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    How to drive a Tuk Tuk?

    Last Friday night on the way home in the wee hours of the morning my Tuk Tuk driver was kind enough to let me drive his vehicle. I don't normally take tuk tuk's but this guy was persistent and he let me take it for the same price as my normal cab home.

    This was my second attempt in a tuk tuk, my first being much more successful but that was about four years ago and I can't remember how I did it.

    So I pulled away smoothly, the whole hand/foot coordination between the hand accelerator and the foot clutch was fine but when I went to pop it into second I just couldn't find it. This made me look down at the gear box which in turn made me rev the fuck out of the engine and turn to the right and then when I looked up to correct my direction I accidentally popped a wheely.

    There were no cars on the road when I started but just after the wheely I was pulled over by the cops who were doing their hourly patrol of my street. I slammed on the brakes and shouted "oooh shit" the tuk tuk driver jumped out the back and I jumped in as the driver started pushing the tuk tuk down the street as if it was broken down. The police wound down the window of their car and when they saw it was me they just shook their heads and laughed as they drove off.

    So back in the tuk tuk and I've got the same problem, I just cant find second gear.

    So my question is, to any of you more experienced tuk tuk drivers, where is second gear?

    Unless I was really drunk I'm pretty sure its not you standard 'H' formation that you get in a regular car. I would kind of like on my next attempt, whenever that is, to get in and drive like a pro. Any help would be much appreciated.

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    You obviously don't have the right amulet.

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    Be good to own a tuk-tuk. Ideal for pootling around the market and doing the shopping.

    Reminds me of my effort of driving the longtail from Ranong to Burma. I insisted that it was a doddle and the chap let me drive it. 10 or so very irrate visa runners bore witness to me nearly capsizing the fucker and snaking my way over to the burmese immigration point...very very drunk indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somtamslap
    Be good to own a tuk-tuk.
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    mate of mine bought one, i think it cost him about 50,000 baht,

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    My wife bought one about three years ago when she worked for the Motorcycle racing company in Pattaya. They just wanted an unregistered one for messing around with in the pit lane. I think, don't quote me on this, that it was only about 35,000bt. The hardest part was getting it out of Bangkok. She had to hire a flat bed truck to transport it and got pulled over by the cops every 10mins to get questioned what they were doing with it.

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    Driving a Tuk-Tuk

    Used to mend 2 in the U.K.! Quite useful back there as they are so narrow in the congested town centres.I have found that the syncro soon goes on 2nd gear.Don't rev so much in 1st and be gentle!

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    I used to have an early spin in the Robin Hood's Tuk Tuk on a Sunday morning. The only major difference is the location of the gear box between your knees and the clutch on the left side of the vehicle but of course still operated only by your left foot; so in theory should be easy enough. I can't remember the exact gear box layout but 1st is top left and straight down is to second.

    The only initial problem I found with that particulat Tuk Tuk was the biting point on the clutch for changing up - seems a tiny margin and your either end up putting too much revs on and going nowhere for fear or going for it and shooting off from first into second at a frightening pace with the potential of doing some damage.

    I managed to get into third once past the Bulls head, the japanese convienence store into the car park down 33/1 once and turn the thing around with reverse before getting pulled by the car park attendent for joy riding round his lot. He pulled one of those gates on wheels to stop me exiting. I had to act the dumb farang.

    Maybe after having a few beers was limiting your skills FP

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