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Chinese manufacturer CFMoto has revealed plans to increase the performance for export markets of its new 150NK entry-level roadster designed by iconic Austrian designer Gerald Kiska’s Salzburg-based Kiska Design. MoreBikes has the exclusive first ride of the bike here.

Whereas for the Chinese domestic market the 150NK was originally launched with a maximum crankshaft power figure of 11.80 bhp/8.8kW at 8,500 rpm from its 149cc liquid-cooled sohc two-valve single-cylinder four-stroke motor with chain camshaft drive and single gear-driven counterbalancer, and peak torque of 10.7Nm/1.09kgm/7.89ftlb at 7,000 rpm, these figures will be revised upwards for export markets, says CFMoto Marketing Director Samantha Liu. “We understand that our export customers outside China want as much performance as possible in each market segment, so we have decided to increase the performance of the 150NK when it goes into production next year, and we hope that alongside its outstanding styling by Kiska Design, this will attract the attention of customers around the world.”

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The new specification see maximum power usefully increased to 14.35bhp/10.7kW at 9,000 rpm, again at the crankshaft, and peak torque to 12.2Nm/8.99ft-lb at 6,800 rpm. This gives the new Chinese model a serious edge in output over the 15% more costly Honda CB125F that’s expected to be its main competition in export markets, with its 11bhp at 8000rpm and 11Nm at 6500rpm performance stats. With the CFMoto 150NK expected to sell for around Euro 2,000 when it hits the market next year, that’s a killer price in a sector where the CBF125 sells for Euro 2,400, and the aggressively styled new Yamaha MT125 is a hefty Euro 4,190, or the same company’s Xenter 150 retails for Euro 2,990. So, more performance and styling with extra cool, all for less money – always a winning formula that CFMoto president Lai Guogui will be hoping can establish his company as a global player in the small capacity market.

We’ve just heard that there’s a new CFMoto NK300R in the works at Kiska; read about it here

Tony Carter

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