The Philippines has a pretty dynamic motorcycle scene, although it's one that is mostly dominated by Yamaha, the premier brand in the country. Still, historically speaking Yamaha does better than the other motorcycle companies, but they all give a good showing and mainstays like Honda and Suzuki still get a good deal of mindshare. For the month of April, however, things are a little different from the usual. Let's take a look at the top 10 best motorcycles for the month according to the Priceprice.com data.
10. Yamaha YZF-R6
When you want that world-class superbike but don't actually need all that power and don't actually want to spend all that money, you have the YZF-R6. Based on the legendary YZR-R1 superbike that has set and broken records around the world, the R6 has the same good looks as the R1, but at a fraction of the price. It also makes do with a smaller 599cc displacement on its engine, but this is still more than enough for daily use and even packs enough power to zip across the asphalt at lightning speed.
9. Yamaha NMAX
Part of the reason Yamaha did so well this April was a resurgence of some of their older models which haven't been too popular of late. One of these is the sporty urban bike, the NMAX. Built for comfort, ease of riding and fuel economy, the NMAX has a 155cc Blue Core engine that uses new technology to increase combustion while reducing power loss and improve cooling. It's an ideal bike for those looking for affordability and a comfortable daily commute, and its impressive styling along with its high windshield keep you in an upright position while riding in style.
8. Yamaha Mio i 125
The Mio i 125 is the sportier version of one of Yamaha's most iconic models in the country, the Mio. Although on paper it looks to have the same specifications, the Mio i 125 has a sharper, more aggressive design in comparison and has an appeal that you won't find on the vanilla version. It has enough power in its 125cc Blue Core engine to get you above 100km/h, but most people will appreciate its ability to snake through traffic with its ease of turning and stability.
7. Yamaha Aerox 155
The Aerox 155 was introduced to the market last year but hasn't really won over the public until now. This sporty, powerful scooter has a similar appeal to the newer NMAX, but bears a strong resemblance to the Yamaha Sniper, at a more affordable price. The Aerox gives you those flashy good looks along at a great price, although you miss out on some features the Aerox punches great at its asking price, and is a great scooter for everyday use.
6. Yamaha Mio Soul i 125
The Mio Soul i 125 is yet another of the variants Yamaha has in store for its popular Mio line. The Mio Soul is the chunkiest of the variants, and you'll notice the added stability from the extra width and weight of the Soul. As with all of the Mio scooters, the Soul retains the ease of riding and easy handling of its brethren, with its blend of style and performance, and an improved engine sporting Yamaha's Blue Core technology. These all conspire to make the Mio Soul i 125 one of the best scooters in the 125cc segment and is the model Yamaha introduced to replace the original Mio.
5. Honda CBR150R
Honda's venerable CBR150R brings the style and panache of the classic CBR250 to the 150cc segment. While it doesn't quite have the same amount of power, this is the most affordable CBR you will find on the market, and Honda did a great job putting in power and performance into the smaller frame. This sports bike isn't really for those looking for a comfortable daily commute; it's for people who want to feel like a road racer on a more affordable 150cc bike. With its powerful engine, superior suspension and cushioning and superb handling and response, you'll get your money's worth out of the CBR150R as you noisily dash over the pavement.
4. Suzuki Raider R150
The Raider R150 known as the "Underbone King" is one of the most popular bikes in the Philippines, going so far as turning into full-on cult status. It's an iconic bike that encourages annual events and gatherings, and a lot of love has gone into this set of wheels. The popularity isn't a coincidence; the Raider has some of the best engine performance in this segment, and when combined with its slim, good looks and easy handling, it makes for a classic package in the most popular 150cc segment in the market. The Raider will probably survive a few more years staying in the Top 10 if any bike will.
3. Yamaha Sniper 150 MXi
Yamaha's Sniper 135cc bike was a great underbone model that had classy looks and an affordability that made it an instant hit, and Yamaha saw fit to extend its success to the 150cc segment with the Sniper 150 MXi. Known as the "King of the Streets," this 150cc Sniper has that sporty, aggressive charm that belies its powerful engine and class-leading performance. It's the most popular underbone sports bike in the country today, and with good reason. It has all the charm and good looks of the Sniper class of bikes, coupled with a powerful engine performance that is more than enough for any foray into the urban jungle.
2. Yamaha Mio Sporty
The Mio Sporty is the Mio for those who want a little more performance in their bike. Like the other variants, the Sporty has the improved Blue Core engine which is designed for maximum fuel efficiency and power, and the Sporty takes that along with a more aggressive, streamlined design that looks slim and fit in the Mio line. The Sporty is the newest model to take on the Mio lineage and has the strongest marketing push as of the moment, but for one reason or another, it hasn't managed to grab the top spot yet.
1. Yamaha Mio
And the reason the Mio Sporty isn't number one is because the original is still the best. The original vanilla Mio still remains the most popular scooter in the land, and the most popular bike of all things said. The Mio has the basic, round design that's been done away with in its edgier, more trendy brethren, but the Mio still has the same 125cc engine and performs just as well as any scooter in its class, with the great handling, comfort, ease-of-use and affordability that made it such a hit in the first place. This blend of features and pricing has kept the Mio in the top spot for so long, it's almost impossible to imagine any bike outdoing it today.
As you can see from the list, Yamaha dominated eight out of the ten spots for last month, something which doesn't always happen. Suzuki still managed to keep the ever popular Raider in the mix, while Honda's most popular mainstream model in the 150cc segment also managed to stay the course, but Yamaha pretty much took a grand slam this time. It's unclear what factors moved the market to this position, but we'll keep track of the numbers and report back next month to see if this is an ongoing trend or a one-off for April.
Top 10 Most Popular Motorcycle of April 2018
- Yamaha Mio
- Yamaha Mio Sporty
- Yamaha Sniper 150 MXi
- Suzuki Raider R150
- Honda CBR150R
- Yamaha Mio Soul i 125
- Yamaha Aerox 155
- Yamaha Mio i 125
- Yamaha NMAX
- Yamaha YZF-R6