There's nothing more fun than riding a smooth-handling motorcycle in the busy streets like Manila. And if this two-wheeled vehicle happens to sport some of the most refined features out there, you're in for a huge treat!
But akin to this locale, the motorcycle industry in the Philippines is also as busy as it is often crowded, consequently befuddling you as your ultimate decision comes looming on the horizon.
And in this journey, there's nothing more frustrating that revving up a vehicle that comes more as a hurdle than a source of that much-needed freedom. We, at Priceprice.com however, think that there are just ways to simplify this road. One of which is to narrow down your selection!
As it goes, we've come up again with a compilation that point your way to the right direction. With these ten most sought-after motorcycles in the country, we have high hopes that you'll not only be able to know what the trend is but ultimately drive you to that destination where a well-informed decision flourishes.
Here are the ten best motorcycles in the Philippines for the month of August:
10. Yamaha Mio Soul i 125
- Pros: Optimum fuel efficiency; Accessible start & stop system
- Cons: Not ideal for tall riders with a pillion
Leave it to Yamaha to spice up your experience with one of its newer entrants, the Yamaha Mio i 125.
Everything in this motorcycle is tinged with the feeling of readiness and modernity. It comes with a 14-liter under seat compartment that can accommodate a jet-type helmet or even a small bag, a luxury that can't be found in some of its competition. It also boasts of a parking brake lock that becomes useful when you're parking at an incline; a magnetic keyhole shutter that can function with just a push of a button is also provided.
Elsewhere, its all-current instrument cluster comes in handy with its "eco indicator" that blinks right whenever the vehicle reaches the optimum speed in which fuel efficiency is achieved.
The Yamaha Mio Soul i 125 currently comes in three color variants: The Matte Black, the Grayish Purple Metallic, and the Bluish White Cocktail.
9. Yamaha Mio
- Pros: One of the most affordable variants
- Cons: Consumes gas rapidly
Falling down three spots this month is supremely archetypal of all the Yamahas, the Yamaha Mio.
Despite that, the vanilla Yamaha Mio is still as popular as it is reliable among most enthusiasts in the country. This can all be attributed with its unapologetic simplicity, from its 125cc engine and impressive handling down to careful details that drive comfort and affordability all at the same time. And with these hallmarks, there's no wonder why the vehicle is still ringing popularly, especially among those who value tradition and longevity.
The Yamaha Mio is also noted for its easy handling experience that can still be achieved whenever you're aiming for a sharp turn and cornering.
8. Yamaha NMAX
- Pros: Noted endurance
- Cons: Requires a lot of strength when riding in two; Expensive
Sleek, ready, and can turn heads. You've got to give Yamaha some mad props for dishing out the Yamaha NMAX in the market.
Whether you're trudging an urbane road or a modern concrete, the Yamaha NMAX will blow the competition right from the get-go with its smooth rendition and maneuverable agility. Alongside the vanilla Yamaha Mio, the NMAX is also famous among noobs and traditionalists around due to these factors.
The Yamaha NMAX is currently powered by 155's EU4-compliant engine. This, in particular, is propelled by Yamaha's advanced BLUECORE technology, making this vehicle as one of the most reliable, if not efficient. Moreover, this inclusion allows the vehicle to generate a much swifter acceleration, atop the usual top speed and reduced fuel consumption that you'd get from a Yamaha.
7. Honda CBR150R
- Pros: Impeccable design
- Cons: Brake and clutch are not adjustable
The Honda CBR150R decidedly represents that good deal you'd get from the 150cc category in the local motorcycle market. Firstly, it's all practical for a daily commuter to be armed with it and comes with just about the right dose of zipping to let have some fun down the line, especially on the weekends.
The Honda CBR150R also represents a consciously well-designed bike. Right from its dual LED headlights and aggressive, rearward-sweeping lines down to its wasp-like aspirations, there's no doubt that you're gazing at a looker.
Another takeaway from the Honda CBR150R is its user experience. It starts right on the first click and comes with a light clutch pull, making it very much ideal when you're navigating the traffic in Manila. Ultimately, the vehicle is also a great value for your money. It's quite easy on the street and could also thwart some twists down the line. And with its permeating looks, Honda, in here, has a clear standout.
6. Suzuki Raider R150
- Pros: Impeccable design language
- Cons: A bit pricier compared to its compatriots
One of the most consistent toppers on this list, the Suzuki Raider R150, is still getting everyone's attention. For very good reasons.
Chief of which is its "mean" color combinations that attract even the most scrupulous kind on the market. Whether it's embellished with red or blue, the Suzuki Raider R150 still comes with just about the right amount of flash to the naysayers without having to overwhelm them.
Meanwhile, the Suzuki Raider R150 is equipped with a 147.3cc which is already significant for a vehicle that sports a small frame. Mated with this power plant is a six-speed, constant mesh, manual gearbox. It comes with a hydraulic, multi-layer clutch, and is comfortably equipped with electric and kick start. All in all, this is a hardware offering that is worth experiencing.
