After showing his Ducati Streetfighter V4 S and BMW S 1000 XR, Banno was asked by Kuya Kim about the difference between the Italian and German brands. The former explained, “Well, of course, their engine. So, preference yan. Yung Ducati, although a lot smoother now than before, pwede na rin na pang-all kinds of riders. Mas responsive, mas aggressive. Ang inline-four na mga engine, smooth lagi yan.”
He went on to showcase some of the most expensive race bikes in the country:
- BMW HP4 Race - limited to 750 units, worth P6 million.
- Ducati Panigale V4 R - Superbike World Championship homologation special.
- Ducati 1199 Superleggera - limited to 500 units (Banno’s is unit 422).
- Ducati Desmosedici - exclusively used by 2007 and 2011 MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner, and signed by 2011 Superbike World Champion Carlos Checa.
Among Banno’s most prized possessions is the only Kawasaki Ninja H2R in the Philippines, which according to him is “probably the fastest bike in the world” with a top speed of 400kph, worth P4 million. On top of this, he describes his Honda RCV213V-S as his “crown jewel”—the same race production bike that eight-time MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez uses—which is worth a whopping P20 million.
His advice to aspiring superbike riders?
“First, huwag sagad. Lahat kasi ng matulin, smooth yan. Kahit manood ka ng MotoGP, wala kang nakikitang nag-a-abrupt throttle. Kahit gano sila ka-smooth, nagha-highside pa sila. Yung mentality kailangan, ‘Smooth is fast, smooth is safe.’
“Second, pag pumunta ka na dun sa level na yun, alam mong magastos siya. Again, huwag sagad, kasi sagad na yung budget mo. You have to really have the proper gears, the proper bikes.”