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Voge Brivido 500R vs KTM 390 Duke: Spec Comparo


Can this twin-cylinder Chinese motorcycle usurp the king of affordable performance naked motorcycles?

The name Voge may be alien to India but this two-wheeler manufacturer has been producing and selling motorcycles in Europe from Italy for little over a year now. The company is part of the Chinese conglomerate Loncin Group and its latest product, the Voge Brivido 500R, aims to deliver some kickass performance. Before it can assert its authority in the naked segment, it has to go toe-to-toe with the KTM 390 Duke. Does the China-sourced Italian naked have what it takes to trump the Austrian Duke?

Engine

Specifications

Voge Brivido 500R

KTM 390 Duke

Engine

471cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine

373.2cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine

Power

43.5PS @ 8500rpm

43.5PS @ 9000rpm

Torque

40.5Nm @ 7000rpm

37Nm @ 7000rpm

Gearbox

6-speed

6-speed

Despite displacing more cubes and having an extra cylinder, the Brivido 500R only manages to equal the 390 Duke in the horsepower department. It does dole out 3Nm more but that is not the entire story. You see, the Brivido 500R weighs 31kg more than the 390 Duke, thus negating the advantage of the extra torque on tap. Hopefully, its parallel-twin motor should be more refined than the KTM’s high-strung single.

Underpinnings

Specifications

Voge Brivido 500R

KTM 390 Duke

Frame

Tubular steel perimeter frame

Trellis frame

Front suspension

41mm KYB USD fork

43mm USD fork

Rear suspension

Preload-adjustable monoshock

Preload-adjustable monoshock

Front brake

Twin 298mm discs with Nissin twin-piston sliding calipers

320mm disc with Bybre four-piston radial caliper

Rear brake

240mm disc with single-piston Nissin caliper

220mm disc with a single-piston caliper

Front tyre

120/70-R17

110/70-R17

Rear tyre

160/60-R17

150/60-R17

In terms of suspension hardware, both motorcycles are pretty evenly matched. The additional disc upfront and the slightly larger rear disc on the Brivido 500R should technically inspire better braking confidence. Add to that the chunkier tyres and the Brivido 500R should be a stable handler. The 390 Duke is meant to be light on its feet and agile. The Metzeler tyres on the Duke are certainly more grippier than the Voge’s Pirelli Angel GT, which are touring oriented rubber.

Dimensions

Specifications

Voge Brivido 500R

KTM 390 Duke

Wheelbase

1550mm

1357mm

Ground clearance

NA

151mm

Fuel tank capacity

16.5-litres

13.5-litres

Seat height

860mm

823mm

Kerb weight

198kg

167kg

A quick look at the dimensions reveal the two motorcycles’ orientation. The Voge Brivido 500R is a large motorcycle that wants to showcase its heft and size. The KTM 390 Duke’s sleek and compact dimensions are oriented for a spirited riding experience. You would have fun ripping the Duke in the twisties or on the race track but the Brivido 500R might just be a better bet when you want to go mile munching. The only hindrance that we see with the Brivido is its rather tall seat height, which at 860mm, rivals the 390 Duke’s adventure sibling: the 390 Adventure.

Price & Verdict

Voge Brivido 500R

KTM 390 Duke

Rs 4.67 lakh (on-road in Italy, excluding Indian taxes & duties)

Rs 2,57,906 (ex-showroom Delhi)

It is highly unlikely that we will ever see the Voge Brivido 500R in India in the foreseeable future. Loncin has not shown any interest in venturing into the Indian two-wheeler space as of yet. The KTM 390 Duke remains the best affordable performance naked that money can buy in India and with small goodies like a bi-directional quickshifter and striking new colours, the BS6 bike is a tasty proposition. Sadly, it has just received another price hike and that has diluted its value-for-money quotient a bit. 

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