February 22, 2018, 5:01 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07045 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04297 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03415 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.38059 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02443 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03415 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03837 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.59409 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0304 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00723 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.58872 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02533 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13159 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06235 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.2325 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18295 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 384.03989 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03832 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02429 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.018 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 11.42605 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12152 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 54.88202 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.87186 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.71801 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.39493 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.3921 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11601 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.94226 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17652 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24369 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33858 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.52177 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01557 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03825 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01371 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01377 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08533 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.89967 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 172.74122 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14073 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.9296 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15011 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.45024 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11584 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.216 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 4.85824 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 261.23153 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06714 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24329 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.71245 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 713.12103 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 1.9248 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.40936 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01359 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0619 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.9413 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.3061 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 77.09572 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.62709 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.26453 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 20.55496 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00575 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01573 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.12565 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 158.52676 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.96605 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.97621 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.45904 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22463 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05848 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0119 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02544 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17647 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31853 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95396 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 25.47477 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.90946 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15451 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.71398 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.62536 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29868 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.76098 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35911 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07494 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22327 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.88663 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59477 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15035 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 1.98703 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02611 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00738 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06229 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0629 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11989 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06472 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.82716 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06982 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07256 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.0862 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.12737 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07193 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14866 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2582 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34501 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15536 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02534 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01372 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.42597 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.36485 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.78074 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 381.75523 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16785 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.87876 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22325 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60368 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04586 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0428 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07262 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12717 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.55966 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 43.06541 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51746 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.67197 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01918 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54556 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 156.62766 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 478.3426 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 435.71839 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 1.98465 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04817 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.20986 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05179 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.20986 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.85248 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.79474 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.22325 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 99.5492 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.94226 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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