CFMOTO, an up and coming Chinese motorcycle manufacturer, has been gaining global attention due to its ambitious growth in several markets. In the Philippines, CFMOTO is a major competitor and provides great value for its various models. One of its latest releases is the 450SR sportbike, which features a powerful yet compact parallel-twin engine with a 270-degree crankshaft.
Additionally, CFMOTO has introduced its new 800 NK, a mid-sized naked streetfighter aimed to compete against the Ducati Monster and KTM 890 Duke. The bike is scheduled to be released in 2023. Along with their high-performance models, CFMOTO also offers a range of more casual and lifestyle-oriented bikes, such as the Papio XO-1. This model, based on their existing mini-bike, the Papio ST-125, was unveiled simultaneously with the 800NK in its home country of China.
With its unique retro design, the Papio XO-1 takes after the ST Papio 125 mini-bike and stands out as the first mini-bike of its kind to blend neo-retro styling with sportbike features. It's equipped with a 125cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine, which generates 9.5 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 5.8 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm.
Despite its modest performance, the Papio XO-1's standout feature is undoubtedly its striking style. The bike's design is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, evident in the small but thoughtful touches incorporated throughout. The twin LED headlamps, for instance, are symmetrical but feature different bulb patterns, with the right lamp displaying an "X" design while the left shows an "O." This custom styling adds to the bike's unique appeal. At the rear, twin taillights are situated below shutters, just above the centrally-mounted tail-exit exhaust.
Currently, the CFMoto Papio XO-1 is only available in the Chinese market and is priced at around P85,000. The bike is offered in three color options: Nebula White, Fiery Red, and Moss Green. While there is no news on when the bike will be released in the global market, we certainly hope that this charming little sportbike will find its way to Philippine roads.