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Thailand Riders

Discussion in 'Asia' started by bush pilot, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. Hot Stuff

    Hot Stuff Road Dragon

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    Yes, as long as you have an international license to go along with it. You must have both in your possession.

    Not accoring to the Thai Government...

    "An International Driving Licence is required for most foreign persons wishing to drive in Thailand and must be accompanied by the Driving Licence issued to them in their country of nationality or residence. A foreigner is allowed to drive in Thailand for up to 6 months on an International Driving Licence after which they must obtain a Thai Driving Licence."
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  2. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Thanks for that Hot stuff!

    Rick
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  3. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Bangkok cops, aka the Brown Mafia are the worst- they have no qualms about making up rules and lying to shake you down for some tea money. No doubt you could have sorted the whole thing out with a couple hundred baht handed over with your license, but oh well, live and learn.
    Outside of Bangkok most Thai traffic cops aren't too bad, though the areas with big tourist populations such as Pattaya, Hua Hin and Phuket are known for having greedy coppers too.
    As long as you have the temporary import papers with you from when you rode the bike into Thailand you can ride on foreign plates for... um, it's either 60 days or 90 days or whatever they write on the temporary import paper.
    You could go get your license from the station if you're willing to pay the fine which probably won't be more than 500 Baht, or just leave it and get a new one when you're back home.
    Ride On!
    Tony
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  4. kip2006

    kip2006 Adventurer

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    Hello Guys

    I have been living in BKK since early December. Back home (north of Atlanta, GA, USA) I ride a BWM 1150RT. I am definitely bike starved and in withdrawals. It doesn't help that every day I see thousands of people on their little scooters either :)

    I am working so much that I have not really had any decent time to do a serious search for a bike but I wish I could find maybe a 15 or 20 year old decent Japanese bike....Honda CB750 or something of that nature (would rather have a "Standard" type bike or even dual sport than a cruiser type bike (although I am not in a position to be too picky) - low maintenance and low cost to just tour the country side. So far about the only thing I have seen is alot of damaged factories (which is why I am here).

    Anyway - I suppose the next best thing to riding may be to hang out with some biker types which is mostly who I hang around at home. It is rapidly approaching bike week back home down in Daytona where all of my friends will be found soon lusting after bikes and some of the bike riders too :)

    One guy from this forum messaged me that he was actually from Georgia and living in BKK but unfortunately I can't find his contact info.

    Bottom line - if any of you guys know of where I can rent or buy a reliable bike at a decent price please let me know - or if you even have several and would rent one out let me know that too. I have been riding 30 years and have a valid US motorcycle driver's license. I would consider about any kind of bike at this point.

    Anyone who wants to make contact, you can reach me best by emailing kipduke1@yahoo.com or you can call my local thai number at 0808062698. I live in the heart of downtown in a condo right behind the Intercontinental Hotel called President Place.

    Kip
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  5. Blago

    Blago Adventurer

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    As mentioned above, you might also need an international license to use your US driver's license in Thailand. Do you have work permit in Thailand, since you came here in December? Are you on vacation? If you have work permit, then it would be possible for you to get a Thai driver's license. At least that's what I heard from coworkers.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=751615
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  6. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    You don't need a work permit to get a Thai Drivers license. All you need is your valid US license, your passport, and a medical certificate (200-300 baht from any corner clinic) that says you are physically fir to drive / ride. They'll test your visual acuity and peripheral vision at the DLT (Department of Land Transport) and then issue you a 1 year Thai Drivers License. If you have a motorcycle endorsement on your US DL then you'll get TWO Thai Drivers Licenses- one for car, one for bike.
    They are handy to have as they can be used as ID and will often get you the Thai price at the many venues that engage in dual pricing, like national parks.
    Ride On!
    Tony
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  7. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Hey Kip!

    Thailand is a fantastic place to ride (once you escape Bangkok, that is) ;)

    Be wary of older bikes in Thailand because most were imported as parts and reassembled and very few have legal registration. In the old days no one cared and riding around on an unplated bike was widely tolerated, but those days are almost over.

    If you get pulled over and can't show legal registration and the coppers aren't in the mood to accept a bribe they will take your bike.

    Just be aware of this before you go shopping. Insist on a bike with a legal and legit "Green Book", and never pay for a bike until it has been inspected at the Department of Land Transport and the transfer has been approved.

    The DLT will inspect the frame and engine numbers and the Green Book to make sure everything matches and all taxes have been paid. On many older bikes the numbers do not match and often the import duties have NOT been paid. If the number don't match, walk away- it's impossible to sort it out legally, but there are "fixers" who can get it done, for a fee. Only really worthwhile if you're talking about a bike of significant value.

    No idea what your budget is, but biggest venue for second hand bikes in Thailand is mocyc.com (but it's all in Thai). English classifieds such as BahtSold, ThaiVisa and GT-Rider are also a good place to look.

    Best of luck!

    Tony
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  8. Schrauberklaus

    Schrauberklaus ***ifyer

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    If you have a Work Permit and you are not colorblind you can get the Thai drivers licence in a few hours .
    Thats easy .

    If you google a little you can find a map with most of the big bike shops in Bangkok with Address and Phone number .

    Red Baron (Website )is a Place to start to look for a bike .
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  9. canoli

    canoli human

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    :wave

    That was me.

    A good rental company is : http://www.bangkokbikesrental.com/ . Send me a PM and let me know when you want to ride.

