Vietnam-Laos-Thailand-Cambodia... On Minsks

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Mullet5, Sep 6, 2010.

  1. Kevan Garrett

    Kevan Garrett Been here awhile

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    Loving the ride report, and my new favorite description:

    "Not finding any place to stay, we ended up riding until after dark that night, it was the first time we experienced Minsk headlights. You would probably be better off duct taping a Fig Newton to the handlebars and hoping the moonlight bounces off of it and onto the pavement..."

    Reminds me of my old MG. It had solar powered head lights. They only worked when the sun was shining.

    Kevan
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  2. audigirl

    audigirl Adventurer w/Camera

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    The three of us talk about this trip nearly everyday and dream about quitting our job and doing it all over again. For now, planning South America will have to do...

    L
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  3. Old Blue

    Old Blue Shallow waterman

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    Nice!! Keep it coming please!
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  4. Marco Moto

    Marco Moto Voyager

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    This is a great ride report!
    Hopefully you will finish it, or at least post some more pics!
    cheers,
    M.

    :freaky
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  5. Grants

    Grants Been here awhile

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    excellent ride report and very interesting adventure riding. Would like to go there and have the same trip, looks very interesting. How was the bikes? I have ridden 125ccm Minsk`s and I have to say they are not very reliable.

    ps.: actually name "Aivars" is totally Latvian name. Family roots from Latvia / Baltic states or just coincidence?
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  6. Mullet5

    Mullet5 Adventurer

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    Wow, thanks for bringing this post back to life! I would love to continue the thread, and finish the story.

    I just pinged Aivars to post something, he is Latvian!
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  7. Fezzy

    Fezzy Back Road Warrior

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    Man I'd love to do something like this. Looks like you guys are having tonnes of fun! Anybody know how tough it is to get a bike plated/insured in Vietnam? That's really the only hiccup I can think of at the moment. I'd love to hear more of your adventure. Cheers!
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  8. gunnabuild1

    gunnabuild1 Long timer

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    Alright I found your thread about rebuilding your Minsk now I'm reading this one,you go mate:rofl enjoying this immensely.
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  9. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    And so did I!
    Especially the part at the Dog Café. One 's gotta love the picture of the two ladies in fine dresses.
    So whenever you feel like taletelling again: continue your story, you have an audience, sir.

    By the way. At the start of the thread many pics of scooters, and then you buy... Minsks. Was this planned before? If not, how did you come about to make this purchase?
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  10. Mullet5

    Mullet5 Adventurer

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    Nothing was planned, as this seems to be the best way to ensure total catastrophe/awesomeness.

    We actually rented scooters for an afternoon to fart around Hanoi. It was fun, but we went with the Minsks for three reasons: They were faster (unbelievably), had much more suspension travel, and, most importantly, they were the only thing we could afford to buy. The scooters were rental only, and that would have caused problems at the border crossings.

    I remember at some point during the trip thinking "wow I am so glad we are not on scooters" because the Minsks handled big bumps and dirt and hills way better than the scooters ever could.

    I also remember thinking "wow what a dumb-ass idea it was to take Minsks out into the wilderness, what the hell is wrong with me? Why are we not on scooters ohhhhhh jesus we are going to die out here"
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  11. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    I read you.
    It's how we got into this world, so why not wriggle our way through in a similar fashion?
    :wink:

    The Minsk keeps me mystified. Is it its temperament? It bucked you off in a corner, then started up first kick? Is it because it's a misfit? see the awkward stands and other traits. Because it lures one into the big questions: why, what, when, where, who, how?

    Would be nice to read more stories from the ride.
    :1drink
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  12. bulty

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    waiting for update:snore
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