We've all heard Spidey's uncle Ben say "with great power comes great responsibility" — the same concept applies to owning and riding big bikes. These stallions of a motorcycle have immense power that not everyone can wield. So, if you're on a hunt for a big bike, make sure you have enough motorcycle riding skills, know the proper techniques, and can handle the extra weight of a full touring or sport bike. You can't simply hop on a 1600cc or 1200cc bike if it is your first time ever to ride a motorcycle. Although it is doable, it could be difficult and dangerous for you. You should have mastered how to turn, lean, swerve and stop quickly before upgrading to a bigger bike or else you're just a crash waiting to happen. In fact, in countries like Japan, you need a license to ride these huge bikes. Fortunately for Filipino riders, the Philippines have less stringent rules on motorcycle riding.
But then, who can blame riders from preferring large-displacement motorcycles from the low-powered underbones and scooters? All big bikes are head turners everywhere they go, which can inspire lots of confidence in the rider. All big bikes scream power, and being able to adequately navigate one makes the rider also feel strong and powerful. Big bikes, with their 3-digit outputs, sturdy build and menacing stance are often regarded as road conquerors, making the rider feel victorious after a speedy lap. Speed, thrill, power and performance. Add to this a handsome appeal. All these will indeed make any rider drool over a big bike.
In the Philippines, data from the Motorcycle Development Program Participants Association Inc. (MDPPA) showed that motorcycles with over 250cc displacement achieved 15% of the total motorcycle sales in the past years. This is a sizeable percentage considering that big bikes have big price tags too.
So, which big bikes are popular among Filipino riders? We, at Priceprice.com, have compiled a list of the currently top-selling and best big bike models in the country. We've also added some information below for those who are just beginning their big bike journey.
Points to Consider When Choosing a Big Bike
As with choosing any product, you must take into consideration certain details and information so that you don't end up regretting your purchase. Big bikes aren't cheap and it's best to be 100% certain about the bike you want to own.
Safety Features. It's a dangerous world out there for two-wheelers no matter how much power they can churn and torque they can make. While bigger cars tend to be safer to ride than small ones because they have more mass and crush space, there is no evidence to prove that bigger motorcycles are safer; in fact, they may be less safe as their ability to stop or turn and thus avoid an accident is lower for the most part. So, choose one with good safety and security features. While fun and thrill matter, life matters the most.
Fuel Consumption. Do you really want a 1,000cc up bike? If you read the specs carefully in our top 10 list, you will notice that the bikes are all gasoline-fed. Remember that the bigger the engine, the more it guzzles fuel. A standard 1,000cc motorcycle can consume 15km to 18km per liter on average. Fuel efficiency is not one of the best qualities of bigger engine bikes, so unless you're willing to gas up, better choose the model and size that can give you more mileage for your full tank.
Turning Radius. Bear in mind that a wider turning radius is required in motorbikes with longer dimensions. With a longer wheelbase, big bikes will not get points for easily weaving in and out of traffic; on the contrary, they can get trapped in a heavy traffic situation. So if you aim to use your bike for urban commuting, choose the model with a narrower turning radius.
Availability of Parts. Much like big cars, big bikes' parts are quite expensive to buy. And not all parts are available locally, especially for Italian and European brands. One big bike tire alone can cost PHP 8,000 – almost double the price of a small car tire. So, unless you're ready for these expenses, choose the brand and model that has accessible parts locally, preferably those with local assembly plants.
There are a lot more factors, but I think you get the big picture.
Best Big Bikes in the Philippines 2020
10. Kawasaki Ninja 400
Is there any motorcycle enthusiast not familiar with the Kawasaki Ninja line of sports bikes? Probably not. The Ninjas have been around since the early 1990s and have evolved magnificently through the years in terms of aerodynamics, performance, technology and features. One of the less intimidating Ninjas is the street legal Kawasaki Ninja 400, that made it to the Philippines only two years ago. Among its highlights are its low seat height, lightweight trellis frame, LED headlights, assist and slipper (A&S) clutch, anti-lock braking system (ABS) and large 310mm semi-floating front disc brakes for an incredible stopping power. Perfect for first-time big bike riders, the Ninja 400 is a mishmash of agility, performance and controllability in its handsomely muscular body.
