Wednesday, June 22, 2016


Yamaha Club Grand Touring held in Cebu last June 4-5, was an opportunity to feel the true abilities of Yamaha’s motorcycles on a long trip that would serve multiple road conditions, adjustments to different environments, and the physical harmony between the rider and the motorcycle.The 4-hour journey starts from Cebu City to Tanawan, Oslob and back. Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. champions passion of riding in a multitude of ways that has been seen across the country for years. 

The tour began on a crisp Saturday Morning where 120 riders gathered in Kartzone Cebu from the different clubs such as Soul I Exclusive Team Cebu, Mio Elite Scooter Club. Yamaha Fino Club Cebu, SZ16 Club. South Scooter Club, Tribu Del Mio De Bohol, FZ16 Club Cebu Philippines, United Sniper Club of Cebu, Yamaha Cebuana Club, Club Mio MXi Cebu and Vegaforce Rider Pack. For thr trip, Yamaha featured 4 motorcycles to give the participants the feeling of unique innovation, technological breakthrough, and real-time performance.

The N-MAX, a sporty urban commuter that is the first to be equipped with a 155cc liquid cooled Blue Core Engine, First AT Model with Variable Valve Actuation Technology that produces strong torque at low speeds and power at high speeds, also the 1st AT model with an Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) that prevents wheel lock. One of the best parts of riding this unit according to riders was the comfort during the long ride especially with its foot rest.

The Sniper 150 Mxi, one of the fastest motorcycles in its displacement is complemented by a liquid cooled Engine that is equipped with Fuel Injection (FI) allowing great speed with low fuel consumption. It’s handling at great speeds was truly enjoyed by the riders especially those who had the opportunity maximize its acceleration. The FZi is the first Yamaha street model with Fuel Injection, and a fusion of Optimized Efficiency, Lightness, and Powerful Design. Standing out was its lightness that made handling such an ease throughout the journey. When the clock hit 6:00AM, it was the moment when each rider started their engines and headed out for a highly anticipated trip. With only a couple of stops along the way, riders got the chance to truly enjoy the motorcycles for a longer period of time.

They arrived in Brumini Resort with a few hours to spare before their next destination. They enjoyed a traditional “boodle fight” lunch before being whisked away to the beautiful Sumilon Island. As the Sun was ready to set, it was time to return to Oslob for the evening program. 

The program was hosted by ABS-CBN CEBU’s Phoebe Kay Fernandez and was filled with fun games and activities, raffle draws with prizes from Motoworld and Yamaha, and entertainment. Sales and Marketing Director, Kaoru Ogura, expressed his gratitude to all the riders not just for their support but also bringing their enthusiasm along for the ride. He raised his glass and emphatically said “Yamaha, Revs your Heart!” appropriately replacing the traditional “cheers”.

As they awoke to the salty air in the next morning it was time for another adventure, whale shark watching. All aboard they went on a tiny fishing boat that was no longer than a car and was dwarfed by the immense size of the gentle giants of the sea. Armed with their monopods, go pros, and snorkeling gear, the riders became part of the “Butandings” natural habitat.  

After a busy weekend such as this there was only one thing left, the ride back home, the motorcade returned to Kartzone Cebu there were plenty of reasons to celebrate. The ride was complete, everyone enjoyed, and all had a safe ride. Each rider made their way home from there taking with them stories that will not be forgotten, friendships that have been created or rekindled through the love of riding. Looking forward to the next Rev.

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