The what motorcycle debate is still on-going and I just wanted to share the bikes that are “available” because lets be honest its availability in the Philippines that is the main issue as it limits my options considerably. This is the CBR 150cc motorcycle in the photo which is a beautiful machine but the issue with it is P150,000 its too pricey to justify. When I first moved to the Philippines I always based everything I bought on the fact could I afford to lose it? at P150,000 to have it stolen would not go down too well even though it would be my first choice to slap half of it down in deposit and pay the other P75,000 off over 3 yrs. As for sure it would last a lot longer than that which sort of justifies it mentally against buying a Chinese bike.
Next on the list is the Honda CB 110cc which is looking a sure favourite at the moment. Everyone who I have talked to from outside of the Philippines who enjoys bikes hates the under bone style and this design is more typical to what we would find in Europe. I’m not too concerned about top end as reliability and economic miles is more important as its a work horse not a play thing. This one comes in at P62,000 which to be honest I can justify very easily. Its also more suiting to the style of bike I would prefer as well as the fact I can sling a saddle bag straight over the fuel tank giving easy reach to cameras to stop for photos etc. when out and about but more importantly can grab a drinking bottle.
Several people I know have the Honda XR 200 motorcycle but to be honest although has a bit more poke in the engine its frame doesn’t suit me for long distances. Nice bike and comes in at nearly P138,000. Another thing is though I know several people that have had repairs on these and the parts didn’t come cheap. Most of the issues were also down to the fact of lack of use as they are abroad part of each year. Fun bike for the weekends and if things take off in a big way will get one for riding up the rivers and across the hill tops but that’s a bit different to carrying camera equipment and enough luggage for a few days.
Honda Wave and also the Honda XRM are probably two of the top selling Honda Motorcycles in the Philippines you will find them everywhere but the issue being they are an under bone design. Doesn’t affect reliability in fact the bike we went to Negros on was a Honda under bone model. They come in around the same price as the CB110cc and that’s what I am currently waying up as the CB110cc is a new arrival which also means if travelling into the wilderness getting parts may not be as easy as the XRM or Wave.