The great and mighty Ninja DNA runs through this sports bike's tubular veins, with power provided by a 399cc twin-cylinder 4-stroke liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin motor that can churn out up to 49hp and 38Nm of torque. A 6-speed manual gearbox is attached to this gasoline-fed engine.
Two street-legal variants of the Kawasaki Ninja 400 sports bike are offered in the Philippines — the ABS and the Kawasaki racing Team (KRT) which are both priced at PHP 315,000.
9. Yamaha YZF-R1
The latest generation of the sensational Yamaha YZF-R1, revealed in 2015, was given a major refresh. This king of Yamaha's sports bike stable, a world-class motorcycle and widely popular beast of a motorbike, it has been tried and tested to deliver ample power and provide an extraordinary, exhilarating riding experience.
Yamaha's R Series is always among the top of most motorcycle lists, with the Yamaha YFZ-R1 always neck on neck with any other superbike in comparison; in fact, this riding machine has been consistently receiving top honors at the Cycle World's Superbike Shootout.
The hardcore sports bike can attribute its performance to the mighty flat-plane crank 998cc 4-cylinder, 4-stroke 16-valve liquid-cooled fuel-injected DOHC gasoline engine that draws out a stonking power output of 200hp and 112Nm of torque paired with a 6-speed manual tranny.
Fortunately, the 2020 Yamaha YFZ-R1 is available in the Philippines although only the ABS variant, which sells for PHP 1,099,000. This variant comes equipped with premium components that contribute to the YZF-R1's overall good looks and dynamics, among which are LED headlamp and taillamp, digital gauges, carbon-fiber bodywork, and large magnesium wheels. It is loaded with safety and ride-assist features as well, including traction control, an alarm system, and a pass switch among many others.
8. Kawasaki Ninja 650
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 has been around the country way longer than the Ninja 400, having been launched locally in 2006. It is street legal like its smaller sibling but this doesn't diminish its performance as a super sports bike. Among its best highlights are its remarkably lightweight frame, strong low- to mid-range focus, nimble handling and powerful acceleration. On top of these, power delivery is easy to manage, and maneuverability is ride-friendly. Looks-wise, it bears the handsome and muscular DNA of its Ninja family.
This bold streetfighter sports a 649cc 4-stroke liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin engine that can exert power output of up to 67hp and a peak toque of 66Nm, attached to a 6-speed manual tranny. Dual throttle valves assist in generating high power levels and its A&S clutch allow for comfortable riding on city streets.
The Kawasaki Ninja 650 rolls on 17-inch tires fitted with dual-piston calipers in front and a single-piston caliper in the rear. The 2020 model boasts of a redesigned chassis and new features such as a three-position adjustable windshield, a radiator fan, LED taillight, and a lot more.
Only the ABS variant is sold locally with a price tag of PHP 426,000.
7. Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP
The Philippines' leading motorcycle brand Honda has a big weapon in its arsenal under the CBR banner, the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP. An all-new 2020 CBR1000RR Fireblade SP model has already been introduced, with changes that are notably more than cosmetic. The engine is now more compact and powerful, the bike's suspension setup has been upgraded to an Öhlins smart EC suspension and the wheels have been fitted with Brembo Stylema calipers, with larger discs in front. The Akrapovic exhaust specially designed for the super sports bike now comes as standard. The gauge has also been upgraded to a fully digital TFT.
