Built on Brotherhood
By seeking a fresh start, a rider society was born. That’s what happened to Teddy Lorca and a large group of Kawasaki Rouser riders back in October 2013 when they left their previous club to break the mold. Lorca said the Kawasaki Rouser Owners Society (K-ROS) was born the moment they decided do away with the conventional manner of running things in a riders group. Rather than burdening themselves with a strict set of rules and regulations, leadership hierarchy and what not, K-ROS decided to put more emphasis on brotherhood and camaraderie.
“Mas gusto namin parang magkatropa lang,” said Lorca. “Wala kaming strict set ng by laws e.”
“Sa grupong pinanggalingan namin, may ganun. Lahat naman kami sumusunod sa rules. Ang problema lang, parang nasasakal kami. So hindi na masaya.”
Of course they do have a set of officers to give their group a semblance of order. But this doesn’t outweigh the importance of friendship. So the numbering system typically enforced in other groups is a no-no to K-ROS, said club vice president Joshua Apayor.
From the original 30 riders who founded the club, K-ROS flourished to a total of nine chapters: NCR, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Olongapo, Pampanga, Mindoro, Quezon, Tanay and Palawan.
They have organized group rides to Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Quezon even to faraway places like Iloilo and Bicol. Their members, now numbering to 500, all gravitates towards the Kawasaki Rouser series.
This, however, doesn’t mean the group is strictly for Rouser riders only. They are also unconventional when it comes to membership. Lorca said everybody is welcome, even non-Rouser users.
“We allow that. Kasi pag sumasama sila sa amin, mas nare-realize nila at nakikilala ang advantages ng may Kawasaki Rouser,” he said.
They also do not kick members out even if they stopped using Rouser bikes. Again, it’s the brotherhood that counts, said Del Mundo.
“Bakit mo aalisin? Tropa yan e. Bakit mo papaalisin dahil iba lang ang motor? Wala naman naman kasing nagsasabing pwede silang bumili ng isa pang motor, mahalaga pa rin na nandoon ang connection,” he said.
The bond is strong they said, as proven by their member’s willingness to lend a hand in times of need. The group is also one of several Rouser clubs recognized by Kawasaki Motors Philippines. In fact, most of their members avail riding seminars provided by Kawasaki, said Apayor.
Text By Danny Gutierrez / Photos courtesy of Franklin Dela Cruz