James Yap savors 'freedom' on the road as he rekindles love affair with big bikes
PBA star James Yap says he has always been fond of motorbikes, even during his younger years in Escalante City, Negros Occidental. Photos from James Yap's Instagram account

THE Man with a Million Moves now moves around the metro in style.

PBA superstar James Yap has rekindled his love for motorbikes, the reason his new and expensive toys mostly occupy his social media pages these days.

Recovering from a calf injury that sidelined him during the tailend of the PBA Philippine Cup, the Rain or Shine star said riding motorbikes improves his focus and attentiveness.

But that doesn't mean he kicks up the speed during his rides.

“Enjoy naman, nakaka-relax, and nade-develop yung focus mo, yung alertness ng mata mo,” Yap said. “Pero hindi naman masyado mabilis (ang takbo). Syempre ingat pa rin.”

The 36-year-old Yap usually rides his big bikes on short trips with his rider-friends to Alabang, Nuvali, and Tagaytay, mostly on Sunday mornings when traffic is light.

It was like going back to his first love.

“Dati pa ako nagmo-motor, probinsya pa, bata pa ako,” the pride of Escalante City, Negros Occidental said. “Tapos dito, nag-business ako ng Vespa. Until now nandyan pa rin naman.”

Yap’s fondness for motorbikes earlier led to the opening of Mototechnik, an Italian bike dealership in Timog, Quezon City along Scout Borromeo, that’s been open for a few years now.

While he sells Vespas, the question is how much it cost him to buy his BMW and Harley Davidson bikes.

“Secret. Alam naman nila magkano. Check na lang nila sa BM tsaka sa Harley,” Yap said with a smile.

According to editors of our sister site Top Gear Philippines, Yap's kick-ass BMW is an R nineT Urban GS model while the Harley is an 1800cc Breakout.

Both have seven-figure price tags.

With him in the news lately over issues not related to basketball, the two-time PBA MVP has somehow found one way to take his mind off things.

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“Matagal na ako mahilig talaga,” Yap said. “Ngayon, medyo pag may time, kaya bumili ako ng motor, bonding with friends. Stress reliever yun eh, sarap ng hangin, may freedom.”

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