April 28, 2020 By Maynard Marcelo

Adventure Across Borders – The Suzuki Raider J Crossover Mindanao Ride

A month before the imposition of the Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine brought about by the CoVid19 pandemic, we were lucky enough to sneak a long ride in Mindanao using the new Raider J Crossover, Suzuki’s newest dual-purpose underbone.

Our ride started at the Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon, where we also tested the bike’s off-road capabilities in the park’s challenging ATV trail. It was our first real taste of the Raider J Crossover and I must say we were pretty impressed with its off-road capabilities. It didn’t take long before we were zooming up and down the pine covered trail.

At the Dahilayan Adventure Park in Bukidnon

Early the following day, we set off to our first destination, the Delmonte Pineapple Farm in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon some 17 kilometers away. Our convoy of twenty bikes plus two police escorts made our way through the narrow roads until we reached the national highway, where we were able to test the bike’s on-road handling. When we reached the Delmonte Pineapple Farm we were given ample time to ride around the vast plantation.

At the Delmonte Pineapple Plantation

After a brief photo opportunity we made our way towards Amaya View in Cagayan De Oro, Misamis Oriental for our lunch break. From Amaya View, we rode 182 kilometers to Cathedral Falls in Lanao del Norte.

Lunch break at Amaya View, Cagayan De Oro

Little river crossing to Cathedral Falls

 

It was our longest non-stop ride so far, thankfully the Raider J Crossover is so effortless to ride and has a comfortable seat so we barely feel tired. Another 84.1 kilometers ride and we finally reached Hoyohoy Highland Resort in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental where we stayed for the night. 

Cathedral Falls in Lanao del Norte

On our third day, we made a courtesy visit to the Suzuki 3S Shop in Ozamis City to give the staff there a first glimpse of the Raider J Crossover. While in Ozamis, we also made a quick stop at the nearby Cotta Fort historical landmark.

Hoyohoy Highland Resort in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental

Suzuki-SAGA Motors 3S Shop in Ozamis City

After eating lunch at Johann’s, the convoy rode straight to Dipolog via Oroquieta City. After a leisurely 130 kilometers ride we arrived at the Dipolog Sunset Boulevard.

Dipolog Sunset Boulevard

From there, a short hop to Dapitan and we reached the historical Jose Rizal Shrine for some more photo opportunities. Another 10 kilometers ride to the Dakak Park & Beach Resort concludes our 3 days Bukidnon to Dapitan Mindanao ride.

Jose Rizal Shrine, Dapitan

Our almost 600 kilometers ride allowed us to thoroughly test the new Suzuki Raider J Crossover. From trails, rough roads, and long stretches of highways, the Raider J Crossover conquered everything with flying colors.

Along the way we validated Suzuki’s claim of 60 plus kilometers per liter fuel efficiency, we reached sustained speeds of 105 plus km/h on the open highways, and best of all, we tested its capabilities in real Philippine road conditions while enjoying some of the best attractions in the process. The Suzuki Raider J Crossover is indeed ready for any adventure across borders. Do check it out in your nearest Suzuki motorcycle dealer.     

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