May 27, 2018, 5:28 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06987 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04394 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03405 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46707 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02507 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03386 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03804 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.58684 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03178 Bulgarian Lev
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.01902 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02521 Brunei Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06941 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01902 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.2997 Bhutan Ngultrum
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1 Philippine Peso = 380.82557 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.038 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02456 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01888 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.92087 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1215 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.23245 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.69241 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01902 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.79018 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41871 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.37645 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12092 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.9416 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.20987 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25394 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33993 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51779 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01623 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03907 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01422 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01425 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08823 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89024 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 171.23835 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13955 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.93875 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14924 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45305 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11993 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.23264 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.18261 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 268.49914 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06761 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.28921 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.52235 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 800.64676 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00476 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.38368 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01348 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08195 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.91839 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.2975 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 77.23036 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.96595 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.12003 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.46376 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00575 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0156 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.24805 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.41735 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.6285 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.00552 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.59102 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23569 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05799 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0118 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02586 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18008 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31929 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.99391 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.77516 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.76412 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15373 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.73388 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.65627 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29618 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.63553 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37196 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07566 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23683 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.82899 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59717 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15404 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06962 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02745 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00732 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01902 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0621 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06201 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19897 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06975 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 108.10348 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06924 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0751 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.17631 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.13468 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07134 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15092 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25547 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34155 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16566 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02546 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01422 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42241 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 149.32471 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.69051 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 397.78391 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16644 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.79608 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23678 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60662 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0483 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04363 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08961 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1286 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56886 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.27563 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.49705 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.0291 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01902 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.5933 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 151.83565 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 1494.25528 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 433.30797 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.03595 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04914 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.63667 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05136 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.63667 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.926 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.75366 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.23681 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 98.716 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.88415 Zimbabwe dollar

Motorcycle testing helps buyers make informed decisions

THE Philippine motorcycle market continues to grow rapidly, breaching the 1 million mark in 2015 and reaching 1.4 million registrations last year. A 35 percent growth is expected for this year adding another 490 thousand motorcycles on the road.

The enormous increase of motorcycles provides the impetus for the Motorcycle of the Year-Philippines (MOTY-P) awards. After thirteen years of testing, recording, auditing and then recognizing the best cars and trucks in the country, the Car Award Group Inc. (CAGI) included motorcycles in their testing list to provide buyers with a reference on what both experts and regular motorcyclists report on their experiences with various motorcycles locally available.

Following the idea of criteria based testing following a formula and upheld by an audit, the MOTY-P directly offshoots from the Car of the Year (COTY) and the Truck of the Year (TOTY) awards. Guided by the same technical testing standards but with a totally independent group of riding experts and feedback from a team of journalists who actually regularly ride motorcycles to ensure a fair and accurate review of each vehicle tested. 

On this first run of testing and awards, Suzuki proved dominant with the Raider R150 FI and the GSX-R 1000 R won in the top classes. The Raider took the CAGI and Carmudi.com.ph MOTY-P Commuter Class (299 cc & below) while the GSX-R won the CAGI and Carmudi.com.ph MOTY-P Leisure Class (300 cc & above).

It took as long as three years to conceptualize and another 2 years for the group to finally run the awards. The challenges were many—from manpower to execution—were difficult to overcome.

“When the CAGI board finally gave the approval for the MOTY-P, we went to action immediately because we had about 2 years to prepare for it. We knew exactly what we needed to do and how to do it,” Ronald de los Reyes, 2017 CAGI President said.

Being the first of its kind meant that all the would be rider-testers were to be exposed to a large number of motorcycle brands and unlike cars, the testing was going to be more intense, and even more dangerous.

“Safety first is priority. We at CAGI had to increase that safety margin,” de los Reyes said during the launch of the activity as he encouraged all participants to be in full safety riding gear.

“The biggest challenge in conducting the testing was the fact that this had never been done before. Some people were of the opinion it was undoable. To bring the manufacturers and riders together under one roof,” said Niky Tamayo, Technical Director for COTY and TOTY and Technical Oversight Director at MOTY-P. He is also one of Top Gear magazine’s resident technical experts.

The testing part was going to be easy Tamayo intimated, because of the number of volunteers who would participate and the expertise of the motorcycle testing team all of them having had motorcycle racing experience. It was the adoption of the technical formula that was more challenging. Ensuring that it was implemented with the same precision and accuracy as was being done for COTY-P.

Andy Rodriguez, Technical Director for MOT-Y took extra effort to ensure that the pain points in motorcycle testing were overcome. 

“To validate each bike with the same set of applicable criteria we had to rethink the qualitative scoring system. The technical challenges of adapting the COTY-P formula to MOTY-P were many. The qualitative scoring system had to be redone to reflect differences between bikes and cars, and we did several simulations to validate this system,” Rodriguez said. 

Other points that needed to be managed well were the variety of bikes, from scooters to highway cruisers with technical tests for handling (slaloms) braking and acceleration per category. Rodriguez, who is also Editor-in-Chief of 2ner magazine is a builder and car tuner himself.

“Adopting the COTY-P formula and tweaking it to assure it fairly judged each bike tested with precision to result to an accurate score,” Rodriguez emphasized.

“We also did several dry runs of the technical tests to see how we could transfer the expertise gained over the years to motorcycle testing. The final form of the technical tests is a result of the collaboration between the CAGI Technical team and the newly formed MOTY-P Tech Team. We’re very happy with how things turned out, as our technical testing has been 100 percent successful and safe so far, despite the sometimes uncooperative weather,” Tamayo pointed out in reference to Rodriguez strict instructions to follow the agreed technical standards.

“Our handling tests are designed to reflect the realities of Philippine motoring. The need to avoid obstacles in an urban setting or on small national roads. As opposed to American slaloms, which are often conducted at speeds of 100-120 km/h, MOTY-P utilizes tightly spaced gates to simulate a crowded urban environment,” Tamayo emphasizes.

“Braking testing reveals how well a bike can avoid a potentially deadly accident. On bikes, this is especially crucial, as smaller tires and the lack of anti-lock brakes on most common bikes makes braking a risky exercise,” he adds.

The MOTY-P’s main goal for the combined riding and technical testing is to validate that customers are getting what they are paying for. The ultimate analysis will help buyers because the mix of performance, utilization versus price is the buyer’s choice. What the test results offer is a range of the best offerings on the market.

A total of two testing days were allocated for the MOTY but an additional day was needed because manufacturers who didn’t send their bikes on the first tow days scrambled for slots in the testing. 

“ We had all the brands come in on the first day of testing. One the second day besides Honda, we had Kymco and Motorstar, entering their second week of testing with models that didn’t make it on the first day. We also had TVS, who entered quite a number of their affordable and attractive units. High-end American manufacturers Indian and Harley-Davidson, whose iconic machines lent a lot of color to the proceedings. Not to be outdone, Ural sent two of their quirky side-car equipped utility bikes, one of which even had two-wheel drive for off-road use,” Tamayo narrates.

The motorcycle makers who witnessed the testing are happy see the process and many very enthusiastic to see their brands being tested in a well managed process. They are naturally excited to see how their bikes are tested versus other bikes. 

“It’s an educational experience for all involved,” Tamayo said.

“We are pleased with how MOTY-P has turned out so far. Finally, after months of challenges just to stage the very first Motorcycle of the Year-Philippines, we’ve eventually come up with the results,” de los Reyes comments. i
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