Being an avid motorbike enthusiast I thought is was about time I sat sown and etched out a blog about all the crazy little bikes that are everywhere in Thailand.
We’ve hired a few on the trips that we’ve had here and although I ride a large 1300cc in Australia and tow a trailer with it, the bikes in Thailand are generally 125cc scooters and may look a little quirky, but trust me they’re heaps of fun to ride and one of the best ways to explore both the cities and countryside alike.
There are more brands here than you can poke a stick at so I’m on a quest over the next four days in Chiang Mai to photograph as many as possible to show you what’s out there on the streets of Thailand.
Scooters are a real cheap way of getting around. A Honda Click 125cc will set you back 120THB from empty, that’s about $4.00AUD. Filling the one I had in Chiang Mai I managed to take it up the mountains, ride to Tiger Kingdom and zip around the old city and not have to refill once in 4 days. Thats got to be cheaper than hiring a Tuk Tuk or catching a bus.
Remember in Thailand the best piece of advice when riding a small bike – KEEP LEFT, you can overtake on the left in the small piece of road that cars will give you (Some… Not all)
Scoopy 125cc – to be honest I thought these liked like a bit of a scooter for girls but once modified they look pretty cool. There’s a whole lot of extras you can throw ar scooters here, in fact there are mags dedicated just to scooter hod rods and modifications.
Honda Click 125cc – hired these a couple of times and if you get a late model one they have a decent storage compartment under the seat. This is also where you’ll find the petrol tank for filling up
Phantom 200cc – these bikes like the famous Tuk Tuk and Toyota HiLux, made right here in Thailand, although bigger they’re not as nimble and agile as the zippy little 125cc scooters. We thought of hiring one when taking on the Mae Hong Son Loop but instead settled on a bigger bike (my little Christmas present to myself)
Kawasaki ERN650 – now you’re in the big boys club, there quick and powerful and this was what I hired for the Mae Hong Son Loop. A very responsive bike and has me rethinking my bike of choice back in Australia.while a little more expensive to fill 400THB they do give you a much longer range of travel and when travelling from city to City you’re not left wondering were the next fuel stop is.
Kawasaki Verceys 650 and 1000cc – these are the toys of the up and coming young Thais and the playthings of those with a bit of cash to throw around. You can hire a 650cc model for around 1400THB per day but if you’re not leaving town it’s a bit pointless to pump up you ego when guys on 125cc scooters will kick your arse around town.
Motard – generally most of these are 125cc and come from al sorts of suppliers, Honda, KTM and many others here’s a selection of what’s on offer
Honda Wave 110cc – although old and a 4 speed with no clutch there still a great bike to ride and have stood the test of time. We rode one when we were in Hoi An Vietnam back in 2007. We loved it and still talk of getting lost and loosing the front brakes on our little journey.
Ah yes it’s hardly a motorbike but it’s worthy of mentioning on this post. It probably the most famous bike in all of Thailand and the chant you here everywhere in larger cities and tourist areas…. The world famous TuTuk, made right here in Thailand.
Below are just some random crazy little biles that we have no idea what they are, but they look cool so we just had to snap and post it…