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I have been an enthusiastic user of motorcycles all my adult life.

 

In Australia I had many such vehicles, and some of them were big, noisy and fast.

 

We have a small Honda which is just about at end of life.

 

Recently I purchased this new machine...a Yamaha N-Max...a 155cc, automatic, fuel injected, 4stroke moped. It is a technically very advanced machine, and is built in Indonesia. It is surprisingly powerful for a machine with a small engine, and is capable of carrying two adults at highway speed.

 

Thailand has a huge density of small motorcycles, and motorcycle riders/passengers make up about 70% of the country's horrendous road fatality numbers [Thailand has the highest per capita road fatality stats of any country]...I have no desire or intention to be one of those people.

 

Interestingly, many of the Village folks are quite relaxed about their own incompetent motorcycle driving, including ignorance of Thailand's Road Rules, but they think I am a fruitcake for riding my bicycle on highways and local roads.

Two Wheeler

I have been an enthusiastic user of motorcycles all my adult life.

 

In Australia I had many such vehicles, and some of them were big, noisy and fast.

 

We have a small Honda which is just about at end of life.

 

Recently I purchased this new machine...a Yamaha N-Max...a 155cc, automatic, fuel injected, 4stroke moped. It is a technically very advanced machine, and is built in Indonesia. It is surprisingly powerful for a machine with a small engine, and is capable of carrying two adults at highway speed.

 

Thailand has a huge density of small motorcycles, and motorcycle riders/passengers make up about 70% of the country's horrendous road fatality numbers [Thailand has the highest per capita road fatality stats of any country]...I have no desire or intention to be one of those people.

 

Interestingly, many of the Village folks are quite relaxed about their own incompetent motorcycle driving, including ignorance of Thailand's Road Rules, but they think I am a fruitcake for riding my bicycle on highways and local roads.

comments (13)

  • Martine
  • France
  • 11 Nov 2017, 04:51
Cela change de ton vélo.
Ray: Je suis sérieusement dans le vélo, Martine, et pédaler 2-3 heures presque tous les jours ... ce véhicule motorisé ne changera pas ce comportement.
Un moyen pratique pour circuler dans les rues , mais j'ai toujours trouvé dangereux la maniere dont les utilisateurs s'en servaient ,donc pas vraiment surprise du taux de mortalité !
Belle machine malgre tout
Bonne journée
Ray: J'ai plus de 50 ans d'expérience à piloter des motos, Claudine, et je n'ai jamais eu d'accident grave. J'ai l'intention de maintenir mon dossier de sécurité. Cependant, c'est un moyen pratique et économique de faire des courses.
i can imagine the engagement with two wheeler rides, Ray. it never developed for me though because of pot holed roads around the town i grew up in. for my final year project, i had to travel thus several days a week and i developed a lower back problem.
that was a rude connotation for the locals to have made. did they actually say that to your face?
Ray: Motorcycles are not everyone's cup of tea, Ayush, but I like them as an economical and fun way of getting around when there is no need to have a big, heavy car.

Na passed on the Villagers' sentiments.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Nov 2017, 07:20
I hope & pray you stay intact when you ride this thing Ole Bean. Wouldn't want you to lose any limbs or bits 'n' pieces..
Ray: More than 50 years of experience on these things without losing any body parts, Chris...should be fine!
A natty looking machine Ray. Be careful
Ray: It handles rather well, Bill, and is very economical to run. I am a bit of a clumsy person, but have had more than 50 years of experience on motorbikes without serious incident.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Nov 2017, 08:29
a very proper and elegant looking machine! Oh, be cautious and careful!
Ray: It is a stylish and well-built machine, Philine. I think I am [mostly] past the time of behaving badly on the roads.
Quite different from early scooters/ mopeds
Ray: Yes...this is a bit like a limo-moped, Martin, and is impressively designed and built.
Very nice, Ray. Stay safe. I remember Elizabeth telling me what they call motorcyclists at their clinic...Donors....
Ray: Ha ha

I have been riding motorbikes for more than 50 years, Frank...should be ok.
What a great machine Ray, I quite envy you, it is about 5 years now since I got rid of my 50cc.Piaggio and I do miss it at times. Just go careful though, you might be a good rider but I gather in Thailand plenty of others aren't.
Ray: Thailand has the World's worst road fatality stats, Brian. The trick is to be aggressive enough to get space on the road at the same time as defensive enough to avoid the incompetent drivers. I never drive if my blood alcohol reading would be anything except 0.00%.
I had a moped when I lived in a city and drove it across the city and over bridges to work every day and out of the city to beaches on weekends. I loved it!
Ray: Sounds great, Mary.

They are good fun, and cheap to run.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Nov 2017, 19:24
I can just picture you heading off to market with with around ten tons of assorted produce hanging from the moped, maybe perhaps with a coffin mounted crossways on it, too. I'm sure that this will be handy for nipping round your estate.
Ray: I'll need to acquire a leather jacket, with an appropriate anti-social motif painted on the back.
A fine looking machine, Ray.
Ray: It is the goods, Tom.
I don't really care about such things - but this is a really great looking machine!
Ray: I am mostly interested in its functional competence, Elizabeth, so I had my fashion consultant [Na] pick the colour after I had selected the model.

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