Amadeo, Cavite – The Coffee Capital of the Philippines

As I’ve always been saying, safety is my top priority when riding. No matter how experienced of a rider you are, when an accident comes, you better be prepared. Thanks to Motoworld Philippines, I used one of their high end helmets for this trip – the LS2 FF393 convert. I’ve always had this thing for modular helmets since they are very convenient for the long distance traveler like me – I can easily lift up the visor if needed, or do with a full face helmet while moving. The thing I liked the most about FF393 is that it won’t be an added distraction to me in case I want to lift the visor up as it goes all the way to the back of the helmet, as compared to the others wherein it will only go up as far as the top most part of the helmet. Because of that, there is no risk of the lifted visor going down all of a sudden during the ride. I also wore a leather jacket to make sure I am covered completely. We all know the usual stuff we have to bring on a long ride – extra money, spark plug, tools, cellphone with load, etc. so I made sure not to skip those.
I took off a little after 8 am since the destination isn’t exactly near. The bike that I used would be one of Kymco Philippines’s latest offerings – the Kymco KTR 125. It is an underbone so this got me excited as I haven’t ridden a small bike in years! The last underbone I had was a Honda Wave 100 and I had that bike more than 6 years ago already.

It is also interesting to note that this would be my first time to ride an underbone that is seemingly built for both on and off road – a dual sport motorcycle. It will take some adjusting to use the knobby tires but knowing Kymco’s track record in providing quality motorcycles over the years (and my previous scooter was a Kymco Super 8), it was time to put some miles into this brand new motorcycle. I would also be reviewing the Kymco KTR 125 for Inside Racing and it will come out in one of the future issues very soon. Anyway, I’m sure it would be a fun experience being on a long ride on a small bike because for me it was never the type of being. I’m always for the experience of riding.

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Amadeo – The Coffee Capital of the Philippines

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Kaybiang Tunnel the second time around – ride with Northgate Riders Club

Kaybiang Tunnel ride with Northgate Riders

Good Times with good friends. Enjoyed the backroads, good views and the open highways.

Destination: Kaybiang Tunnel – the country’s longest underground highway tunnel

Route: Muntinlupa – Bacoor – Imus – Dasmarinas – Trece Martires – Naic – Maragondon – Ternate – Nasugbu (Batangas) – Tagaytay – Amadeo – General Trias – Dasmarinas – Imus – Bacoor – Muntinlupa – Las Pinas – Paranaque (220 kms)

I enjoyed it more the second time around with the company of good friends. The last time I was here, everything was still under construction, although the good people let me pass through to the other side. Now it’s open to the public. This tunnel connects Ternate, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas – reducing the usual 4 hour travel time to 1 hour only.

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Where to eat in Cavite: Kainan sa Balsa

During one of my most recent roadtrips, I encountered a roadside restaurant in Bacoor, Cavite…it looked interesting enough to merit a second look. There was a huge poster at the entrance describing what the dining experience inside is. The concept was strikingly familiar to the original Kamayan sa Palaisdaan in Tayabas, Quezon.

I figured that since it got a 2nd look from me, it probably deserved a visit sometime very soon.

With my Kymco Super 8 in tow, Belle and I went to Kainan sa Balsa.

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This is what will greet you upon entering. Good food…

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Manila to Caylabne in 1 hour

Definitely the fastest pace i’ve ridden.

Manila to Caylabne in 1 hour

Cruising Speed: 105 kph
Top Speed: 117 kph

One hour!!! 9,000 RPM all throughout the ride.

Breezed through the towns of Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas, Gen. Trias, Trece Martirez, Naic and Ternate with Doc Mario and our iron horses

Yamaguchi Hurricane
and Kawasaki Rouser

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