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Offroad Vietnam is based in Hanoi. We use only near new 125cc Honda bikes or the older but still reliable Honda XR250’s. They were made by Japanese Honda companies, not the Chinese copies. We don’t use other brands due to part availability and reliability. However, none of our bike is really suitable for riding two up. If you ride two up the pillion passenger won’t be comfortable and not enough room for rider’s legs. This is sadly an honest advice. A standard touring motorbike for two people is from 650cc and this is very expensive in Vietnam due to 120% taxes. FYI, a new Kawasaki Versys 650cc sport adventure costs 14,000$US!!! That’s ways too much for business.
Most of the details you need to know were posted on our websites. Just follow the links in this email to pages providing information you are looking for. We know this reply can be exhaustive but we would like things clear and straightforward before you confirm a booking. In case you already knew any detail then just skip it.
You will see the best of Vietnam, not like the norm. In reality, we ride where very few people travel. In addition, our business focuses on safety, comfort, quality of services and customers’ experience and satisfaction. We don’t offer cheap backpacker standards or lower quality of services in exchange for a discounted price. In short, we don’t just sell you an adventure but a journey of your life-time.
Rider skill requirement
Could you let us know bit more about your dates and riding experience please? Riding experience is very important because Vietnamese traffic is very scary. Do you ride automatic or semi-automatic or manual clutch motorbikes? In case you don’t feel confident to ride as a novice rider, there’s an option to ride pillion on the back of your partner or our tour guide.
Vietnam motorbike tour options
How many days do you want to ride? We recommend about a week and you could look this ride. It shows you the best of Northern Vietnam (roads, trails, people, culture and scenery etc.). More feedback about this loop is at this link. Moreover, if you need more reference please log on this page.
Self-guided motorbike tours (just bike hire)
2012 – 2014 semi-automatic scooter Honda Wave 110cc: 10$US/day/bike.
2014 manual sport touring Honda CGL125: 15$US/day/bike.
2013-2015 manual dirt bike Honda XR125L: 20$US/day/bike.
2016 manual dirt bike Honda XR150L: 25$US/day/bike.
1998-2005 dirt bike manual Honda XR250: 35$US/day/bike.
It’s best to know some mechanic basics because manual clutch bikes are not popular in Vietnam. We could quickly show you things to handle when you are on your own. You pay everything on your own while on the road.
Semi-guided Vietnam motorbike tours
On a semi-guided trip, in addition to bike rental costs above you have a Vietnamese local who is a guide, a mechanic and a translator. He also takes care of the routes and helps with food and hotel arrangement. He’s a real bonus to the whole experience. His salary + his bike is 100$US/day and this cost will be shared between riders in your group. You pay him fuel, accommodation and food during the trip. If you end outside of Hanoi, there will be additional costs for shipping the bikes back and guide’s travel back to base.
Fully guided Vietnam motorbike tours
This type of tour includes almost everything like bikes, a tour guide, food, accommodation, tickets and permits etc. In fact, all you pay is just drinks.
Most of our tours are private and only some are open to more riders. Updates are posted here. If there is no tour for your dates, it’s possible to start a new trip and we advertise to get more riders if possible.
For the cost, please follow this link. More people come you pay less. Bike upgrades are available.
Below we will cover more details of what you need to know when motorbiking in Vietnam. Many motorbike tour operators may not make it clear but we would like you to know these details before you decide. We have been providing professional motorbike adventures since late 2006.
Weather and climate
There are no best times to ride a motorbike in Vietnam as our country has an extremely long longitude spanning different climatic conditions at once. Vietnam also consists of four seasons, the winter isn’t too cold or the summer too hot. The autumn is sometimes heavy with rain but usually it will only rain for 1 or 2 hours, then wonderful blue sky will appear again. In the spring, mist covers the mountain tops, and even though there is cool weather it is one of the most spectacular times of year with beautiful colours of trees and flower blossom.
For the most beautiful scenery of rice paddies in the mountain, the best time is from September to December. January to April is normally cold and foggy and May to August is hot and can be rainy.
First, none of foreign licenses is valid in Vietnam, including your country license. There are conflicting reports about this but the reality is unfortunately not a good news.
The police rarely stop you to check license unless you do something wrong. It’s more to do with personal medical insurance. You can’t get a local license with a tourist visa, even if you have a business visa, you need a company to sponsor you and wait 7-10 days after you arrive in Vietnam to do paperwork. This means nearly impossible to get a local license and therefore you can’t buy any insurance in Vietnam. If you don’t have a Vietnamese driving license, you can’t purchase any local bike insurance policy for you. Luckily, you can buy a personal medical insurance policy from companies like Allianz, CHI or World Nomads. In fact, they only request your country driving license.
Vietnam driving license is a very complicated issue. Even Vietnam doesn’t recognize any foreign license but take it easy you will be ok. We don’t need a license to join our tours or hire our bikes. More details are at this link.
The government is working on accepting international driving license from 2015 but unfortunately there is no final confirmation from the Ministry of Transport. Laws in Vietnam need sometime to be enforced through a complicated system of decrees and letters. Now they are talking about 2016 after many delays. However, no official confirmation as of today.
Insurance on a motorbike trip
The question of having a Vietnamese license actually relates to insurance. There are three types of insurance but you only can get one for yourselves (personal medical insurance), please see more details at this page.
Safety motorbiking gear
It’s best to bring your riding gear for quality and sizes. But if you don’t want to carry, we also hire riding gear for 3$US/person/day and a typical set includes a HJC helmet, gloves, protective clothes or pads as seen at this link.
It’s possible to leave bags you don’t need behind at our office when you ride on your trip, we have spaces for you.
A deposit is needed to secure a booking and instructions will be sent after we agree about a final tour itinerary.
We hope that’s all clear about our services but let us know if you still have more questions.
Anh Wu (Mr),
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