The bike on steroids you see here is, in fact, a Suzuki Raider R150. R150s are a sort of everyday mechanized workhorse for a lot of the working masses—for less than P100,000 you get a motorcycle that you can rely on for the daily commute, or for pleasurable long mountain rides on weekends. Plus it already looks good stock.
But this one, christened the Moto GP by its owner Francisco Allan C. Pitogo, 43, of the Suzuki Owners Club-Zambales Chapter, is far from stock. So far from stock—Pitogo has only kept the chasis, engine case, and fairings (the shell in front of the bike that give it its profile and aerodynamics) original. Essentially, he has only retained the components that make the R150 look like an R150; even the engine has had to be bionic.
“Kailangan ko palitan ang mga parts if I want to join motor shows,” says Pitogo.
We spotted this bike at this year’s Raider R150 Summit held at the World Trade Center in Pasay, an annual event by Suzuki to bring together Raider R150 riders all over the country. Trust us when we say that if you bring together hordes of hardcore motorcycle riders in an event as big as the Raider R150 Summit, it’s like assembling a battlefield of black-clad ninjas. The MotoGP won the media’s choice award in the motor show segment.
So what went into this two-wheelend hunk? Many of the parts are too technical for the rest of us—he talks about changing rectifiers, swing arms, racing gears, double discs, and adding a “fire storm” for extra power—but we can understand the total bill for it: “The total value for it is approximately P150,000,” Pitogo says. That is more than what he paid for the stock bike. “It took me two years to modify this bike.”
So what does he get out of it? It’s expensive. Part upgrades never end. And unless she’s a biker herself or likes backriding, the girlfriend or wife will not approve.
“Ito na ang bisyo at libangan ko. I’m happy that my wife is my no. 1 supporter. Sa mga motor shows hindi sila mawawala ng son ko sa tabi ko.”
That’s how you answer!
This story originally appeared in the March 2018 issue of FHM Philippines.
Minor edits were made by teh FHM.com.ph editors.