Powering this fierce Honda sports bike is a 999cc inline 4-cylinder 4-stroke, 16-valve liquid-cooled DOHC engine that produces up to 189hp and 114Nm of torque and paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Arriving in the Philippine market in 2018, only one variant, ABS, is offered which can be purchased for PHP 1,360,000. In return for the hefty price, you get loads of advanced technology such as a quick-shifter, selectable torque control, selectable engine brake, power selector, selectable riding mode on top of the previously mentioned features. The suspension is adjustable to support rebound and preload compression. Aside from the standard ABS, the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP come with Honda Intelligent Security System (HISS).
There's currently a limited edition 2021 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP that's being offered in Europe that is both street legal and track ready.
6. Yamaha NMAX
The widely popular Yamaha MAX Series is Yamaha's take at bigger bikes, with the Yamaha NMAX being a good entry-level machine for anyone wanting to transition to big-displacement bikes in the long run. Introduced five years ago to the Philippine market, the Yamaha NMAX 155 maxi scooter is among the Japanese motorcycle giant's bread and butter in the best-selling and award-winning Mio range underbone scooters. In the visuals department, the NMAX doesn't have any special frills — it has clean lines and a smoother, subtler styling compared to its bigger brother Yamaha XMAX, though at first glance they may look similar. Intended as an urban commuter, it is popular among Filipino riders from all walks of life because of its sober power output and riding comfort.
The 155cc 4-stroke, 2-valve liquid-cooled SOHC powertrain of the Yamaha NMAX 155 can spawn a maximum power output of 15hp and 14Nm of torque. Like the other scooters in the Mio family, an automatic transmission in the form of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is paired with the NMAX's gasoline-fed engine.
The Philippine variants of this lower-displacement big bike are the Standard trim, available for PHP 109,000 and the ABS-equipped variant for PHP 119,000.
5. Kawasaki Z1000 R Edition
For half the price of the Honda CBR1000RR, there's a similar 1,000cc from Kawasaki's sports bike lineup, the fast and furious Kawasaki Z1000 R Edition. Boasting the "Sugomi" design language, the latest generation of the Z1000 R has been stripped off of any trappings and embellishments such that the functionality of the bike's parts will be highlighted. "Sugomi" in Japanese means a powerful aura or palpable energy that a person or object gives off that could inspire awe or command respect. The Z1000 R indeed radiates intensity not just with its carefully crafted Z design but also with its exhilarating performance.
Making its way to the Philippines only in 2017, the street legal Kawasaki Z1000 R is one of the Filipino bike enthusiasts' favorite model. The well-packaged R Edition naked sports bike fetches a price of PHP 685,000.
To give urban riders enough confidence to conquer trails, Kawasaki has fitted the Z1000 R with a 1,043cc inline 4-cylinder, 4-stroke liquid-cooled, fuel-injected DOHC gasoline engine that thumps out 142hp at 10,000rpm power output and 111Nm of torque at 7,300rpm which is attached to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The latest model of the Kawasaki Z1000 R Edition features a much-improved braking power via its new Brembo brakes and Öhlins best-quality rear suspension. It has been loaded with safety features such as ABS, traction control, A&S clutch, immobilizer and steering damper, among others.
4. Suzuki GSX-R1000
No one can contradict the fact that the Suzuki GSX-R lineup fully embodies Japanese brand Suzuki's motto for its sports bikes, "Own the racetrack", especially with all those trophies and badges snatched from motorsports competitions including the 24 Hours of Le Mans championship, where Suzuki has won eight times in a row. Now, imagine all those motorsports expertise rolled into one ferocious super sports bike, and you have the Suzuki GSX-R1000, which the Japanese marque claims to be the fastest GSX-R it has ever built so far.
The latest-model GSX-R1000's 999cc inline 4-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC engine revs higher and can spawn 199hp maximum output and 118Nm peak torque, which is connected to a 6-speed constant mesh transmission system. This powertrain can provide exceptional low- to mid-range power and drive.
Fans of this big bike can purchase one locally, choosing from among the available variants: the GSX-R1000 ABS with PHP 955,000 SRP, the GSX-R1000 R ABS with PHP 1,169,000 SRP and the top-of-the-line GSX-R1000 RZ with PHP 1,189,000 SRP.
