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Old 11-03-2008, 03:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Motorbike rental in Bkk - any reccomendations?

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Old 11-03-2008, 03:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How long do you want to hire for?
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When I first came to Bkk I rented a bike from John at Q Cars in Pattaya...he's a real good guy and even rode it up for me...
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When I first came to Bkk I rented a bike from John at Q Cars in Pattaya...he's a real good guy and even rode it up for me.
I would've thought using their BKK office would've been easier, or don't they rent out bikes in Bangkok?
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How long do you want to hire for?
3-4 months.
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The funny thing is I don't know anyone who has ever rented in BKK, and though I know a few guys who ride their own, I've always thought it would be one of the last things I'd want to do.

There are lots of police checks, and even though I've ridden both big bikes and small bikes many years in Thailand, Bangkok is the one place I wouldn't want to do it.

Just too hairy and stressful.
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^^ Might be better off buying a second hand bike.

Not sure how much rental costs in bkk either, but maybe work out cheaper too?
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:54 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm not aware of any rental shops in Bangkok.

Better off buying one second hand if you want it for any length of time.

you can sell it on easily enough when you've finished with it or give it to your latest squeeze to look after for you.

Do you just want a little bike?
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I have been stopped 3 times in over a year, I know where all the checks are though so I avoid them now. It is not that bad once you get to know your way around a little.
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Riding about on a bike in Bangkok is a mug's game.
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^ Got friends that ride motorbikes in Bangkok all the time, quickest way to get around.

True, not for me though, I would expect to be dead by the end of the week. As Scamp probably would be which is why he will not end up getting a bike at all.
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A bicycle is a better option than a motorbike.
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ot friends that ride motorbikes in Bangkok all the time, quickest way to get around
If you live in Sukhumvit and the furthest you go is, erm, Sukhumvit. Then maybe.

For me a bike in Bangkok is useless and would take me forever to get anywhere as they can't go on the expressways.

I'm near Minburi and it takes me 15 minutes to get to Sukhumvit using the expressway. On a bike it would take me an hour minimum.

It was the danger factor I was referring to, and that's my other major issue with riding in Bangkok.
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I don't ride anywhere on my bike anymore apart from the area where I live, just to pop out and get some food or a dvd etc.. I have given up going anywhere that involves fast or big roads as it is just too dangerous, much more comfy to use the car even if it does take longer. And as Emp says, if you are going anywhere out of central BKK a bike is a pain because of the no expressways rule.
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^^ Both of them live quite far out actually, so the motorbike is needed for transportation because the traffic is a nightmare and the skytrain/subway doesn't reach them.

They both ride large bikes though, R1s and Ninjas and that sort of thing, with proper helmets/clothes so they are much safer than the scooters most people use in BKK.

Fast bikes as well, reckon they could beat you from a Minburi location to a Sukhumvit location without much problem. Especially if there is traffic.

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Fast bikes as well, reckon they could beat you from a Minburi location to a Sukhumvit location without much problem. Especially if there is traffic.
Theres not much an R1 wouldnt beat
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You can pick up an okay 2nd hand m/c for 20k. Might be a better option.
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You can pick up an okay 2nd hand m/c for 20k. Might be a better option.
Definately the best option if you going to be around for a few weeks. You can buy a nice little honda sonic for 25k. Then easily resell it for 20-21k. That or for a little less the suzuki raider, those are good buys.
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You can get a little nissan micro car for 800 baht a day you can still use the footpaths to shortcut red lights and traffic jams because there so small but you get added aircon as a bonus.
The problem I found is sometimes the old GPS garmin streets Thailand V10 doesn't know if your if your on the motorway or on the sukhimvit if you have to drive somewhere new.
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What CC you looking for?

If you want a 100-125cc it's cheap, but anything bigger is much more expensive.
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What CC you looking for? If you want a 100-125cc it's cheap, but anything bigger is much more expensive.
He made the post over 4 years ago.
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