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Over the years, the Inside Racing Bike Fest has grown from a simple exhibition to a launch platform for the major motorcycle manufacturers.  This year Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW and KTM launched new products and made important announcements to their loyal customers.

HONDA

Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI) launched four new models to suit the different lifestyles of Filipino riders: the Click 125i, the CRF 250L, the CRF 250L Rally and Wave 110R.

The Click 125i has a new Standard variant that doesn’t have the Idling Stop System (ISS) to bring it within reach of those who want to get into the scooter lifestyle or  move up to larger scooters.  It’s still equipped with a 125cc PGM-FI liquid-cooled eSP engine.  Its now adorned with a younger “pop” design with new decals.  It retails for P80,900.

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To cater to riders who like to get off the beaten path, the new CRF250L is designed to meet the off-road demand of Filipino customers, its lightweight and slim proportions, tough suspension, and high ground clearance and ride height ensure maneuverability with a fun and comfortable ride in the rough.  Looking a lot like the CRF250R and CRF450R MX, it can handle just about any terrain and it retails for P232,900.

The  CRF250L Rally is here to give excitement to all serious on/off-road riders. It has a floating windscreen design, dual LED asymmetric headlights and fully digital instrument panel. Taking its cues from the CRF450 Rally, the form and function definitely goes well beyond the 250cc class.

The Wave 100 series comes back in the new Wave110 R, now powered by an all-new Euro 3 compliant 110cc engine, with a completely new frame but with same image direction as the original Wave100. Adorned with exclusive Filipino colors and stripes, it makes a perfect fit for Filipino riders. It retails for P56,900 for drum brakes and P60,900 for disc brakes.

KTM

KTM Philippines announced they will be sending 18-year old racing wunderkind Ralph Kenneth Torresto the much-awaited KTM RC Cup Asia.

Adventure Cycle Philippines, Inc., the exclusive distributor of KTM motorcycles in the country, just made it easier to be “ready to race” by making their Duke 200 more affordable to more riders through the “Duke ‘em @147K offer”.

SUZUKI

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Suzuki Philippines unveiled two big bikes: the SV 650A, which they described as the “V-Twin Power for the Street” and the “King of Sportsbikes,” the GSX-R 1000R.

Suzuki updated their underbone line up by offering Matte Black Premium Editions of the Smash, Raider J115Fi and RaiderR150.  The Suzuki Address scooter is now available in nine colors: Yellow, Blue, Dark Grey, Orange, Green, Gold, Pink, Red, Red and Silver.

YAMAHA

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Yamaha Motors Philippines introduced the newest variant of the R15, which now resembles its bigger R1 brother and also introduced alarger, sportier version of the Mio, the Mio Aerox 155.

BMW

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The most notable in the lineup of BMW’s launch last Friday was the R Nine T. According to BMW Motorrad, this motorbike is of “purist design”, but leaves you a blank canvas to customize it. It’s unmistakably BMW with its ride, feel, design and sound.It’s powered by an air/oil-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke flat twin engine. The speedometer and tachometer emphasize the minimalist visual appeal of the motorcycle. It’s also equipped with an upside down fork and a BMW Motorrad Paralever at the rear.

Meant for customizing, there is the removable rear frame, space for six inch rims, and many other options.  As for safety, it offersABS as standard, ensuringthe highest-degree safety for the Nine T.

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