How to drive a motorbike in Vietnam.

To learn how to drive a motorbike it is best off starting with the Semi-automatic. The Semi-automatic is the most common and simple motorbike in Vietnam. They are also great to learn on!

The advantage over the automatic is a smaller and lighter frame alongside gears that can alter the acceleration. The learning curve is about as simple as it gets.

The most important part when learning how to drive a semi-automatic motorbike is the idea of releasing the gas each time the gear is changed. This is to save the driver from breaking the motorbike!
Providing this concept is learned and understood. Driving the motorbike should come naturally.

The most common mistake when learning how to drive a motorbike is panicking and holding down the accelerator. This causes the motorbike to run away with the driver still on top. With the semi-automatic Honda Blade, starting in gear 3 allows for a very gentle start and a forgiving throttle which is easy for learning on.

Once the driver is comfortable with controlling the throttle, it is time to learn and understand about the gear system. The idea being that gear 1 is for acceleration and a low top speed. With gear 4 being for a high top speed and low acceleration.
With the Honda Blade semi-automatic it is possible to start and stop in any gear, allowing for a gentle learning curve to understand how gears works. Drivers can go up and down the gears without worrying about the motorbike stalling like a manual transmission motorbike.

Control of the brakes is essential. Although a controversial topic, on small motorbikes such as the Honda Blade then the back brake should be used first, followed by the front brake. On large motorbikes it is the other way around!
Gently apply the back brake, and then use the front brake for control.

In Vietnam most locals driving incredibly slowly. The roads look chaotic but once in the organised madness patterns do start to emerge. It is not a problem to pull to the side of the road to evaluate the situation and if in doubt then sit behind a taxi when turning!

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