Q&A on Motorcycles and Scooters in the Philippines

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148 comments

  1. Great video! Covered a lot of areas I was personally wondering about. I’m a novice as well and don’t need a “fancy” bike. Just something to get from point A to B. Living by these standards in the US has helped me come here at a younger age.

  2. Brother Henry, you had us rolling with the “Watermelon” comparo.  LOL!

    Most engines are 150cc or less.  Given the dangers of riding in the PH, you want a bike that can get out of the kill zone instantly.  Which is why I ride a 600cc.  I can’t recommend anything smaller than that unless you can find a 250cc crotch-rocket.  Lot’s of Kamikaze drivers in the PH and it’s no place to be foolin’.  I always wear boots, a full-face helmet and an air-Kevlar riding Jacket.  Yes it’s hot, but not as hot as sliding on the concrete. 

    1. Its kinda the same why we need 2 or 3 cars in he states. TV in every room. Because you can. I ride both full size and scooter. My scooter is much better in traffic and getting groceries. I only ride the Ducati for fun

    2. I’m an American educator married to a lovely filippina here in the USA. Why would someone in the Philippines need 600cc? it seems to me such an expensive bike would be target for theft compared to a 125cc scooter. Please educate a naïve American on this. Thanks.

    3. That’s a great plan, Dan.  It’s a HUGE change, to say the least.  I really love it because I leave most everything Western behind.  Things are real slow in the PH, even in a big city like the NCR.

      If you spend a good 2-3 months, you will have some idea if you like it enough to make such a HUGE change.

      Good luck and God Bless!

    4. I used to travel very light and often when younger. Everything fit in a truck or shipping crate. Last time I moved it took a full size con x container.  I’ve worked hard and have surrounded myself with things that bring much joy and comfort. None of it could I bring there and risk loosing in a flood or worse. She could put everything she owns in one bag and bring it here, and use skype to stay connected just as I would have to do. She could come here and enjoy this, and already know the language, really well actually, or I can go there, forget my home full of possessions, sit and listen to a big family speaking tagalog around me constantly unless addressing me. I live a quiet country life here, there it’s constant noise. All this because she is afraid of a little change in her life?  I’ve lived that life already, I’m older now, don’t think i can do it again. We will see what happens. I’m definitely going for a few months at least. Like you, I’ve been calling everyone brother for over 30 years. Salamat Brother! 

    5. Well Brother Dan it’s just a matter of how you want to live.  I mean if you attempt to bring a Westernized lifestyle with you, it will cost more than living the same lifestyle in the USA.

      A big V twin would not be a problem except in Manila traffic.  If you’re in the bush, there would be little to no traffic.

      As far as importing your lady to the USA, it’s a HUGE change going to a foreign land where everything is strange, away from family and you know no one.  

  3. I doubt that this scooter has the capability to reach 140 Km/h 🙂 I would not drive it more than 80 Km/h anyway, with 50 Km/h being a max limit within cities. Driving at moderate speed, will allow the driver to react to the unexpected, saves gasoline and will get him to the destination at about the same time anyway, cause of traffic. It’s wise to always wear a helmet (and lace it properly or it is useless!) and also protective clothes. Clothes are not only for safety: the first time I rented a bike in the Philippines I ended up with the top of my hands and forearms totally sunburned while the lower half of the skin stayed white. 

    For the Philippines, I personally prefer Enduro motorbikes around 125cc-150cc  (Honda or Yamaha are perfectly OK)  because they have a better center of gravity (stability), their bigger tires do not flatten as easily as scooters, their fuel consumption is still economic, they tolerate many driving mistakes/sudden reactions and they better absorb road imperfections. Additionally by being taller bikes they are easier to drive when streets are flooded. For longer trips I sometime rent bigger (chopper) bikes, but that’s just an exception for comfort during selected days, as the gasoline costs add up easily.

    A good, stable and economic starter bike for anyone is the Yamaha YBR, here a picture: imganuncios.mitula.net/rush_sale_96635398654748154.jpg

    Remember to always carry a copy of the bike docs and also carry your original valid driver license! 

    Happy and safe driving!

