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I rent now a 150 for 4000, old beaten up bike....and i could get a 2 year used one for 40000...bht

it makes no sense to not buy it

but where to keep it when I am away in europe....i stay here 6 months.....

also what are the yearly costs with the bike

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We’re left guessing what you mean.... 

 

You rent at 150cc motorcycle for 4000 baht per month ? 

 

You can buy a 2 year old motorcycle for 40,000 baht - (which pays for itself in less than 2 years compared to rental). 

 

Costs of motorcycle ownership are minimal - Tax & insurance is very cheap, maintenance cost is variable and obviously dependent on what can go wrong. 

 

Best thing about buying your own bike... being able to chose something with ABS so it has better safety. 

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1 hour ago, parafareno said:

where to keep it when i am away....i dont have a condo here to store it

Any friends who’d keep it at their place?

 

Where in Thailand are you located ???

 

Run some google searches - this one came up on the first page. 

 

https://www.bahtsold.com/view/motorcycle-storage-434610

 

 

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I stayed in an apartment when i first bought my bike they let me keep it there when i went back to UK for 4 months, so stay in a place that allows you to store it there, it's in their interest for repeat customers, maybe less busy condos will allow it also

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6 hours ago, lanng khao said:

Definitely,, I've just bought a honda click160 abs for 75,000 baht for that reason.

Wow, they have gone up market... thought they were under 60,000 baht. 

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40,000 baht who you buying from Del Boy Trotter. I bought an Air Blade 10yrs ago for 12000 baht ex rental still flying oils and spark plug change every year and a couple of batteries.Those Honda engines go for ever with very cheap services. Shop around plenty about a lot cheaper 

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I still have the Yamaha TTX I bought from a Brit about 10 years ago. It had 8000 km on the odometer, now up to 26,000. I only use it around town.

IMO it is best to buy secondhand vehicles, two or four wheels, from Westerners. With Asians, it's a lottery as to whether one gets a car or scooter that has been properly maintained.

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1 hour ago, Moonlover said:

And it's still running very nicely 7 years on.

So is my Nuovo, 16 years on, think it was 51,000. Her Step... cheaper and same.

A Click was always a cheaper model of bike....never liked the idea of a single rear shock absorber.... 

I just took a look and yes, sure have tarted them up a bit....

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On 11/30/2022 at 11:37 PM, dddave said:

I rent a 6 year old, 35,000 km Honda Click for B1200/mo. in Jomtien.  It is in excellent shape and the owner comes by every 3 months and services it.  I only use it for around town, no Sukhumvit, no Pattaya at night.  It serves me very well.

 

I do not want to be stuck with a bike that may need expensive repairs and quit on me. 

Cheaper used bikes are a pig in a poke.  Think of all the bikes you saw flopped over in the floods in this past year and how many of those bikes are now on the market. 

As I said, he maintains the bike and if anything did happen, he'd come and pick it up and leave me a replacement.  

When I was laid-up for 2 months with a leg infection, he came and got the bike then returned it when I was ready.  No charge for the months I didn't use it.

I found him on facebook two years ago and he's been great. PM me for info.

OP, Many condos will allow you to leave a bike in their parking garage if you sign a lease for the following year.

 

 

i dread to think how much attention to detail the owner does for his 1,200 baht per month !  - prob just changes the oil !  - let me know your T shirt size so i cand let you have a "I Told You So " T Shirt when the brakes fail and you hit the back of a truck with a 100b helmet on yer head .....  Who in their right mind would want to ride about on a 35,000km s hagger anyway ??

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5 hours ago, piston broke said:

i dread to think how much attention to detail the owner does for his 1,200 baht per month !  - prob just changes the oil !  - let me know your T shirt size so i cand let you have a "I Told You So " T Shirt when the brakes fail and you hit the back of a truck with a 100b helmet on yer head .....  Who in their right mind would want to ride about on a 35,000km s hagger anyway ??

How wrong you are.  brake job done at the beginning of this year, new tires as well.

Thanks for the offer but keep your T-shirt: fits you better.

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5 minutes ago, Screaming said:

It is very dangerous to drive a motorbike in Thailand. A much safer alternative would be to rent a car from one of the rental car businesses in Thailand.

More dangerous to walk, totally exposed crossing roads, even on some pavements. Cycling or motorbike riding is much safer than non riders make out

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9 minutes ago, Screaming said:

It is very dangerous to drive a motorbike in Thailand. A much safer alternative would be to rent a car from one of the rental car businesses in Thailand.

It is very dangerous to cross the road in Thailand. A much safer alternative would be not to cross the road or only cross where there is a bridge..... (see, I can make an equally moot and irrelevant comment !).

 

In almost every thread concerning motorcycles there is always someone who pipes up and suggests getting a car because motorcycling is more dangerous in Thailand. 

 

A comment usually made by someone with no experience of riding a motorcycle in Thailand. 

 

Motorcycling is more dangerous anywhere..... 

 

 

In Thailand a significant amount of risk can be cut out by not riding at night, not riding in the wet, not riding after drinking, not speeding, riding defensively - by applying these ’sensible’ factors we eliminate the vast proportion of risk and remain only exposed to the ‘freak events’ which of course still present and elevated level of risk compared to driving, but place riding a motorcycle in Thailand at a far more tolerable level or risk which is more realistic for the riding many of us do. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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22 hours ago, piston broke said:

i dread to think how much attention to detail the owner does for his 1,200 baht per month !  - prob just changes the oil !  - let me know your T shirt size so i cand let you have a "I Told You So " T Shirt when the brakes fail and you hit the back of a truck with a 100b helmet on yer head .....  Who in their right mind would want to ride about on a 35,000km s hagger anyway ??

What, it has hardly been run in!

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Some advice for many farang motorbike riders:  It is not a matter of if you will have an accident of some sort, only a matter of when.  Maybe yours will be minor; maybe not.

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1 minute ago, pomchop said:

Some advice for many farang motorbike riders:  It is not a matter of if you will have an accident of some sort, only a matter of when.  Maybe yours will be minor; maybe not.

WRONG....  its not a matter of that at all... Plenty of Motorcyclists in Thailand motorcycle throughout their lives without an accident. 

 

The reality still remains that any motorcyclist could have an accident at any time... and there is definitely elevated risk....  But the statement you have made “Its not a matter of if, its a matter of when” is not factual at all... its just a ‘sound-bite’ some people think seems clever. 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, richard_smith237 said:

WRONG....  its not a matter of that at all... Plenty of Motorcyclists in Thailand motorcycle throughout their lives without an accident. 

 

The reality still remains that any motorcyclist could have an accident at any time... and there is definitely elevated risk....  But the statement you have made “Its not a matter of if, its a matter of when” is not factual at all... its just a ‘sound-bite’ some people think seems clever. 

 

 

 

advice for many farang motorbike riders...

 

MANY NOT ALL

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4 minutes ago, pomchop said:

advice for many farang motorbike riders...

 

MANY NOT ALL

I see... So you are saying many ‘farang’ motorcyclists will have a motorcycle accident.... 

 

But how is that advice ??.... it doesn't advise them to do anything about the risk, it just some vague statement of risk that you perceive. 

 

 

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