Montycs did not apparently have a good experience with the Victory, as noted above.
In the 09/02/06 edition of the Toronto Globe and Mail newspaper, their motorcycle columnist recounts his very disappointing experiences with not 1 but 2 Vics. I do not want to offend copyright, so I will not reproduce the review in this post. However, here is the link to the review which is a sad commentary on the lack of quality control, flawed design and the foibles of being an "early adopter":
If you read the piece, you will see that somebody sure as heck did not "sweat the details".
Would de fadderland or our Japanese friends produce such disappointing crud without seeming to make an effort to correct the problems? I am sure that there are those on this forum who will be able to enlighten me.
In all fairness to Polaris, they may have cleaned up their act in the intervening 5 years since the 2001 and 2002 models subject of the review to which I have referred.
I had the opportunity to test drive the Kingpin and another model and I was really impressed with the power band and the relative smoothness of the 100 c.i. engine, big twin. To me, a much more pleasing experience than my very limited H-D exposure. But one hour on the factory preped, "they god darn better work" demos is a far cry from actual ownership.
I, for one, welcome the prospect of another competitor (?) to the touring market. Anything that brings more people into the sport has got to be good for the community. There is credibility in numbers.