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Road trip in northern vietnam with Honda Future Neo bike - Answers for Hanoi and Northern Vietnam

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Road trip in northern vietnam with Honda Future Neo bike
Hiaho posted June 10th, 2017 at 2:46 pm to Travel.
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Hello
Me and my boyfriend are currently doing a loop on northern vietnam sharing an old looking Honda Future Neo. We have made it from Hanoi to Yen Bai so far, and want to head to Lao Cai, Bac Ha, Ha Giang, Cao Bang and Lang Son to eventually return to Hanoi in a couple of weeks time.
The bikes has a few faults (no brakes lights, one wing mirror missing, front mud guard close the falling off and makes it a very loud high pitched noise when driving) and we are getting a little concerned with the mountains roads once we will get to them.
I understand this is a very old bike, even though good at the time it was made, not sold anymore (i really now feel we got scammed when renting them but it's too late now as we have left Hanoi already)
I am looking for a bit of reinsurance and maybe tips about our trip plan. Is it too ambitious to go to the mountains roads with this bike ? Even though we arent expert drivers we try to be really cautious and have been riding (better looking) bikes in Asia on bad roads for a few months now.
Now that the road trip as begun it feels a bit late to give up but I don't want to take any risks by taking this bike on roads that it wouldn't handle.
Thank you for any advice or reply.

Answers (jump to newest answer)

June 11th, 2017 at 6:23 am

Don`t worry!
Even in very remote areas there will be always plenty of workshops. I am 100% sure if your bike breaks down you will find somebody to fix it!!

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June 12th, 2017 at 2:51 am

Thanks Dennis! And is the future neo (even if old) capable of handling mountains roads ? I have no idea how bad they get between Bac Ha and Ha Giang (Ive seen really bad rocky mountains roads in Nepal and Laos so I dont know if Vietnamese roads are better.

June 12th, 2017 at 11:43 am

Main roads are totally fine. You could even go there with a race bike :)
Don`t worry!

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