The Yamaha NMax is arguably one of the most popular bikes here in the Philippines. It just ticks all the right boxes that make for a suitable bike in the metro—it has decent ride height and ground clearance, a capable 155cc engine, a sizeable 6.6L gas tank, proper fuel efficiency, and of course, style. But most important, it has a reasonable P109,000 price tag.
That said, we have a notable nitpick here: the model Yamaha Motor Philippines currently offers is slightly outdated. A new NMax was already launched in Indonesia back in December 2019, and since then we’ve just been waiting patiently for its arrival. Now, with the entire COVID-19 crisis that’s surrounding the globe, there’s really no telling when Yamaha will launch the updated bike.
That’s okay, because we have a wide range of bikes here in our market anyway, so we can wait. We even browsed through Yamaha’s lineups (and other brands as well) in neighboring countries to prove just that. But while we were window-shopping, we noticed something else: In other Southeast Asian markets, the NMax sells for much less than it does in the Philippines.
In Malaysia, the bike starts at just around P97,000—that’s at least P11,000 less than the base model available here. Meanwhile, in Indonesia, the same bike starts at an even lower P96,000—unlike in Malaysia, though, the new model is already available in Indonesia, so this might not be a fair comparison.
But hey, if you think about it, we don’t have it that bad. In Thailand, the Yamaha NMax starts at P127,000—given that the updated model has been launched there already, that says a lot about how expensive bikes are in that market. Prices are worse in Japan, though, because the bike starts north of P170,000 there. Sheesh.
So we guess, to some extent, our point still stands: the Yamaha NMax is indeed a reasonably priced bike. Taking all we’ve said into consideration, would you still agree? Tell us what you think in the comments.