The most obvious and perhaps the greatest advantage of traveling by bike is its ability to get through the traffic faster, ultimately making you avoid sitting in a vehicle for hours on end. And in Manila in which the traffic is almost always highly-congested, such perk is more than a godsend.
Take all of that into the equation and add just the recently-welcomed holiday season in the metro and you'd wonder why most Filipinos would now opt to own a motorcycle or ride one for that matter. The answer is just quite evident, isn't it? Travelers this season just wouldn't want to get involved in such a hassle anymore as there are now far more convenient options to take when commuting.
If you happen to be one of those who have already jumped in the bandwagon but is still undecided as to which motorcycle is getting the most attention nowadays, you're in luck! Priceprice.com has come up with yet another list of the best motorcycles in the country. This time around, we'll look into which entries have been the most popular last month, and in the process, we'd know how they factor in, in terms of efficiency and reliability.
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10. Honda CLICK 125i
Honda has certainly brought its A-game last month with the newly-released Honda CLICK 125i. One of the fiercest entries from the Japanese automaker in a list that is usually Yamaha-dominated, the two-wheeled vehicle's main attraction is its game-changing engine. It's powered by a 125cc liquid-cooled, PGM-FI engine with its proprietary Enhanced Smart Power and an ACG starter, rendering this specific variant to be fuel-efficient at 53 km/L.
The Honda CLICK 125i also comes with the Combi Brake System and Park Brake Lock which makes it an especially ideal bike for those who look for added safety features. It's also equipped with an advanced full digital meter panel which conveniently provides real-time fuel consumption, digital clock, trip meter, and battery and change oil indicator. Other notable inclusions are its all LED lighting system and modern bold decals.
- Efficient, liquid-cooled engine
- Large cargo space
- Modern design
- Narrow tires
- Low ground clearance
9. Honda Wave 125
Another Honda variant that braves this exclusive list is the Honda Wave 125. Its very most hallmark is inarguably its affordable price tag which easily makes it highly attractive among Filipinos who would like to finally reach its dream to own a Honda bike.
Beyond its appealing price, the Honda Wave also comes with no-frills, efficient features. Chief of which is its leg shield design which improves its aerodynamic while protecting the rider from road debris and other occasional elements. The bike is also equipped with a sportier chain cover, resulting in a design language that is both snappy and current. It's also fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly, all thanks to its powerful 125cc engine with excellent fuel efficiency.
- Updated, modern design
- Attractive price
- Small fuel tank
8. Yamaha Mio i 125
In a usual metro traffic that can bring about heaviness and that familiar tired feeling, the Yamaha Mio i 125's excellent rendition of maximized power and reduced weight are all that you need to come out of it strong and vibrant.
The all-better, all-trimmed down Yamaha Mio i 125 is conceptualized with an M-shaped aesthetics that emphasizes a design language that is both efficient and complimenting.
The heart of this entry is its very smooth 125cc engine that Yamaha claims to be capable of making a 9.5 horsepower at 8,000 rpm along with a peak torque of 9.6 Nm at 5,500 rpm.
- Impressive design language, color combination
- Optimal fuel efficiency
- Not ideal for tall riders
7. Yamaha Mio Soul i 125
There's a potent reason as to why the Yamaha Mio Soul i 125 continues to dazzle in this list consistently. Its powered-up engine aside, the vehicle just oozes with masculinity and luxury even before you set your hands on its bars. Obviously built to intimidate even those who are already established on the road, the Yamaha Mio Soul i 125's 125cc engine revs up a maximum power of 9.38hp at 8,000rpm and a peak torque of 9.6Nm at 5,500rpm, and is mated to an automatic transmission.
The Yamaha Mio Soul i 125 comes in two, new color variants – Matte Gray and Matte Green. Either way, their bold new design makes these paint jobs all the more a standout.
- Masculine design language
- Also not ideal for tall riders
6. Honda CLICK 150i
Akin with our first entry in the list, the Honda CLICK 150i's main attraction also banks on its robustly-powered engine. It's fueled by a 150cc, liquid-cooled, PGM-FI engine with the in-house Enhanced Smart Power, ACG Starter, and Idling Stop System. Consequently, the bike has a fuel economy of 52km/L.
Among its hallmarks are the Honda SMART KEY which boasts of a keyless ignition, an answerbacks, and anti-theft alarm systems. The vehicle's all LED lighting system is also noteworthy as it lights up the street only this variant distinctively knows.
The Honda CLICK 150i also comes with a new sporty design, thanks to its wider tubeless tires, prominent aluminum pillion steps, and a wavy disc brake.
