Motorbikes in Vietnam

Well, it's about time that I address a big question comprehensively:  "What about motorbikes, anyway?"

A person is, in part, measured by one's motorbike here just as one is measured by one's car in Houston or L.A. or anywhere on earth, for that matter.  Superficial?  Yes.  But true.

And here a motorbike is not only a personality (and status) statement: it is simply... necessary.  You might be able to so configure your life here to get by without one, but I've heard of only a couple of people trying to do so.  For everyone else, you'll need one.

It's easy to rent or even buy a motorbike here.  The important thing, though, is whether you're getting what you really want and that you're not paying more than you should -- in some cases, far more.  So, let's run through the motorbikes here -- which are popular, how they are, what they cost -- to help you make better decisions.

"The Price of My Motorbike was TOO DAMN HIGH!"  Don't be a sucker.

We'll cover Honda, Yamaha, SYM, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Piaggio. First, semi-automatics, then full automatics, then "other cool motorbikes" later.  I'll also cover some How To's. You'll see active links below when the posts are available.

Semi-Automatics: | Honda | Yamaha | SYM | Suzuki | Kawasaki |
Automatics: | Honda | Yamaha | SYM| Suzuki | Kawasaki | Piaggio |
Other Cool Bikes:| motorcycles | vintage | insane |

How To:  | how to buy  | how to rent  | how to get a license |


  1. The good thing about a motorbike is that it is mobile, economical, and easy to use. You don’t have to learn a whole lot to use a motorbike, and smaller motorbikes are usually sippers, so there’s no problem with gas money. The most important thing to consider when buying a motorcycle is the upkeep – how much you need to spend on repairs, gas money, maintenance, etc. in the long run.

  2. Great information. Can't seem to find a link to the automatic motorbikes??? Nurjan (

    1. Hey, Nurjan. Thanks. Well, I'm back in HCMC and am hoping to write more. One of the first things I'll do is finish that section on automatics. Maybe in April. Right now, I'm writing lesson plans and coursework -- busy!