For the past 12 years, Y-Club has been bringing clubs and riders together, as part of Yamaha Motor Philippines’ efforts to spread the joy of riding to the public, as well as foster the development of a united Yamaha community.
And in a post-pandemic climate, that community is thriving: Yamaha has hit the ground running with a stream of activities aiming to reconnect with the Y-Club faithful, kicking off the summer season with Y-ClubMania’s launch at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang last May 21.
The event started with a motorcade from the Y-Zone Flagship shop in Mandaluyong, where dozens of riders lined up for the official tour. The convoy of Yamahas glided along C5 and the East Service road in the early morning light on its way to Alabang.
Once there, they joined a throng of eager clubmates already waiting in line. Rows upon rows of bikes in the park surrounded the Tent, and the convention hall was packed. The air-conditioning kept the crowd cool, but the atmosphere as the convention started was electric.
As the first Y-Club convention since the start of the pandemic, there was a lot to cover. First and foremost, the Y-Club rebranding, which brings a fresh look as it reaches out to a new audience—novice riders and members experiencing the riding lifestyle for the first time. Yamaha Motor Philippines emphasized its commitment to the community, road safety, and promoting motorcycle tourism as a means of pushing the economy forward.
With 56 riding groups under the Y-Club umbrella, there’s a place at the table for everyone. Members from across Luzon made the trip for this first leg, and the energy level in the tent was high. The friendly Club Wars events included trivia contests, games, raffles, and major interclub competitions, such as the Tiktok Challenge and the custom bike show.
Sean Miko of Aerox Club Philippines took home top TikTok honors with his smooth hip hop dance skills. The Aerox Club doubled down on wins in the Jersey Design contest.
The Custom Bike show was lorded over by the Tribe of Riders Barangay Yamaha with their chopped and sprayed masterpiece, in a tough race against some nicely modified bikes.
For those who wanted to see the bikes in their natural habitat—on the road—Yamaha Motor Philippines had a test course set up outside the tent. Here, you could try out models like the XSR 155 and WR 155, and more exciting rides like the YZF R15M and its naked cousin, the MT-15. For those who prefer something a bit more luxurious, the XMax was also on hand.
Back inside the tent, sponsors SIP, SEC, RCB and Imprint Customs had goodies for club members, as well as major prizes. Nobody went home empty-handed or hungry with food booths on the conference hall floor.
More than full bellies, though, Y-Club participants went home with full hearts. The camaraderie was immense. As noted in the winning entry for the Inspirational Video contest Yamaha United: Y-Club opens up a world of opportunities for new riders, both male and female—not your typical motorcycle crowd. Casual riders have learned to love riding deeply thanks to rides and events sponsored by Yamaha Motor Philippines. And with the upcoming Visayas and Mindanao Legs, Y-Club is looking to inspire more riders in the summer months ahead.