  4. I am planing a trip over there next year, can i drive a car or ride a bike on an american license ( i am licensed for both here ) and if so do they have rentals available?

  5. Hi Henry,

    I have talked to you before about small motorbikes vs. scooters. I personally do not like scooters. The wheels are smaller diameter and therefore generate less gyroscopic stability than on a small motorbike.

    Because of the smaller diameter wheels the front wheel especially will lock up under hard braking easier than that of a small motorbike. This is a real problem considering the state of the road surfaces and the sometimes frequent rain showers in the Philippines. If the front wheel locks up, you go down! Period.

    I am not sure if the motorbikes have fully automatic transmissions but many of them do not require the use of a clutch to shift, but you do have to manually move the shift lever with your foot. There may be fully automatic motorbikes so some research is needed. I know Honda way back when made a 750cc road bike with a two speed automatic. I do not think it was wildly popular.

    The sweet spot bike wise seems to be a 125cc engine and either a straight road bike, a dual use bike that comes with endure type small knobby tires and an endure type bike that has higher ground clearance and full on knobbies. I prefer the latter for its softer, longer travel suspension and its ability to go off road. Since many roads aren’t much more that dirt tracks this can be a real advantage. Honda’s XRM is a good and very popular example of the dual use type bike.

    Beware of the smaller motor bikes that have front forks that do not come all the up to the handlebars. Structurally these things look dangerous as hell to me. Don’t forget that you as a foreigner are bigger or much bigger than the local population. This is something you need to check by physically getting on the bike. If your posture and seating position are not comfortable imagine what a two hour ride will do to your disposition.

    You can get up to a 250cc water cooled endure type Honda in country. About P210,000.
    There are also many bikes up at 155cc. They are very popularly used for the tricycles. Tricycles have a side-cab and are used for all manner of transportation. Each province seems to have it’s own style of tricycle.

    Somewhere around P65,000 will buy you a pretty good new bike or scooter in the 100cc to 155cc range. Good(?) used bikes can often be had for half that price or less. Depends on the amount of repos available or the need for money by the current owner. Some come with approved helmets and sometimes one year’s worth of insurance. This is where bigger city shopping around pays off. But do not expect large variations in the price. 

    Ned was talking about a 180cc Kawasaki “Rouser”. I saw one yesterday in Consolation. Looks like a real nice street bike. But why anyone would need that much power is beyond me. Like you Henry I am a very defensive driver when it comes to motorcycles.

    Any “Need For Speed” in my opinion is not necessary in the outer part of the provinces. In the cities the traffic is usually so congested that any real speed is impossible or at the least very dangerous. On a good day it takes me 1 hour 45 minutes to ride the bus from Carmen to the SM Mall in Cebu City. That’s 25 miles so average speed is about 15 MPH/25KPH. If your are daring and do not mind zipping in and out of traffic this time can be reduced to under an hour but at what cost? I would rather enjoy my old age and not in a wheel chair.

    Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki are all well represented. There are also self named brands like Rusi, a Chinese manufactured Honda imported by Rusi. Rusi is a big concern and also imports and self brands the small Suzuki multicabs. The Rusi is cheaper because they carry their own warranty. Friends say they are not as good as the real thing but I see hundreds of them on the road and very few in repair shops. There are also couple of Chinese imports, Haojue comes to mind.

    Riding a two wheeled vehicle in the Philippines can be extremely dangerous. Chickens, dogs, small children, 3~5 across passing situations on two lane roads are just a few of the many hazards. One of particular note is the use of turn signals. Their use can be interpreted in two different ways. The normal way with which we are familiar, i.e. left signal means left turn. And the opposite way. When using a left turn signal it can mean it is ok to pass me on the left because I am making a right turn. Go figure! This may be what happened to you.

    Get a big third party liability insurance policy. You are a foreigner after all and therefore fair game and possibly are target. Insurance is much cheaper here than in the USA.

    People should also be aware that there is a helmet law in the Philippines. It seems to be enforced at random with the locals but for foreigners you can bet that if a cop needs some extra spending money you may be threatened with a ticket if not wearing your helmet. The helmet must be of the approved type. That means it requires a small sticker that is stuck on the helmet by the manufacturer. There was a brisk business last year in counterfeit stickers when the new type helmet law came into effect.

