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Nightmare on C5

Have you tried the MC Lane on C5? Ridiculous! Rode it yesterday from the Service Road to Bagong Ilog. Crazy. Trees, posts, potholes, parked cars, stopped PUVs, Taxi’s, Pedicabs, Sand, Rocks and these are just the stationary obstacles and need I mention the elevated manhole covers right near the entrance from the service road. Then after all is said and done, you’re not allowed on the Bagong Ilog flyover? You have to pass through the extremely narrow service road to go to Quezon City? Utterly stupid. Chairman, lika angkas ka sa akin. See how you like...

Contemplating a ride

It’s been a while since Ive gone on a substantial rite and my butt and wrists are aching for one. Where would you go?

MotoItalia is still the distributor of Piaggio

Received this in my email today. So, what now Piaggio? MOTOITALIA PHILIPPINES, INC. OFFICIAL STATEMENT 16 July 2012 To address the current issue that has been a concern to the scooter and motorcycle community this past week, we are now releasing the official statement of MotoItalia Philippines, Inc. (MPI) on this matter. It took us time to present our side of the story as we had to ensure that we only give the riding public the most accurate and truthful account about the issue on hand. To clear things, MPI is still the incumbent distributor of the Piaggio, Vespa and Gilera brands as confirmed by Piaggio Asia Pacific (PAP). MPI’s retail prices are aligned with the retail prices of previous Vespa distributors in the Philippines and the other PAP distributors within the Asian region. MPI assures the riding public that all units being sold by MPI and its dealers are completely built-up (CBUs) and imported directly from Piaggio’s own assembly plants and MPI is paying the appropriate taxes, duties and other required legal expenses for its inventory. MPI’s Aftersales Support Team is duly trained and certified by PAP and is complete with special tools and equipment specific to Piaggio, Vespa and Gilera scooters Please be assured that these issues will not in any way affect the quality of our service to our patrons and it is business as usual for MotoItalia Philippines, Inc. sales and service operations. Our passion for the Vespa brand and our support to the Vespa community still...

Vespa Scooters for Everybody!

Something is afoot in the community and it ain’t all bad. Most Vespa enthusiasts had already heard of the rumor about a new player in town. A new distributor of the fabled Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera etc. line. It wasn’t as if they were trying to hide it. The announcement was right there on their webpage and several new Facebook pages had sprung up heralding this new development. So it came as no surprise to us that an announcement on the internet was made that they were finally selling scooters. What came as a shock to most of us was its price. As you can see on the banner posted above, they were having a promotion of the Vespa LX 150ie for a staggeringly low price of Php 99,000.00 for the first 99 units. This kind of pricing has never been seen for this class of scooter in the local market. A couple of reasons might be behind the extreme drop in the pricing of the Vespa LX. The LX is being currently sold at more than Php 200,000.00 for the Italian import. The current batch of the Vespa LX is currently being built in Vietnam. Vietnam has been churning out Piaggio scoots, specifically the Liberty and the Fly since 2009, mostly welding, painting and final assembly. But in March 2012, the Piaggio Vietnam engine factory opened. Sitting beside the assembly plant, this new addition to the complex, which began official production operations in April this year, has been churning out new Piaggio and Vespa engines for the various scoots meant for the Asia Pacific Region. With the engine factory and the assembly plant (as well as the first Piaggio Research and Development Center in Asia) all in one location, production costs have been reduced and it’s now possible to sell the units at much lower prices. With regards to the unit’s build quality, it remains to be seen. Piaggio has a long history of having their products built offshore. From India, China and now Vietnam. So I’m pretty sure they have their systems setup to maintain quality control. This is all well and good for us Vespa enthusiasts and soon to be owners. What’s really surprising is how Piaggio seems to have left their current distributor out to dry. We are all waiting for their reaction to this serious challenge. One thing this will surely create is a glut of new Vespa owners on the road which is always a welcome sight, there’s never ever enough of us. The...

Bucket List: Day 6 & 7

After a much needed rest day in Samal Island, we were ready to continue with the adventure. We were resigned to the fact that we wouldn’t be able to ride out of the resort to the ferry we asked the staff to arrange a special trip of their ferry for us, 3 passengers and 3 scooters. It cost a pretty penny but I guess the sight of 3 scoots on the water was worth every centavo. Around an hour later we had reached the dock on the mainland. The scooters were manually carried from the boat down to the dock. Good thing there were enough able bodied people on the dock to do it. After making sure all our things were in place we were off again. We were to take the Buda (Bukidnon-Davao) Highway on our way to Cagayan de Oro. As we passed through Davao City, which closely resembled any Metro Manila street during rush hour, the cityscape slowly melted away and the welcome green of mountain scenery again returned. The Buda Highway was a bittersweet experience. There were beautiful areas of both winding and sharp turns as well as the unbelievable beauty of the mountain scenery. Hot weather turned into cool into cold and back again. But there were also the infamous road cuts and constructions. Kilometers of it. Personally, this was the lowest point of the trip for me. My patience was tested as the long line of cars, buses and trucks became an all too common sight. Dust from the road construction was everywhere, my grey jacket had turned brown and my brown pants had become…..well….browner haha. Eventually the ordeal ended and we finally had the chance to stop and have lunch along a roadside eatery at Manolo Fortich. After the quick meal and rechecking of equipment we went for our final push towards Cagayan de Oro. We reached the end of the Sayre Highway at around 3:30 in the afternoon. Of course we weren’t going to make it easy on ourselves so we decided to change our plans and go straight to the island of Camiguin instead. According to the people in the gas station, the last ferry from Balingoan to Camiguin left at 5 PM so we had an hour and a half to get there. With the estimated distance being roughly 70 kilometers to the terminal, we were confident we had enough time, if we picked up the pace just a bit, to get there. So off we went. The pace...

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