The Voxan Black Magic is powered by a one litre, DOHC V-twin motor, that makes around 100bhp at 8000 revs, which is just enough to make life interesting. Set at 72 degrees, it sits relatively high in the frame, but the lack of sump allows Voxan to place the monoshock underneath the motor, yet retain decent ground clearance, plus a short-ish wheelbase.
The twin tubular spine frame is very clever, in that it has two screw-in adjustable sections at the steering head and swingarm mounting point, which allow the factory to set the exact angle and height of the frame. So a touch of adjustment on the Black Magic sets the weight of the engine slightly forwards, compared to the Café Racer model and you can feel the difference - this bike steers and rides from the front end, it feels stable, albeit with rock hard Marzocchi forks up there too.
Another stiff shock, taking care of bumps and bounces at the back end does you no favours when threading your way through grids, poor road repairs, or pot-holes either. Sometimes it simply bounces the rider out of the saddle at speed - the factory suspension settings are simply too harsh I reckon. The Black Magic Roadster needs to be ridden hard, but preferably at a smooth race circuit, which kind of defeats the idea of building a Café racer par excellence - it can't cut it on the road sometimes because it lacks the finesse that the Voxan Café Racer has for example.
The bottom line is that buyers will have to accept that Voxan bikes will be different, feel unique, sometimes unusual to ride. Also, they might not be perfect. Each bike is virtually hand built, by a small workforce at Issoire, so in some respects, it is like buying a Bimota, or a Benelli - a bit of a gamble.
Voxan Black Magic specifications
Model: Voxan Black Magic
Category: Naked bike
Engine and transmission
Engine type: V2
Power: 100HP @ 8000 RPM
Bore x stroke: 98 x 66 mm (3.9 x 2.6 inches)
Fuel system: Injection
Valves per cylinder: 4
Cooling system: Liquid
final drive: Chain
Dry weight: 185 kg (407.9 pounds)
Seat height: 820mm (32.3 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall length: 2100mm
Ground clearance: 159 mm (6.3 inches)
Wheelbase: 1475 mm (58.1 inches)
Chassis and dimensions
Frame type: Double tubular frame
Front tyre dimensions: 120/70-ZR17
Rear tyre dimensions: 180/55-ZR17
Front brakes: Double disc. Bremo, 4-piston
Front brakes diameter: 320 mm (12.6 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc. Bremo, 2-piston
Rear brakes diameter: 245 mm
Power/weight ratio: 0.5405 HP/kg
Fuel capacity: 19 litres