[Video] – Not So Easy Rider

Not So Easy RiderIn my entire life I’ve spent about 30 seconds riding a motorcycle/scooter.  During that initial 30 seconds.. I crashed.  And that was over three decades ago.  However, now that I plan to move to the rural area of Bohol it has become a necessity that I learn how to ride a moto-scooter of some type to get from the jungle to town and back.  So I bought this POS scooter and with zero experience or knowledge.. I asked the previous owner what the various levers do and decided to do some ‘hands-on’ learning one afternoon.

The video here is after my first attempt.  During that initial trial-run it took me 45 minutes just to figure out how to START the thing.  After that it took me about 2 minutes to nearly crash it into a cement wall.  The video-cam got kinda banged up during that little mishap Kristine Makes It Look Cooland lost the video so I decided to ask my buddy, Kristine, to help me get an idea of how this loud contraption works since she’s used a scooter perhaps two hours longer than I have.  All in all, nobody got hurt.. I actually got it into 2nd gear and not a single chicken got in the way.

All went well.  The chickens stayed outta the way and the dogs had a good time barking after me as we putt-putted around the property.  I kinda ended up on a weird detour during the handle-bar-cam sequence.. but even then I amazed myself at my ninja-like reflexes which averted hitting any of the banana trees.  Enjoy the video and hopefully I’ll have something a bit more graceful to shoot later when I’m on Bohol riding a better bike.


Henry V.



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After 49 years living in Southern California, USA, I decided to move to the Philippines despite never having been here before. I spent a year getting all the information I could online and in July, 2012, I took a leap of faith and transplanted myself first to Mactan and then began my trek through Cebu, Bohol, Panglao, Moalboal, Dumaguete, Bacong and now living in Cebu City, here in the amazing Philippines.

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  1. Watch out for the HUGH construction trucks and buses. They squash motor scooters like flies. When I was in Bohol last April, I drove my girl’s mini van around Tagbilaran and Calape. I learned quickly to be aggressive behind the wheel. In the event of an accident, its automatically the kano’s fault. Good Luck!!

    1. Yah, I see motoscooter accidents every so often here in Mactan. One guy got killed at the end of my driveway a few weeks ago, although due to not wearing a helmet. I’ve never been crazy about motorcycles but since I’ll be moving to the province I need a way to get in and out on my own.

  2. i was hoping u would crash or lay the “mini-bike” down in front of the cat house. lol b4 u move, how about a tour of the ladies in there

    you need to get one of those flag sticks we put on our kids big wheels so cars would see them lol

    1. ha! Yah, there are two cat-houses at the end of my driveway. I did have to lay down the bike the first time I rode it though.. I had the camera clipped to the front of the bike and lost the original video.. total bummer. I plan to get a bigger bike when I get to Bohol. This is kinda my ‘learning bike’ to get the basics before crashing a new one. 🙂

  3. Kumosta Henry?

    I think I read in a later post that you are moving on to a multicab. If you decide to pursue two wheels, you might try something more full-sized. That’s kind of an oxymoron in the PI, but something with full sized wheels will handle 100% better on and off pavement. You can actually steer a real bike as opposed to trying to lean it around corners, which will get you too wide, off the road and into the ditch faster than you can imagine. You actually counter-steer it, push on the left to turn left, push the right grip to turn right. So you actually turn left to go right and visa versa. You can then control your position in the turn by adjusting. The response is about 10 times that of leaning. You must learn this technique to survive riding in the PI.

    The other issue is safety equipment. You already mentioned a helmet, but you also need sturdy boots and gloves at all times. They make the difference of riding home a little sore or getting a ride to the hospital. The helmet prevents a ride to the morgue. That is the minimum I wear here in quiet safe low traffic Indiana. To commute to work across town, about three miles, I wear proper riding pants and a padded mesh jacket. It’s hot and it sucks, but it sucks less than a good road rash. I’ll wear shorts and a T-shirt, but still dawn the gloves, boots and helmet for a 1/2 mile ride to the grocery on side streets.

    I’ve been watching your vids and reading up on your site for a few weeks now. You sure have a great understanding of people. Thanks for all your efforts!

    I lived in the PI from ’83-88 and my Filipino wife of 25 years and I plan to retire there in less than ten years, depending only on the economy and how fast we can scrape up enough pesos! Looking closely at Negros. I am a dirt biker and a mountain freak, and I have always been impressed by the civility of the people in the region around Cebu. I spent about a month in Mactan in the 80’s and more recently Bocolod to visit the sugar plantations in Negros Ox.

    1. To be honest, I don’t know much about motorcycles, scooters, etc. Bicycles, that I’ve done for years. I figure on a helmet, not so sure I’m ready to wear boots or chaps in this heat although logically it’s the safe bet. I look around at what goes on aboard anything with 2 wheels here in the PH and am constantly astounded. Five people with a baby dangling on one side.. zero helmets and some groceries. It’s nuts. I’ll be mostly doing non-traffic roads here in the province that lead to the mall. After a few weeks and I get a feel for the bike’s parameters, then I’ll venture more into town. Thanks for the tips, still not sure how you turn left by pushing on the right-side grip but.. maybe it’ll make sense when I’m on the bike.

    2. As a life long biker i 100% agree with you John paulsen a bigger bike will handle much better. Anyway no matter how many times i read your advise to counter steer,- i dont get it. Mybe i dont know your languge good enough or any other matter. I have experience from sidecar MC`s and the counter leaning, but i never pracktised counter steering even i have driven a great viarety of the mc`s we have in Europe. Not many in the Phi though. Can i ask you to explain it again please?

  4. Hello again, friend. A video is worth 1000 words x how many frames it has 😀


    Just a quick search, there are probably better examples out there. The best way to learn is to get going 30 or 40 MPH on an open road without traffic, then gently press the right grip forward and observe the effect. You should easily be able to move back and forth within your lane doing this. With larger wheels, you can go slower and still counter steer. You have probably done the same on a bicycle, but it was a subconscious effort.

    I’m more technical minded, I expect with your way with people, you’re more social minded, and they are somewhat opposites. If you enjoy technical details, there are a couple of books I can send you links to.

    Best wishes,


    1. I suppose what confuses me is.. from what direction is the grip being pushed? From the horizontal plane.. forward? From a 90* vertical direction?? Diagonally? That would make a big difference.

  5. Oh, it is pushed straight away from you. Essentially, to turn right, you steer left and to steer left, you turn right. It is taught to push on the side you want to turn towards, not quite sure why, but street bikes are said to be steered by one side of the bars. Dirt bikes both. I’m not sure why. Dirt bikes are ridden elbows up, and street bikes elbows down… another mystery of life. Perhaps it’s just the shape or geometry of the different bikes.

  6. Henry, I hope you upgraded this toy of mini-bike. That thing is not safe with those little tires. You need an Honda XRM. That’s what i had when I lived in the PI. Did you upgrade to something bigger?

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