CF Moto V5 Motor Scooter Review

by John L
(Fredericksburg, VA)

I purchased the scooter/motorcycle for my wife to ride (her idea). She fell in love with the Legacy and CF MOTO. I got the bike via the internet - not the best idea - and had some help assembling it. Once set up, the bike rode like a dream.


I ride a Yamaha Virago 750 and this bike can stay up with it pretty well. However, my wife flunked her riding test (twice) and the bike has been sitting for a few years. I got it out to fix up and sell. The battery was DOA so I put another one in it.

The bike would turn over but wouldn't start. Within a week, the battery was dead. My bike man discovered there is an inherent problem with the electrical system where the rectifier and radio drain constantly. I will be interested to see what happens when fresh fuel, cleaned carbs, and another fresh battery are put to use.

I was actually getting about 70 to 75 MPG at a decent speed. The way gas is now, I might forego the sale and ride it to work.

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CFMOTO V5 for sale NEW
by: TJ

I have a V5 250cc with only 600miles on it never have had the time to really ride it's been garage kept. I do have the electrical train but I keep it on a battery tender. Was originally $3400 I'd let it go for 1800 obo. Contact me at tjap5@aol.com if seriously interested.

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by: Anonymous

I rode a V5 furnished directly from CFMOTO for a 2,500 mile charioty ride through the NW mountain states. I shipped the bike to Portland, Oregon, rode through the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, across the Northern Cascades, into Montana and through Glacier Park's Going to the Sun highway, then down to the Little Big Horn, then across the Dakotas to the Mississippi. The engine ran like a top but I did have a vee belt break in Mid-Montana. After 13,000 miles, the CVT driver came unglued from the driveshaft, burned out the driver and did some damage to the keyway and driveshaft. Looking at the cost of replacing a motor, I sold the bike privately as-is and moved on. The engine itself was still fine.

The bike isn't as fast as 250ccs should make it but I really got fond of the bike and got to fulfill a bucket-list item with it. I believe CFMOTO no longer brings this bike in. If I had one, after 10,000 miles, I'd replace the two main transmission parts. The charity ride raised 25,000 for area homeless by the time the dust settled. Chinese bikes CAN be worth while - at least the best ones can - with regular maintenance and religiously changing the oil every 1,000 miles.

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