The scooter is arguably the most practical body style of all two-wheeled machines out there. Being small and lightweight, scooters make maneuvering through tight corners and busy sections of the road an easy job. The easy-going ergonomics, wide and comfortable seats, storage compartments, and ease of maintenance makes the scooter a reliable and practical choice. New and experienced riders alike will also find that the absence of a clutch lever and a gear shifter is simply one less problem to think about.
It’s almost as if scooters were built for Philippine roads, and this is probably why 6 out of the top 10 most inquired bikes on MotoDeal.com.ph are scooters. For many, scooters tick nearly all of the boxes when choosing a motorcycle for our roads, and it’s no surprise why.
What about the other bikes?
While 6 out of the 10 most inquired bikes on MotoDeal.com.ph are scooters, the other 4 gather much love from new and experienced riders alike. The CFMoto 400 NK continues to be the most popular highway-legal motorcycle on the list, taking 4th place. The Yamaha XSR155 is the most favored retro-styled motorcycle on the list, checking in at 5th place. The Yamaha Sniper 150 ranks 7th place and is the most sought-out underbone from our website, and the Honda Rebel 500 is the only cruiser on our list, coming in at 8th place.
While these motorcycles continue to captivate the market, it still stands that 6 of the top 10 two-wheeled machines from our list are, in fact, scooters. Check out the 6 most-inquired scooters on our website, and find out why these attractive choices were part of MotoDeal.com.ph’s most popular two-wheeled segment from Q3 of 2020.
Yamaha NMAX 155
Starting out with the most-inquired-for bike on MotoDeal.com.ph this Q3, the Yamaha NMAX 155 appeals to many riders out in the market. The 155cc fuel-injected engine produces a healthy 15.18 hp and 13.9 Nm of torque which is more than adequate for the city and provincial highway roads. The bike also comes standard with LED headlamps and taillights, a large 7.1 L gas tank, front and rear disc brakes, an anti-theft immobilizer, keyless start, a start-stop system, a USB charging port, and a digital gauge. Coming in at just P119,900, the Yamaha NMAX 155 packs a punch for the price, and makes a strong case for riders seeking top-notch quality at an affordable price.
Yamaha Mio Aerox 155
Coming in at a second place, the Yamaha Mio Aerox 155 is the top of the line scooter from the Mio lineup. This scooter churns out 14.7 horsepower and 13.8 nm of torque, and is mated to Yamaha’s V-belt automatic transmission, and comes standard with LED headlamps and taillights, LED indicator lights, a start-stop system, a USB charging port, and a digital gauge. Despite having similar features to the Yamaha NMAX, the Mio Aerox 155 is priced at just P102,900, making it a great scooter for the value-seeking rider.
Honda ADV 150
The Honda ADV 150 is the third most inquired bike on MotoDeal.com.ph and is the only off-road capable scooter on this list which boasts an array of premium features. The ADV 150 is equipped with an LED headlamp and tail light, Honda’s smart key system, an adjustable windscreen, a 28-liter luggage compartment, and a digital display. Honda has also equipped the ADV 150 with Showa suspension, which grants the rider 5.1-inch and 4.7-inch suspension travel for the front and rear respectively. Priced at P149,000, the ADV 150 is built for the adventure-seeking rider who values comfort and practicality for the city.
Honda Click 125i
Ranked 6th place on our most inquired list, the Honda Click 125i is the most affordable scooter you can take home from this list. At just P76,900, the Click comes standard with a sporty muffler with an aluminum end cap, a digital gauge, LED headlights and taillights, and an edgy design. The fuel-efficient 125cc liquid-cooled engine is capable of reaching an impressive 53 km/L fuel consumption while managing to put down 11 hp and 11 nm of torque down to the ground. The Click 125i is an economical and no-frills scooter which appeals greatly to riders looking for a bang-for-buck scooter.
The popular Vespa on our list is the Vespa Primavera, coming in at 9th place. The Primavera was initially released in 1968, and charms any rider looking for a classic retro-styled scoot. The Primavera’s 155cc air-cooled engine produces 13 hp and 13 nm of torque, and is equipped with Vespa’s new I-GET system. This scooter also comes standard with all-around LED lights, an anti-lock braking system, and an anti-theft immobilizer. Starting at P185,000, the Primavera is one of the most stylish scooters you can get for the price, and continues to be a crowd favorite among local riders.
Vespa S 125 I-GET
Coming in at 10th place on our list is the Vespa S 125 I-GET. This retro-styled scooter is Vespa’s most affordable scooter, priced at just P145,000, and continues to gather much passion from riders fond of the vintage style. The S 125 features a classic rectangular headlight with an LED system, an LCD digital screen, a USB charging port, and a glove box for storage of personal items. The fuel-efficient 125cc engine is equipped with Vespa’s I-GET system, and sends 10 hp and 10 nm of torque to the ground through an automatic transmission. The S 125 continues to indulge riders with modern technology and a timeless retro style.
What does this tell us?
At least by our metrics, scooters are among the most practical and most convenient personal transport solutions that you can buy that are cost-effective and reliable enough to get you to your place while skipping traffic along the way. At least in Metro Manila, a scooter presents itself as one of the best ways to efficiently get around with a twist-and-go throttle, ample to a huge amount of storage, and even enough space for a pillion if you buy the right model. You also get stellar fuel economy, which makes it not too big of a drain for your wallet.
There is definitely a trend going on with manufacturers and maxi-scooters like the Yamaha NMAX 155 and the Honda ADV150. These models offer a very comfortable riding position and a lot of conveniences to boot. The ADV150, in particular, is a very interesting bike because it would be the equivalent of a crossover in the car world, blending some elements of a dual-sport with some elements of a normal scooter. The NMAX 155 has been an enduring success for Yamaha Philippines, and it shows with its sales numbers and the update for the 2020 model year. More traditional choices like the Aerox and Click made the list and are still great options at a much lower cost. Then we have the high-end Vespa models that are both low-displacement and have that nice retro design to them, a niche of their own.
Apart from that, it appears that Filipinos have a preference for tried and tested brands. The top 10 is dominated by manufacturers with long-running histories along with a good bike to go with it.