Buying a motorcycle in Phnom Penh

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Re: Buying a motorcycle in Phnom Penh

Post by RickyBobby » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:47 am

How hard can it be? Get your money, and go to a few shops and get the prices. Its still around $2000 for a new Honda Dream 250. Buying new is pretty good if you're gonna keep it for a few years; the daily costs are very low, its safe and reliable.

You can also buy good used, something like 4 years old, driven by a girl (who wants the new style) and about 20,000 kilometers, for between $1000, $1,200. We have one (not for sale) like that. That means it cost us about $250 a year from new. The only difference in my opinion to new is some fading of plastic. Of course, she too wants a new one, but as far as I am concerned, this is as good as new and accomplishes the same task so its not gonna happen.
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Re: Buying a motorcycle in Phnom Penh

Post by pczz » Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:55 am

RickyBobby wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:47 am
How hard can it be? Get your money, and go to a few shops and get the prices. Its still around $2000 for a new Honda Dream 250. Buying new is pretty good if you're gonna keep it for a few years; the daily costs are very low, its safe and reliable.

You can also buy good used, something like 4 years old, driven by a girl (who wants the new style) and about 20,000 kilometers, for between $1000, $1,200. We have one (not for sale) like that. That means it cost us about $250 a year from new. The only difference in my opinion to new is some fading of plastic. Of course, she too wants a new one, but as far as I am concerned, this is as good as new and accomplishes the same task so its not gonna happen.
haha you ought to hanga round the local bike shops and see what these idiots do to keep bikes running. They don't know hat an oil filter is, the oils is leftover cooking oil, cheap chinese shit. I had a set of brake shoes fitted and they were crap. Looked at them and they had removed the old ones, glued new material on and screwed it to the brake plates, leaving the screw tops scribing a nice cut in the brake drum! Really do not want to buy a used bike off a khmer unless you know what your are doing.
My landlord bought one, paid a shop to fix it and still rough as fuck. I looked at it. no air filter, cracked fueld hose and coil leads and main earth just twisted wired. Runs fine now:-)
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Re: Buying a motorcycle in Phnom Penh

Post by RickyBobby » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:08 am

pczz wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:55 am
RickyBobby wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:47 am
How hard can it be? Get your money, and go to a few shops and get the prices. Its still around $2000 for a new Honda Dream 250. Buying new is pretty good if you're gonna keep it for a few years; the daily costs are very low, its safe and reliable.

You can also buy good used, something like 4 years old, driven by a girl (who wants the new style) and about 20,000 kilometers, for between $1000, $1,200. We have one (not for sale) like that. That means it cost us about $250 a year from new. The only difference in my opinion to new is some fading of plastic. Of course, she too wants a new one, but as far as I am concerned, this is as good as new and accomplishes the same task so its not gonna happen.
haha you ought to hanga round the local bike shops and see what these idiots do to keep bikes running. They don't know hat an oil filter is, the oils is leftover cooking oil, cheap chinese shit. I had a set of brake shoes fitted and they were crap. Looked at them and they had removed the old ones, glued new material on and screwed it to the brake plates, leaving the screw tops scribing a nice cut in the brake drum! Really do not want to buy a used bike off a khmer unless you know what your are doing.
My landlord bought one, paid a shop to fix it and still rough as fuck. I looked at it. no air filter, cracked fueld hose and coil leads and main earth just twisted wired. Runs fine now:-)
That's why I said buy new and how it cost me $250 a year. But most of us here have a Cambodian Family who can hook us up with something decent. My girls family is 6 kids plus mom and dad. There are at least 5-6 bikes in front of the house. They get them repaired and maintained properly because they understand that its an investment. They even had plastic adhesive protection applied. Oil service and everything on schedule. Dad can do a lot, but the girls don't notice things like I do. I felt the bike was a bit loose a few weeks ago, the brakes needed adjusting and the bike was stalling at a stop, so the idle just needed adjusting and the tires were soft. So we stopped, got those things attended to immediately plus an oil change and it was like $6 bucks.

I like the classic look of the Honda Dream. It is also super rugged and stands up to all the abuse of the roads. The rear shocks have two positions too. I enjoy driving it and I feel safe. I have heard of people wiping out, and a lot of times I felt it was on inferior bikes with smaller tires and perhaps less traction or whatever.

It's a vehicle, don't squabble over $25 bucks, your life is waiting to be lived. Oh and also get the few accessories, like the carrier and the little springy thing between your legs. Avoid the chrome, it rusts. Get black.
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