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Two Minsk for Sale, 3/16-3/17 HANOI

Posted by MinksyDinksy on 9/3/2010 at 15:40

Posted from within Vietnam.

Two Minsk for sale, available 3/16-3/17 in Hanoi
Posted on 9th March, 2010
AVAILABLE 3/16 - 3/17

Two Minsk motos that have been running the roads from HCMC to Hanoi, zig zagging from the coast to the HCM Trail, finding dead end roads and remote fishing villages. Solid engines. We've had no substantial troubles, just a few maintenance issues on old bikes which have been repaired. They are old bikes though and the leaking and the repairs are part of the fun(?), as well as arriving in every town covered in diesel fumes and two-stroke oil.

It may be different in the North, but South and Central--NO LOCALS RIDE THESE BIKES. However, they do get a kick out of seeing you on them, we even had a group of elderly gentleman place bets on the makes of the bikes! That said, road side breakdowns and just pulling out a map or two will attract plenty of people willing to help you--usually atleast 5 or more :-)

-- Large Map of Vietnam that shows small towns and roads not listed in Altas
-- Atlas that shows small towns and roads not listed in the Large Map
-- Beaten Lonely Planet guide for those days you have ridden for 8-10 hrs and dont want to hunt down a place to stay, and has reasonable blow up maps of larger cities
-- Set of tools
-- Whatever two-stoke oil we have left
-- Two locks (not that we ever needed to use them)
-- Spare electrical parts and cables

Other things we've found:
-- Its important to stock up on two stroke oil (2T) when you can, in South/Central it was easier to find in small village petrol stations and misc hardware shops where more people run farming equipment versus the big petrol stations along HWY1 and in the big towns.
-- Buy spares in the big towns before leaving if you can...we couldn't since it was Tet and everything was shut. Sounds like Hanoi really is the easiest place to get it all via the Minsk manual.
-- If you are coming from overseas, do yourself a favor and bring your own nylon cord, tube of lock tight, and duct tape.
-- Most supplies can be found along the way but you'll be surprised by those one or two simple items you can't find.
-- Petrol is easy to find, full on stations in the middle of the mountains right when all the bottle sellers almost had you fooled into thinking you've reached the end and have you coasting in neutral
-- I have contacts and wished I'd had a pair of motoX goggles to keep the dust/grime/oil out of my eyes in addition to sunglasses
-- If you are a woman rider you can inspire near hero worship in the young village girls, and everyone will enjoy waiting around to see if you can actually kick start your bike which usually earns a round of cheers and enthusiastic thumbs up signs

$350 each o.b.o, willing to sell separately.
contact:, please use subject line MINSK

Can send photos and more details, and please feel free to ask more questions.

Thanks and happy planning and adventuring!

#1 MinksyDinksy has been a member since 9/3/2010. Posts: 1

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