As spoiled for choice as we are with the variety of bikes available in the Philippines, there are still a whole bunch of interesting scooters that Filipino riders can’t easily get a hold of. Manufacturers don’t bring their entire product range into every country, and that of course leads to wishful thinking among riders.
To help deal with our fear of missing out on fun rides, we put together a list of scooters we wish were officially sold here in the country.
1) Honda Forza 750
In what is essentially the golden age of maxi-scooters, something like Honda’s award-winning Forza 750 would make a great expressway-legal daily ride. Featuring a punchy 750cc parallel-twin, comfortable ergonomics, modern styling, and a full suite of maxi-scoot amenities, the Forza 750 would work well for both cruising down the highway and leisure rides around town.
2) Yamaha Tricity 300
Seeing as how both the Tricity 125 and Xmax 300 are locally available, it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for Yamaha Motor Philippines to combine the benefits of both and bring in the Tricity 300. The award-winning three-wheeler features good stability and safety combined with maxi-scooter capability and comfort. Complete with traction control, Standing Assist System, and enough storage for two helmets, this scoot seems like a great way to stand out on your daily commute.
3) Aprilia SXR 160
Crowned Scooter of the Year by the guys at Top Gear India, the SXR 160 features Aprilia style and quality in a package that’s convenient and practical. Powered by a 160cc engine, we think this Indian-built Italian scooter would be quite competitive in our Japanese-dominated premium scooter market.
4) Honda NX125
With its distinctively sporty looks, the NX125 has the makings of a popular commuter machine. This cousin to the Honda Grazia is available in China and features edgy modern styling complemented by a fully digital instrument cluster, ample storage, USB charging port, and an efficient 125cc engine.
5) Yamaha D’elight 125
Retro scooters are on the rise, especially with tito types, so it would make sense for one of the big Japanese manufacturers to bring in more classically styled offerings like the Yamaha D’elight 125. With fun styling and compact, easy-to-maneuver size, the D’elight would do well with young and old riders alike
6) Honda Dio 110
Those of you who were around back in the heyday of two-stroke scooters will be familiar with the iconic Honda Dio. No longer a 50cc two-stroke, the current Dio sports cute and mischievous styling paired with a four-stroke 110cc engine capable of 7.6hp and 9Nm of torque. While it doesn’t have the same iconic buzzing noise as the OG Dio, it does feature modern amenities like keyless entry, enough storage to fit a helmet, an engine immobilizer, and more.
7) Suzuki Access 125
Another retro-styled scooter, the Access 125 is an Indian favorite. With Euro looks and a host of modern features like Suzuki Easy Start, a multi-function digital meter, Eco assist indicator, ample storage, dual luggage hooks, and an LED headlight, the Access has the makings of a stylish and usable city runabout. The special edition takes things further and adds chrome accents, a USB charging port, and a retro-styled seat.
With all the scooters available worldwide, there’s a good chance we missed a few that would suit Philippine roads. Let us know if there are any we didn’t include that you’d like to see here.