if you want to buy motorbike you can find it in Da Nang or Hoi An, you can ask receptioner st they will help you. It would be better to buy used one as Honda Win 110 cc, it cost 2,500 usd or 300 usd. Automatic 3,500 usd or 400 usd. depend on the bike.
if you know how to driver well you dont worry that, there are many tourist to rider from Hoi An To Hanoi, but no problem. Here Ultimate Guide to Buying a motorbike Hoi An Vietnam.
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Which Motorbike Should I Buy?
Here I will give you the common motorbike options. In short, the best motorbike in Hoi An, Vietnam for me was the Honda Win, but that might not be to everyone’s liking.
Honda Dream, full-automatic, 100cc scooter. Price Range USD 200-300
Honda Wave, semi-automatic 100cc motorbike. Price Range: USD 200-300
Russian Minsk, clutch 125cc motorbike. Price Range USD 400+
Honda Win, clutch 110-125cc motorbike. Price Range USD 300-400
Although automatics are made by real companies such as Yamaha or SYM, in the $300.
Honda Wave & Honda Dream
If you want to go out looking incompetent and not looking a real biker then you can go for the Honda Wave or Dream. You get a nice comfy seat and a bike that changes gears easy. Really though, where is the fun in that? Would you really have motorbikes Vietnam or just scooter’d it?
The best motorbike in Hoi An, Vietnam is no doubt the Honda Win. It has the best value for money and provides the best riding quality. With the Honda Win, you will be accepted by fellow riders as having a real motorbike. Importantly, the Honda Win will also offer that clutch control needed to ride the high mountain passes in northern Vietnam.
The Honda Win will break down as all motorbikes in Vietnam do. However, in the long run, the Honda Win in Vietnam is truly indestructible. Replacing a chain will cost up to $5 and even blowing up an engine will only cost $50 each time.
Where to buy a motorbike in Hoi An?
It is not wise to use the small backstreet rental companies, this is where the scams start to happen such as overcharging for scratches. Just remember the good rental companies take their reputation incredibly seriously and the chances of a bad motorbike or a failed holiday are slim.
For Chinese motorbikes the options are Craigslist, Travelswop, Hostels and Facebook groups when looking to buy a motorbike in Hoi An.
Craigslist is mostly the smaller dealers with nearly no reputation promoting the same motorbikes over and over again. They are a quick and easy way to find a cheap motorbike, but it should be expected that the quality is not particularly high. They are mostly flipping motorbikes for a quick buck. The price will be higher than a backpacker to backpacker sale, but even the shady dealers avoid the completely useless motorbikes. Combining the time they save by stocking motorbikes all in one place, and removing the completely broken down rubbish means that there is some value to their service. Keep an eye out for people “delivering motorbikes for free”, this is never going to end well.
A mostly broken and outdated website that still ranks highly in google. The Hoi An companies have manipulated the system so they always appear at the top. This website is now providing nearly no value to help buy a motorbike.
Top Motorbike Rental And Sale in Hoi An
There are several great rental companies within Hoi An. They offer rentals within the city, one-way rentals to and from other cities, and guided tours. Listed below are the top motorbike rental shops in Hoi An.
Style Motorbikes for sale and Rent in Hoi An
Style Motorbikes is the new motorbike rental shop in Hoi An. Over the past couple of years, it has expanded its presence to Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh. It focuses on offering the best possible value to customers, which basically means great quality at an affordable price. If you don’t need a lot of extra services, like guided tours or travel services, then Style Motorbikes is one of the best options. It is committed to providing a safe and enjoyable riding experience.
Address: 314 Cua Dai – Opening Hours: 8 a.m to 6 p.m – Phone: +84 235 651 2046
Motorvina in Hoi An
Motorvina is a well-known and highly rated motorcycle rental shop in Hoi An, and it has the reviews to prove it. The company has a large presence throughout Vietnam, with four branches (Hue, Hoi An, Da Nang, and Phong Nha) and over 300 motorbikes in inventory. But what really set it aside from all the other stores is their online booking system. No email, no phone call, and no drop-in. You just have to fill out a booking form, pick any extra services or equipment you would like to have on your journey, and proceed to checkout!
Address: 360 Cua Dai – Opening Hours: 8 a.m to 9 p.m – Phone: +848 005 599
What to Check Before You Buy
If you have never ridden a motorbike in Ho Chi Minh, welcome. let me start by telling you that all budget second-hand motorbikes will have been crashed at some point. If you’re being told otherwise, it’s a lie.
Since these motorbikes have been crashed, they’ve been damaged, and not all have been repaired properly. Here are a few basic checks to make before you buy a motorbike in Vietnam:
- Check the rear swing arm is straight, those 2 forks holding the rear wheel in place. If the rear swingarm is bent then your ride will veer to the side every time you pass over a rumble strip or pothole.
- Check the headlight works and is powerful. Riding at dusk or night in Vietnam is going to be one of the most dangerous things you do in Asia. You are not always going to reach your destination in daylight hours, so be prepared.
- Make sure your battery properly charges and holds a charge. This is the steady power supply for your headlight if the battery is no good you’re going to have a weak headlight.
- Double check the horn works. This is your new voice on the road, and you won’t survive far without it.
- Test the front brake before riding to quick. I didn’t, mine didn’t work properly, and I ended up running into a roadside stall before the deposit had even been paid while on the test run.
- Check that the motorbike has it’s Blue Card (registration papers)
Typical Cost of Motorbike Repairs
There’s no point denying the fact that your motorbike is going to break down. It’s inevitable. Here are some of the common breakdowns and how much you should expect to pay.
- Repair a tyre tube – VND 30,000 (USD 1)
- Change tyre tube – VND 50,000 (USD 3)
- Change an entire tyre – VND 200,000 (USD 9)
- Tighten chain – VND 30,000 (USD 1)
- Change engine oil and filter – VND 150,000 (USD 6.5)
- Repair cracked motorbike frame – VND 200,000 (USD 9)
- Replace rear swing arm bolt – VND 200,000 (USD 9)
Some repairs I recommend you learn to do yourself include; change the spark plug, clean the spark plug, adjust the brake and clutch cables, pump up your tyres.
The Blue Card
You might see people talk about blue card this and blue card that. The blue card is just the registration to the motorbike. Only buy a motorbike if it has a blue card.
I think you’re supposed to carry it with you, but most expats don’t seem to carry it when they ride the motorbike. The police just want a bribe anyway.
On the rare occasion that they seize your bike, then you go to the station and hand them the blue card and some tea money. Don’t worry if it’s not in your name. They just want the VIN and license plate number to match.
Ok, now that we got that out of the way we can go over the different type of bikes depending on your budget.
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