Bikes in Vietnam

Welcome to our blog about bikes in Vietnam :) 

My name's Mike and I'm the owner of Top Notch Bikes Saigon. 

A bit of background from me: I've been riding bikes for almost 40 years, from my young teens in Australia, from my first dirt bike (XR 75) to KX, XL, XR's and more, to then my first road bike at the age of 17, a Honda CM 250 (back in the 80's). From then I went on to many different sports/touring larger bikes such as GS 1000's, GSXR 1000's, Katana's, Yamaha's as well as Harley's and other cruisers. My favourite bike of all time was my Cagiva V-Raptor 1000. Check it out, still a great looking bike from the Italian designers for a 2001 model bike.

 

Best value for money bikes in Vietnam

SUZUKI HAYATE 125cc

Medium sized fully automatic scooter with more than enough power to travel all paved roads in Vietnam 2 up. Fairly comfortable for both rider and pillion passenger for long distance travel, while also being zippy and agile. 

One of the best value for money bikes if you're after a super reliable bike on a cheaper budget. If you have any trouble with the Hayate, it'll most likely be the carb (due to lack of proper servicing) or something minor. The engines on the Suzuki scooters are one of the only Japanese scooters with an actual real oil filter making them virtually bullet proof. 

Unfortunately a lot of street mechanics either won't know there is an oil filter (because Honda doesn't have them) or change it which can cause major damage to the engine. They also don't have much knowledge of proper carb servicing and rebuilding. Either buy your own oil filters from parts shops or service your bike at a Suzuki dealership. Worth the few extra dollars.

HONDA WAVE 110cc

Smaller sized semi automatic scooter with gears but no clutch, making it easy to ride and still has more than enough power to travel all paved roads in Vietnam 2 up.

Mentioning the Wave because it's one of the most common bikes found across the country and every street mechanic knows how to fix them with their eyes closed. This is the bike you buy 

Unfortunately a lot of street mechanics either won't know there is an oil filter (because Honda doesn't have them) or change it which can cause major damage to the engine. They also don't have much knowledge of proper carb servicing and rebuilding. Either buy your own oil filters from parts shops or service your bike at a Suzuki dealership. Worth the few extra dollars.

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