Bikes in Vietnam Part 3

UPDATE – If you’re interested in buying and riding a bike in Vietnam, check out the guide I wrote after my trip – Ride The Tiger – Tourist Biking in Vietnam

Ok, last but not least, the bikes that i think might actually be a possibility.

The Realistic Choices

Honda Win 100cc – This one appeals principally because its a Honda (edit – its not a Honda, none of them are Honda’s, they are all chinese copies of an old Honda design), and its a proper bike. Unfortunately i’m completely unable to find out anything about it beyond the obvious, that its 100cc and has drum brakes. Aled insists its the only viable choice for the name alone, since it is, literally, WIN. For those reasons alone, its pretty much my first choice, but they’re nowhere near as ubiquitous as the rest of the bikes on this list, so i’ll just have to hope i find a decent one.

The rest of the bikes on this list are pretty much the same thing (modern takes on the Honda Cub), beyond that its like a game of spot the difference. The only major differences as far as i can tell are place of manufacture (which goes, apparently, in order of preference, Japan – Indonesia – Thailand – China – Vietnam) and brakes. Anyway, here are the bewildering options –

Honda Wave 100cc – Made in Thailand, single cylinder, 4 speed, 97kg. Front and back drum brakes. Loads of these around everywhere, so easy to get parts. Check out that basket too, perfect for a carrying a small child, or taking a goat to market!

Honda Wave Alpha 100cc – Made in Vietnam, single cylinder, 4 speed, under 100kg. Front and back drum brakes. Basically the same thing as above, but made in Vietnam with different stickers. Even more of these around.

Honda Supra 100cc – Made in Indonesia, single cylinder, 4 speed, 97kg. Front and back drum brakes. Has bigger tyres than the previous 2, and made in Indonesia. Thats pretty much it. You getting deja vu yet?

Honda Future II 125cc – Made in Vietnam, single cylinder, 4 speeds, 105kg step through scooter. Front disc brake & back drum brake. 125cc’s of raw power, and a front disk brake. Look at that shiny disk! Marvel at its potential stopping power! I can see you marvelling, dont try to pretend you’re not. Clearly, this is the future.

Honda RSX White 100cc – Made in Vietnam, single cylinder, 4 speeds, 100kg step through scooter, sporty alloy wheel version. Front disc brake & back drum brake. Clearly this is the bike for the fashionable, bling obsessed Vietnamian. Lap up the sight of those sexy wheels (which cant be re-straightened or repaired). Yay!

Anyway, thats pretty much the choices. In the UK, i wouldnt touch any of them with a barge pole (except maybe the Honda Win, its already carved a tiny place in my heart), but over there, where 35mph is about the fastest you want to go, and practical (and monetary) concerns are the biggest factors, all this stuff seems to add to the fun. I’m looking forward to riding a few of them already…

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~ by zendog888 on 01/10/2010.

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