|03-08-2014, 05:08 PM||#1|
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: Sydney, NSW
Bike hire or buy in Philippines
There have been a couple of previous posts about bike hire in PI, but there seems to be only limited options around the resort areas (same as Indonesia, I suppose).
I'm interested in doing a decent tour around Luzon, possibly multi-island.
I'd be grateful for an intro to any suitable rental company. I'm looking for a trail bike, minimum 250cc (I know that is rare).
Failing that, are there restrictions that prevent foreigners from owning a bike in PI?
|03-09-2014, 07:15 AM||#2|
Joined: Jan 2014
I beleave it`s difficult to rent a bigger bike from a company.
A privat rental might be easier.
Just keep in mind that whatever goes wriong with the bike, will most likely be at your cost. No matter condition of the bike before you started.
I`m a foreigner and have my own KTM 950 SMR in my name.
The "shitty" thing is that the bike has to be brought to LTO every year for emission control and re-registration.
If you plan to visit Phils several times, it might be easier to buy your own and try to store it at "a safe place" while you are not there.
I have seen several KTM`s for sale at http://www.ayosdito.ph and http://www.sulit.com.ph/
KTM also have branch in Manila.
|03-09-2014, 06:23 PM||#3|
Unsafe at any speed
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Wherethewildthingsare, AK
Nice-Bike in Angles City, Pampanga, rents Honda TransAlps, XR200s and others at reasonable rates. The bikes are older but reasonably well maintained. I've rented from them several times for a week to 10 days and had positive experiences all but the last time, due to a disabling electrical problem while on the road.
The Transalp broke down an hour out on day one of that trip. To his credit, the owner did come retrieve the bike and didn't charge for any rental time. He wasn't happy about coming to get the bike, though, and I wouldn't expect him to ever do so in the future.
Nice-bike is a very reliable company but travelers should be careful of the many thieves and scam artists in A.C., in particular.
Mike, from Island Motorcycle Rentals, near Tagbilaran, Bohol has only smaller bikes but he is all about providing excellent customer service and he keeps newer bikes. I thoroughly enjoyed renting a Yamaha YBR125 from him. He may also have acquired bikes at Dumaguete, Negros, since I rented from him a year ago. YBRs are fast enough for Bohol and will carry a passenger quite well. The newer ones also have a good headlight, although riding at night should be avoided, as I have encountered several completely unlit scooters and tricycles after dark on Bohol (and other places in the provinces).
Michael, at MB's Garden Inn (home of Outsiders Motorcycle Club) near Mactan airport, Cebu, also rents small dual-sports. I've rented an older YBR125 and XR200 in the past and he was planning to acquire several new CRF250Ls this year. He has some larger cruisers, as well. Also a positive experience.
Edit: MB's website does state that help is available in the event of mechanical problems.
Other than Nice-Bike, I don't know of any rental companies offering larger dual-sports. You can easily tour Luzon on a smaller bike but are required to have 400cc or larger on the expressways. Smaller bikes are generally fine unless riding frequently to and from metro Manila, as the expressways make that more convenient. The better riding is outside Manila, anyway, and I wouldn't recommend riding in the metro region unless you absolutely have to.
Edit: I see that the Nice-Bike website is now advertising Kawasaki Versys, Kaw er6f street bikes, and CRF250Ls for rent. Looks like they're still renting the Transalps, and a Honda Dominator is still listed. The Versys would be a good choice for Luzon, unless going on more rugged dirt trails or jumping over tall curbs to get past traffic jams in Manila, haha!
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