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    Hello From Northern Thailand

    Hi Everyone

    Another NC750X rider here, I bought the NC750X DCT new here in Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand, I am originally from Australia and now retired to Thailand..............lots of choice in motorcycles up here and it was a hard decision to go for the Honda, the frunk and low center of gravity were the two things that made my final decision...........................ive had the bike nearly 5 x months now and done 4500km, it been faultless


    I have been riding motorcyles and quads for many years, earlier this year I sold my much loved 2005 Harley FLHR in Australia and wanted a bigger bike in Thailand, I already own a 2014 Honda PCX 150 and a 2018 Yamaha X-Max 300 in Thailand.......................Harleys are extremely expensive here in Thailand and probably too heavy for the mountains, lots of twisties up this way, so the Honda it is


    My bike........................



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    Welcome to the forums + Nice view!

    Just curious, but what is the typical (non-scooter) engine size motorcycle in Thailand? I have to presume the NC750x is considered a fairly large bike there, just as it would be in Europe. I've never made it to Asia but from documentaries I would just guess that the 150-300cc bikes dominate the market for motorcycles. Yes? No?

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    My past work project took me to Thailand very frequently in a 4 year span, got to be very familiar with the country, people and culture. Took me a bit to adjust to the heat and humidity, but I enjoyed my times there. I took a timeout during 1 work trip and made a long weekend trip from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai and back on a rented KLX 250. That was pretty amazing and a moto-trip that will live in my memory forever.

    What I really miss is the food. Some of the dishes knocked my socks off.....and CHEAP!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by melensdad View Post
    Just curious, but what is the typical (non-scooter) engine size motorcycle in Thailand? I have to presume the NC750x is considered a fairly large bike there, just as it would be in Europe. I've never made it to Asia but from documentaries I would just guess that the 150-300cc bikes dominate the market for motorcycles. Yes? No?

    By a long margin Scooters rule the roads here in Thailand, remember alot of families only have scooters as there only mode of transport as they dont own cars............................the most common size motorcycle would be 150cc, very popular is the Yamaha M-Slaz which is 150cc and 6 speed manual (see pic below) we bought one for my stepson a couple of years ago, he has already done 40 000km ...................the young Thai boys love these thing and they are everywhere. Probably due to them being at the cheaper end of the market aswell...............next would be the 300cc motorcycles, like a Honda CBR300...............most dealers in all towns would have a few of these in stock...........................anything over 300cc and you have to go to a dealer in big town to see or buy one.


    The over 500cc market sees Honda/Yamaha/Kawasaki/Suzuki being the main players, most other brands are available here though.



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    Quote Originally Posted by NuckaMan View Post
    I took a timeout during 1 work trip and made a long weekend trip from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai and back on a rented KLX 250. That was pretty amazing and a moto-trip that will live in my memory forever.

    I will be going from Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai this friday, I have a South African friend coming to stay in Chiang Mai and we are going to catch up for a beer or two ..................not sure how long I will stay, accommodation is so cheap over here, the hotel I regularly stay at in Chiang Rai is about $11.00 US per night, that is about as cheap as it gets for an air cond room.


    Lots of amazing roads to ride motorbikes up this way.................................


























    We do have to be careful on what might be around the next corner, road conditions vary alot in the country, very few signs and most are in Thai so no help to me .................












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    There you are. Welcome to the forum. I'm very jealous, you have an Xmax 300.

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    Amazing. Please continue to share. Brings back some memories.

    My route from CM to CR north and around the national parks in that region. Came through a series of small towns and villages. Had some amazing meals along the way, and of course, many friendly faces. I'm sure with your permanent residency in Thailand, you will find even more exciting routes around. I certainly do miss the people and the food. The only thing I don't miss about Thailand is Bangkok and the traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpinvt View Post
    There you are. Welcome to the forum. I'm very jealous, you have an Xmax 300.

    The X-Max is a great scooter, I live about 70km from Chiang Rai city so everyweek I usually go for a night or two in town and I usually take the X-Max, very easy for parking and to stop for a photo or two, and the underseat storage is huge...........






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    Quote Originally Posted by NuckaMan View Post
    Amazing. Please continue to share. Brings back some memories.

    Ive got a few Expat friends that I regularly ride with, some are retired like me, some have business here and some work away and spend there time off in Thailand, a great mixture of people from all over the world, a few weeks ago I was invited by my Canadian friend Brian from Chiang Rai Big Bike Hire to join them for a day out to make an advertising video for his hire business, I was on my X-Max in this video, and on a CRF250 at the Elephant Camp................we had a blast that day......................



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