Nov 11, 2016 (updated : Nov 9, 2020)

Best Motorcycles in the Philippines October 2020

Honda impressively retains the top 1 ranking in our October 2020 best motorcycles list, despite Yamaha's models firmly dominating the slots. Two new models have also joined this month's list, with Suzuki breaking the Honda-Yamaha monopoly.

Recent numbers show that the total Philippines' sales of motorcycles in the first half of 2020 declined by a huge 47.8%, which is considered one of the worst sales performances for this period. Fortunately, however, things started to pick up in the third quarter, with sales down by only 2.2% for the entire quarter overall. Of this, Japanese motorcycle giant Honda takes the lead, snagging over one-third of the total market share. Fellow Japanese motorcycle makers trail Honda, with Yamaha following a close second, and not far behind is Suzuki, followed by Kawasaki. Taiwanese KYMCO is also doing well, positioning itself next to Kawasaki.

Our October 2020 best-selling motorcycles list does not stray far from the figures. With the exception of Kawasaki and KYMCO, all three of the Big Four motorcycle manufacturers have entered our list. For months now, Honda and Yamaha motorcycle models have been monopolizing out top 10 roster, with Honda holding on to the pole position for the fourth consecutive month now this October. This time too, Suzuki re-enters the game with one model slotting in at top 5. Whereas there were nine Yamaha models in our September best 10, the company only had seven models this month―which is still pretty impressive, and hints at Filipino riders' loyalty for a wide range of Yamaha's offerings.

Curious to know what these models are? Read on to find out more about the top-selling motorcycles in October 2020.

Best Motorcycles in the Philippines October 2020

10. Yamaha TMAX

Pros

  • Powerful engine
  • Good braking power
  • Comfortable posture and ride quality
  • Offers good throttle response versus most scooters of its class

Cons

  • Not as nimble as other scooters because of its weight
  • Effort to keep it stable during low-speed traffic situations
  • Price point is not for everyone

Back from hibernation on our top 10 motorcycles list is Yamaha's middle-weight maxi scooter from its hugely popular MAX series of powerful scooters, the Yamaha TMAX. It sits above the smaller Yamaha NMAX 155 and Yamaha XMAX 300.

Launched in the Philippines in May 2017, this big, power-packed scooter from Yamaha combines high technology with ease of driving. The Yamaha TMAX sports a 530cc 4-stroke, twin-cylinder, 8-valve liquid-cooled DOHC mill that coughs up a powerful output of up to 45.9hp and torque that peaks at 52.3Nm. The engine is hooked to a CVT.

Locally, the mighty TMAX is offered in only one variant, the Yamaha TMAX SX 530, which is fortunately ABS-equipped so that riders won't have to worry about braking power and safety. It dons two colorways of Blue and Black and comes with a PHP 649,000 standard price tag.

Given this more-than-average scooter price, you can expect the Yamaha TMAX 530 to come with heaps of nifty features starting with an LED headlight and taillight, digital instrument meters and a USB charging port on the exterior. Rider-assist and safety electronic gizmos include a keyless start system, an immobilizer, an alarm system, traction control, and a pass switch. As earlier mentioned, it is equipped with ABS to complement its front dual disc brake and rear single disc brake for maximum stopping power.

Outside of the Philippines, a new generation of the Yamaha TMAX, with a higher capacity 560cc engine instead of the 530cc, has been introduced as early as May this year. This upgraded TMAX 560 comes with a revised body styling, a new twin-cylinder engine, an updated suspension, improved ergonomics and optimized electronics features.

The larger capacity 560cc engine comes with a performance boost, with the all-new TMAX producing 3.5 percent more power and 6 percent more torque. It's now one of the lightest and smoothest engines in the maxi scooter class but with a compact design. The 562cc Euro 5-compliant 4-stroke parallel twin-cylinder liquid-cooled DOHC powertrain now yields a maximum output of 47hp at 7,500rpm and torque that peaks at 55.7Nm at 5,250rpm. A balancer mechanism has also been added and as Yamaha claims, the new TMAX 560 consumes fuel of 20.8km per liter on average. It also comes with new features such as traction control to avoid wheelspins when riding on slippery roads.

