The Chinese motorbike company Kove has only been in business since 2017. The business announced a variety of models during EICMA 2022 that were ostensibly for the European market, making its presence known on the international arena. An adventure bike, rally model, enduro, and sportbike were among the concept motorcycles the company displayed.
In an interesting turn of events, Kove has joined forces with Bristol Motorcycles to launch the 400RR sportbike in the local market. Here in the Philippines, it’s known as the Invictus 400RR, and will be sold under Bristol branding. Let’s take a closer look.
Right off the bat, it’s clear who the Invictus 400RR wants to lock horns with, and it’s none other than the Kawasaki Ninja 400. Indeed, it shares quite a lot in common with the Japanese sportbike in terms of performance. First and foremost is its engine, which is a 400cc, parallel-twin engine with around 40 horsepower and 28.5 Nm of torque. The engine is a liquid-cooled unit, and comes with electronic fuel injection from Bosch.
One of the Invictus 400RR’s most defining features is its single-sided swingarm—something we’ve yet to see in any other 400cc sportbike since the Honda VFR40 NC30. Additionally, the Invictus flaunts a futuristic design thanks to an aggressive fairing and menacing facia complete with dual LED headlights. On the tech front, the Invictus is equipped with a large seven-inch full-color TFT display, ABS-equipped front and rear disc brakes, and LED lights front and back. Last but not least, Kove has equipped the 400RR with inverted front forks
In terms of pricing and availability, there’s no surprise that Bristol Motorcycles undercuts the Japanese and European competition by pricing the 400RR incredibly attractively. It retails for just P278,000, which is even more affordable than CFMOTO’s recently released 450SR. Now, we’ve yet to get our hands on the Invictus 400RR, but it goes without saying that the CFMOTO 450SR has set a new standard in the beginner-friendly sportbike segment—for now, at least.