    Flip flops also know locally as slippers are not approved footwear when driving a motorized two wheel vehicle. And a nasty cop might just try to bust you if your passenger is wearing them.

    To the best of my knowledge you can use a US drivers license for your first three months in country. This may also apply to European, OZ and ENZED licenses as well. After that you need a Philippine DL. I do not know about Negros but here in Cebu there are often roadblocks set up by the PNP. They check for DL, registration and of course helmets. Once again you can get whacked by the cops for violations.

    Go here for a look at Henry’s scooter’s specifications.
    http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/honda_beat_scooter_2013.php

    Take care out there in the fast lane,
    Fred

    1. My motorcycle experience stateside was many years ago. I have ridden a lot of miles but only once in the Philippines..

      I am not a big person, only 165lbs/72kilos. With a Filipina, they usually do not exceed 120lbs, the bike I rode had no problem. It was a 125cc Honda XRM. While I did have a backpack it was small and not heavily loaded.

      So if you are a big guy with a woman to match and you are carrying lots of stuff a bigger bike might be what you need. But then again I see lots of families with all FIVE members riding around on 125cc bikes all the time.

      One really good reason for a bigger bike is if you are tall. I know that after riding all day on that XRM I was definitely feeling squeezed because the whole bike is set up for physically smaller people.

      If I had a place to safely store a bike, I would probably opt for a 155 dirt bike with endure type small knobbies. But I got to tell you that riding a motorbike from where I am down into Cebu City gives me the jitters just thinking about it. It would be a two-way suicide mission every time as far as I can see.

      Just the other day I passed some road congestion. The cause? All I saw was the crumpled front wheel of a motorbike jammed under the back of a 4X4 vehicle. Not my idea of fun.

      I have a friend who is an American and BIG. He has a 600cc Honda dirt bike. He loves it. But for some strange reason the gas tank is quite small so he has to fill up often. Like women, motorcycles are not a one size fits all type of thing.

      Take care,
      Fred

    2. Outstanding analysis, Fred! One minor point: I don’t know how many miles you have on the saddle, but sooner or later, you will find out why you need more than 180cc’s–especially if you’re two-up with some backpacks.

    3. I have a Yamaha Vity with 10″ wheels and the gyro effect is just fine like a big bike. What can be a problem is the small wheel and limited suspension which makes holes or ridges in the road a problem…ouch

  6. A good practical post Henry, thanks.  I am not sure if I will get a bike.  I have had four eye surgeries and I dont see too well.   I ride behind my wife who is an excellent driver….with plastic bags of groceries in the crook of my arms on both sides.   But those other vehicles come so CLOSE to me sometimes they hit my grocery bags

    1. There are 50cc bikes as well as 50cc scoo
      ters, your key work was Moped, which are extremially rare these days, but because of their popularity years ago, the term is still used. So do not feel bad for mentioning them. All I meant was you really can’t buy a new Honda moped, so even mentioning the word would throw off a novice bike/scooter/moped, purchaser. Most western countries want you to have a basic license to drive a moped. Here in Canada you must be at least 14 and the licence is good only for50cc and under scooter/moped. My Honda 50 cc Moped model PA50 Hobbit, is a blast to drive.  Happy Trails Leo.

    2. Chris It only depend on a country in which you live, that name I mean. I am not an american but I live in Europe. Here it is legal to drive a scooter or moped under 50cm3 with a moped licence, if you are 15 years old or more. That`s why I also call these small scooters as moped scooters even know the difference. Also bicycles has electric motors, but still called bicycles… I hope you need no pedal with your Honda too much! I did not said Henry have a moped, as his scooter has more power with the engine of 100cm2, if you read my words correct with a thought… Safe drive anyway!

    3. @Leo Löppönen Common error, he has a scooter, not a moped. A moped has a motor and pedals, you can pedal it if you run out of gas. I have a Honda PA50 moped.