9. Yamaha YZF-R6

Pros

  • Strong road presence
  • Powerful output and torque
  • Very good handling
  • Customizable with lots of parts and accessories available online
  • With heaps of safety features such as ABS
  • Digital meters

Cons

  • High price point
  • Not so comfortable for street driving
  • Tall seat height is not for all Filipino riders

From being the last ranking in our September best 10 motorcycles, the massively popular middle-weight sportsbike from Yamaha's ever-formidable R series, the Yamaha YZF-R6, goes up a notch to sit in the top 9 position in October. This crowd-favorite track-oriented bike has always been a perennial contender in almost any applicable competition and is also regularly present in almost all best superbikes list. First introduced in 1999 and has been constantly evolving since then, the YZF-R6's latest generation and latest model prides itself of not just a powerful performance but also a powerful and more responsive braking system. It also shares its suspension layout with its bigger sibling, the mighty YZF-R1. Aside from these, the YZF-R6's appearance has also been updated to be more smack of the R1, which means better aerodynamics for this midsize sportsbike.

At the heart of the 2020 Yamaha YZF-R6 beats a 599cc inline 4-cylinder, 16-titanium-valve liquid-cooled DOHC powertrain that fires up a maximum output of 122hp and a peak torque of 42Nm, attached to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The R6 sits on a deltabox aluminum frame, which according to Yamaha has been derived from its years of experience in MotoGP racing, making it a core component of the bike's world-class handling. It utilizes a 3-way adjustable KYB inverted fork suspension up front, and a 4-way adjustable KYB piggyback shock at the rear. The sports bike features braking components similar to those on the R1―dual rotors and four-piston radial mount Nissin calipers on the front and single disc on the rear, each with ABS support for an excellent braking performance.

Aside from its hunky looks, dynamic design and potent powertrain, the latest iteration of the YZF-R6 also comes with full LED lighting, digital instrumentation and a handful of safety and security features among them an Assist & Slipper (A&S) clutch, traction control, a pass switch, and more. The street-legal Yamaha YZF-R6 600 arrived in the Philippines in 2017 and has immediately gained popularity among Filipino sportsbike enthusiasts. It is being offered locally in one ABS variant for a reasonable tag price of PHP 749,000.

8. Yamaha Mio Sporty

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Euro 3-compliant engine
  • Seat height is accessible to riders of all heights
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Low power and torque
  • No ABS
  • Instrument cluster still purely analog

The smallest of the Yamaha Mio series, the Yamaha Mio Sporty, regains its foothold in our best motorbikes selection as it climbs up one notch from its September top 9 ranking. Like many of the Yamaha models in our list, the Mio Sporty is hard to topple off the top 10 best bikes roster. This isn't surprising since the Yamaha Mio Sporty has proven to be a cool, well-liked urban commuter bike by many Filipino scooter enthusiasts, especially by the millennials and young professionals. It is the with a 114cc 4-stroke, 2-valve, single-cylinder air-cooled Euro 3-compliant SOHC gasoline engine that delivers power of up to 7.64hp at 8,500rpm and a peak torque of 7.2Nm at 5,500rpm. Like other Yamaha scooters, the bike's powertrain is mated to a standard variable speed gearbox that comes with CVT.

The underbone scooter makes for a smooth and comfortable city spin with its suspension layout made up of a telescopic fork in front and a unit swing at the rear. The 2020 Yamaha Mio Sporty has a new feature that Yamaha refers to as the "thermal welded double seat" which makes for tougher saddle seams and allows quick heat dissipation for a comfortable ride. The entry-level scooter's seat height of 745mm makes it accessible even to riders of short stature.

Stopping power is quite good with its front wheel equipped with a hydraulic single disc brake in front and a mechanical leading trailing drum brake at the rear. A central locking system and a power lock feature are provided for extra safety.

