The Extreme Northern Loop – August 11, 2012

I’ve been missing out on all the riding action lately. Busy with a lot of stuff…and busy planning my next ride.

So here it is The Extended Northern Luzon Loop: Manila – Bulacan – Pampanga – Tarlac – Pangasinan – La Union – Ilocos Sur – Abra – Ilocos Norte – Apayao – Cagayan – Isabela – Quirino – Nueva Vizcaya – Benguet (via Aritao) – Nueva Vizcaya – Nueva Ecija – Bulacan – Manila.

My very own 15 province tour. I plan on visiting mostly museums in this trip, and capture pictures of memorabilia hundreds of years old.

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The end of Luzon – conquered solo.

Recently, I finally reached the last town in Luzon Island – Matnog, Sorsogon.

A solo journey of some 1200 kms, I needed to go through a total of 7 provinces in order to accomplish that – Laguna, Batangas, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, and finally Sorsogon.

After countless days and kilometers of travel in my riding career, this will be my first foray into the Bicol Region. From the beautiful beaches of Quezon up to the majestic mountains and volcanoes in Bicol: This long travel made me see how beautiful the southern part of Luzon is.

While this isn’t actually the first time someone on a motorbike came here, as I have known riders who went on group rides to go here for a leisurely trip, or to complete a riding event, I actually went here with no real purpose in mind, as I consider myself simply as a person with an ardor for riding.

“Never say never. Because limits like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

Live Free…

– Erik Gatmaitan is the author of – Journeying the Philippines SOLO on a motorbike.

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Honda CBR Redbull Replica

I had my first sportsbike, Bumblebee – a 2009 Yamaguchi Hurricane be converted into a race replica by Darkbenz. I was absolutely thrilled on the result that I knew where to go to right after I got my CBR.

Within a week of purchasing, I went all the way to Malabon City to personally visit Darkbenz in his shop.


Darkbenz (Chris) doing his measurements

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Sorsogon trip preparation – luggage.

I will be riding a sportbike for my “End of Luzon” trip so that poses a big problem – where to put my stuff for so many days. Initially I was thinking of bringing my Oxford Side Panniers but i figured it might be such a hassle dismounting it whenever I needed to make a stop since anyone can basically steal it by cutting it’s straps. The obvious answer – a topbox … But the dilemma was…a topbox on a sportbike? how bad would that look in pictures? I’ve seen so many sportbikers post pictures in the internet with their topboxes and it’s bracket being mounted so high, it looks like a hanger. I wouldn’t wanna be caught dead bringing one of those.

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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.


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



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