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Old 1st January 2018, 12:36 PM
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In another thread I briefly posted that I really enjoyed riding Motorcycles most of my life in the USA. When I say Motorcycle i mean anything over 650cc usually between 900 and 1800cc. I dont ride sport bikes much anymore as I am in my early fifties. I have really enjoyed cruisers or baggers as I have aged. Most Filipinos consider the 100 to 200cc Scooters as motorcycles. I have tried but I cannot call a scooter a motorcycle...LOL

My question for the group is where can I find a nice cruiser without buying a new one from Harley Davidson or Indian Motorcycles (insanely priced) in Manila??

I have searched Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha dealerships in Angeles City and the Philippines but they only sell scooters with the occasional Sport Bike. When I ask them if I can get a real motorcycle from their dealerships they do not seem to know that anything over 200cc existed...LOL

Of course the second part of this equation is after I find a motorcycle where do I get parts?? I can do most maintenance but I need the right parts.

I know some folks would never ride motorcycles in the Philippines but I have rented Kawasaki Vulcans and HD 1200 Sporster several times to satisfy my itch. I have rode those bikes from my home in Angeles City to Subic and Pangansinan without any problems for me.

On another note, I did find a Honda 750 Shadow for sale in Manila. When I went to check out the bike, the guy selling it said he had no papers for it. When I checked for the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or Serial number, I found it was scratched off. Sad part was that it was a good bike that needed some minor repairs but would have worked for me.

Funny part was when I told the guy there was no Serial Number for this motorcycle, he said, "Yes, but now you can make this bike into whatever kind of bike you want". I scratched my head gave him a strange look and just had to laugh. I told him "maybe you can ride illegally here but as a foreigner there is no way that I could".

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If you have hired a couple of big bikes why not ask where they got them from. As you said yourself servicing and parts are going to be a big headache
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In another thread I briefly posted that I really enjoyed riding Motorcycles most of my life in the USA. When I say Motorcycle i mean anything over 650cc usually between 900 and 1800cc. I dont ride sport bikes much anymore as I am in my early fifties. I have really enjoyed cruisers or baggers as I have aged. Most Filipinos consider the 100 to 200cc Scooters as motorcycles. I have tried but I cannot call a scooter a motorcycle...LOL

My question for the group is where can I find a nice cruiser without buying a new one from Harley Davidson or Indian Motorcycles (insanely priced) in Manila??

I have searched Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha dealerships in Angeles City and the Philippines but they only sell scooters with the occasional Sport Bike. When I ask them if I can get a real motorcycle from their dealerships they do not seem to know that anything over 200cc existed...LOL

Of course the second part of this equation is after I find a motorcycle where do I get parts?? I can do most maintenance but I need the right parts.

I know some folks would never ride motorcycles in the Philippines but I have rented Kawasaki Vulcans and HD 1200 Sporster several times to satisfy my itch. I have rode those bikes from my home in Angeles City to Subic and Pangansinan without any problems for me.

On another note, I did find a Honda 750 Shadow for sale in Manila. When I went to check out the bike, the guy selling it said he had no papers for it. When I checked for the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or Serial number, I found it was scratched off. Sad part was that it was a good bike that needed some minor repairs but would have worked for me.

Funny part was when I told the guy there was no Serial Number for this motorcycle, he said, "Yes, but now you can make this bike into whatever kind of bike you want". I scratched my head gave him a strange look and just had to laugh. I told him "maybe you can ride illegally here but as a foreigner there is no way that I could".

Any help would be appreciated

Cheers,

Francis
large CC bikes in the PI are referred to as "Big Bikes". Google Big Bikes, Philippines.

BMW San Fernando (next to S&R)Has many new and used Big Bikes on site for sale. I was just there last week.

The major brands (KTM, BMW, Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Harley Davidson), all have big bike sales stores in various locations in the PI. All sell parts, & do maintenance. Honda just started Big bike operations. open & scroll down to the Dec 10 article. https://www.motorcyclephilippines.com/

All have their own websites, goggle for them and research.

