Any fellow bikers on this site?
Only in the the US, and some other western countries, do people think that riding a motorcycle is a badge of macho-hood.
Most people in Thailand, from kids to grandmothers, use motorbikes like family cars, hauling groceries, even adding side cars and canopies to make vendor carts, etc., except that the motors are almost silent, there is a long seat to fit extra riders, and many of them have flat floors where you can pile produce.
Occasionally Thai enamored with the mega-noisy, monster US road motorbikes will roar past, almost deafening people and often inspiring me to curse them roundly in French and/or Creole. These road bikes are too heavy and awkward to handle well in close traffic, not designed for extra passengers, polluting, gas guzzling.
I only filled my Honda Icon every week or so, and it cost me $1.20 to fill the tank.
Pics: 1.me driving my Honda Icon in Songkhla, Thailand
2.crowd of Thai at U-turn a block from my place in Songkhla, showing tangle of overhead power lines, common there.
You betcha!!! It's one of my three great loves in life! I've been riding motorcycles since I was 10, in 1972. I've found it to be profoundly more relaxing than anything else out there. It's also much cheaper than therapy and just as effective. I love it so much that I've been offering my services as a motorcycle trail guide since last year. You know......any excuse to ride!! I ride a 1986 Kawasaki Voyager.
While I have no bike at this moment, I have had many, and I'm sure the current condition won't last. I've got an itch for a supermoto bike at the moment.
I've been involved in racing for years. MX, woods/enduro, and roadcourse. I could see myself giving Trials a shot sometime.