Voge 500 AC in the test (Baujahr 2022)
What can the Chinese A2 retro naked bike in café racer style do?
Photos: Motorradtest.deThe Voge 500 AC is an A2 naked bike with 47 hp in retro style. The brand "Voge" has only existed in Europe for about 2 years, but the parent company Loncin is an old acquaintance, e.g. through the in-line twins that BMW uses in its F models. Markus & Dietmar checked out what the Voge 500 AC can and can't do during a sunny test drive.
Chic look with short rear
With the Voge 500 AC, three details immediately catch the eye: the short rear with the license plate holder attached to the rear axle (which also carries the turn signals), the large, noble-looking stainless steel silencer and the oval, modern LED lamp mask. From the side, the AC reminds us a little of the Benelli Leoncino 500
, which also has a high handlebar and a very visually very valuable fork - and also the striking short tail.
The Voge 500 AC is available for 6,199 euros in grey and silver. This is a good price, but the competitors are not much more expensive. The class leader, the very similarly equipped Honda CB 500 F, for example, costs 6,860 euros. Whether Voge can score points with this prize against the competition, especially from Japan, remains to be seen.
The seat test is pleasant. Due to the low seat height of 81 cm and the high-mounted handlebars, you sit upright and very comfortable. This fits the casual retro character and even the passenger can not complain about lack of space. For him, there are also neat grab handles and not too high mounted footrests.
Dimensions of the Voge 500 ACComfortable, upright seating position thanks to the high-mounted handlebars.
360 degree tour around the VOGE 500 AC
Technology of the Voge 500 AC
In this class, TFT color displays are still rather rare - the Voge has such an easy-to-read display. A lot is then displayed: gear, fuel level, cooling water temperature, speed, on-board computer, outside temperature, time, speed and even the tire pressure front and rear. The cockpit can switch between two displays, unfortunately only English and Chinese are available as languages so far.
The technical helpers are usually rather sober: There are neither driving modes, traction control nor other bells and whistles. The machine can be paired with the smartphone via Bluetooth, but apart from answering phone calls or music control, not much can be played with it. Maybe that's a good thing...
Positively, we noticed the levers adjustable in range as well as the front-mounted USB socket, where you can, for example, charge your mobile phone while driving. A hazard warning light system is available as well as the LED equipment in the striking light mask at the front, in the turn signals and in the rear light.
This is how it drives itself
The voluminous stainless steel damper not only immediately catches the eye, from the rear it is even reminiscent of a racing exhaust thanks to the grille. We were somewhat surprised by the stationary noise of 98 dbA. The machine doesn't sound that loud and maybe Voge should have kept the 95 db limit, at least for Europe. Anyway, the 500 AC sounds pithy, on the top right you can listen to the sound in different scenarios.
So, then let's go for a spin. The Voge feels very familiar from the first meter. The Kayaba suspension is only adjustable in the spring base at the rear, but does a good job. We like the comfortably tuned damping. You are so very smooth on the road, but the machine does not tend to rock or even get restless even with a slightly sportier driving style. This fits the Nissin brake system, which grips neatly, but is a bit doughy to work. Nevertheless: Thanks to the double disc at the front, the pliers go to work courageously, so that also fits. By the way, the proven 2-channel ABS from Bosch is on board.
In terms of engine, the Honda in-line twin seems to have served as a model...
Otherwise, the Voge 500 AC drives rather unspectacularly. That sounds boring, but it's not meant that way. On the contrary, the machine conveys a lot of driving pleasure thanks to its easily assessable driving style at any time. You trust the bike very quickly and after a few kilometers you already know what it does, how and when. By the way, the tyre choice is astonishing at this price: The very good Pirelli Angel GT are mounted.
The performance of the Voge 500 AC is class-typical. The A2 engine with 47 hp feels good, the acceleration is homogeneous and linear, although of course not as emphatically as with 100 hp machines upwards. From 7,000 rpm the propulsion is over, the row twin then noticeably runs out of air. Nevertheless, it is quite fun to let it fly a little, even if the wind pressure is clearly noticeable from about 120 km / h due to the lack of wind protection. But that doesn't matter, because at 160 km/h is the end anyway and you don't want to go faster with such a retro bike anyway.
The Voge 500 AC is a well-made machine with which you are very quickly familiar and with which you can have a lot of fun. It is extremely accessible and, thanks to the seat geometry, is suitable for many driver sizes. The handling is easy and manoeuvring the bike is easy.
The look with the short rear should appeal to younger A2 aspirants and also in terms of equipment and price, the Voge 500 AC does not have to hide from the competitors
. It will be interesting to see what other bikes Voge will send on Europe's roads.
Price/availability/colours/years of construction
- Price: 6.199 €
- Availability: from 06/2022
- Colours: grey, silver
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