Depending on the variant, the big bike comes with a three-mode Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) system, an Easy Start System and other ride-assist, traction control and a load of safety features with ABS as standard, and Brembo dual and single-unit disc brakes for front and rear wheels, respectively.
3. Yamaha XMAX
The big brother of the Yamaha NMAX, with twice its displacement, is the Yamaha XMAX. This scooter from the famous and best-selling Mio line of automatic scooters is perfect for beginner riders who are looking for a bigger bike to maneuver. Its highlights are its decent performance and the distinctive stylish look that goes with most Yamaha scooters.
The Yamaha XMAX 300 produces an impressive 28hp of maximum power and 29Nm of peak torque made possible by its 292cc 4-stroke, 2-valve liquid-cooled SOHC petrol engine that is paired to a CVT to make linear shifting easier.
Along with the other members of the Mio MAX, the XMAX 300 was introduced to the Philippine market in 2018 and in the same year has raked in good sales for Yamaha Philippines. There's one trim available in local dealerships, the Standard model with ABS, which retails for PHP 249,000. This variant of the XMAX 300 comes with traction control and a pass switch.
2. BMW S1000RR
The BMW S1000RR was a game-changer when it arrived in the sports bike scene five years ago proving the German brand's racing capabilities in an environment ruled by Japanese and Italian sports bikes. It is also a regular item in most top motorcycle lists. BMW is constantly evolving its big masterpiece that in 2019, the new generation of the BMW S1000RR was born, much faster and lighter than before.
The 2020 BMW S1000RR's inline 4-cylinder liquid-cooled Variable Valve Timing (VVT) engine can stir up as high as 205hp maximum power output at 13,000rpm, which can hit the red line at 14,500rpm, and 113Nm of torque at 10,500rpm. This mill is mated to a 6-speed manual tranny.
If this isn't enough for you, there's an M Package that gives you the option to reduce curb weight for faster speed and better performance. Another add-on is the ShiftCam system which enhances the bike's low- and mid-range torque delivery allowing you to conquer tight corners easily.
The ABS variant of this gorgeous-looking big bike is offered at local dealerships and retails at PHP 1,895,000. When the 2020 S1000 RR was launched in the country in 2019, the first units were snatched as quickly as they were put on display, proof that there's a good following for the BMW model locally.
1. Yamaha YZF-R6
The middleweight from Yamaha's R Series, the Yamaha YZF-R6, is a perennial contender in almost any applicable competition and is present in essentially any superbike best list. It has a winning track record including the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Championship. First introduced in 1999 and constantly evolving since then, the latest-generation, latest model of the YZF-R6 boasts a powerful and more responsive braking system along with a suspension system shared with the mighty YZF-R1. Its design has also been updated to resemble that of R1 which provides better aerodynamics.
The 2020 Yamaha YZF-R6 sports a 599cc inline 4-cylinder, 16-valve liquid-cooled DOHC powertrain that generates a maximum output of 122hp and 42Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The Yamaha YZF R6 600 arrived to the country in 2017 and to date is being offered in one ABS variant for the price of PHP 749,000. The model comes with fully LED lighting and digital gauges, plus a host of safety and security features such as ABS, A&S clutch, traction control, a pass switch, and a whole lot more.
To many motorbike enthusiasts, big bikes are a status symbol and having one is on their bucket list. There is a host of big bike brands and models available in the Philippine market in all forms and sizes – from the small-sized 155cc to 300cc, to the middleweight 400cc and up and the heavyweight 1000cc and above. You can also select among maxi scooters, sports bikes, cruisers, adventure tourers and the likes. Your choice will always be the best choice as long as you practice safe and responsible riding. The most expensive and most powerful bike won't do you any good if you lose your limbs, or worst your life, by going out on just a riding whim.
We hope Priceprice.com has helped you make informed decisions about your next big purchase, which is your big bike purchase!