    4. Basically the more cc’s (Cubic Centimeter) the more gas you will use , but the more cc’s the faster the bike will be . Cc’s = more gas and more power . 👍😉 . I like your bike Henry . I would keep it . Also there are things you can do to make it faster . Later

    5. @LifeBeyondTheSea – Philippines Those 50cc “bikes” are not actually bikes. They are mopeds . This cc is cubic centimeters which tells the cubic, capacity of the engine of the bike. Yours is this 100cc and it is like a light motor bike. You might need a larger one for the tours around the islands..as on the road it might be also dangerous to drive too slow!? Safe drive! Keep on posting! 

  7. Henry, as you gain more riding experience & feel more confident in your riding abilities, you will want to upgrade to a bigger, more powerful bike. The Suzuki Burgman 400 (called Skywave in Philippines) would be something to consider. It has enough power for the highway & enough room & comfort for your cutie passenger. Keep in mind it will cost you a bit more, but definitely worth it! Safe riding 🙂

    1. Hey, thanks for the info on the Suzuki….I have been to the Phils twice now and was considering buying one when I move there….but the 125CC and 150CC scooters are just too small.  I’m 6-1 and 215 lbs and with a Filipina passenger, you’re talking about 300 lbs total…..so that Skywave sounds like the ticket….Can you share any information on dealers and pricing ?  Thanks….

  8. Hi Henry and thanks for your videos I love the Philippines. Can I suggest you try a Yamaha twist and go scooter. I like the Yamaha brand, its well regarded worldwide as being durable and spares and service available and thats key really.  I do like the twist and go scooters for ease of use and town performance and the fact that there are no oily bits exposed like a chain. The latest vee belt twist and go scooters are easy to own and ride. I wouldnt get anything too exotic but try a bike that blends into the community

  9. I drive since 45 years motorbikes (from Vespa Scooters to 900 cc Monsters) in Thailand. Philippines, Europe, various African countries: Small advice; drive adjusted to the speedflow of the common traffic, don’t drive to slow or to defensive, you put yourself and others in into danger. And of course with the time you’ll get more experienced also on mud and wet roads. Wear always proper clothing and your helmet!  Have fun…  I like your blog here… I’m just about to buy a Honda 155 cc, the well prooven Filipino-Workhorse, to do some extended excursions.

  10. Riding my Suzuki Thunder Motorbike from Malapoc Sur to Maasin city Southern Leyte Philippines   Well its not automatic but capable of 90klmph but no roads good enough for that speed here unless its a tollway. I do about 70klmph if the road is good enough but that is faster than main stream travic. When the tank is totaly empty it costs about P1000 to fill. I never bothered to check consumption but about 800klm to a tank full. Engine is only a 125cc but more powerfull than a local Honda 125 XRM and faster. Had a few races lol. Costs under $2000 new. For me motors are the easies way to get around in Philippines. 

  11. HENRY YOUR SCOOT IS A 110CC SCOOT HONDA MAKES A 150CC AND A 300CC AUTOMATIC SCOOTERS HERE IN THE STATES THEY EVEN MAKE A 750CC SCOOT AUTO. I DONT KNOW IF HONDA OFFERS A 150 OR A 300 CC IN THE PHILIPPINES . HONDA IS EXPENSIVE  BUT I THINK  THEY MAKE  THE BEST SCOOTER PRODUCT HERE IN THE STATES I ONLY RIDE HARLEYS  BUT WHEN I GO TO THE PI I WILL BUY A HONDA

  12. Henry,
    Do they have insurance cover for your bike in case of theft or accident or don’t they bother with it out there?  Been commercial driving for many years cars, vans buses and hgv  could never do two wheels, it scares the [email protected] out of me.

  13. I’m a long time motorcycle rider, but I’ve rented and spent quite a bit of time on these scooters in SE Asia.  They’re good enough for around town and short trips.  Only upgrade if this is a hobby or if you want to go longer distances.  The biggest shortcoming of these scooters is that suspension has very little travel.  You hit one bump at 65kph and it can be a hairy experience.  I would think that something like CB125 would be nicer to “ride” as a consequence.  Otherwise, no need to upgrade.

