I share this information for people considering buying a motorbike, and want an idea of price.
You can buy new larger, stronger, non-Japanese motorbikes for much less than this.
You can buy a new 3 wheeler, probably from India, for around a thousand dollars more.
You can buy second hand Honda Dreams in good condition for around $1200. You can buy them in OK condition for around $800.
Some people buy cheap motorbikes (probably made in Vietnam) for around $300. These are not very flash.
I met one man who bought a $50 motorbike and travelled long distances on it. It was very rough, and only 70cc.
It would be interesting to hear what others have paid for motorbikes.
A couple of months back, I looked droolingly at a Dream until the salesgirl quoted me $2380. I was expecting $1800 - $2000. My dream was broken.
I remember back in '07 sonny, a new Honda Dream was $1500.
Oh well, I bought the Yamaha new for less than $1600 with the front discs and fuel injection and I'm happy, but I still reserve some lust for the speedy Honda Dreams of the highway.
Also, people travel the world on Honda cub 90s and many more go long distances on a 110 or 125. About every 5 minutes, a hipster backpacker on a Honda Winner or the like, completes the north to south tour of Vietnam if facebook posts are to be believed.
That being said, I will never understand the obsession with Honda Dreams in this country. I thought maybe I just didn't "get it", so I got a red 2019 model (couldn't bring myself to get a black one) to see what the fuss was about. It still doesn't make sense to me. Drum brakes, carbed, a few dinky LEDs in the headstock and ancient low tech suspension. On top of that I had multiple issues with it starting, so after a handful of trips to the dealer where the motor had to be worked on, I said enough and sold it.
Got $2100 back for it though, and it sold almost immediately so that was good, but the theft rate coupled to the complete lack of any redeemable features makes this still a mystery to me.
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If u were riding a bike and it was not urs and you were stopped, wouldn't you just say you were borrowing ur wfe/gf's bike or it was a rental?...it is technically illegal for a foreigner to own a bike not in their names. I know of only one person who had their bike confiscated from them..
I also cant see the popularity of a dream, I love my 125 wave.
That's what I ended up staying with, lol. Same price as the Dream (in 2017), but has fuel injection, front disk, alloy wheels, big underseat storage, and has been incredibly reliable w/39,000 km now with no mechanical problems. Fuel economy is also better than the Dream significantly. Dream was 40 km/l, the Wave is closer to 50.
Maybe it's best they don't know.
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