CFMoto is ready to take another aim at Honda’s MSX125 (Grom) with the upcoming Papio XO-1, as confirmed by the latest type-approval documents filed in China. 

  • The Papio XO-1 is CFMoto’s upcoming minimoto range. 
  • The XO-1 is equipped with a 126cc, air-cooled single, making a claimedt 9.4hp. 

The Papio XO-1 (as shown on the side fairing) is a second variation of the current 126cc, single-cylinder Papio mini bike currently on sale in the US and Europe. 

However, while the base Papio is somewhat a mini version of a modern naked bike, the upcoming XO-1 has styling that is clearly inspired by motorcycles from the 80s. 

That said, the single photo in the document reveals a dual-headlight semi-fairing motorcycle reminiscent of a classic bike. 

Interestingly, the Papio XO-1 is not just a case of putting on new bodywork onto the standard Papio; instead, the former features a new inverted fork, clip-on handlebars and cast aluminium rear footpegs.

Also new is a new chain-guard, body panels and redesigned fuel tank. 

The retro theme continues with a single, circular LCD instrument cluster. 

  • A company called Industrial Moto created this Grom Utility Sidecar kit for the Honda MSX125 (Grom).

  • The sidecar expands the MSX125’s cargo carrying capabilities.

  • It’s not cheap but some enterprising Malaysian will definitely build one!

The Honda MSX125 or Grom in certain countries promises lots of fun. The diminutive bike just does everything you want and can go just about anywhere. While we don’t see much of it on Malaysian roads, it is certainly very popular in Thailand and even the United States.

The engine is a winner from the get-start hence it functions as the platform for two other Honda motorcycles – the C125 Super Cub and another playbike, the Monkey.

Photo credit – Asphalt & Rubber, RideApart

There may be those who think that the MSX125 is nothing but a plaything, but a US company called Industrial Moto thinks otherwise. They designed the Grom Utility Sidecar kit which bolts on directly to the bike and is easily removable, too.

Suddenly, you won’t have to limit yourself to three packets of food from bazar Ramadhan, when you could shop for the entire family. Or have your kid sit in it and send him or her to school (with a helmet on, of course). Or shopping for durians!

Photo credit – Asphalt & Rubber, RideApart

The kit isn’t cheap at USD 1,600 but these pictures should spurn our country’s resourceful talents in creating their own sidecars.

Source: Asphalt & Rubber, RideApart

We put the Honda MSX 125 through a proper road test to see if it shines as brightly here as it did around a track.

– Air-cooled 125cc single
– 4-speed manual
– 9.7hp / 11Nm
– 104kg (kerb)
– RM11,128.94 (basic with GST)


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