The 2020 Yamaha Mio Sporty's standard variant can be purchased for PHP 66,900. Add PHP 10,000 more for the Euro 3-compliant trim (PHP 67,900). There's an exciting range of colors for both trims, namely Matte Green, Matte Black, New Burgundy, Yellow, Purple, and Magenta.

7. Honda CB400

Pros

  • Sharp handling
  • Good linear power delivery
  • Smooth engine turbine
  • Comfortable ride quality

Cons

  • No longer in offer on Honda PH's official lineup
  • Sourcing of parts could be difficult for the old models

Filipino motorcycle riders have a certain affection for the Honda CB400 Super Four that goes back to the 1990s when the motorcycle first arrived up to the early 2000s. It was considered to be one of the most sought-after "universal Japanese motorcycles," and its unmistakably distinct exhaust note made it easy to spot around the Metro Manila streets. The Honda CB400 Super Four was also a popular bike for customization, as it makes for a perfect base for modifications such as for café racers, which back then weren't easy to come by just yet. In these more modern times, demand continues for the CB400 that even though the leading Japanese manufacturer has introduced the much bigger Honda CB650R and Honda CB1000R, you would still be catching a glimpse of CB400 café racer–style bikes roaming the metros. Moreover, the fact that the Honda CB400 has perched on the top 7 of our October best bikes list―even though it is no longer officially offered by Honda Philippines in its 2020 lineup―indicates the bike's undying, ageless charm and appeal.

The latest iteration, 2020 model, of the iconic Honda CB400 is powered by a 399cc 4-stroke, liquid-cooled Hyper VTEC DOHC engine that churns out at maximum power output of 55hp at 11,000rpm and peak torque of 39Nm at 9,500rpm, which is attached to a 6-speed gearbox. A huge 18L-capacity fuel can take riders on an enjoyable trip far and wide without having to stop every now and then at a gas station.

The Honda CB400 Super Four boasts an ergonomic design, with a comfortable upright riding position that makes the bike enjoyable for both experienced riders and first-time big bike riders.

This year, in Japan, a special limited edition CB400 has been released, with a beautiful Metallic Silver colorway accented with Matte Bronze on the wheels and engine. It still carries the same profile as the standard CB400 except that its round headlights have been updated to a tiered "Eyes" LED headlights, with 2 on top and 2 underneath, separating the high beam and low beam positions. The dual analog tachometer and speedometer and digital odometer situated nicely above the handlebars still look the same as the standard model, but this limited edition seems to have borrowed styling cues from the Honda CB1100EX.

Other noteworthy features are the bike's 7-spoke alloy wheels, adjustable windscreen, adjustable levers, dual exhaust, and a slipper clutch. Powerful stopping is made possible by twin Nissin disc brakes on the front and a single disc brake at the rear supported by a dual-channel ABS. The price of the Honda CB400 is the Philippines vary from a little over a hundred thousand for used models to PHP 325,000 (the bigger Honda CB500X has an SRP of PHP 413,000).

6. Yamaha XMAX

Pros

  • Decent performance for a 300cc scooter
  • Sporty styling
  • Has strong safety features such as ABS and traction control
  • Has a handful of modern features

Cons

  • High price point
  • Limited dull color options

Retaining its slot in 6th place is the Yamaha XMAX 300. The midsize maxi scooter from the popular Yamaha MAX series managed to stay in our best motorcycles list for October along with its biggest sibling, the Yamaha TMAX, which was at 10th. Arriving in the Philippine market with the entire MAX series in 2018, this 300cc big bike, along with its siblings, has been a good contributor to YMPI's overall sales.

The Yamaha XMAX bears close resemblance to the TMAX particularly its robust exterior with bold, sporty styling and the boomerang motif. Among its exterior's highlights are the large rearview mirror and the conveniently located throttle and brake controls.

The 292cc Yamaha XMAX churns out 28hp of maximum output and 29Nm of highest torque courtesy of its 4-stroke, 2-valve liquid-cooled SOHC engine that is attached to a V-belt automatic CVT, making it easier to do linear shifts. Like in the other MAX scooters, this BLUECORE mill, that comes with a compact combustion chamber, enhanced valves and idealized timing, makes for increased fuel economy and diminished loss of power leading to a more optimized performance.

