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    Is it safe?

    I'm thinking about getting a motorbike. I won't go into the whys and wherefores, but I am giving it some thought.

    I haven't had a motorbike since my youth, and haven't ridden one since I passed my CBT many years ago.

    So, first I will need to get a motorbike driving licence, which, after checking online, doesn't seem like it will be difficult to get.

    But before I take that on, I would like to ask the biking members of TD, do you think it is a wise decision? I would guess that most, if not all, of the bikers reading this have had extensive experience of riding a motorbike before riding in Thailand. I had a motorbike for 2 years in my youth, but not since. I am not a spring chicken, but neither am I a decrepit old git, I drive a car regularly, I am as certain as I can be that my reactions are up to the task, but even so...

    Will I be able to take up motorbiking in Thailand and stay in one piece? Nay-sayers and Yay-sayers welcome.

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    The motorbike is safe its the rider that makes it dangerous,and all the other road user that are out to kill you.

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    For what?
    Scootering around the village?
    Motarding in BKK traffic
    Highway cruiser?
    Sportbike knee dragging?

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    Of course it's not bloody safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Of course it's not bloody safe.
    But it's good fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satonic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Of course it's not bloody safe.
    But it's good fun
    Yes, it is.

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    Forgot to add, I will be using the bike for general transport mostly in Rayong and Chonburi provinces.

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    They're out there trying to kill you.

    Make that your philosophy and it may keep you alive a bit longer, on Thai roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leemo
    They're out there trying to kill you.
    Especially your Thai gf/wife in her Dmax...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satonic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Of course it's not bloody safe.
    But it's good fun
    Until you end up dead or in hospital with serious life-threatening injuries,
    As the Thais say " Up to you "

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    Just do the opposite of what anyone tells you.

    Works for me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamiejambos View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Satonic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Of course it's not bloody safe.
    But it's good fun
    Until you end up dead or in hospital with serious life-threatening injuries,
    As the Thais say " Up to you "

    All of these thoughts were running through my head before I started this thread.

    Haven't made a decision yet. Maybe Jesus is right. (Jesus Jones that is, not, errr).

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    Jesus might save YOU ,Jesus Jones won't.

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    Motorcycles scare the siht out of me here. Not the motorcycle exactly but the thought of riding one. Stick to your car. Leave the other to the Thais IMO.

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    Understand the road here first.

    1: The technical skill of Thai drivers is terrible on the whole.
    2: They don't drive agressively.

    Always ride as if you're invisible and no one else can see you.

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    Hop go for it, just be awake when riding.
    You will come across idiet on the road, just be ready for that stupid move from any body.

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    I always had a Harley in the states and considered myself an experienced biker, but I would never get on a bike in Thailand.

    Besides the road safety, you might end up going native and popping zits and plucking chin hairs using your wing mirrors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    I always had a Harley in the states and considered myself an experienced biker, but I would never get on a bike in Thailand.

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    Why would that be funny? I owned about 10 Harley's over my life and constantly rode them. Experienced? Yeah I was.
    Last edited by chitown; 09-03-2014 at 09:21 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    constantly road them
    Was that a pun? Rode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chitown
    constantly road them
    Was that a pun? Rode.

    More of a fast typing moment

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    Quote Originally Posted by chitown View Post
    Besides the road safety, you might end up going native and popping zits and plucking chin hairs using your wing mirrors.

    Or pulling nose hairs with pliers to show I'm hard.

    I'm leaning towards getting a motorbike at the moment.

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    LOS isn't an ideal place to learn (or pick up motorcycling again after a long break), but it's manageable (note that driving a car and being used to the traffic conditions isn't actually that helpful as far as bikes go)- if you were in the States I'd recommend an MSF course, but here the best you can hope for is a patient, experienced riding buddy who'll work with you- otherwise, you'll be jumping into the deep end to a fair degree.

    Either way, I'd go for it- bikes are fucking great, and the riding in Thailand can be pretty good once you get out of the cities.
    There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raycarey View Post
    is it safe?
    Ding ding ding - is that the school bell a ringing Ray Fairy??

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