuable and more successful procedure.

Do not clean or vehicle detail a vehicle that has just come from the street. When using cold water when cleaning, be mindful that cold water can very much damage the auto’s hot components, like the exhaust components, the brake rotors as well as the engine itself. Before auto detailing, allow the hot vehicle to cool for at least twenty minutes to half an hour.

During the auto detailing process, ensure the vehicle is in a shady space, preferably a cool shop or a roofed space. This is because many of the common and effective car detailing products like paint and wax do not work properly when used on hot surfaces. Therefore, cleaning the auto’s exterior under the sun is not prudent as well.

Utilize a detailing towel, brush or spray to wipe away excess wax on the auto’s exterior. It is to be expected that the wax will one day form residue around the trim. Now you understand how to repair the situation.

When cleaning the vehicle wash from the roof initially down to the bottom. The law of gravity will be self explanatory.

Utilize a detailing towel, brush or spray to wipe away excess wax on the auto’s exterior. It is to be expected that the wax will one day form residue around the trim. Now you understand how to repair the situation.

Safety Concerns With Your Truck Parts

Truck parts, like every other product, have their own safety concerns. The safety concern can sometimes be very serious depending on the particular part being installed on the car. For instance, fitting a lift kit on your truck will have a more severe safety concern than fitting a splash guard or any other such minor additions to the truck. But no matter how minor the truck part you are dealing with is, safety should never be overlooked.

Pickup Truck lovers should never compromise their safety in their quest to drive the most visually appealing and performance enhanced vehicles. Safety should always be considered when it comes to your trucks. All truck vehicle owners should be concerned about issues relating to the manufacture and design of their truck parts to avoid exposing themselves to undue and unnecessary hazards that could otherwise be prevented. And the truth is, with a careful attention to safety precautions about your truck parts, many risks and accidents that people are always exposed to can be prevented.

Safety concerns are always greatest when new parts are to be fitted to a truck. This is even more so when the parts will be installed by the users who will usually have no experience with handling such parts. When handling any truck part, it is always wise to read about safety instructions that come with the product. Almost all truck parts will have an instruction for fitting them as safely as possible. The instructions are not just there for nothing, they are meant to be read and followed- something that can make the difference between a smooth installation and a tragic one.

Many truck drivers are usually tempted to fix their truck parts on their own without any form of help from experienced hands. For some, it is to feel the thrill of knowing that they did a nice job of fixing up their car without any help while for others, it is just to save some money. As good as both of these reasons may be, it is always good to leave the fixing and installation of any part bought for your truck to seasoned professionals. This group of people will not only do a nicer and faster job of installing the parts; they will also know where safety concerns usually arise and as such know how to prevent any accident. Moreover, saving a few dollars is not as important as ensuring your own safety and that of your beloved car.

A number of resources exist on how to be mindful of safety concerns with your automobile in general and many of them are readily available online and in automobile journals or magazines. A simple search on a search engine will reveal the truth in this. So whether you are getting prepared to get new truck parts for your vehicle or you are just handling the old parts on your truck, you should always be safety conscious!