It sits on a backbone frame and supported by a telescopic fork suspension and unit swing for its front and rear suspension layout, respectively. Its 15-inch front and 14-inch rear wheels are both fitted with hydraulic single disc brakes for a superb stopping ability. They are wrapped in tubeless tires that are designed to grip the road strongly even on wet or slippery surfaces.

The sole Standard variants available in local dealerships comes with ABS, traction control and a pass switch. It can be purchased for PHP 249,000 and comes in Phantom Blue and Worn Gray colorways.

Other features include a keyless ignition system, steering unlock, and an answer-back key to easily locate the unit with one press of a button.

5. Suzuki Raider R150

Pros

  • Superior power and performance for an underbone of its class
  • Affordable price point
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Lacks safety features such as ABS for a sporty bike
  • Storage is limited

After months of being absent from our top 10 list of best motorcycles, Suzuki rejoins the top 5, with its hugely popular underbone, the Suzuki Raider 150.

Suzuki is well known for its Raider lineup of underbone motorcycles and the Raider R150 leads the pack. Bold and sporty, the Raider R150 is reportedly the fastest underbone in the market, fast enough to ride alongside some higher-displacement bikes, hence it is referred to as the "Underbone King".

Offered in both carb and fuel-injected gasoline engine variants, this powerful, stylish and speedy motorbike sports a 147.3cc, 4-valve, single-cylinder engine Euro 3-compliant DOHC engine that can deliver an impressive 15.4hp of maximum power and similarly impressive 12.4Nm peak torque. This mill is paired with a 6-speed transmission that is formidable enough to propel the Raider R150 to 160kmph top speed. Braking is equally powerful as the bike is equipped with front and rear disc brakes, ensuring a safety ride even at high speeds.

Design-wise, the Suzuki Raider R150 borrowed styling cues from its GSX-R brother, among them the blue color headlight, the digital-analog instrument panel with shift timing light indicator, the alloy wheels with tubeless tires and sporty exhaust.

The base model of the Suzuki Raider R150 is priced PHP 96,900 while the top variant costs PHP 97,900.

4. Yamaha Sniper 150

Pros

  • Superior power and performance
  • Affordable price point for what it offers
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Lacks safety features such as ABS for a sporty bike
  • Storage is limited

As in last month's list, the Yamaha Sniper 150 still clings to the top 5 in our new, October best two-wheelers compilation. Whereas it fell one notch last month, it has managed to regain its foothold and climbed one step up to the top 4. This iconic and sporty underbone motorcycle arrived in the Philippines 16 years ago, but it still is a constant top-notcher in many "best" motorcycles list. As popular as Yamaha's scooter lineup, the Sniper 150 is a combination of sleek, good looks and impressive performance — Yamaha's response to Filipino riders looking for speed and practically in their motorbikes. This highly versatile 150cc bike can perform quite well on paved streets and can also run neck and neck with other bikes of the same class on the track.

The Yamaha Sniper 150 is powered by a 150cc 4-stroke, 4-valve liquid-cooled SOHC gasoline engine that is capable of delivering power output of up to 15hp at 8,500rpm and a torque with 14Nm at 7,000rpm tops. This mill is hooked to a 5-speed manual transmission. On city streets, the Yamaha Sniper 150 can go as far as 35kmpl in the city, while on speedways it can run 46kmpl.

The underbone motorbike sits on a telescopic front suspension and both wheels have been fitted with hydraulic single disc brakes for good stopping power.

The Standard variant of this commuter moped has a price tag of PHP 102,900 and dons the color options Matte Green, Race Blue, Yellow Hornet and Black Raven; There's a Doxou (Blue and Gold) version which costs PHP 2,000 more (PHP 104,900).

With an aggressive-looking bodywork and the appeal of a premium sportsbike, the latest iteration of the Yamaha Sniper 150's headlight, taillight, and indicator lights are all LED, and the bike has been fitted with digital gauges.

