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Bike Rental in Bangkok?

Discussion in 'Asia' started by HansGruber, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. HansGruber

    HansGruber Custom User Title

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    Hey guys, I am interested in renting a bike tomorrow to explore a bit in BKK. Anybody know of a place? My hotel staff tried but failed.
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  2. canoli

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    Sorry to tell you but you got no shot finding a place in Bangkok. If you go to Pattaya or head north to Chiang Mai or Rai then yes.

    Best bet is to get good and drunk then spend 20 bhat on a motorcycle taxi.

    Sorry
    Canoli
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  3. acejones

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    If you want to ride a bike in Bangkok traffic, you're nuts.
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  4. canoli

    canoli human

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    But what if I DO ride in Bangkok traffic? :evil
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  5. zain

    zain slow and steady

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    I would prefer if you just ride outside Bangkok as our fren suggested above. From my little knowledge there is no bike rental in Bangkok but if they do, i think the small one,under 200cc.
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  6. TonyBKK

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    Sorry for the very late reply- there is ONE place in Bangkok that rents large bikes:

    http://www.bangkokbikesrental.com/

    Tell Franck and Andy TonyBKK sent you :D

    Ride On!

    Tony
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  7. zilver_hornet

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    only "1" place to choose from near BKK? their 1000+ bikes listed seem offline

    _Z
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  8. TonyBKK

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    Huh? :huh
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  9. heiri

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    same here! no real idea what he wants to say?!?
    thanks for the link Tony - they seem a bit expensive compared to places outsides bangkok (chiang mai, patty, phuket) it seems though.
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  10. zilver_hornet

    zilver_hornet n00b

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    sorry tidy'd it up a bit. I emailed bangkokbikesrental with my request.
    If the two 1000 bikes aren't available, I'm liking to rent for about 20 days and seek to find a renter.

    I don't mind going out of BKK a bit but not as far as Pattaya or Chiang Mai. I don't want to use my vacationing days chasing a rental as I'm headed down near the south Thai border. I don't think I want to fly to HatYai or Krabi to find just 250s available. I prefer to get something bigger for the long haul. thanks

    _Z
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  11. acejones

    acejones Long timer

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    Let us know if you survive this rental
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  12. TonyBKK

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    The thing is, renting bikes in Bangkok has got to be a VERY risky business.

    If there was money to be made certainly more people would be doing it, no?

    Have you ever ridden in Bangkok before? Did you know that bikes are prohibited from riding on the tollways as well as most flyovers and bridges?

    Even with a GPS it can be EXTREMELY challenging to escape from Bangkok to the West.

    Problem with bike rentals in Bangkok as I see it is that the Bangkok coppers are so incredibly corrupt that if they stop a tourist on a rented bike and find anything wrong with the bike or the paperwork or you don't have a valid international driving permit they'll happily confiscate the bike and hold it ransom while the owner and renter battle it out.

    Secondly, riding in Bangkok is treacherous. Getting through Bangkok traffic in one piece is more of an art than a science. Again, I'm a bit amazed that anyone is willing to rent big bikes to jet lagged foreign tourists who've just arrived in the Kingdom and may or may not have any prior experience riding in Thailand.

    If, as you say, you are headed south, then my personal recommendation would be to fly / cab / shuttle to Hua Hin where there are a lot of big bikes available for rent.

    Sorry, I don't have any numbers or contacts for you there, but just like Pattaya, you'll see the rental bikes lined up on the main drag.

    Hope this helps!

    Ride On,

    Tony
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