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Old 06-21-2012, 01:17 AM   #1
denisthemenace OP
denis the menace
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Location: London UK
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Moving to Laos - need bike advice

Hi there,

I'll soon be moving to Vientiane (Laos) for work. From my research it looks like dealerships and official servicing garages are non-existent.

I'd like to hear your thoughts/experience on what kind of current production bike I'd be better off bringing with me, knowing that:

- I'd still want to have some fun
- it needs to be able to take on some off roading, or at least potholed roads
- it needs to be fixable by local mechanics or even me, so nothing too fancy
- ideally, servicing intervals would be generous
- reliable, bulletproof engine and well-put together bike

If I'm honest with myself, I know I'd like the 990 Adventure by KTM, but I'm not sure it fulfills all the prerequisite...

For those who have been to Laos on a bike, what are the roads like? When I went I didn't pay attention at all, and anyway flew from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. I've checked forums and seen pix, and the general impression I got was that the road from Vientiane to Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang was more windy than in a dreadful condition. But is that a correct impression? Does that road require a trailie/off-road biased bike?

Thanks for any advice.

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