I heard from my friends that traveling around Vietnam on a motorbike is the way to go.
Having your own motorbike in Vietnam:
When I first arrived in Vietnam I was looking to spend anywhere from $250-500 USD. I wanted something reliable for the next three months of travel. I knew this was going to be a difficult so I asked a local…
According to Thu Nguyen, the hotel manager in Hanoi, The secret is in the timing. Best time to purchase a motorbike is when another tourist/visitor has to leave Vietnam and has little time to sell.
I found the bike!
What important information do you need to know about purchasing a motorbike in Vietnam? Well let’s stick to the basics.
What type of care and maintenance has the motorbike had during the last few trips?
In Vietnam, these motorbikes are used by many tourists many times before you. They can be treated very rough and at times some inexperienced drivers can handle them inappropriately. Roads in Vietnam are tough and side roads are tougher, but often more scenic and exciting.
Time to inspect
Check the oil, engine off. Look at the color and viscosity of the oil inside the engine. Black and burnt or thin viscosity needs to be changed. Engine sizes start from 100 cc to 250 cc
Check the brakes, engine off. Try moving bike while brakes are on and you on the motorbike. You should not move at all.
Test drive. Don’t forget to raise the motorbike stand before going.
Three types of Motorbikes in Vietnam
I found a Indonesian Maritus Manual 100cc
Once you know the general conditions of the bike and if it is the right bike for you. It’s time to take it to a mechanic shop.
Chao ban! Hello
Always good idea to meet at the mechanic so he can have a quick look at the motorbike and confirm the conditions it’s in. If it needs any service or repair you can get an estimate and leave it there.
It’s always a good idea when purchasing anything in a foreign country to do it in a public place where there are witnesses. Don’t forget to check the motorcycles documentation before giving any money.
Once you have chosen what type of motorbike suits you best to ride in Vietnam, it’s time for the fun to begin!
Vietnam is a huge country, let’s go!
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