As spoiled for choice as we are with the variety of bikes available in the country, there’s still a whole bunch of interesting scooters that Filipino riders can’t easily get a hold of. Manufacturers don’t bring their entire product range into every market, and that of course leads to wishful thinking among riders who pine for bikes that don’t make it here.
To help deal with our fear of missing out on fun rides, we’ve put together a list of scooters we wish were officially sold here in the country.
1) Honda Forza 750
In what is essentially the golden age of maxi-scooters, something like Honda’s award-winning Forza 750 would make a great expressway-legal daily ride. Featuring a punchy 750cc parallel-twin engine, comfortable ergonomics, modern styling, and a full suite of maxi-scoot amenities, it would work well for both cruising down the highway and leisure rides around town.
2) Yamaha Tricity 300
Seeing as how both the Tricity 125 and Xmax 300 are locally available, it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch for Yamaha Motor Philippines to combine the benefits of both and bring in the Tricity 300. This three-wheeler features good stability and safety combined with maxi-scooter capability and comfort. Complete with traction control, Standing Assist System, and enough storage for two helmets, it seems like a great way to stand out on your daily commute.
3) Aprilia SXR 160
Crowned Scooter of the Year by Top Gear India, the SXR 160 features Aprilia style and quality in a package that’s convenient and practical. Powered by a 160cc engine, this Indian-built Italian model would be quite competitive in our Japanese-dominated premium-scooter market, in our opinion.
4) Honda NX125
With its distinctive sporty looks, the NX125 has the makings of a popular commuter machine. This cousin to the Honda Grazia is available in China, and features edgy modern styling, a fully-digital instrument cluster, ample storage, a USB charging port, and an efficient 125cc engine.
5) Yamaha D’elight 125
Retro scooters are on the rise, especially among the tito types, so it would make sense for one of the big Japanese manufacturers to bring in more classically styled offerings like the D’elight 125. With fun styling and a compact, easy-to-maneuver size, it would be a hit with young and old riders alike.
6) Honda Dio 110
Those of you who were around back in the heyday of two-stroke scooters will be familiar with the iconic Dio. No longer a 50cc two-stroke, the current model sports cute and playful styling paired with a 110cc four-stroke engine capable of 7.6hp and 9Nm of torque. While it doesn’t have the same iconic buzzing noise as the OG Dio, it does feature modern amenities like keyless entry, enough storage to fit a helmet, an engine immobilizer, and more.
7) Suzuki Access 125
Another retro-styled scooter, the Access 125 is an Indian favorite. With Euro looks and a host of modern features like Suzuki Easy Start, a multifunction digital meter, an Eco assist indicator, ample storage, dual luggage hooks, and an LED headlight, it has the makings of a stylish and usable city runabout. The special edition takes things further and adds chrome accents, a USB charging port, and a retro-styled seat.
With all the scooters available worldwide, there’s a good chance we’ve missed a few that would suit Philippine roads. Are there other scooter models you’d like to see here? Let us know in the comments.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopBikes.ph. Minor edits have been made.