December 11, 2017, 7:28 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07278 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.24757 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03528 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3421 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02639 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03528 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03964 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.63231 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03302 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00747 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 34.69217 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01982 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02679 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13598 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06524 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01982 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27948 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20552 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 396.82854 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0396 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0255 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01967 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.99108 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13122 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 59.62339 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.156 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01982 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.85788 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43044 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.50505 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12534 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94034 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.28612 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26346 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35183 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53538 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01684 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04147 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01479 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01479 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08907 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93459 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 178.43409 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14546 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.01804 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1547 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46587 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12671 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24044 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.28662 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 268.48364 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06983 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27788 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.46878 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 701.16946 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06938 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.47374 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01402 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.24961 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04063 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.38206 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.68285 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.28543 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.83944 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.63231 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00598 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01625 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.6333 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 164.81665 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.84143 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.03469 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.47968 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27056 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06043 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0123 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02704 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18759 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34103 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.03171 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.9772 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.22597 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15934 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.97721 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.67096 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30426 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.14153 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37538 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08101 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27055 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.11596 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60852 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16439 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04432 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02898 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00763 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01982 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06409 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06435 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.09514 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07069 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.87314 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07216 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07797 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.17163 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.55857 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07433 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15331 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26983 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13201 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16747 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0268 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0148 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44016 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 151.23885 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.08028 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 412.8087 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17344 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.20773 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27056 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64618 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04946 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04551 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07598 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13358 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59489 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.28147 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53697 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.63528 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01982 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57542 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.35679 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19772 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 450.12883 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.12071 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05137 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.04004 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05352 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.53221 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00932 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.95441 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27055 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.86422 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.17344 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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