There’s just something about mini-bikes that make them so much fun to ride. The Honda Grom and Kawasaki Z125 Pro are my favourites, and I know plenty of people who feel the same way.
They’re great for beginners and experienced riders alike, and there’s just something about the feeling of cruising around on a mini-bike that can’t be beaten.
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Whether you’re looking for a new hobby or want to add excitement to your weekends, mini-bikes are worth checking out.
I have observed a significant increase in mini-bikes available in the market, particularly from emerging brands. One brand, CFMoto, has gained considerable attention with its Papio range of mini-bikes.
ST Papio 125
The ST Papio 125 was the first model launched under this range, and it’s worth noting that it resembles the Honda Grom. However, the newer iterations of the Papio have adopted a distinct direction, deviating from Grom’s design and performance.
Remember the Papio XO-1 we discussed earlier? It’s such a stunning little cafe-racer built on the same platform as the ST Papio. It’s astonishing how it has retro-themed race bike aesthetics, complete with a half-fairing, clip-on bars, and an ’80s-style tail section.
And have you noticed the asymmetrical headlight design that forms the letters “X” and “O”? It’s just one more thing that adds to the bike’s lively and playful spirit.
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They’re continuing their trend of neo-retro styling. The XO-2 features a dual headlight like the XO-1, but it has a new scrambler-inspired look and no longer has the half-fairing. The bike has knobby tires on small alloy wheels, an inverted front fork, and a preload-adjustable rear mono-shock. CFMoto is still going strong with their Papio range!
It’s going to be an absolute blast to ride! It packs a powerful punch with its 126cc, air-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder engine, boasting 9.4 horsepower, and a six-speed manual gearbox, giving it a top speed of 56 miles per hour.
Although currently only available in China, CFMoto has plans to release the Papio XO series globally later this summer. This bike has caught the attention of many riders, including myself, and I’ve already made room for it in my garage. Keep an eye out for this one!