  14. I have a Honda XRM.  It’s semi automatic.  You don’t have to fret with the hand clutch but you change the gears with your left foot.  Gonna get a Honda TMX Supremo in a few months.  The XRM is great.  It’s about half dirt bike so when I go up into the mountains it handles the rocks well.  I usually ride it from 20 to 60 kph around Butuan City and 100 to 115 kph on the highway.  100 kph is roughly 70 mph.  I live with my wife and her sister so I got a seat extension put on it to accommodate the sister.  Check this little video out just for giggles and grins.  It’s a place I would love to live in the mountains here.  https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=546695392127872&set=vb.100003622479429&type=3

  15. Henry on the conversion-kilometers to miles per hour ( I do this)
    conversion is technically– (.625 ) times the kilometers

    So if your going 100 km’s times .625 = 62.5 mph.

    “I use a basic conversion– just multiply the km’s by ( 6 )”

    So if your going 60 km’s / 6= 36 MPH roughly ( not exactly-but close)
    if your going       80 km’s /6=  48 MPH roughly ( not exactly but close)
     
     I’m from Canada and I grew up with the imperial system ( US)- MPH, quarts,
    gallons, pints etc–so for most of my life that’s what I relate to. Like if I
    weigh 160 lbs, –I don’t relate to kilos. In the 1970’s or thereabouts a politician
    in Canada switched us to the metric system, but I still relate to Imperial ( US )
     
     Even today here in Canada- people relate to FEET and inches for height, and
    pounds for weight etc. For more precise measurement “metric” is supposed
    to be more accurate. Just makes things more complicated.
      So the most important for you is speed– just multiply the km’s by (6), and you’ll
    be close to what your going in relation to speed in MPH- ( miles per hour)
                                                                   ( this is an easy-rough ball park conversion)
                                                                                                    hopes this helps Henry
     BTW- I think your a bit low on CC’s- engine small, low speed, and bike
     starts to shake at 35 MPH- may want something bigger in the future.
                                                                                                                                Grant
                                                                                                                        ( in Canada)

  16. Your next bike should be at least 125cc (engine size) and it is better if it is a dual purpose bike, meaning that you could use it on the street and also on a dirt road. Even if you do not go on a dirt road, a dual purpose bike can handle rough roads a lot better that just a street bike. I think in Ph. the max. engine size that they allow is 150cc, which is not that big but at least it is more capable and more comfortable on long distances, because it does not have to rev. as much and therefore less vibration and more stable. If you travel at night a lot, get one with dual light. 

  17. So I just watched your video a couple of days ago mostly concerned with theft issues only to hear that over at Ned and Michelle’s, HER scooter was stolen today!  Video shows him going to Police there in Dumaguete to report it. Anywho, if you think of any other ways of protecting scooters from theft maybe a short part two video dedicated solely to that would be VERY informative.

    1. @Israel & Julieta E. I covered a bit about security options on scooters/motorcycles here…  Q&A on Motorcycles and Scooters in the Philippines

  18. i don’t know if this will help,  but honda made a seeries of scooters called “elite”. They were automatic and up to a 200cc engine… It sounds like what you have would be a 50cc bike.  For a person your size, i would suggest something around 100 to 200cc.  The largest elite series was a 250. ( I had a 250, and when i was 230lbs and with a passenger the bike was very stable up to about 75mph). That being said, ive never been to the philippines, so im not sure if you can find those there or not. Im just a fan of all things 2 wheels.  Most of the time the larger motor on the bike means it will be heaver built and more stable at higher speeds, exp if its made by a good company such as honda.  hope this helps

  19. I hope you can answer this question Henry,   by the way, i hope your ok and that things are moving along well for you,  But, with the scooters (bike),  do people rent them ?  is there rental places for like a foreigner to rent if i am there for 3 weeks, etc,,,?  i would guess filipinos dont rent anything if they dont even pay people back what they owe,,  i am assuming,,  no offense to anyone…..

    1. @BenFern kay there are several places to rent scooters and motorcycles from here in Dumaguete.  the key issue is “who” covers damages if there is an accident.  always get the clear word on that in writing before renting a bike.  same for if it gets stolen while you are using it.