3. Yamaha Mio Aerox 155

Pros

  • Superior power output for motorcycles of its class
  • Sporty styling
  • Top variants have good safety features
  • 125 liters of underseat storage

Cons

  • Stiff suspension setup makes for a harsh long ride
  • User feedback claims not as fuel efficient as advertised

Once again, the Yamaha Mio Aerox 155 snugly retains its top 3 position, making this the fifth consecutive time that it has claimed the third seat in our monthly top 10 motorcycles roster. Having arrived sometime in 2017, this sporty scooter is among the most powerful automatic scooters in the local market. Its bulky, sharp and aggressive styling from its dual LED headlights and taillights all the way to its racing scooter-shaped bodywork and down to its wide tires and sporty exhaust, the Yamaha Aerox looks every bit the part of a sporty scooter. Subtle touches such as racing decals on its body and the way that the rear grab handles do not break the seat lines give a hint of the Aerox's sporty ambitions.

Its engine is a 155cc single-cylinder 4-stroke, 4-valve liquid-cooled SOHC engine that fires up a healthy dose of up to 18hp output and 14Nm of peak torque, attached to with Yamaha's V-belt automatic transmission, its version of a CVT.

The 2020 Yamaha Mio Aerox 155 gets three variants in the Philippines. The Yamaha Aerox Standard trim (PHP 102,900 SRP), the Yamaha Aerox S ABS PHP 122,900 SRP), and a Doxou version of the Yamaha Aerox S (PHP 124,900). A stop-and-start system aids in fuel savings while the ABS feature ensures better safety. These however are available in the range-toppers only.

Other notable safety and security features of the 2020 Yamaha Aerox are front and rear disc brakes as standard, a shutter lock, a pass switch, a keyless entry system and an engine check warning light. It also comes with digital gauges.

2. Yamaha Mio i 125

Pros

  • Styling is trendy with 3D emblems and nice decals
  • Lightweight, but with good power-to-weight ratio
  • Handling is smooth especially in the city
  • Affordable price point

Cons

  • Fuel tank capacity is small (4.2L)
  • Lack of safety features

The most popular of them all in the Yamaha Mio scooter series, the Yamaha Mio i 125, held tightly to the second place, as it has been doing for the third consecutive month now. This well-liked Yamaha scooter, which is a lighter and moderately smaller version of the Yamaha Mio Soul i 125 (which was unfortunately dropped from this month's rankings), is undoubtedly among Yamaha's Filipino-favorite offerings in the local scooter industry. It has never slid off our best motorcycles list in 2020 to date. The Mio i 125 is a cool and trendy scooter, a favorite of riders from all ages especially the millennials, is seen as a highly reliable, fun-to-ride, and ever-practical scooter perfect for a city spin or as a commuter bike.

The latest version of the Yamaha Mio i 125 comes with BLUECORE engine technology as standard, similar to the other Yamaha scooters, an indication that in a world where fuel prices kept soaring intermittently, this scooter can help with fuel savings, and therefore cost savings. The 125cc single-cylinder 4-stroke 2-valve, air-cooled fuel-injected SOHC gasoline engine delivers just enough power, with 9.3hp at 8,000rpm and 9.6Nm torque at 5,500rpm, at peak, of power output and torque respectively, and is hooked to a variable speed transmission (CVT).

Like the rest of the Mio family, the Yamaha Mio i 125 sits on a suspension setup that allows for a comfortable ride quality: a front telescopic suspension and a rear unit swing. Its wheels are fitted with a single disc brake in front and a drum brake at the rear for a good stopping ability.

Other notable features are an instrument panel with Eco-indicator, a side-stand kill switch for emergency stops, and a more-than-sufficient underseat storage.

This cute, humble-looking scooter has an "S" variant like its bigger sibling, the Mio Soul i 125 which has an integrated key shutter and an answer-back key.

The Yamaha Mio i 125 costs PHP 71,900 while the Mio i 125 S costs PHP 4,000 more (PHP 75,900).

