Craigslist: I didn't want to hate on this Victory Kingpin ad, but I'm going to hate on this ad

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I’m no evangelist when it comes to safety. I have no say when it comes to what folks do on motorcycles. However, I do believe that if you strap yourself on to a two-wheeled mean machine you should live by the adage all-the-gear-all-the-time. Clearly, not everyone feels the same way, and the seller of this Victory Kingpin is totally fine rocking a t-shirt, rolled-up-at-thecuff-jeans and a pair of Nike sneakers.

I don’t want to hate on this ad. I seriously don’t. The seller seems to have been very interested in the bike, but then decided to pursue an off-road racing project. That demands cash, and the sale of this bike will bring that. Still, the photos are terrible and the attire is a joke. Hope the jump for the rest of the ad.

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This is an actual photo for an actual product that someone is actually trying to tell. That finger-colored object towards the top of the photo, the one taking your eye away from the product for sale, is a finger. Apparently there wasn’t enough time to snap one or two more “safety” pics because Sans Safetyclees was resigned to the fact that his fat fingers would ruin any other non-moving shot of the the Victory.

Here’s the rest of the ad:

This bike is sweet, belt driven, tuned, clean, nice lines. Arlen Ness exhaust and tuner. Runs amazing and fast. 1500cc with 9500 miles on it. super comfy. Custom bars with some bare welds but you can swap out to the cruiser type or factory for cheap. They have more lift but a good rde for going aways. Sounds super good and deep. Clean title in hand. I really need the cash for an off road racing project that has to be ready for a race. hate to see it go…. priced to sell fast. text or call me for a drive
541-233-3030 also have the back seat that bolts on. And of course… I wont ship, send, “figure out”, finance, take a wire or any other shady business. If you have something to trade that has value hit me up

 It’s not the worst ad, that’s for sure, and not a bad bike for $5,000. It’s not my style but it could be someone’s pride and joy for a great price. Still, if you’re trying to sell a product, regardless of what it may be, take a moment to look at the photos you’re going to use. Then take two to three more moments to review your copy.

After you review the pics and you’re happy with your finger occupying a major portion of the frame be sure to go ahead and hit publish.

[Source: Craigslist]

26 Comments

  1. I think Victory bikes are kinda cool, but man, do they ever seem to appeal to the douchebag demographic. I suppose that says something about me…(cries)

  2. About 6 or 7 years ago I got on my CBR600 to drive to work, with my usual Helmet and gloves and was just merging onto the highway when I realized that I was I was still wearing my fuzzy house slippers. Only did that once though 😉

  3. That header image of him, silvered visor, looking at the camera as if to say '"this is how cool you'll look on this bike" turned me off immediately. At least he has the decency to publish his phone number to invite the deluges of abuse to pour in….

  4. Clearly you do not spend nearly enough time on Craigslist, Jeff.
    What I have actually figured out is that a lot (a lot, a lot) of people are using their iPads, iPhones and even iPods to post CL ads. This does not bode well: I can barely scrawl out a 2 line email on my phone. I am not saying that is what happened here, but a majority of the ads I see are terrible for this reason.

  5. Meh. He's not wearing much protective gear, but he's also riding under 5mph past the camera, so I wouldn't deduct too many points.
    The thumb in the image, well, that's Craigslist.
    The seat is an ordinary cruiser "tractor style" seat. I like standard bikes instead of cruisers.
    Meh.

    1. Guy-Manuel is likely obscuring the house number with finger, like in other CL ads I've seen.

      1. I meant the ad was worse (trade for chevy mussel?). What you have posted is a crime against humanity, and possibly against three or more extraterrestrial life forms.

        1. He just desperately needs to make some clams, and not all of us can afford those Cadillac bivalves!

    1. Sure that ad is "shoutier" but the images are better, and actually show the bike more clearly.
      Also, $27.5k!!!!??? Yowza

  6. Eh, as far as CL ads go, this has to be among the better efforts despite the finger-in-pic aspect:
    Startling lack of ALL CAPS, almost nothing spelled incorrectly (notable for this alone), no text-speak, no real "WTF does that mean" content, and two photos that show the entire vehicle clearly. Even the phone number is presented simply & (presumably) accurately, instead of spelled-out or using symbols subbed for numbers. I can't be arsed to care a whit if he's wearing minimal, or any, riding gear in the picture.
    Lack of year of manufacture is the only big piece missing, but considering how short Victory's history is, I'm not sure how much that matters (admittedly not a Victory-phile by any means, but I don't think they go through generational changes in basic architecture as quickly as most of the Japanese marques).
    Hell, I'd put this far above average for effort & execution on CL. And I don't have any interest whatsoever in the machine for sale.

  7. Some things dig under my skin in a spectacularly irritating fashion. While I've always scoffed at the notion that license plate numbers need to be blurred or edited out somehow – as if it's somehow private when you're driving around – there's this new thing on Craigslist of using one's own finger to obscure the plate.
    It makes me want to punch a puppy.
    Here's a couple different examples of this buffoonery. If any of my fellow Hoons have done this, go sit in a corner. Bad, bad, bad!
    <img src="http://imageshack.us/a/img96/1916/3g63pd3h65n15kf5h3d3h4b.jpg"&gt;
    <img src="http://imageshack.us/a/img546/3106/3k63ff3i45la5e95f3d3ve5.jpg"&gt;

  8. I don't see what the big deal is. If stupid motorcyclists want to skip wearing gear… then go for it! It doesn't make them any less dangerous to us cagers. It just makes them dumb and prone to being flayed alive and/or killed when they fall off.
    If you get into a wreck on a motorcycle at just about any speed, you're in big f***ing trouble anyway and gear won't save your ass (although it will probably keep more of your broken, dead, mangled ass in a much smaller area than it normally would be if you were just wearing a t-shirt or something.. Which, I must say, is probably nice for the emergency workers who have to clean your 2-wheeler splatter up).
    Cliffs: Wear gear if you want less risk of death. Not worth the energy to care about other people wearing gear.

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