  20. Great! this is a question I always wanted to ask from an expat in PI. Got question not about the bike…How did you learn how to ride a bike since you mentioned that you never rode one before? Is it a law to wear a helmet in PI bcuz most vids I watched; riders don’t wear helmets?

    fyi-just subscribed to your channel to prepare my eventual move to PI (fingers crossed) 🙂

    1. @Batibot étoile i started out on roads with zero traffic.  unfortunately for me, that was on the rough roads of the province so, it was kinda like learning motocross the very first day.  you just have to be aware of all the physics involved.  then, just ride within your own limitations of being able to stop the bike safely when needed.

  21. 55 kilometers is about 43 & 3/8 miles for the speed of 55 KPH.
    I drive a 2011 Toyota Camry LE, the odometer has the metric &
    standard measurement of KPH (Metric) & MPH (Standard). 25 miles
    equals 40 kilometers in driving speeds/distance.

  22. Hi Henry, You said your scooter gets unstable at 50kph. Your gestures when telling that indicate that possibly your wheels need balancing, especially the front wheel. I enjoy following your Philippine adventures keep up the good work.

    1. @Greg Smith i got some advice from a buddy of mine (he was a member of ‘monster garage’ and avid biker).. he said the problem with my new bike was not the bike.. but rather my stiff hold on the handlebars.  the bumpy roads would translate the bumps to the wheel.. the handlebars.. my stiff arms and then back to the bike, compounding the rough ride the faster i went.  he said to relax my elbows more, kinda acting like a human shock absorber between the wheels and my body and.. damn if it didn’t clear up the issue instantly.  no  more rough ride at higher speeds.  🙂

  23. I used a 250cc when I was over there and got into an accident with a tricycle. The driver pulled into my lane as I was making a turn and we did a head on sort of. Lucky I was going slow but had no where to go the the SOB wanted me to pay him. Dumaguete has crazy motorcycle traffic because of the colleges and stuff. I was thinking if getting a 2 or 4 passenger atv that drives like a car. Maybe with a truck bed in the back Do they have them over there? I never saw one but think they would have multiple uses because some of the roads are not so good. you could also carry more stuff on them.

    1. @Tom D it’s a toss-up, pros and cons.  4 wheels are safer, especially at the low speeds here in Duma.  but try to get across town between 4p-6p.. fuhgettaboutit.  at least on my scooter i can weave along the sides or center and make it in about 15 minutes.  those in a trike or vehicle will be there for 45 minutes or more.

  24. Hello Henry.  It looks like I won’t be there until the last week in Feb to first week of March.  I’ve checked on renting a bike when I get there but $100us a week seems a little steep.  What do you suggest.  I’m coming for 30 days.

    1. @Ralph Foster in dumaguete you can rent a bike for about 300 pesos a day (about $7/day).  so a weekly rate should only be about $50/week.  i’ve known two expats who made an arrangement with a local and rented their motorbike for the cost of the monthly payment plus a little extra for the owner.  most monthly payments are around $85, so for maybe $100 usd, rent it for the month.  

  25. From the recommendation of the first motovlogger (“m13” a canadian guy living in Taiwan for 10+ years) Kymco is the way to go http://www.kymco.com.ph/product-category/scooter/super8-150-detail I think the super 8 150 would be ur best bet. I did a quick price check and in the US its $2500.00 and down there its closer to $1500.00 so u would be getting a steal. The super 8 150 is ranked #1 kymco scooter on http://www.motorcycle.com/specs/kymco/2014.html. How are you making money down there by the way?

  26. Hi Henry, I had to smile when you said someone asked you how big your engine is and you said something like the size of a melon? I about wet myself, they meant what cc is it. Enjoy your posts… 

    1. @LifeBeyondTheSea – Philippines you might want consider a bigger motorcycle with side car. that way you can take your dishes and clothing with you when you move in the side car. It is also lots safer and you can take your girlfriend on trips The bigger bikes are harder to move especially with a side car and a lock. Have your U- Lock painted a Dull Color Black so it does not attract attention. Criminals usually work on the bike that is easiest to steal. A bigger bike with Sidecar and lock will not be moved so easily even by two people. That also will give you better stabillity in road full of potholes.

