Motorcycle enthusiasts are now particular about the look of their bikes. Riders regard their bikes not only as a tool that is necessary to get around every day, but are now more conscious of the bike's style which should match who they are.
Yamaha XSR155: Customized based on rider's personality
A motorcycle manufacturer has made it a point to build a ride that may embody a rider's personality.
Yamaha's XSR155 enables riders to express themselves through their motorcycle. Yamaha came up with different sets for the XSR155, "We are offering spare parts and accessories, especially for XSR155. We have different sets. If you are a rider, we have the tracker set, like the big tires and all. We have the café racer set, ito naman 'yung medyo retro feel, laid back. And we have the original set. So, it is more on enhancing lang the XSR155. So, we are offering spare parts and accessories with different and specific sets," according to Jariel Aytona, Area Marketing Operations Assistant Supervisor of Yamaha Motor Philippines.
(We are offering spare parts and accessories, especially for XSR155. We have different sets. If you are a rider, we have the tracker set, like the big tires and all. We have the café racer set, this is more retro feel, laid back. And we have the original set. So, it is more on enhancing the XSR155. So, we are offering spare parts and accessories with different and specific set.)
The wide variety of accessories and spare parts available allow the rider to choose what is best for them depending on their riding style and what feels comfortable for them.
Motobuilds Pilipinas Build Off
Moreover, Yamaha continues to open doors for riders and builders alike to help them show off their capability and skills in their chosen sport, and much like their mission to empower the passion of innovation, Yamaha's XSR155 released in the Makina Moto Show last 2020, has paved the way for local builders to be able to showcase their talent, creativity, and skills through the Motobuilds Pilipinas Build Off this 2023.
"Noong dumating ang XSR155, we made a deal with Zach (Lucero, the founder of Makina Moto Show), okay, we will give out XSR155 for the builders. Have them build in their own way and make it a contest and then after will give it to them. So, we just wanted to showcase the versatility of the bike," shares Jariel Aytona, the Area Marketing Operations Assistant Supervisor of Yamaha Motor Philippines.
(When XSR155 arrived in the Philippines, we made a deal with Zach (Lucero, the founder of Makina Moto Show) that we will give out XSR155 for the builders. Have them build in their own way and make it a contest and then after will give it to them. So, we just wanted to showcase the versatility of the bike.)
The XSR155 is a versatile ride that allows customization to fit each rider's desires.
This year’s selected builders: Seiko Serano of Shift Cycle Grind, Jet Pacard Oriña of Garage Esquinita, and Adrian Jacinto, from Nongskey Garage Custom Bikes, have put an effort into customizing the XSR115.
According to builder Adrian Jacinto, customizing a motorcycle is not cheap however it is definitely worth it when you want a ride that outright expresses who you are.
As for Jed Oriña, his entry in this year's build off is something he personally loves, "Inspiration ko po dyan is 'yung tracker bike po. Usually kasi lagi akong nagmo-motor 'yung off-road, motocross kaya gusto ko talaga 'yung mga inspired tracker na ganyan."
(My inspiration is the tracker bike. I usually ride off-road, motocross. That is why I really wanted a tracker inspired like that.)
Seiko Serano admitted the hardships he encountered while building his XSR155 tracker adventure inspired "More on adventure ako kaya naisip ko kaya gumawa ako nitong removeable na carrier. Trial and error siya. And dami naming nasayang na aluminum at mga tubo. Muntikan na sumuko pero kinaya naman."
(I am more on adventure that is why I made a removeable carrier. It was a trial and error. And I admit that we wasted a lot of aluminum and pipes. I almost gave up, but I am glad we made it.)
Jariel Aytona of Yamaha Motor Philippines' hinted at what they are looking as this year's winner,"We wanted them to customize it, but as well we wanted the people to still recognize the XSR155. So, somehow people customized it in a way na parang hindi mo na kilala yung bike. But here gusto namin na in the middle, na yeah, itis a customized, its appealing but still you can recognize that it is an XSR155."
(We wanted them to customize it, but as well we wanted the people to still recognize the XXR155. So, somehow people customized it in a way that you will not recognize the bike. But here, we wanted it to be somewhere in the middle, that it is customized, it is appealing but still you can recognize that it is an XSR155)
A ride for everyone
Last April 14, day one of the 3-day annual Makina Moto Show held in SMX Mall of Asia, Yamaha Motor Philippines toured the media and motorcycle enthusiasts to the CODE: REV – Rise of Sport Machine booth.
James Deakin – television and events host and automotive journalist hosted the opening and toured the audience to each corner of the Yamaha booth while discussing the features of each motorcycle. Co-hosted the show was Roxy Delevin, who was also introduced as the next media sensation.
First on the list of categories was The Dark Side of Japan. It showcased the motorcycle models MT-07 and MT-10 SP which both feature power and agility that allow the rider to enjoy full control of the machine at any speed. With its strong machine and acceleration, the MT-07 which is a 689cc motorcycle in the MT series remains to be Yamaha's most sought-after bike and an all-time best-seller for the brand.
It was followed by the fastest category of the brand, the R-World. The R series is said to be the pinnacle of motorsports ingenuity, built with the encompassing design of the R series DNA. These motorcycles are created for speed, performance, and dominance. Presented in the R-World booth were motorcycle models YZF-R1M and YZF-R7.
James presented the Faster Sons series, which was admittedly his favorite in the category. The Faster Sons being the sports heritage of Yamaha is basically a tribute to the history of the motorcycle brand. Motorcycle models XSR700 and XSR900 are faster versions of their brothers and their ancestors.
XSR700 features compact, lightweight chassis for great agility with a retro-inspired design. The XSR900 on the other hand was also launched at the Makina Motor Show just last year, featuring the most up-to-date electronic packages that give riders an amount of control in any situation.
Another ride featured was the Nothing but the Max category which is the culmination of sophisticated performance and luxury featuring the models TMAX and TMAX Tech MAX.
The TMAX is the revolutionized model of the Max category. Starting with its integrated led front flashers that gives the motorcycle a moniker look – an aggressive statement that commands total respect along with its engine power that can deliver fast acceleration as soon as you twist the throttle.
Following the Max Series is the Roads of Life category which is all about Yamaha's sports touring motorcycle that provides a world of opportunities for riders to make memories that will last a lifetime.
It is the combination of outstanding sports performance, all-around versatility, and serious long-distance ability. The motorcycle model Tracer 9 GT is designed for riders who are looking to enjoy new experiences, places, and interactions that they will discover while traveling the roads of life.
Comfort meets speed is what Tracer 9 GT offers. It takes touring to the next level with exclusive features as well as enhanced long-distance capabilities, and sportiness that is embedded in Yamaha's DNA, but with an emphasis on comfort. As riders seek not just a fast machine but also a comfortable one, especially during long-distance rides.
Last on the list of sports machine categories is The Next Horizon for the rugged and tough rider. Featuring the motorcycle model Tenere 700 and Super Tenere ES that gives the rider a feeling of utter freedom.
The motorcycles in the Next Horizon category were built from the ground up, it is a combination of Yamaha's brand of toughness and reliability with light easy and advanced rider assist technology – equipped with 2-cylinders with an optimized transmission, it gives the feeling of balance, power, and control that is ready for the toughest roads in the Philippines.
2 new colors were also introduced: Icon Blue and Tech Camo, these colors go well with the breed of a long-distance adventure bike.
As motorcycles become more personal and comfortable, Yamaha hopes that more people and riders will relish the riding life and live to navigate the road.
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