VOR EN 530
   

Make Model

VOR EN 530

Year

2003

Engine

Four stroke, single cylinder, SOHC. 4 valves per cylinder.

Capacity

524.6 cc / 32.0 cu in
Bore x Stroke 97 x 71 mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Cooling System Liquid cooled

Induction

Dell'Orto VHSB 38 mm flat side

Ignition

Ducati electronic, wet ignition

Starting

Electric / Kick

Transmission

5 Speed

Final Drive

Chain
Frame Perimetral frame, CrMo, Oval cross-section spars, aluminium rear frame

Front Suspension

Progressive system upside down fork, Paioli Kayaba 46 mm

Front Wheel Travel

295 mm / 11.6"

Rear Suspension

Single progressive hydraulic Öhlins shock absorber, stroke 295 mm, low-high speed adjustable preload extension and compression

Rear Wheel Travel

325 mm / 12.8"

Front Brakes

Single 270 mm disc, 2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 220 mm disc, 1 piston caliper

Front Tyre

90/90-21

Rear Tyre

140/80-18

Dimensions

Length: 2160 mm / 85.0"

Wheelbase

1485 mm / 58.5"

Ground Clearance

370 mm / 14.6"

Seat Height

960 mm / 37.8"

Dry Weight

118 kg / 260 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

9 Litres / 2.4 US gal

Engine Oil Capacity 

1.4 Litres / 3.0 US pts

The VOR EN-E 530 is a big-bore four-stroke that resembles a runaway steamroller to ride. It is a big bike with a tonne of power, and the black plastics give it a unique look, as does the arse-about kickstarter. The 530 might be a big tough-as-nails machine, but Finland’s seven-time ISDE winner Mika Ahola managed to take out a few of those titles aboard the bike.

The VOR has a few unique features such as the cassette gearbox having different gear ratio options for first and fifth gears, as well as the option of a three-speed gearbox.

Weighing 114kg, the VOR is a rather big bike, but the power keeps that weight tractoring along at great speeds – if you going to ride a VOR, you better be ready for a fierce ride.

Riders who lack the talent of the Mika Aholas of this world (most of us) will still feel at home trail riding a VOR with mates; it's just comforting to know you can then go out and win an ISDE on one...

The $12,600 VOR runs head-to-head with KTM's 525EXC ($12,100), Husaberg's $12,595 FE501E and Husqvarna's 570TE ($11,295), and holds its head high in such company.

One area I believe it loses ground to its competitors though concerns its girth, with each of the others feeling just a little slimmer - not such a major problem in light of its brilliant engine, but nevertheless still discernible.

The VOR does everything an enduro bike should, and does it well, too. It will appeal to a wide range of rider ability and tastes, and represents good value for money.

My lasting memory of the bike concerns effortlessly sailing up a third-gear hill climb, the big 530 barely ticking over, the front tyre airborne more often than not and me grinning like the Cheshire Cat. Addictive stuff...