  27. I have a Chinese built 150cc scooter ,,, most of them use the same 4-cycle Honda engine design so parts and repairs are pretty simple… with the bigger engine you can get a larger framed scooter that is roomier and more stable.. as for speed you can expect 45mph from one like that (about 85 km/h) and 70-75 mpg…

  28. Nice bike Henry… but like some other people…  I think you want at least a 125 cc.  The little extra power comes in handy at times.  Especially if you have o go up steep hills. 
        Have you looked at the Honda Wave?  They come in 100cc and 125cc…    Very popular in Thailand. Possible you could pick one up in like-new shape second hand.

  29. Another great topic!
    I use my scooter there for all of my local travel, as long as I’m not doing any big shopping. Great gas mileage.
    One accessory I recommend for your scooter is a box storage. You’ve seen them on others–they are small lockable storage boxes that are attached right behind the back of the seat.
    These are great for small market trips and carrying a few tools.

  30. Bikes in the PI are usually 150cc or less. A “big” bike in the PI is a 250cc.
    His bike is a 110 (108cc actually). Its a twist and go fully automatic cvt scooter. It has a belt drive transmission and hand brakes They’ll do about 45mph – maybe a bit more on level ground on a good day. 30-40mph is a pretty good cruising speed for them.  Super easy to ride and good for a beginner.
    Probably the most popular are semi-auto (usually 4 speed) “cub style” bikes of 110-125cc. These are step thru type bikes with a rear foot brake. You’ll typically find the tank under the seat.
     Bikes with “real transmissions and clutches” are very popular too. They’re the bike of choice for “tricycle” taxis. They look like “REAL” motorcycles with visable gas tanks and a backbone frame. I’ve seen 7 filipinos on a Honda TMX 150.

  31. I don’t think looking at the max speed shown in speedometer has much to do with the max speed the bike or car can go except it’s not likely to be faster, but will normally be slower.

  32. to is probably a 49cc, i know the biggest i saw here in the US and the Philippines is 250cc
    i raced moto cross as a child and teen, got my first bike at age 10
    i have a 150 real motor cycle top speed was about 100 km 90 with me and wie on it but i drove it about 60 must o the time, wish i had got the 250cc
    Want a honda crx 250 or 500, i was surprised that they cost more there then the USA.
    I had 3 bad crashes in 3 years would have been more but i ride pretty well.
    Rule of the road ,like who has the right of way, well in my mind the biggest vehicle has the right of way unless it is faster..
    I run over a cop once in the city, i went down a one way street the wrong why, i knew i was going the wrong way.
    Grateful i did not hurt the cop other than put some tire marks on him he had a small cut too.
    he step right in front of my bike, i gave him 1000 peso and he said forgive you.
    if a nice scooter like Henry has shakes at like 50 i will need a real motor bike.
    But or just going around town those little bikes will do a fine job.
    Thanks for sharing

  33. we do not do that in davao…we even leave our helmets in our motorcycles….we dare them to steal it…they better make a darn good job of not being caught…if the bike is worth their lives…remember..its a hassle for davaenos jailing them..we rarely do that here. 😉 and before i forget to follow the traffic rules and don’t dare to bribe the traffic enforcers, you’d be cited on that too…you may plead…they may give you a pass but do not bribe…

  34. I just came back from 5 weeks in Cebu and the last 2 weeks rented a Honda Scooby 125cc which I think is great bike. Having been riding bigger bikes in the USA, i couldn’t imagine using those in the PH. Half the fun of Cebu is getting around an hour trip in 20 minutes by riding between cars, weaving around stopped cars, along rain gutters and up on sidewalks, I even learned how to jump off 6″ curbs parallel with traffic.

    I couldn’t imagine doing all that with a heavy bike with a longer wheelbase. I like the scooters with a flat floor because I could carry more cargo there. I haven’t done the muddy country yet where maybe a light wt. dirt bike would be best but I liked that flat floor to keep the water from getting my feet wet in the water.

     I’m going to be looking at a used Taiwan built Kymco Super 8 150cc with the 14″ wheels for around 46,000P. I found the scoopy had plenty of power and I pulled away from 90% of the other bikes at the traffic lights so a 150cc should be good. Maybe a Kymco Grand Dink 250cc for under 100,000p after I try riding one in Cebu rush hour 1st. to see how well I can fit between rush hour cars.