Used Big bikes can be found on https://www.olx.ph/
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Hey Joe,

I will certainly check at BMW San Fernando. Hopefully the bikes are reasonably priced there or they can negotiate.

The guy I rent bikes from is reluctant to reveal where he gets his bikes from but would love to sell me one at very high price. That is why I only rent from him.

My search will continue...

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large CC bikes in the PI are referred to as "Big Bikes". Google Big Bikes, Philippines.

BMW San Fernando (next to S&R)Has many new and used Big Bikes on site for sale. I was just there last week.

The major brands (KTM, BMW, Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Harley Davidson), all have big bike sales stores in various locations in the PI. All sell parts, & do maintenance. Honda just started Big bike operations. open & scroll down to the Dec 10 article. https://www.motorcyclephilippines.com/

All have their own websites, goggle for them and research.

Used Big bikes can be found on https://www.olx.ph/
I didn't know about the Honda big bikes coming into the market so I took a look at their web page. Out of curiosity I looked at the PH and U.S pricing for the CB 1100 EX. PH is 810,000 pesos, about $16,200. U.S base price is $12,199. About $4,000 more.
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Hey Joe,

I will certainly check at BMW San Fernando. Hopefully the bikes are reasonably priced there or they can negotiate.

The guy I rent bikes from is reluctant to reveal where he gets his bikes from but would love to sell me one at very high price. That is why I only rent from him.

My search will continue...

Cheers!
I'm certain all the major big bike manufacturers will have booths set up on Clark at The Royce Hotel on Jan 12, 13, 14, 2018 for the 2018 BOSS Ironman Challenge. Royce is the start point. It's a huge event.

https://www.facebook.com/2018BOSSIronmanChallengeXIII/

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I ride a 1200cc BMW the in US. I bought my Kawasaki ER6N (naked 650cc Ninja) from Emcor in Cebu. What a a hoot that bike was - perfect for the Visayas with all the tight twisty roads. Comfortable riding position also. I believe they have a store in Makati. The bikes are next to the washing machines.. hahaha. Ducati's are available in Philippines also. I finally sold mine though, after too many close calls.


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Hey Joe,

I will certainly check at BMW San Fernando. Hopefully the bikes are reasonably priced there or they can negotiate.

The guy I rent bikes from is reluctant to reveal where he gets his bikes from but would love to sell me one at very high price. That is why I only rent from him.

My search will continue...

Cheers!
I think I know who you are referring to. Try Wheeltek "Big Bikes" in Tarlac.https://www.facebook.com/wheeltekbigbikestarlac/?rc=p

Try to attend The Boss event on Clark I mentioned. Other Foreigners go there just to see the "Big Bikes", babes (Muses), booths, music.

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Hey Joe

Nothing wrong with the Filipina Motorcycle Babes at the show...LOL (I could say much more but I digress).

I checked out some of the links you sent before and did some Google searches under Big Bike Philippines. Found some good leads but it seems Motorcycles here are way over priced. Maybe their starting price is very high so they have room to negotiate?? I can usually negotiate with the best of them and I am good at walking away because there is always another deal somewhere to be made.

Searching can sometimes be frustrating and sometimes fun.

Thanks for the tips

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Nothing wrong with the Filipina Motorcycle Babes at the show...LOL (I could say much more but I digress).

I checked out some of the links you sent before and did some Google searches under Big Bike Philippines. Found some good leads but it seems Motorcycles here are way over priced. Maybe their starting price is very high so they have room to negotiate?? I can usually negotiate with the best of them and I am good at walking away because there is always another deal somewhere to be made.

Searching can sometimes be frustrating and sometimes fun.

Thanks for the tips

Cheers
Houses, Land, Cars, Motorcycles, Food, everything is getting overpriced here.
I'm patient and like to pounce on rush deals like when they need cash for emergencies.

A tip is when you go to a "Big Bike" dealer here, ask which bank branch does their financing so you know who you would be using, then later, contact that exact bank and inquirer about bidding on their Big Bike Repos. You can do the same with Car dealers here.
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