With recent financial developments as well as the fact the trusty Rusi Chinese scooter can only be trusted to breakdown its getting time to start eyeing up a new motorcycle and move away from Chinese bikes altogether. Generally most locals wouldn’t touch a Chinese bike and to be honest with the 50cc scooter I also have that could be upgraded and run for another 10 years on its Yamaha engine at the same time the 50cc is fine around the city but dangerous in the provinces with the large buses flying up the road.
I have been pondering a new bike since I had the scooter though to be honest mainly down to the fact I wanted something that’s going to be safe enough to travel to other islands as well as a trip I have planned to cover Cebu island and with the Scooter breaking down in the next town, at Rob’s and Desiree’s less than 3 miles away as well as its intermittent electrical problems I would probably need a mechanic to travel with it to keep it on the road. Yesterday though our neighbours daughter brought over her bike as she’s just bought a Honda XRM 125cc. The first thing that caught my eye was the styling of the bike as although its a underbone bike it had more of an off-road design and feel to it. On top of that just the general build quality compared to the Rusi scooter got me thinking about buying the Honda XRM although there is a 150cc model called the Raider I can’t justify the extra cost in price and fuel consumption so will be looking at the 125cc instead. I would be interested in knowing peoples thoughts on the Honda before I go and buy one. But with its popularity in the Philippines as well as easy access to parts and modifications I can’t see many people giving too many complaints unless its build quality was poor which seems unlikely with Japanese engineering.