  35. I ride a scooter here in Taiwan, BWS Motard, 125cc by Yamaha. Been riding these things since I moved to Asia and I have found them the best way to get around. As no one in Asia ever planned for parking as far as cars go so driving a car is a giant pain when you go to park it. I had my scooter up to 100KPH on the highway. Now if you can find this bike in the Philippines you would be set..here the youtube link.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZK1CXvuC3o

  36. you may want to look into the Honda PCX if it’s available in the Philippines.
    It’s available in Thailand.
    It’s also available in the US and since you’re here in the SoCal area through the Christmas holiday, you could check it out at a local Honda motorcycle dealership just to see what it looks like in person. (that is if they have one as the PCX can be a popular scooter)

  37. Hi Reekay.Looking at buying a motor scooter, hopefully in Dumaguete in next 5 weeks for girlfriend. Maybe a 110 or 125cc but no more than P25000. Only has to carry h, 45kg plus her 2 little kids to school. Any recommendations re dealer in Dumaguete and any comments on Rusi make ( Chinese). Thanks for any advice

    1. Thanks for the quick reply 🙂 It sounds great, is to check up on things. Would be nice to go down for a while and see if you feel comfortable. If you then solve it financially, so maybe move there. But one step at a time. I hope I can write again when I have questions? Reegards from Sweden!

    2. +Kung Markatta your existing license from your home country is good for 90 days in the PH. you can convert your existing license to a PH license for a few hundred pesos. (you keep your original license). plenty of insurance companies here. although enforcement is random.

  38. Thanks mate. Appreciate the advice but a bit late for me. Finished up buying a current model Rusi 110 ( repossessed) for php15000…with only 3829km on it. Current model is php35000 so guess the downside is a reasonably ok. Will see what happens.

  39. when you are ready to upgrade to a larger scooter, take a look at Kymco scooters, they are not china made but Taiwan and have been making quality bikes for many years, they are not cheap like Lifan, Rusi, skygo, etc but they actually make some of the larger scooters for Honda, they have one called a Grand Dink which are excellent larger scooters, a friend who I fish with here in Cebu has a 99 model Kymco Grand dink 250cc with 138,000 kms on it and has had no major issues, but he does regular maintenance as it should be, he also has a kymco super 8 which is a little smaller and gets better fuel economy than the GD so he drives it to work every day. I bought a honda wave alpha 125 new but had i been exposed to the Kymco line of scooters I would more than likely have bought one of them because they offer a little larger entry model scooter than the big 4 for a decent price.. ( just my 2cents worth)

  40. ‘Who are you?’…’I’m Batman!’ Love it! 🙂 I like the idea of a bike with an automatic transmission…or, get a little bigger bike outfitted like a ‘Trike’ with the sidecar and everything that goes with it…with an automatic trans for sure! 🙂

  41. Great video . What about putting a side car, I see them carrying a pig, I have never seen motor cycles work so hard as in the Phils, with many people, lumber, pigs and everything else they can carry, amazing.

  42. I have driven both over 7 years in the Philippines. I believe that if you enjoy going places, and can afford it, that you’re going to want to own a car. Safety, convenience, and not having to breathe the polluted air from other vehicles is a big one. Most people own motorcycles in the Philippines, because it’s much cheaper, not because it’s better. Of course there are always exceptions, always trade offs.

  43. Henry, A long long time ago I worked in a garage in San Antonio, TX we would move cars with a special jack, usually when the vehicle was park no parking areas. Some would move the car for a tip…

  44. Man, you only need a 50cc bike for speeds up to 60 KPH. That has about 110 cc engine. If you get the wobble sorted out, it should go somewhere in the 80-100 kph range. You really don’t need anything more powerful or expensive as that in the Phil. If you want a bigger scooter, just look at the other Honda scooters that are up to 150cc in size.

  45. I have watched other video blogs of other foreigners here in the Phil and this channel is by far the best. I am an American, and also live in the Philippines. I live in GenSan.

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