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Offline TheDak

2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« on: May 11, 2015, 12:48:25 pm »
Hi Guys,

Last year October a friend and I went to Vietnam for a month to ride the length of the country, we started in Ho Chi Minh city and headed north all the way to Ha Long Bay and finally Hanoi.

We had lots of incidents including a couple of falls off the bikes but nothing serious, our little Honda Wins became legends in our eyes as we battled the elements (torrential rain and heat) and distance of this ride with a top speed of 60Kph.

I could write a book with the amount of mishaps and experiences we had but this was definitely the best experience of my life to date!

The people were extremely friendly and treat tourists like celebrities, the food is cheap and the scenery amazing!

Please ask anything you would like to know, in the meantime see pics as well.
 
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Offline TheDak

Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2015, 12:50:25 pm »
More pics :-)
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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2015, 12:51:18 pm »
One more
 

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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2015, 12:57:07 pm »
Grass roots biking at its best no facy equipment great stuff keep them photos coming.
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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2015, 01:06:58 pm »
Fantastic  :thumleft:
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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2015, 01:09:17 pm »
Thats it @redtiger we paid about R3000 per bike, they had lots of issues but it was so cheap and easy to fix it was never really a problem, friends bike had electrical issues so whenever it rained it wouldnt go but it caused many laughs! Chains jumping off the sprockets a lot! Forks collapsed as the roads were very rough and lots of construction. Getting lost, losing each other in the chaos...
 

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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2015, 01:13:04 pm »
stuff memories are made of, keep it coming  :thumleft:
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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2015, 01:14:18 pm »
More...
 

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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2015, 01:15:08 pm »
My bike when i bought it...didn't believe it would make it all the way!
 

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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2015, 02:23:39 pm »
Thats it @redtiger we paid about R3000 per bike, they had lots of issues but it was so cheap and easy to fix it was never really a problem, friends bike had electrical issues so whenever it rained it wouldnt go but it caused many laughs! Chains jumping off the sprockets a lot! Forks collapsed as the roads were very rough and lots of construction. Getting lost, losing each other in the chaos...


I dont think more expensive bikes would have done any better and then getting spares etc would have been a problem unless  you have a huge back up team and unlimted cash. Doing this type of adventure gets my respect.
 

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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2015, 02:40:41 pm »
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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2015, 03:23:23 pm »
The only issue is that now i need more adventure! haha
 

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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2015, 09:06:25 am »
Epic!

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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2015, 09:18:28 am »
Nice  :thumleft: Looks amazing. We ran around on the Honda Click in Thailand. Hands down the best holiday ever. Vietnam is on the cards for sure..

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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2015, 09:23:11 am »
What kinds of issues apart from technical? Did you fall? I see no ATTGATT? :pot:
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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2015, 09:25:12 am »
Don't seem to be many cars in Vietnam .......paradise  :thumleft:
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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2015, 09:38:17 am »
Epic! Wish I can just pack and do something like this. Good on you!  :ricky:
 

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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2015, 12:31:00 pm »
What kinds of issues apart from technical? Did you fall? I see no ATTGATT? :pot:

In Vietnam you have to leave your passport with the hotel when you book in...we had an issue where we didnt get it back, rode a whole day to do 250KM and only noticed this when trying to book in at the next hotel! Had an extremely interesting 6 hour taxi drive to go collect them again! was a long day to put it mildly.

I had an accident at the first intersection in Ho-chi Minh city as i was a little confused with the right hand side riding! No damage to me or the bike but had one angry Vietnamese on my case haha, i paid him to get his farings fixed and was away...

Losing each other was also pretty fun as we had no means of contacting each other and we often had issues with our chains coming off so would randomly look behind and the person would be no where in site! Searched for 2 hours once but managed to ride into each other eventually!

Not so clued up on the lingo...ATTGATT? You will have to explain.
 

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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2015, 12:33:01 pm »
Don't seem to be many cars in Vietnam .......paradise  :thumleft:

Yeah there arnt many but the few buses and trucks there are drive very dangerously!

Hands down the most dangerous place ive ridden, you have to stay very alert here as there are hardly any road rules followed...it does somehow work though...you have to experience it to believe it!
 

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Re: 2500km accross Vietnam on 100cc Honda Wins
« Reply #19 on: May 20, 2015, 12:34:09 pm »
Epic! Wish I can just pack and do something like this. Good on you!  :ricky:

This was a pretty cheap adventure...cost 11k for the plane tickets and spent about 15k over there including everything!