The 2011 Victory Kingpin, in its standard form, is a user-friendly and stylish motorcycle that is great fun to ride on the open road. The distinctive design of the motorcycle makes it easily recognizable, and the engine has been modified for more power and efficiency this year. The same engine is used in the Kingpin 8-Ball as well, but it comes with a five-speed gearbox instead of a six-speed one used in the standard model. Moreover, the rear suspension travel of the 8-Ball is significantly lesser than that of the Kingpin standard model.
The 106-cubic inch, V-Twin engine fitted in both models of the 2011 Victory Kingpin come in two states of tune. The Stage 1 version of the engine produces 92 horsepower and 109 lb-ft of torque and the Stage 2 version offers a slightly better 97 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque. The transmission, which has been reworked, offers smoother shifts, easier neutral access, and longer durability. According to Victory, the use of the hi-lo dog/pocket design reduces driveline lash by up to 66 percent, and alternating gear dog heights increases the chances of engagement. The shift forks have been modified for better bending resistance, and the selector drums offer easier shifting. Larger bearings and wider gear sets for the fourth and sixth gears add to the durability of the transmission.
The changes in the powertrain are quite noticeable. Both the standard and 8-Ball models are more powerful than before, and the power band is quite broad with the engine delivering lower at revs as low as 1500 rpm. Throttle response is very smooth too, and the helical-cut gears make gearshifts a lot quieter. The shifts do require a little more effort than before, but they are more precise and direct as well. The single unit gauge pack is one of the best visible improvements. It is mounted high and within easy sight of the rider, and the functions are controlled by pushing a button at the forward end of left-side switchgear. The clock and GPI are on at all times.