LONCIN VOGE LX500 Is A Pleasing Sport Bike
Last year, Loncin launched its new brand VOGE, and the first VOGE model that enters the market is this LX500. Can it meet our expectation?
LX500 is developed to be a sport bike. The sharp body lines give an aggressive stance.
It uses LED lighting and is designed with all-time-on lamp: the headlight is turned on when starting the engine. A white light bar is provided on both sides of the headlight, which makes the bike look even modern.
The instrument is concise, displaying the engine speed, bike speed, gear position, fuel level, mileage, average fuel consumption/100km, and time, except for the water temperature. The backlight color of the meter is adjustable with yellow, red, and blue.
An intriguing detail is that LX500 does not have a zigzag key, which instead is designed with a snakelike groove with better anti-theft effect.
The 790mm seat is comfortably padded with split type cushion. The rear handrail uses aluminum alloy material to reduce the overall weight. Two holes are reserved on both sides of the handrail and at the fixed position of the rear pedal for installing side boxes.
LX500 has a 17.2L fuel tank, a full fill of which can support a running range of about 400 kilometers.
LX500 carries the 471cc asynchronous water-cooled 8-valve double-cylinder engine that generates a maximum power of 35kW/8500rpm and a maximum torque of 43N•m/7000rpm.
The front KYB 41mm shock is inverted and the rear central multi-link shock is preloaded and adjustable.
The brake system is somewhat unexpected. The front brake uses double-disc, one-way dual-piston caliper, and the rear brake uses single disc, single piston caliper. All are Nissin calipers, even the upper pump. Currently this LX500 does not have an ABS, but it has reserved installation space for ABS and the test disc. An ABS version with upgrade module is expected be released in the future.
The front tire size is 120/70-17 and the rear is 160/60-17, both are from Pirelli.
The LX500’s engine comes from an ADV. You may doubt whether the power is adequate. When the test rider got on the bike and throttled up the engine, he felt quite a surprise. The bike maintains a strong acceleration momentum.
Although the fuel supply is cut off when the engine reaches 9000rpm, the low torque brings enough power, and the power output range is relatively wide, which is competent for LX500’s positioning as a street sport bike. However, when the rev reaches 6000rpm, the rider feels obvious vibration at the handlebar and pedal, which may be regarded as a feature of the engine.
LX500 uses a diamond frame. The rear rocker arm is a gull-wing like aluminum rocker arm. The wheelbase is 1450 mm. The overall configuration brings out an outstanding, flexible, powerful sport bike. The body weight is well balanced, and you feel like you were riding a 250 cc model or even a Kawasaki.
The shock absorbers are ok, though it is adjusted to be a little bit soft for the sake of comfort while riding on the street.
The complete set of Nissin calipers ensure sufficient braking force under any circumstances.
Engine: asynchronous water-cooled 8-valve double-cylinder engine
Actual displacement: 471cc
Max. power: 35kw/8500rpm
Max. torque: 43N•m/7000rpm
L×W×H: 2065×780×1100 mm
Ground clearance: 165mm
Seat height: 790mm
Fuel tank: 17.2L