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Discussion in 'Asia' started by VietHorse, Jun 21, 2013.
Viethorse, I just found this thread. Thanks for put them together. I will see you in September
As to the need for a license, police hassle, large vs. small bikes, etc. etc. etc.:
Feh. Why worry? Here's a single datapoint: the rules may say you need a local license and should carry all paperwork wherever you go, but this sure wasn't a problem for me. In 3000 km I was never stopped, never questioned or asked for papers, and never wished I'd taken a tour.
Standard caveat: YMMV....but you knew that already, right?
Depending on what size Moto ,
And licence u have ,
There's KTM dealer in saigon , does a fair spread of their models ,,,
But your far better off with something along these lines ..
Honda XR 150L ,mine ,,,,two or three dealers in hcmc , it's an import , but not expensive and perfect for Vietnam , particularly off-road ,, and simple to spanner on ,
Or one off these , crf250 L ,, great bike , expect to pay double the oz price ,,,rock solid more comfort , but more tech to deal with
Me ....Rental outta ha noi,,
impressed I bought one in oz .
You could really get lost out there. A very lovely place to find oneself.
Thanks for your reply Toe Cutter I have an A2 Vietnamese licence so I was looking for something a little more comfortable for doubling my wife, the idea is for me to show my wife some of her country I have seen and she hasn't yet. I see that Honda has just released they are importing bigger bikes now so will probably look at the CB500X. Thanks again.
Thuong Moto in saigon
They do some bigger cc stuff ...
415 pham van dong , linh dong , thu duc , hcmc
Have a second wallet for presentation to the constabulary ,,,
No more than 3 to 400,000 dong in it , broken notes ..
Cheers Toe Cutter
Viethorse : how are the conditions in northern vietnam now (eg , Sapa) ? We're planning to ride over from Thailand / Laos / Vietnam in Sept 2018.
The route from Saigon to Mui ne is known to be a hot spot for corrupt cops, so to avoid this and city traffic I followed the advice provided on Tigit Motos website and 2 weeks ago went north to Cat Tien. An hour or so into the trip while leaving the city I was hit by corrupt cops who pulled me over for "speeding". They did the normal and threatened to throw the bike on the flatbed truck etc, so I eventually paid 20USD. I spent 2 years driving around Latin America and paid 0 bribes so do not fold too easily, but did not push too hard as I purchased the bike on a last minute whim so hadn't done any research, and was not sure how easily I would lose the bike.
On the other hand, in Hue I took off at a stop light 2 seconds early which the locals all do, but didn't see the cops on the corner, so should have been stopped. They started to come out to wave me over, saw I was a foreigner, and went back to the corner and proceeded to pull over a different person, so it can work both ways.
Aside from my 1st hour riding in Vietnam with the corrupt cops, all people, and police, have been fantastic.
Go for a ride with BM Travel Motorbike Tour, you don't have to care much about license if you ride mostly on off-road terrains or infamous places.
If you want to be the most careful, you should convert your country's driving license into IAA International Driver's License. It takes about 1-2 weeks to get the IAA.