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Motorcycling in Vietnam

Motorcycling in Vietnam
Description: Always keep your eyes forward and slow down at every intersection. If you and another are both converging on the same spot then who ever make the first evasive move (to the left or right) is the action that both of you should then follow.

 

  1. Always keep your eyes forward and slow down at every intersection. If you and another are both converging on the same spot then who ever make the first evasive move (to the left or right) is the action that both of you should then follow.
  2. If someone is walking across a busy street without looking then turn so as to go behind them. This will enable them to keep moving forward instead of getting stuck waiting for some space in front of them.
  3. When you are turning then indicate with your arms as well as your indicators and make long, curved turn - never slow down to an all most stop and then turn sharply - you will be taken out. If crossing a busy intersection then move into the “down traffic” side of another vehicle.
  4. Do not make any sudden jerks or speed changes. Just cross consistently and slowly. People will see what you are doing and they will make room for you to cross.
  5. When driving through water the best thing to do is to make sure you are in the first gear and you are giving the engine heaps before plunging in. Never try to start the bike if water has already got into the exhaust pipe as the compression will suck some into the engine, thereby wetting the sparkplug and making it hard to start. Do not change gear when crossing.
  6. When entering a zone of unpredictability - an intersection, an adjacent pig and buffalo etc. - then click down a gear with the clutch still engaged. If you then need to slow down quickly you can then release the clutch causing the bike to slow down in conjunction with an application of the brakes.
  7. If you do have to slow down quickly then start with your front brake first. The momentum the push the bike down onto the front tire.
  8. Causing it to the flatten out on the road thereby increasing its traction and friction. Then apply the back brake on the bike has been pushed into the ground by the effect of the front braking.
  9. You might need to pump - that is squeeze then release the brake levers - the two brakes to get stronger effect. Along with a changing down of the gears will then ensure of the greatest braking potential. If you are going to hit something head on then remember this. It is a million times better to hit something while you are still in control but nevertheless moving forward than to careen into it having slammed on the brake too much - skidding gets you no where.
  10. You just need to practice front brake then back brake so that if you have an emergency you won’t distinctively go straight for the back ‘skidding’ brake. Move the bike by leaning, by shifting your legs out and pushing down on the foot pedals. Try not to steer too much just by turning the handle bars and try to keep your spine perpendicular to the bike’s axis.
Written by: Source: VNA.

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