Okay, I know it's just a motorcycle but I'm going to post some of my photos of NW. Vietnam and some of them wouldn't be possible without this bike so I need to give credit where credit is due.
It's a Russian made, tough workhorse with two strokes, 125cc. The name is Minsk. This is the most popular trail bike in Vietnam. I really like this bike. Although the engine is a bit too small compare to what I prefer, but in Vietnam you can't find a bigger engine to buy or rent because the police bikes are 250cc and they want to make sure they can catch you :)
This bike along with NW Vietnam roads, especially Route 6A, pushed my limits mentally and also my riding skills. I traveled very long hours almost everyday for ten days and all Mr Minsk wanted was gasoline (mixed with 5% oil). He never broke done or complained... Next I'll post the moments we shared.
The location here is actually in the state of "Hoa Binh" not "Ha Tay" but it's not listed under the Vietnam states so I picked the closest state to this location.
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elihesamian (26149) 2005-09-19 16:22
A good friend you had!
great thing for going and coming in some kinds of regions,well captured with a nice perspective,What a beautiful sky you had!really beautiful and an appealing formation of clouds you reached to captured,well worked and very well composed,Skye,
flydragon (0) 2005-09-19 17:15
i remember i had to dive the same
in vietnam Cat Ba island
but the difference your look clean
mine was so old and bad break
funny you remind me this bike ;o)
kensimage (8561) 2005-09-20 1:56
Nice POV and framing, Skye. You're very brave to take on driving in Vietnam, especially on a motorbike, with those killer trucks and buses so poorly driven! Glad you're still here to tell us about it. I look forward to seeing more from this trip. Regards, Ken.
Quentin (5280) 2005-09-21 4:22
Coool! Very good composition! Your moto is just waiting for
its globe trotter! I like your idea to do such a composition.
It really invites to move! Beautiful sky and perspective too.
And funny note with the 250 cc of cops :-) Well done.
t0mmm1 (5440) 2005-09-21 5:11
I like your note and also must tell you that you've made a really nice portait to your friend. But in TE is not allowed to post photos of friends... HAHAHAHA. Just kidding. I like this dramatic POV and the composition with the road that goes to forever is just great. TFS
schapman (0) 2005-09-29 16:30
Woooow, it must have been so great riding this bike in Vietnam! I wish I could do it :) Nice compo (is that your bag there on the grass?) and what bike do you have back home? I bet its a Ducati 1000cc red ;) or is it??
mafan (290) 2005-10-18 15:31
your note sums up the bond we have with different kinds of transport when we're travelling.
unfortunately i've only ever travelled by local transport. but every traveller i've ever met who's got their own transport; be it a vw, motorbike, tandem or camel(!) has an amazing bond with their vehicle. so much so that their eyes glaze over when they talk about 'zorba' (a purple enfield) or their tandem, like it was a first born child.
please, don't think that i'm being cynical or facetious...i think it's beautiful.
i'd love to travel by bike, have you read 'zen and the art...', what he says about travelling without frames is amazing. i'll always try to scramble onto the roof of the bus for this reason.
i bet there were tears when you and mr minsk parted...
davey590 (271) 2005-10-20 13:37
Great Bikes Russian 2strokes
I used to have one in UK
like point of view
Russian stuff is tough and cheap ever tried a Zenit camera (no batteries required)
Thanks For Sharing
kolesn (591) 2007-10-24 1:27
Correction: Minsk is produced in Belarus.
- Copyright: Skye Bajoul (fireflyz) (2097)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-05-25
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Nikon D 70, Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G, Nikon UV L37c
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/800 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Hitting the road!..., Infinite roads, Motorbikes/ Motorcycles [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-09-19 13:32
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