    Canoli
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  10. Blago

    Blago Adventurer

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    That's very good to know. I'm still learning about Thailand but have seen only Bangkok. I need to get out of this city since I need a break. I need to go somewhere with no tourists or tourist attractions. Hopefully my bike will be ready soon.
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  11. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Kawasaki Ksr Endurance, 250 And 650 Races At Bira Circuit, Sunday February 12th, 2012



    Quick heads up that the next Kawasaki KSR and Ninja 250 Endurance races and Kawa 650 fun race will be happening this coming Sunday at BIRA Circuit.

    Registration opens at 0800 and practice sessions will begin at 0930

    The 650 Fun Race will take place at 10:30. I think it's an 8 lap race.

    The 650 fun race will be followed by a 1 hour Ninja 250R Endurance Race at 11:00

    Then break for lunch and the KSR Endurance Races will kick off at 1pm.

    For any Bangkok-based riders who are keen to ride down to participate or just watch, there will be a group ride with police escort leaving Kawasaki HQ Rama 9 at 0700 on Sunday morning.

    These events are really FUN so whether you want to participate or just watch, do come on down!

    Hope to see many of you there!

    Let the Good Times ROLL! [​IMG]

    Tony

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  12. Panny

    Panny motorcycle vagabond

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    Hi Klaus,

    unfortunately I can´t contact you by pm or email.
    We are a german couple riding around the world on two Honda XL700.
    We´d love to visit you, if your are interested. Might be a year until we are in Thailand or a some month sooner.

    Just sent us a message through "kontakt" on our homepage or here at ADV.
    Wir würden uns sehr freuen!

    Gruß

    Panny & Simon
    www.krad-vagabunden.de
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  13. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    Fantastic day and we all brought home trophies! [​IMG]



    All smiles before the 650 race-

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    Congrats to Norman and Harley for taking first and second in the 650 Stock class! [​IMG]

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    I coasted to an easy third in modify class; have a LOT of work to do if I want to catch the leaders!

    [​IMG]



    Really fun day- smiles all around!

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    My little guy seemed pretty jazzed that daddy brought home a trophy [​IMG]

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    Can't wait for the next one!

    Let the Good Times ROLL! [​IMG]

    Tony
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  14. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    We ended up renting the Africa Twin from Tony's Big Bikes. It was a disaster... none of the gauges worked, it had a bypass on the fan because it was defunct. The clutch stuck after the bike cooled down, it sounded like the bearings were shot the second I drove it off the lot ... an endless list.
    To top it all off, the front sprocket was spot welded on (they knew this in advance) and it let go when we were miles away from anywhere… It lost us a day and the guy had the gal to say: ”Oh, just get it towed to a local shop, we’ll pay for the repair. It’s happened before. It’s a customer’s bike. He’s currently in jail and we rent it out to help him out”. We were 30 clicks from anywhere. The cops ended up towing me in to a bike shop…

    [​IMG]

    Tomorrow we leave for the Mae Hong Son loop on a bike from Mr. Mechanic. Cheaper, never and all-round a nicer bike to deal with it seems.
    More here: www.nohorizons.net
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  15. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Talk to Jia at Mr. Mechanics - You'll like her! :)
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  16. Malindi

    Malindi Zen Adventurer

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    Well I rented a bike there this morning.... picking it up tomorrow. Talked to the only girl there who seemed to run the front office. She gave me a hard time about not being able to rent the bike out for 7 days if I took it only for 3 or 4...
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  17. canoli

    canoli human

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    :rofl Sorry man ..wow that sucks. Great picture though.

    Ride on

    Canoli
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  18. nick2ny

    nick2ny Been here awhile

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    Howdy all- I'm from NYC and arrived in Bangkok yesterday, and will be here for two weeks (hoping to visit koh lipe and chiang mai too) and would love to get an official drivers license there. Having it probably won't ever do me any good, but I'd be crazy not to try to get one.

    Here's what I have-
    British Passport
    US Passport with thai 30-day visa stamp
    Valid Michigan auto/mcy license
    Out of date (2009 exp) AAA International Driving Permit.

    I read somewhere that it can be possible for someone who doesn't hold a resident visa to get a driving license. If that's so, I'd love to hear any tips (like sketchy / gently bribable or charmable license-issuing places),
    Should I enter Thailand with my American or British passport (Edit: entered with US)? My (expired) IDP and Michigan license would seem to be a better match to my US passport, but maybe it would look better if it had no visa in it.

    If this is an all-around sketchy idea, forgive me; I have yet to land and don't have a good handle on the scene, though I am staying with a friend who has lived there for ages.


    Also, I'd love to hear about good things to see, don't have to be really touristy but more what you got a kick out of seeing or doing, and things to buy (if, for instance, there is a cool thai watch company, or bicycle tires, dress shirts, or something like that. I'd also like to buy a huge thai machete. I have one friend, and wherever he goes he brings back machetes, now he's gotten me hooked).

    I'm planning to learn to scuba dive or at least go snorkeling, maybe go up in a glider or hang glider, and head to Chiang Mai for a 2 or 3 day motorcycle trip. Who knows. I'm really excited!

    some pictures from me and another guy in NYC: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=17234189&postcount=7438
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  19. bush pilot

    bush pilot Long timer

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    For a Thai DL you need a non-immigrant visa so fogetaboutit! You can always get a novelty DL on Kao San rd.
    Riding in Chiang Mai go stay at the Riders Corner guest house, they will hook you up.
    For diving the Andaman sea coast is best, but the season is over soon. Aladdin dive safari are are a good bunch and avoid the tourist hoards.
    For non touristy spots try Ranong and the nearby islands.
    If you want to fly a glider Elmira, NY is your best bet. I wouldnt trust Thais much for aviating.
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  20. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Secret Soi Rider

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    OMG that picture is awesome! :lol3
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