December 14, 2017, 10:42 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07286 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.2371 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03532 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34185 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02619 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03532 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03968 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.64127 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0329 Bulgarian Lev
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1 Philippine Peso = 34.73174 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0268 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13611 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06556 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27679 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20509 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 397.22221 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03964 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02545 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01965 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.01091 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13129 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 59.76786 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 11.15079 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 1.85774 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43159 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.50853 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12539 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.95833 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.2829 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26354 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.35337 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53936 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01684 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04169 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01486 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01487 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08926 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93552 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 178.63095 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14558 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.02202 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1549 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46552 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12694 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.24167 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.29563 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 269.1865 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07009 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.27806 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.49306 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 705.13886 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.06944 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.47282 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01405 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.25091 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.04067 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.38333 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.98016 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 8.15476 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.85714 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 21.5879 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00599 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01627 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.64028 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 164.68253 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 29.98016 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.0371 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 2.48373 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26984 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06049 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01231 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02708 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.18758 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.34038 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.03175 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.00397 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 48.25754 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15954 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 6.97619 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.67083 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30893 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.20853 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37825 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08082 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26978 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 7.06349 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.60937 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16524 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.0454 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02854 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00763 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06416 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06375 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.16171 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07086 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 111.49603 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07223 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07805 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.16704 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.57698 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0744 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15376 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26488 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13228 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16689 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02681 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01487 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4406 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 151.38888 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 11.05159 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 412.7976 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17361 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.21786 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26978 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.64663 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0499 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04555 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07593 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13154 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.59567 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.30555 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.53914 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.66666 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01984 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57401 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 160.53571 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19792 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 450.57538 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.11786 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05142 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 11.04186 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05357 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 11.51528 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 1.99881 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.95933 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26986 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 102.96627 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.18056 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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