- Modern features, design
- A bit pricier
- Low ground clearance
5. Yamaha NMAX
Who says you have to be all rugged and basic when you're riding down the metro? The Yamaha NMAX is both armed with a top-grade design and a famed comfort – features that are more than essential if you not only want to stand out but to experience ease and confidence as well.
Beyond those, the Yamaha NMAX is also laden with necessary features that thrive well in the metro. Its variable valve actuation comes very handy as it provides strong torque at low speeds and power at high speed, making this vehicle as one of the most versatile. It's also noted for its liquid-cooled 155cc, and a reliable anti-lock brake system.
- Standout design
- Smooth engine and handling
- The seat is quite low
4. Suzuki Raider R150
The lone Suzuki contender in this competitive list is also the undisputed underbone king in the streets of Manila. The Suzuki Raider R150, with its updated decals, one-of-a-kind wavy disc brakes, tubeless tires, and key shutter, the vehicle is the closest variant you can ride on to almost experience the true Suzuki GSX-R series.
The Suzuki Raider R150 is fueled by the 150cc DOHC four-valve single cylinder oil-cooled Suzuki FXR150 engine, alongside a six-speed transmission. The vehicle is also noted for its beefed-up aerodynamics due to its redesigned frame, rear swing arm, rear suspension, seat, and front brakes, all inspired by Suzuki FX125.
Some of its main features are the full-length front shock, rear monoshock suspension, six-speed short gear ratio transmission, dual camshaft engine, lightweight chassis construction, and the alloy cast wheel, among others.
- Powerful engine
- Value for money
- Braking is reportedly abrupt
- Clutching could be a bit of a chore
3. Yamaha Sniper 150 MXi
If the Suzuki Raider R150 is inarguably the king of the underbone, the Yamaha Sniper 150 MXi is easily the most royal experience you can ever have while navigating the busy streets of Manila. The speedy motorcycle is equipped with an impeccable acceleration that echoes both prestige and power.
The Yamaha Sniper 150 MXi is famed for its modern floating fender design that should delight those who seek for that special racing feel. It also comes with precision lighting, 3.5-inch wide lightweight die-cast 120/70-17, an updated and customizable sporty panel, and a high-performing 150cc engine with fuel injection, forged pistons, and the liquid-cooled system.
- Elegant design language
- Racy engine
- A bit pricier
- Tires need a bit of widening
2. Yamaha Mio Sporty
Still one of the very few consistent favorites of Filipino riders, the enduring Yamaha Mio Sporty's main appeal comes from its vibrant design and a beefier efficiency.
The new Yamaha Mio Sporty is now Euro 3 Compliant, rendering the vehicle to be more modifiable while being much safer for the environment. In terms of aesthetics, the vehicle is also top notch as it's adorned with a trendy design, easily making it a magnet among the millennials and those that want to feel younger.
Other notable features are the clear-cut meter panel, a thermal welded double seat, an interesting illumination, and a more prominent side mirror.
- Trendy design
- Euro 3 Compliant
- The engine could have been more beefed up
- No LED lighting
1. Yamaha Mio Aerox 155
There's no doubt that the Yamaha Mio Aerox 155 has finally shot up at the helm of this list. Its main takeaway? Its industry-leading speed. And in the streets of Manila, this is more than sufficient.
The Yamaha Mio Aerox 155 boasts of a powerful 155 cc liquid-cooled engine. It's equipped with a liquid cooled, in-house Blue Core engine that makes it all swifter and snappier, so navigating the traffic in the metro will never be something you'd be worrying about.
Dubbed as the most powerful scooter in the Mio lineup, the Yamaha Mio Aerox 155 is also enhanced with its utilization of variable valve actuation which adjusts its fuel delivery for a maximized performance right throughout its rev range. It also is equipped with a smart generator which allows silent starts, alongside storage spaces to store such devices.
Another takeaway from the Yamaha Mio Aerox 155 is its accompanying 5.8-inch digital LCD instrument display which is both modern and comprehensive.
It retails in three color paint jobs – Race Blue, Vibrant Orange, and Black Raven.
The shift of placements in our October list is not at all that surprising. As the holiday season is becoming more imminent by the second, it only is justifiable that we go for motorcycles that bank on speedy and reliable features. All the aforementioned entries in the list are not only leaders in the design department. More adjacent to the needs of the commuters, these variants come with features that defy the oftentimes challenging streets in the metro, in which at the end of the day are all that you only need to thrive well.
Best Motorcycles of October 2018 in the Philippines
- Yamaha Mio Aerox 155
- Yamaha Mio Sporty
- Yamaha Sniper 150 MXi
- Suzuki Raider R150
- Yamaha NMAX
- Honda CLICK 150i
- Yamaha Mio Soul i 125
- Yamaha Mio i 125
- Honda Wave 125
- Honda CLICK 125i