CF Moto V5 Review
Is it a bird, is it a plane, no its the Mojo V5. We help uncover the secrets of the masked crusader.
The V5 is something new for Australia. Automatic, 250 cc and liquid cooled, the V5 sits somewhere in-between scooter and motorcycle. For many the V5 would seem confusing. Most motorcyclist's wont get the concept of a CVT transmission, whilst for the scooterist the omission of a flat floor and storage make the V5 a foreign entity. Do things need to be this difficult? Is there a home for the V5 in a perfect world? We set out to answer the all important questions.
On paper the V5 looks like relatively good value. Liquid cooled, 250 cc in capacity, fully styled in motorcycle clothing, for just $3990 + ORC.
The engine puts out a relatively low 11kw of power, 4 stroke and carburated the engine goes about its business in a quite, refined manner. Its all usable and pretty reassuring, a very even spread of torque everywhere.
Being a motorcycle first and foremost means that you inherit some of the benefits that come with the title. An 18 inch wheel on the front is all motorcycle whilst at the rear we have a wide profile 15 inch wheel/tyre combination, 150/80 -15 to be exact. Full size brakes, discs of course front and rear. Brake levers follow the normal scooter format , pull on the right lever and activate the front brake and pull on the left lever to activate the rear.
Motorcycle type front forks give the suspension a motorcycle type feel, sure the forks are non adjustable but combined with the 18 inch front wheel the V5 offers a fair amount of stability up front. At the rear the twin adjustable shock absorbers work in a normal scooter type arrangement being bolted directly to either side of the transmission casing.
A large petrol tank is positioned in the normal motorcycle way, front and centre. The tank is a whopping 17 litres in size, giving the V5 a huge amount of range (should do over 400km's) for what is basically a city commuter. Above the tank, the gauges and switchgear remain fairly standard affair and the actuation and quality suits the price point. Fuel and temperature gauges sit either side of a large central speedometer.
Under the seat you will find a cable to plug in your USB stick or MP3 player, sound exits via the speakers that sit either side of the fuel tank. Talk about needing to choose your songs carefully! The seat itself is extremely low at just 710 mm and can be opened and removed via a side operated key lock. You also have a nice external helmet lock to keep your lid nice and safe.
A rear backrest for the passenger is complemented by a nice set of flip out foot-pegs, the raised seating position working well. This leads to a top box ready rack or something that can be used to strap a bag onto.
A side stand teams up with a centre stand. Security is enhanced with a steering lock separate to the ignition, located on the forks themselves. Weight comes in at a relatively light 165 Kg, its a given that most of this will be down low on the rearward positioned engine and transmission.
Key styling features include a fully enclosed plastic body under the metal fuel tank, normally where the motor would live. A bolt on chrome exhaust which really isn't an exhaust is worth a mention also (see picture gallery). The single headlight up front makes sure the V5 keeps the motorcycle theme on track. Quality levels seem pretty good and above par for the price point.
On the Road
You sit low on the V5 and with the handlebars set back, the seating position is ultra comfortable. The running boards for your feet are set forward so when your on the move you take a "cruiser bike" riding style. With the tank and frame in the normal motorcycle position you do feel fully in control.
Ride quality remains compliant and the V5 will keep a relaxed, unfussed attitude across any surface. Being a motorcycle in style means that the V5 uses its suspension and wheel combination to some advantage. The V5 will remain compliant if you stick to the program. Relaxed commuting and touring are the order of the day. Push the V5 to its top speed through a set of flip-flop corners and will soon find the limits of height and suspension come into play. That said large wheels combined with a long low wheelbase will ensure compliance for the masses.
At the lights the V5 accelerates as you'd expect. Keeping up with traffic is easy and its smooth sailing all the way to the top. Nothing overly urgent for sure but just a sense of fluid acceleration which will have things ticking along nicely.
The natural environment of the V5 can vary from inner city, fast arterial, motorway or even light highway work. The 250 cc liquid cooled engine is a good one. Once it clears the throat and warms up its a surprisingly good performer that will propel the V5 all the way up to 110 km/h mark. Sure you might think 110 km/h from a 250 cc motorcycle is poor but in riding the V5 you will experience a great broad cross section of torque to play with. So in reality you ride the V5 on the throttle, CF Moto have performed a particularly good job in matching the engine to the transmission. If there was anything that came as a surprise it was just how competent the V5 was at commuting. And just how fluid the motor and transmission package actually is.
Remember the program, relaxed, easy to ride, smooth accelerating, low and light. These are the key elements that make the V5 a comfortable, relaxed alternative.
The V5 becomes easier to explain the longer you spend in the saddle.
I don't really care much for the MP3 player. Or am I into some of the styling attributes, for me it wont be taking on the catwalk any-time soon.
What I do care about is the nature in which the V5 gets on about its business. For me it fulfils the design brief in a surprising competent manner. The V5 is just an easy to live with commuter that really has some strong points in its favour. I like the strong fluid engine or the low and relaxed riding position. Being automatic is just a bonus.
During its test period I handed the V5 over to a number of people. Most were initially bemused by the appearance forming an opinion on the concept immediately. Once they returned, a certain level of respect flowed in the way of the V5. This bike just gets on and does what it does best. Its all very easy.
At $3990 the V5 deserves a look if your after an alternative. The manufacturer CF Moto has a good reputation for building a fairly good quality unit. Just get on with it I say, and don't worry about the question of whether its a "bike" or a "scooter". The V5 is what it is, a fully automatic "easy to live with, motorcycle styled commuter". If you need to explain it to your mates then just send them out for a ride.
Local Importer is Mojo Motorcycles. The V5 has a 2 year warranty with the 1st service being at 1000km's and every then 3500 km's after that.