Brando Rosales / Brando Rosales | January 11, 2018 18:18
Suzuki and Kawasaki big bikes tested on track
Big bikes roared down the straights and carved round the corners once again at the recently held Wheeltek Trackday at the Clark International Speedway (CIS) in Pampanga.
Wheeltek, one of the country's largest multi-brand motorcycle distributors, has carved a reputation for itself as a distributor of big bikes, from brands like Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha and KTM.
Now on its 4th year, the event first started with just over 40 participants. At the recent event, more than 250 participants were present.
The Wheeltek Trackday is held in a closed course. Everyone and all motorcycle brands are welcome. The only requirement is that bikes that participate must be 400cc up, with a minimal track fee for non-Wheeltek customers. Wheeltek customers get a free trackday.
Easily the main lure is the presence of the demo bikes, available for testing on the day. Suzuki brought in their V-Strom 1000, GSX-S 1000, SV 650 and the GSX-R 1000. Kawasaki brought in their W800, Ninja 300, Vulcan 650, Versys 300 and the Z125 paddock bike. KTM brought their 2017 Duke 390 (now sporting a full TFT screen), and the Enduro 690R. Unfortunately, both bikes were only for display. Missing in action were Yamaha. The bike that stole the show was the Kawasaki H2R. With its supercharged 999cc inline-4 engine, the H2R is capable of speeds of up to 400 km/h. Most distinct is the sound of its surpercharger, roaring like an actual airplane racing the tarmac.
The day started out with already hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at CIS, eager to sample their bikes and, most importantly, their skills on the racetrack. Upon registration and skill assessment, the riders would have to get their bikes scrutinized for track worthiness by CIS track marshals before heading back to the paddock to await their turn. Newbies, with little to no track experience, were in Group A and intermediate up to experienced from Group B to D.
Lourdes 'Des' Buncio, KTM Makati’s Marketing Head, brought in many KTM Duke Riders who were also very excited to test their motorcycles on the racetrack. A professional motorcycle racer herself, she noted how the Wheeltek Trackday is the perfect venue for motorcycle enthusiasts to hone their skills in the safe environment of the racetrack – without people and animals or other vehicles crossing.
The event wouldn't be complete without the presence of Wheeltek Big Bikes Division Head, Bobby Orbe and Wheeltek VP for Sales & Marketing, Roscoe Odulio.
“On the very first Wheeltek Trackday, we started with 40+ participants and look at it now, 200+ and growing!” said Orbe with a very big smile on his face. “This event is Wheeltek’s opportunity to let motorcycle enthusiasts experience the other side of riding — in the safety and confines of race track. It is also a great way to return the compliment to the riding community for patronizing Wheeltek and all the big bikes in general.”