Daily Rider in Tanzania?

Discussion in 'Africa & Mid East' started by Hamamelis, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Hamamelis

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    Hi there inmates,

    As I go into my mid-20s on a gap between college and graduate school, I'm now free to go do one of my lifelong dreams for a year or two: doing teaching and/or NGO work in Tanzania. I'll only have a modest budget to work with going in, and am not expecting to get paid much for a stipend, so I'm working now and saving up.

    Long and short of it is, I'd like a set of wheels while I am in country (I could certainly rely on buses or whatnot but that's booooring and there are plenty of places they don't go), and a 4x4 is gonna be out of that modest budget, so I'd like a single cylinder dirt bike of light weight, mechanical durability, and modest displacement. Budget to a maximum of $2000. Looking at in-country classified ads, this probably means I want a Honda XR or XL of some kind. Maybe a Yammie XT, but those seem rarer. A KTM or heavy adventure tourer seems like more a liability than an asset for what I need, if the roads are anything like I remember from ten years ago.

    I am aware that the process of buying a bike in Africa is notoriously fraught with stolen merch and shadetree mechanic jobs, so I'm curious if anyone knows any reputable shops that might have what I'm looking for. I am most likely to end up in the area around Dodoma, or perhaps up near Arusha or Lake Victoria, but I know all things must flow through Dar Es Salaam at some point, eh (oh god that ride out of Dar is gonna be terrifying)
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  2. Hamamelis

    Hamamelis n00b

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    After some more looking at local availability I'm thinking THE bike to have in TZ at my budget is the XR250 MD30 - seems to have by far the highest availability and maintenance base.

    Found a few dealers' emails and it may be a matter of asking around as plans get a bit more official
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