2012 Victory Kingpin Review


The Victory Kingpin is a classically styled American cruiser with flared fenders that create a look that’s bold and distinct. But there is far more than just these trademark one-of-a-kind flared fenders that distinguishes the Victory Kingpin. The bike’s marriage of performance, comfort, and traditional cruiser styling make the Kingpin an ideal bike for riders looking for a styling bike that’s equally well suited for cruising down city streets and cornering through winding country lanes. In addition to its flared fenders, the 2012 Victory Kingpin also boasts rigid inverted front forks, and full floorboards for maximum rider comfort. Victory Motorcycles generally speaking, also have an excellent track record when it comes to reliability.

A 106-cubic-inch Freedom V-twin engine that generates 113 lb. ft. of torque powers the 2012 Victory Kingpin. From the moment you hit the starter on the bike, you’ll be able to feel the Kingpin’s massive reservoir of low-end torque. The torquey V-twin engine is married to a six-speed overdrive transmission that seamlessly transfers power to the road. The transmission’s helical-cut gears help ensure shifting that is smooth and fluid. Throttle response is excellent and the V-twin’s four-valve overhead cams match the six-speed overdrive perfectly, for impressive acceleration and formidable power when passing. The bike also comes equipped with a staggered slash-cut dual exhaust system with crossover as well as a final drive system that consists of a carbon fiber reinforced belt. The fuel system is an electronic fuel injection that’s equipped with dual 45mm throttle body. The 2012 Victory Kingpin sports an inverted front fork that further adds to its distinct look and profile. However more than just improving the bike’s looks, the inverted front fork also helps generate more forward rigidity, which facilitates better handling when taking turns. The Kingpin’s full floorboards reinforce rider comfort and a feeling of being grounded to the bike. These stable and highly comfortable platforms ensure a rider’s feet feel firmly planted to the bike, enabling more confidence when stomping the shifter. The Kingpin has been equipped with instrumentation similar to that of the Victory Cross Roads; providing the rider with an easily accessible and stylish array of instruments that includes an analog speedometer, blue backlighting, a gauge face that indicates high beams, neutral and oil warning indicators, LCD display with clock, gear position, tachometer, and diagnostic indicators. With its full-length classic flared fenders, the Kingpin is a great bike for cruising in style and comfort. It’s constructed with flowing sheet metal that was designed to further complement the bike’s overall styling. The Kingpin’s signature fenders also add a dash of modernism to its retro-classic cruiser design. The 2012 Victory Kingpin is available in two colors: Pearl White and Vogue Silver. Victory provides a broad selection of compatible accessories for the 2012 Kingpin, making it highly customizable. When equipped with such accessories as trunk or saddlebags, the 2012 Victory Kingpin can be the ideal cruiser for making an extended highway trek. There really are very few bikes on the classic cruiser market than can truly compete with the 2012 Victory Kingpin, when it comes to its unparalleled combination of style and performance. If you’re looking for the ultimate in modern classic American cruisers, you should check one out.

New For 2012

  • Victory has equipped the Kingpin cruiser with an all-new 106-cubic-inch Freedom V-twin engine for 2012.
  • A new six-speed overdrive transmission has also been introduced to the 2012 Victory Kingpin cruiser.
  • Thanks to the new transmission, the 2012 Victory Kingpin shifts more smoothly and as a result, it generates an exhaust note that sounds truer and smoother than previous models.

2012 Victory Kingpin Specs

  • Model: Victory Kingpin
  • Engine Type: 113-cubic-inch four-stroke, 50 degree T-twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 101 x 108mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.4:1
  • Valve Train: Single overhead camshafts with four vales per cylinder, self-adjusting cam chains, hydraulic lifters
  • Induction: Electronic Fuel Injection with dual 45mm throttle body
  • Ignition: Electronic starter
  • Transmission: Six-speed overdrive constant mesh
  • Final Drive: Carbon Fiber Reinforced Belt
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy:
  • Brakes (Front): 300mm floating rotor with four-piston caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): 300mm floating rotor with two-piston caliper
  • Suspension (Front): Inverted cartridge telescopic fork, 43 mm diameter, 5.1 in, 130 mm travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Single, mono-tube gas, cast aluminum with rising rate linkage, 3.9 in / 100 mm travel, preload adjustable spring
  • Wheelbase: 65.6 in
  • Rake: 32.8 degree
  • Trail: 138mm
  • Seat Height: 26.5 in
  • Curb Weight: 666 lbs.
  • Tires (Front): 130/70 B18 Dunlop 491 Elite II
  • Tires (Rear): 180 55-B18 Dunlop D417


  • Stage 1 X-Bow Exhaust (Black or Chrome)
  • Ness Rad Mirrors (Black or Chrome)
  • Victory Custom Mirror with Logo
  • Passenger Pegs with Mounts
  • Lock and Ride Mid Windshield
  • Leather Touring Seat
  • Leather Saddlebags
  • Garmin Zumo 660 GPS

Key Competitors For The 2012 Victory Kingpin

  • Yamaha Raider
  • Yamaha V Star Custom
  • Triumph America
  • Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 883
  • Honda Shadow Spirit 750 C2