Victory go safe again
After the Highball and Hardball, Victory release a more sedate model. The Kingpin had its days numbered when Polaris bought Indian; the nouveau-Indian look of the Kingpin was always gonna clash with the design for the Premium Brand Bike that will be Indian from now on (bank on US$30k plus for a warbonnet).
Wrap around front fender? Was popular with high-end custom builders a while back, but right now the pared to the bone ultracheap bobber is back in vouge - bodywork is out. But....whats in fashion ain't for everyone and victory have that minimalist segment well covered.
As for the yawningly predicatble comments below....performance only matters to the people it matters to. Beleive it or not MCNers, many people couldn't give a fig for the bhp's or weight.
Style...beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. I will admit this isn't my fave Victory (that'd be the Judge) or the one I'd buy (that'd probably be the Highball). But, if you consider this as a base model with a retro twist (a Vegas-Retro) you can suddenly see a range of options for creating a bike of you're own taste. You may not get why people buy a bike and then throw half of it away for a customisation project; but then is that so different to replacing all the bodywork with carbon fibre, adding a slipper clutch, and full race system? People from either end of the spectrum here will never really understand the other, yet they are both doing essentially the same thing.
As Bikenutter says, writing off cruisers because they are not screamers is like writing off your sofa beacuse it's not a deck chair. Speedy sportsbikes are fun for theose who like that sort of thing. Mudpluggers are fun for those who like that. And Cruisers work for those who like them.
If you don't get it, try it - what's the worse that could happen? You like it and get one? Your friends mock you for having fewer beeaitchpees? Won't take long before you realise that the constant *ahem* size comparison gets a bit vapid.