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1. Posted by Johno (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

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Next may my friend and I are going to hire a couple of large motorcycles ex Phuket and travel all of Thailand. We are experienced motorcyclists.

If anyone out there has done this trip before I would appreciate hearing from you with any information that may help make our trip a bit easier, safer and memoriable.

Thanks in advance

Johno :)

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 613 posts) 9y

Just check your insurance: both for on the road in Thailand, and your travel health insurance - many exclude riding bikes, but you'll only find it in the small print.

3. Posted by draggons (Full Member 113 posts) 9y

Johno, thailand great place for bikes but some of the roads are pure crap, you can be on a perfectly surfaced road one minute then hit a pot holed nightmare the next. It also takes a while to get use to mental Thai drivers especially truck drivers out of their faces on "yaba"

Big enduro's a better choice than big road bikes.

Only my opinion, enjoy.

4. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 9y

Since you will be spending a bit of time riding, definitely get an International Driver's Permit. As a farang on a bike, you will look like a mobile ATM to the boys in brown. I haven't been stopped in decades in the States, but average a stop a week in Thailand. You will want to be legal.

In rural areas, I would advise that you park it at night. Thais use all the road and often save there lights for when they are really needed.

Get insurance that includes emergency evacuation. A bike in the boonies boosts you chance of needing facilities that aren't local.

5. Posted by gorfi (Budding Member 21 posts) 9y

Ive done the northern Thailand by bike and most of the main roads there are very good, small roads are worse, but that's why i suppose u guys are getting 'dirt bikes'. Use a helmet and they wont stop u that easilly! ...and dont drink and drive!

6. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 9y

As others have said insurance will be your biggest problem from all angles
Firstly is the bike insured at all
Then it's quite possible that the insurancwe will be invalid if you don't have an international driving licence. - They will hire you the vehile on production your national licence and later you'll find that you aren't insured.
Next - will you be allowed to drive the bike off Phuket and will you still be insured??
Big bike are not actually made in THailand they are imported as "spare patrts" so the whole registration thing can be very dodgy.

One more thing - does your travel insurance cover you for motorcycling? there is a case going on at present where a young American died whist being transferred from one hospital to another - it has been suggested that this was because they thought he was uninsured.

I have been a biker all my life and love biking but I don't do a lot in Thailand. one of the main reasons is the climate; it's so warm here, it's extremely tempting to ride without protective clothing and this kills it for me - I once landed on asphalt without proper gloves on and the resulting injuries took months to heal.

I'm certainly not suggesting you don't do the trip - i think it will be great - but you do need to be bprared in case the whole thing goes belly-up due to some luney road user or unexpected pot-hole.

7. Posted by Johno (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

Hey thanks all for your info...we are definitely going ahead with the trip so I appreciate all the tips..thanks again

Johno

8. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

If you're renting bikes make sure your rent them from a reputable firm - it may cost a bit more than the street rental places in the short term, but the street places are often run by thugs who will tell you that you've caused some kind of damage to the vehicle and demand a fistful of baht, which you will have to pay.

9. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 9y

Another good scam is to rent you a bike and then you wake up in the morning and it's been "stolen" ........naturally you have to pay!

10. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1652 posts) 9y

Quoting Johno

Next may my friend and I are going to hire a couple of large motorcycles ex Phuket and travel all of Thailand. We are experienced motorcyclists.

If anyone out there has done this trip before I would appreciate hearing from you with any information that may help make our trip a bit easier, safer and memoriable.

Thanks in advance

Johno :)

Being a "mobile ATM" is a good description. Even if the accident you are in is not your fault - YOU may be the person paying for the damage! Also because you are a tourist/Farang the police may confiscate your passport until you cough up some money!

Good luck on your trip!