1. Honda CLICK 125i

Pros

  • Liquid cooled PGM-FI engine with eSP is best of its class (125cc)
  • Has sufficient under-seat storage
  • Equipped with a host of modern technologies courtesy of Honda's Smart Technologies Suite
  • Side stand kill switch is handy
  • Affordable price point

Cons

  • Low ground clearance is not conducive to heavy load or passengers
  • Stock tires' grip are not so tight especially on slippery surfaces
  • Electronic fuel pump is battery dependent
  • Headlight not too bright

And now, for the top 1. But there's no surprise here. The Honda CLICK 125i still holds the crown as the number 1 best motorcycle in the Philippines in October 2020. This sporty yet trendy-looking Honda scooter has managed to fend off its archrival, the Yamaha Mio i 125 that used to hold this lead position, from snatching back the top position for the third consecutive month now, since August 2020.

Widely promoted by its brand ambassador, well-known Filipino actor Coco Martin, the CLICK 125i caters mostly to the younger group, although not limited to this audience. On the looks side of things, Honda's well-loved scooter has sharp lines that are soft at the edges. It flaunts LED headlights and taillights, a sporty-looking muffler with an aluminum cap, nice sporty decals on its sleek bodywork, and a decent-capacity storage, 18L to be exact, beneath its seat, enough to fit in a full-face helmet.

The Honda CLICK 125i is one of Honda's best offerings and has dubbed it as a "game changer." It is the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer's very first offering with a PGM-FI engine that has the Enhanced Sport Power (eSP) feature — Honda's proprietary powertrain for all its scooters not just nationwide but globally. This feature, according to the Japanese manufacturer, makes for enhanced fuel efficiency and durability and at the same time keeps the engine quiet. To top it off, the CLICK 125i has also been equipped with Honda's Smart Technology Suite —a host of advanced features that provides for an enhanced performance, energy savings and much-improved safety features.

The 11hp-output- and 11Nm-torque-producing 125cc 4-stroke, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine is attached to a V-Belt automatic transmission — hinting that the CLICK 125i can truly outperform its rivals in the 125cc scooter segment. In terms of fuel savings, it consumes 53kmpl on average, which is not bad at all for a scooter of this class.

The Honda CLICK 125i has, for its suspension layout, a telescopic fork up front and a unit swing on the rear, allowing for a comfortable ride and smooth handling. Disc brakes on both wheels ensure superb stopping power.

As part of Honda's smart tech suite, riders of the CLICK 125i have access to Honda's Combi Brake System in which they only need to pull the left lever and the distribution of the brake force will be balanced between the front and rear disc brakes. A parking brake lock, change oil indicator, battery indicator and digital gauges display fuel consumption in real time as well as the trip meter.

The Honda CLICK 125i comes in a standard trim only and is priced at PHP 76,900.

Conclusion

With the further easing of restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR) in October, despite still being placed under GCQ, comes 4,820 more public transportation, particularly jeepneys, being allowed to operate and additional 44 jeepney routes and over 30 bus routes being reopened to accommodate the passengers that are back on the road. Despite this, many Filipinos still prefer motorcycles as their mode of transportation. For one, the more lenient quarantine status has already brought back the dreaded Metro Manila traffic, and there's no better transport to tackle congested roads than the dependable two-wheelers. Moreover, many commuter motorcycles are less expensive to buy, which makes it accessible to many Filipinos who are still reeling from the pandemic-related crisis but needed a better alternative either for daily commuting or business purposes. This is very evident in our October best motorcycles list, wherein many urban commuters such as scooters and underbones have been the most sought-out motorcycles. Our list, however, also includes even the expensive race-oriented motorcycles and maxi-scooters, which shows that more than commuting and business needs, motorcycles are also a preferred mode by many enthusiasts for their thirst for sports and riding entertainment.

With motorcycles almost a way of life for many Filipinos, market leaders Honda and Yamaha seem to have found the perfect formula for the best motorcycles that tickle the fancy of the legions of motorcycle enthusiasts out there, as seen by their continued dominance of the now-slowly-recovering local motorcycle industry.