The 10 most popular motorcycle reviews of 2019

It’s been a pretty good year for two-wheelers
by Drei Laurel | Dec 26, 2019
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What’s the quickest way to skip Metro Manila’s slow-moving traffic? No, it’s not public transportation—it’s motorcycles. As traffic continues to get worse, more people are beginning to turn to the convenience of two-wheelers. And as far as these vehicles are concerned, 2019 has been a pretty good year.

A ton of worthwhile offerings were available on the market in 2019—everything from premium European big bikes to small-displacement mass-market scooters. Curious to know what the hottest motorbikes of the past year are? Well, according to the Moto Sapiens motorcycle-review section’s page views, here they are below:

1) 2018 Yamaha Mio Aerox S

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“The Aerox S is a breeze to ride. It’s comfy, practical for daily use, and sporty enough to enjoy on twisty roads. The most stress I’ve felt while on the Aerox S was when I was frantically looking for a roadside fuel vendor along Marilaque as the low-fuel light flashed as if to nag me about my poor decisions.”

2) Honda Rebel 500

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“Honda’s Rebel 500 is a real cruiser, as the only people that still judge cruisers based on their loudness or flashiness are stuck in the past. This model is the cruiser’s bad-boy image and aesthetic condensed by Honda into a more practical, easier-to-handle package that will welcome both new and experienced riders alike with open arms.”

3) 2019 BMW C400 X

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“The C400 X truly fits the bill of a city scooter, and is a ride we’d love to take on day-to-day adventures. Considering that scooters aren’t typically associated with fun, spirited riding, we were pleasantly surprised to find a wide grin spreading across our face when we took BMW’s latest scoot out for a spin.”

4) 2019 Yamaha MT-15

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“The Yamaha MT-15 is a worthy addition to the MT series. It’s a bike that pleasantly combines rideability and sportiness, and is best enjoyed on long trips and open roads. It’s not a dedicated commuter, but there’s space for a tank bag and a snazzy top box if you’re so inclined.”

5) 2018 Honda RS150R

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“For its price of P97,300, the Honda RS150R is quite a competent bike. But with little niggles like the next-to-nonexistent underseat storage space and the lack of a clock on the digital display, there’s still room for improvement here. Knowing Honda, though, the necessary upgrades are sure to come.”

6) 2019 KTM 200 Duke

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“A jack-of-all-trades like other naked bikes, the KTM 200 Duke adds oomph to that equation with its rambunctious and high-revving character. It’s a great option for the one-bike rider or one-bike budget, giving you enough flexibility to do almost everything well. It’s fun to start with if you’re new and will be hard to let go of, even if you think you’ve outgrown it.”

7) 2019 Honda PCX150

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“Honda is Honda. In terms of technological advancement and product quality standards, this iconic Japanese motorcycle brand really stands out among the rest. This is evident in the PCX’s fit and finish, seeing how Honda uses the best materials for its components and employing precision in the installation of every part.”

8) Yamaha Sight 115

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“The Yamaha Sight 115 is a very practical daily companion, and a scarily efficient ride. It came as a shock to get a fuel-consumption figure as low as I did, especially since the only prior experience I’ve had with ‘economy riding’ is trying to make it to school on my Ninja with the low-fuel light already blinking so as not to be late to class.”

9) Honda PCX Electric

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“It’s an awesome experience riding the Honda PCX Electric scooter—all duly registered with the regional Land Transportation Office office—knowing their valuable contribution to preserving the environment.”

10) 2019 Honda RS125 Fi

“I can surmise that after reading this article, many Honda RS125 Fi owners will start packing their bags for a long-distance ride. I found myself in Negros Island with not as much muscle pain as I had earlier anticipated, and with more than enough energy left to enjoy a few bottles of cold beer at the hotel.”

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