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Top Ten tips for riding a motorbike in Thailand

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11. Dont try to drive as Thais.
The worse thing you can do is drive like a farang

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"Drive"? A couple of comments about that. I always thought that you ride two wheelers. :whistling:

 

I've done that for 50+ years, have I got or done something wrong? 

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"Drive"? A couple of comments about that. I always thought that you ride two wheelers. :whistling:
 
I've done that for 50+ years, have I got or done something wrong? 
It's unimportant.

drive

drīv/

verb

1.

operate and control the direction and speed of a motor vehicle.

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38 minutes ago, Tofer said:

You forgot a few;

 

- Remove your rear light bulb.

- Don't use your indicators.

- learn the etiquette for driving the wrong direction.

- never stop when entering a major road from a side road.

 

Last but not least - learn to ride with one leg sticking out like Barry Shean on a sewing machine, so you look cool as if on a racing circuit...

 

Goddangit, man! You mean I have to remember 15 rules now? I’m gonna have to note these down on my phone. I’ll wait till I’m driving. I’m real busy sitting at home now.

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1 hour ago, lvr181 said:

"Motorbike is indeed something for men with(out) balls..." - in the event of an accident. :sad:

 

11) NEVER assert your legal rights when riding. In a crash, you lose.

 

12) Always expect the unexpected.

If you follow your #12 rule you won't be in a crash... it's just how it is, I'm riding since I'm 6 yrs old never had an accident on the road (of course I did in track days and races), I lost the number of Km I made on a bike but I'm probably around the million... When you drive on the road the only rule is THINK. As I said before, you don't drive a bike looking a 1/4 of second in front of you, you must look far in the future...

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I hate motorbikes drivers in Thailand, but if they were driving cars I would hate them more !

At least with motorbikes I am almost sure that the dead one won't be me ?

 

 

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11 hours ago, Thakkar said:

1

Learn to control bike with one hand, leaving the other free to hold your phone.

2

Find at least two other people, and a poodle, to carry with you on your rides.

3

Remember to leave your helmet at home.

4

Flip flops only, not shoes.

5

At least one of the rear view mirrors reflecting your face so you can see how cool you look while weaving through traffic.

6

Cool RayBans are a must.

7

Ensure sufficient shopping bags in basket to cover headlights.

8

Don’t be modest now. Mufflers off—announce your presence!

9

If you’re not drunk, don’t drive.

10

“Wai” with both hands when passing an elder you know. Politesse matters.

You missed carrying the umbrella!

 

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14 hours ago, taipan1949 said:

I lived the last ten years of my life in Thailand in Pattaya and was lucky to have the baht bus system in place. I lived in Bang Lamung within walking distance to a baht bus route to the beach and everywhere else. I never had any problem and then if needed I could rent one for the day for long trips and was inexpensive. I never needed to drive a mc although I did drive a truck when I worked in Map Ta Phut as it was given to me. I love Baht Buses.

If they raised the baht buses to 15 baht a trip, I'd still use them, I just choose which one I enter, never let a baht bus choose me, don;t care how many times he uses his horn ........ too many scams and scammers in Pattaya .

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Stop listening to your mummy and just use the grey stuff between your ears. Experience, awareness and anticipation counts for a lot when riding bikes. Of course the risks are highr compared with other modes of travel. Common sense counts for a lot too. Bike bashers can swivel as far as I'm concerned??

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10 hours ago, MekkOne said:

If you follow your #12 rule you won't be in a crash..

Personally I wouldn't go so far to claim that but I would hold that "expect the unexpected" would minimise the chances of a crash.

 

Just IMHO after riding (and racing motorbikes in my younger years, of course) for 50+ years.

 

As watso63, post #57 said "experience, awareness and anticipation" is a definite survival technique. :thumbsup:

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23 hours ago, swerve said:

There's others too:

Drive slowly.

Be aware of the other vehicles around you.

Wear a good helmet.

Don't drink and drive.

The expat community as a %age is probably even worse than Thais for drink driving.

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20 hours ago, superal said:

A question to the motor bike riders .   When you want to turn right , do you pull out to the right of the road into the face of the oncoming traffic ?  or do you keep to the pavement side of the left hand part of the road and wait till it is clear to make your turn ?

A good question.

 

If you wait on the left side to turn right, you'll be there forever.  If you go the centre of the road and wait to turn right, then you are at risk of being hit from the rear by the cars, trucks and buses that turn on red (at lights) or turn when it's blatantly not safe, and you also risk a head on collision from the cars doing unwise overtaking in front of you.

 

I move to the right and keep the risk to a minimum by getting out of the way as soon as possible.  (Note: Traffic lights are only advisory). 

 

A very different way of riding from what I was taught on my Advanced Riders Course - but you are most at risk when stationary, so try to keep moving as much as possible.

 

A local friend of mine once said - "the only direct from which a car will not come at you, is from underneath".

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On 7/30/2018 at 12:28 PM, swerve said:

There's others too:

Drive slowly.

Be aware of the other vehicles around you.

Wear a good helmet.

Don't drink and drive.

Being aware of your surroundings is very important but I, and most other riders in Thailand don't recommend to ride slowly.. it can actually be a lot more dangerous. I have been riding in Bangkok and around Thailand daily for 2 years now accident free (except for mud roads and the race track). 

 

Of course I don't mean you should do crazy speeding, but keeping up with or slightly above the speed of  traffic flow while staying in the mid or right lanes can be a lot safer than riding slowly on the left. When riding slow close to the curb you put yourself into more danger of overtaking cars and trucks, as well as cars cutting in front from sideroads. 

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