Over 7000 islands, but where are the Atto’s?
It's easy to get lost in the shuffle: Deep in the southeast of Asia, the Philippines stretch across several degrees of latitude with over 7000 islands. And in this subtropical country, Kellermann has been the accessory of choice among owners of high-quality motorcycles for years. But where exactly do all the Atto’s and other products from Kellermann go?
Of course, smaller motorcycles and scooters are the means of choice in this subtropical country with a population that continues to exceed 100 million when it comes to flexible and inexpensive transportation. And most of these two-wheelers do not get modified or with cheaper accessories. It is more important to get from A to B and to arrive at all. Especially in the province, where some roads still resemble adventure courses and here and there a water buffalo competes for space on the pitted asphalt.
But in and around Manila, things look quite different. Here, on dry days and especially on weekends, new, big, and heavy bikes can be seen. The riders are Filipinos from the middle and upper classes as well as expats from other countries. Not infrequently, these fans of expensive two-wheelers have several motorcycles in the garage, because they like to move from Harley to Triumph, BMW and Ducati to KTM and ride different premium brands around the capital. And of course, beyond that, on longer trips out of town on the weekend, mostly with high-end dual sport bikes.
Accordingly, a whole service segment has developed around this scene, high-quality products are imported and installed on the noble bikes. Fully equipped BMW GS are not a rare sight, but also complete custom bikes with the personal touch are seen more and more often. And Kellermann is almost always there, whether with Atto, Bullet, Rhombus or BL2000, and now more and more with the Dayron daytime running light and the Jetstream running light turn signal. One of the reasons for reaching for the premium brand: In weather conditions with extreme heat and humidity, durable quality products are in demand!
Photos: Tokwa Party Garage