5. Yamaha YZF-R6
- Pros: Fast and smooth handling ability
- Cons: A noted lack on its hauling capabilities
Comfortable on its unmoved fifth spot is the 2017 version of the Yamaha YZF-R6.
There's more than a good reason as to why the Yamaha YZF-R6 continues to dazzle the streets of Manila, apart from its decorated titles down the line. The bike, simply, just takes it simply albeit very efficiently on its performance.
The Yamaha YZF-R6 is well noted for its 6-mode Traction Control System alongside the Quick Shifter System which renders the vehicle to push its limits even at the most challenging of roads. It's also one of the more attractive bikes out there as it features a low-drag bodywork with a conspicuous look that well strikes a resemblance to that of the brand's thoroughbred R-series' imprint.
Since its debut in the late 1990s, the bike remains indefatigable among the purists in the country.
4. Yamaha Aerox 155
- Pros: Compact, stylish, and feature-rich
- Cons: Lacks ABS and disc brakes in the rear
The Yamaha Aerox 155 is still on a ride of continued rejuvenation among the bike enthusiasts in the locale.
The vehicle's enthusiastic reception in the market could be attributed to its accompaniment of the new 155cc BLUECORE fuel-laden engine, which in itself is already a treat among those who strive for efficiency. With this, the two-wheeler entrant can comfortably produce to up to 15hp and 14nm.
As such, the Yamaha Aerox 155 is a champion to those who look for a dynamic experience, tinged with the wonders of an automatic offering. A new suspension is also provided down the line which improves shock absorption, providing users a much more stable ride.
The Yamaha Aerox 155 is retailed in three color paint jobs: the Race Blu, the Black Raven, and the Vibrant Orange.
3. Yamaha FZ16
- Pros: The engine produces good grunt; good pricing
- Cons: Unimpressive instrument cluster; the pillion seat could be a bit small for some users
Perhaps the most contributing to the success of the Yamaha FZ16 is its distinctively attractive design that steers towards masculinity. It also comes with a fantastic machine which makes it all the more appealing, relative to its price under the 150cc category.
Elsewhere, the Yamaha FZ16 is also celebrated for its good amount of low-end grunt, something that couldn't be experienced from its predecessor. Its torque is also worth-mentioning; at 13.6nm at 6000rpm, this bike can pull virtually any rpm in its class. On the other hand, the vehicle is likewise noted for an impressive throttle response.
The Yamaha FZ16 is powered by a 153cc air-cooled, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine with SOHC and two valves.
2. Yamaha Sniper 150 MXi
- Pros: Smooth handling capability and fuel consumption
- Cons: Power and tuning potential could have been more improved
The Suzuki Raider R150's fiercest rival under the 150cc underbone category, the Yamaha Sniper 150 MXi is also as accessible as its compatriot, so their rivalry in just inevitable.
But just what makes it standout than its competition? The Yamaha Sniper 150 MXi is decidedly easier to balance on corners and comes with a comfort that is far more relatable on riders who navigate the busy streets of Manila on a daily basis.
The Yamaha Sniper 150 MXi is also a decisive winner in terms of handling, comfortability, fuel consumption, and design, of course. The vehicle can also be relied upon relative to its braking and overall performance.
1. Yamaha Mio Sporty
- Pros: Appealing design; more efficient engine
- Cons: Lacks LED lighting; basic instrument cluster
Still unbothered at the helm of our compilation is the wildly popular Yamaha Mio Sporty.
So, just what makes it tickle the fancy of Filipino motorists?
At the top of the list, the Yamaha Mio Sporty comes bearing the beefed-up BLUECORE engine which champions the vehicle's ability to optimize its fuel efficiency, alongside its already revved up power.
Another purported reason for its popularity, no less, is its design language. Its latest design, most especially, has been tweaked to perfection to drive in younger buyers in the fold, and as it looks, this has worked to their advantage. Yamaha has also recently updated its engine, making it compliant with the Euro 3 emission norms. Ultimately, the Yamaha Mio Sporty's ride quality and overall comfort take the cake, that is only rivaled by its attractive aesthetics.
Yamaha is indisputably still the go-to brand among the motorcycle enthusiasts in the Philippine market. Its domination is decidedly a no-brainer. From the likes of the Mio Sporty and the Aerox 155 down to the quintessential Yamaha Mio, the brand's continued rule on the roost can all be summarized in three words: Powerful. Reliable. And best of all, affordable. And at the end of the day, aren't we all simply after these hallmarks?
Best Motorcycles in August 2018 in the Philippines
- Yamaha Mio Sporty
- Yamaha Sniper 150 MXi
- Yamaha FZ16
- Yamaha Aerox 155
- Yamaha YZF-R6
- Suzuki Raider R150
- Honda CBR150R
- Yamaha NMAX
- Yamaha Mio
- Yamaha Mio Soul i 125