We love CFMOTO and this is why…

Personally, I have always been a fan of underdog brands. In the 70s and 80s it was (in some parts of the world) not very “cool” to be a fan of Japanese motorcycles; now they are decidedly more mainstream and well-respected across the globe, producing some of the most reliable engines on the market. 

We see a similar response here in Australia today. When you mention China you will find many people embrace the long-standing mindset that the products are garbage, especially those with unproven engines amid dominating competitors which has been further ingrained by the recent low quality engines you may have seen on some of the cheap Chinese bikes being imported into Australia over recent years. 

But times are changing, it’s becoming less about the geographical factors that influence quality and more about the company, passion and design that are truly behind the quality of the product - just look at your phone or your shoes if you need an immediate example of good quality products being manufactured in China.

So, in the pursuit of quality and value, maybe it’s time to take a new look at what’s coming out of the far east now and debunk decades of sneering and avoidance to consider some of the high performance engines that offer all round reliability and power expected from the modern rider. 

Specifically, we are very impressed with CF Moto. An established Chinese motorcycle manufacturer that has a proven track record with an expansive range of engines - including the NK250 which we use in our very own Paso XF250 retro scrambler. 

Yes, yes, I know what you are saying. It’s still a Chinese import for goodness sake! What do they know about bikes…?

Well, we’ve done our research and have put together five rip roaring reasons why a CFMoto engine shouldn't be a second thought when considering your next ride: 

Proven track record. CFMOTO was founded in 1989 (over 30 years experience) and produces 800,000 engines a year. Today they share a 50/50 ownership share with KTM which you can see is reflected in their recent style and performance. If you put the NK250 next to the KTM250 4 stroke, the similarities are immediately obvious to even the less experienced rider. CFMoto have recently been tasked with manufacturing the KTM Duke 790cc engine. So, with KTM (considered to be a global leader in motorcycle design and manufacture) putting their confidence in CFMoto, who are we to question them?

Price and Value. CFMoto still fits comfortably into the ‘affordable motorcycle’ market despite matching its more established competitors when it comes to performance. Put the CFMoto/XF250 engine next to any Honda, Kawasaki or Yamaha 4 stroke 250cc engine and the main difference you will see in this engine is the money you will save when you buy one! With very competitive pricing we have been able to design and build a bike with a high quality engine that offers you unmatched style and performance in the Australian motorcycle market. 

Guarantee and Reliability. All new Paso Motors Motorcycles come with a CFMOTO backed, no questions asked 2-year warranty. With a 2-year guarantee – you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain. This 2-year parts and labour warranty reflects the impressive build quality, reliability and faith that Paso Motors and CFMOTO have in their engines. 

Output. In line with their ever-expanding CFMOTO range, we know that in factory and road tests, even the smallest engine packs a mighty punch. There is plenty of torque and hp throughout the range, and buyers will be pleasantly surprised with the flexibility and power throughout the gears. The XF250 has an impressive 26.5hp and 19.5kw of power with a high compression ratio of 11.31:1 which gives you a punchy acceleration and top speed capabilities. 

Pedigree. Across the pond, CFMOTO UK was the first new manufacturer to enter the Isle of Man TT for over 50 years. In 2016, CFMOTO finished 4th in the Lightweight Class after a 6 lap master class from TT Legend Gary Johnson missing out on the podium by just 2.3 seconds. The 650cc engine proved to be more reliable than the Kawasaki engine and never missed a beat. With that kind of pedigree, you cannot be disappointed!


Wrap Up - At Paso Motors we have absolute confidence in CFMoto and are proud to be using their motors in our bikes. As a result, we are able to offer our riders unprecedented value and performance with the new XF250 retro scrambler and fully support their mission as our own: “We’re not just out for a ride, we’re on a mission.” This mission, which is undoubtedly to change the motorcycling public’s opinion of Chinese quality when it comes to motorcycles. 

We are 100% confident that you will just love the beautiful XF250 retro scrambler that we are very proud to bring to market in Australia. Packed full of the latest technology and high-quality features, the XF250 blends eye-catching design with high quality manufacturing to deliver machines that are unbeatable value for money.

Come and take a look, take a test ride and ask all those questions that we cannot answer while sitting on the bike!