There’s a downside to the speed and chaos of driving in this country, and three of our editors have felt it personally. These are their stories. Photo by Mads Monsen
“There are many reasons to love a Harley-Davidson,” explains Nguyen Viet Tao, president of Hanoi HOG — more formally known as the Hanoi Harley Owners Group. “They are iconic, sexy and manly. They also represent freedom and a brotherhood that has translated very well in Vietnam.”
As bikes get bigger and texting fingers get itchier, it’s up to a new generation of helmets to save us from ourselves. Compiled by Vu Ha Kim Vy
Love it, hate it, like it, lust it, make your bike into something just that little bit special. Here are 10 owners who got into pimp mode. Compiled by Hoa Le and Nick Ross
It was the late 1990s at a tiny, nameless coffee shop. One expat was a regular, sitting on the plastic chairs a few times a week, sipping ca phe sua da and making polite conversation with the shop’s owner, an aging and unassuming local man. But it wasn’t the coffee that kept him coming back.
Everything you thought you knew but didn’t know and
certainly may want to know about owning and
driving a motorbike. Words by Hoa Le.
Photos by Yves Schiepek
Seven thousand kilometres over four months through four countries. Countless adventures had and many stories to tell, this was the itinerary for Charles Carman, a photography student from Colorado who came to Asia looking to ditch the tourist trail for the thrill of riding a Minsk bike through some relatively unexplored countryside.
When I heard a colleague of mine had test-driven the new, mark two version of the electronic Vespa, my inner child took over. “Wow!” was my first response as a smile erupted across my face. “I’d love to give it a try.” We ran an article on the original vehicle in the middle of last year, but none of us ever had the chance to take the bike for a spin.
Even the traffic is different in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City