Lightweight, nimble adventure bikes have become very popular, especially in the Philippines. If you were to visit any of the gas stations scattered along the South Luzon Expressway on a Sunday morning, you’re bound to come across dozens of big bike riders, a lot of which sporting shiny new adventure bikes, getting ready to go on a leisurely ride out of town.
As it would turn out, the trend doesn’t just apply to the local market. Europe has seen its fair share of newcomers in the lightweight, entry-level adventure bike segment. Once dominated by the likes of the BMW G 310 GS and Kawasaki Versys X 300, numerous newcomers from all over the world are vying to make their presence felt in the lucrative middleweight ADV segment. Chinese motorcycle manufacturer Loncin has recently debuted its own version of a 300cc-class adventure tourer. Recently launched in the French market for €4,295, or the equivalent of P260,000, would this bike have a place in the local market?
For starters, if this bike did land on Philippine soil, it would undoubtedly go up against the BMW G 310 GS, which is priced at P300,000 and the Kawasaki Versys-X 300 currently priced at P270,000. Given the price point of the Voge 300 DS, it will certainly be considerably cheaper than the German and Japanese options. However, how well does it stack up as far specs go? Well, the Voge 300 DS gets a 292.4cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine which produces a docile 26 horsepower.
It doesn’t get much in the way of tech features, either, sporting a rudimentary LCD dash. It does, however, get a built-in USB charger, luggage rack, and LED lights all around. That said, the Voge 300 DS does come with a unique muscular styling, which makes it easy to mistake this bike for a much bigger, more premium adventure bike. Nonetheless, this bike would make for a fine addition to the growing entry-level, beginner-friendly options in the local motorcycle market.