CFMOTO has been making quite a name for itself in recent years. Having been up close and personal with nearly all of their models, we can certainly say that the Chinese company has proven itself worthy of a place in the premium motorcycle market. Unlike the stereotypical notion of made-in-China motorcycles, CFMOTO’s machines are very well put together, and present themselves with remarkable value for money.
Having said all that, CFMOTO’s entry-level sportbike, the 300SR, has quite a lot going for it. Although it isn’t an expressway-legal machine as many of us had hoped, it certainly presents itself with good value for money, particularly for those looking for a sportbike to learn the basics of track riding on. With that, let’s take a look at 5 things we love about the CFMOTO 300 SR.
The CFMOTO 300 SR gets a punchy 292.4cc single cylinder which pumps out a rather healthy 29 horsepower thanks to a four-valve cylinder head, electronic fuel-injection, and liquid-cooling. Given its displacement, many people make the wrong assumption of comparing it with the Yamaha R3 or Kawasaki Ninja 250. Although it sits within the range of these bikes in terms of displacement, it only gets a single-cylinder motor, and is undoubtedly slightly underpowered versus its parallel-twin-powered counterparts. Nonetheless, having spent quite a bit of time with the 300SR, we can definitively say that the bike is adequately powered, especially considering its price point.
The CFMOTO 300SR isn’t just a street bike designed to look like a sportbike. Instead, CFMOTO’s designers and engineers put in the hours to ensure that what they produced was well and truly a sporty machine. As such, the 300SR is incredibly lightweight, tipping the scales at a featherweight 165 kilograms ready to ride. Given the bike’s punchy motor, razor-sharp handling, and neck-breaking looks, it certainly provides you with quite an exhilarating ride.
Moving on to the bike’s handling, CFMOTO has equipped the 300SR with premium underpinnings which lend themselves to sporty riding. It gets beefy inverted forks which are adequately damped and sprung to provide an engaging ride. It’s sportbike ergonomics make the bike very eager to corner, tackling corners at speed with ease. The bike’s ABS-equipped front and rear disc brakes inspire confidence at the pull of a lever, and the tires assure you of grip, even when you’re pushing it hard through the corners.
No matter which angle you look at it, you can’t deny that the CFMOTO 300SR is a beautiful sportbike. Sporting aggressive lines, a full-fairing, and a menacing fascia, the 300SR can very easily be mistaken for a bigger, more performance-oriented motorcycle. Its premium full-color TFT display gives it a very flattering appearance, and its eye-catching, race-inspired livery turns heads no matter where you ride. Seeing the CFMOTO 300SR in person, and experiencing what it has to offer when you take it out for a ride, makes it hard to believe that it’s being sold at such an attractive price point.
Speaking of price, the CFMOTO 300SR is one of the most affordable performance-centered sportbikes at just P165,000. Undercutting the price of some 150cc to 200cc sportbikes, the 300SR offers an incredible peso-to-horsepower ratio—something that’s sure to be to the liking of performance-hungry riders on a budget. For those of you who prefer a more upright riding position, CFMOTO also offers the 300NK, the bike on which the 300SR was based, for an even more affordable price of just P158,000.