July 17, 2018, 7:00 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06864 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.00897 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03439 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.50824 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02516 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03326 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03738 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.56345 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03139 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00707 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 32.72248 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02526 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1282 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07195 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.282 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19138 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 374.13568 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03734 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02459 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01871 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.14969 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12502 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 53.37133 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.54401 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.76603 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4139 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.31714 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11919 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.92375 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19884 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25015 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3334 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.51037 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01599 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03902 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01411 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01412 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08949 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.88526 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 168.36105 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13998 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 3.87012 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14665 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44715 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.11858 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.25939 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.1596 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 268.604 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06791 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27993 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 22.12671 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 807.13885 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0015 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.42478 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01324 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.09923 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 1.87722 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27646 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 75.63072 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 7.88806 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 16.81929 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.08952 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00566 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01532 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.39993 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 157.01738 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 28.13493 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 2.97982 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.97197 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24762 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05697 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0116 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02562 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17688 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31088 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.98075 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.55578 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 45.74846 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15104 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.63427 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.6382 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.29097 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 13.33283 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35287 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07569 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24767 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.69034 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58456 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15155 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04691 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02764 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00719 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06103 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06077 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.27135 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06898 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 106.5969 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06802 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07424 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.1686 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 15.92992 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07008 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14699 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25089 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.33555 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16567 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02551 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01412 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.41499 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 153.24238 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.65221 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 391.8333 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16352 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 9.624 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24803 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.62213 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04953 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04334 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.09042 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12621 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57118 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 42.3846 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.48981 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 69.93085 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01869 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58568 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 145.44945 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 2236.96505 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 430.74192 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06036 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04858 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 10.48103 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05046 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 10.48103 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.90563 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.66922 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.24782 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 96.98187 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 6.76322 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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