People: Rizalito Marin

I went through some really dark times during my 5 year motorcycle experience. Most of those can be attributed to bad relationships with mechanics who brought me nothing but misery. It’s extremely hard to find reputable and trust worthy motorcycle mechanics. Most will start of being friendly, but later you realize that their sole intention is to milk you with your hard earned money.

But Rizalito Martin or “Lito” as his friends would call him is the exception. I first met him when I still had my CB400, someone swapped it for my overly problematic CBR400 S Frame. I thought it was a good deal only to find out that the CB400 is not in a really good shape as well. I tried looking online for a reputable person to bring it to, at this point I’m done with referrals from people I know, as almost all ended up with me angry and depressed with a half functioning motorcycle.

The man who saved me from my motorcycle depression.

The man who saved me from my motorcycle depression.

I read a lot of positive information about him. Based on an online motorcycle forum he is a CB400 specialist, at first I was skeptical. But when I went to his shop in Dagat-dagatan Caloocan, you will see that what they say is true. Almost everything CB related can be found here, regardless if it’s an old or a new model.

When I brought my motorcycle to him, it was already leaking coolant, it was overheating and the sound was terrible. After I parked it he immediately said what the problems are, from the tone of his voice it seems he wants to get on fixing it rather than spend the time going around in circles.

Meticulous yet casual.

Meticulous yet casual.

I handed him my keys in hopes of getting my CB back in one piece and working properly, same way I had with all of those shitty mechanics before. I’m just crossing my fingers, another mechanic, another gamble.

After a couple of weeks he told me that the bike is fixed and I can pick it up. My hopes are up, I got to his shop with my bike washed and ready to go, he then discussed to me the details on what was fixed and what needed to be replaced. He did it in detail, although im not really that technically savvy. I understood every bit of it because he was very straight forward about it. He then gave me the bill, which was reasonable. A bit more expensive than the so-called mechanics that I have been to before. But you get what you pay for, in this case I got to go home with my bike with no problems at all.

The man knows his machines.

The man knows his machines.

After that I continued to choose him as the person to do my CB’s preventive maintenance and took advice from him regarding a lot of motorcycle riding decisions. We have became friends and at times he became my mentor. All the problems I had in the past regarding shitty mechanics are gone now, and to be honest that’s all because of him.

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