Offroad School sand driving in Vietnam

Off-road school in Vietnam: Tigit Motorbikes joins the sand driving event. Big group out on the open roads ready to do some off road sand driving in Vietnam! Tigit on a Honda CRF 250cc.

The group meets up at off-road school cafe in District 2 at 5am in the morning. An early start for sure!

Met with a coffee and eggs before heading out on the open road.
The group has a mixture of bikes including BMW R 1200cc, Kawasaki Versey 300c, Ducati Scramber, Honda CRF, Kawasaki KLX 250cc and some other cool bikes!

The group slams down the highway at spectacular speed to arrive past Mui Ne for lunch.

We head to our nights accommodation Tanyoli Amusement Park. Here is a construction site of what will eventually be an off-road amusement park.
Ready to go, are large off-road buggies, but we were not here for them! The group heads out onto the sand track to have some fun on our own Enduro motorbikes.

Off-road school provides a lesson about sand driving. The aim of the game is to lean back to allow the front wheel freedom to bounce around.
The motorbike setup is also important, in particular getting the right air pressure which Tigit explains in our tire article.

Sand driving is huge fun. The driver must commit to a reasonable speed of at least 30km/h. This causes regular crashes, but sand is soft so we get to experience off road crashing on soft terrain. To off-road properly a driver must have balls of steal and the correct safety equipment.
The biggest mistake causal drivers make is to not have safety equipment. Off-roading does not work at snail speeds, the biker must commit to moving along at speed to provide wheel momentum for stability.

Sand driving is also incredibly tiring. Controlling the motorbike over bumps is difficult whilst standing up. This requires a huge amount of long term endurance, of which I have none.

After playing around on the track the group heads off to the beach. The Vietnamese boys pull out their big toys and show us that they have no fear in breaking machinery! Clutch burning, sea driving and all around aggression with very rich boys and their toys can be seen all around.
I gave the sand driving my all on the circuit and was a beaten man by the point of the beach. Happy to sit down, relax and watch as people quickly destroyed their expensive machinery.

Day one finished with a nice barbecue in the countryside. The smell and feel of wind sea was a much needed change from being stuck in HCM for a prolonged period of time!

Day 2 started with a breakfast out the back of a truck. Amazingly organised and far better than the standard beef noodle breakfast. We had good food, an excellent view and amazing coffee.
Shortly after setting off a BMW 1200cc came to a bitter end as the clutch gave way. We waited for a pickup truck to take the beast away.

Later in the day we heading for some gravel driving where we witnessed some more breathtaking views.
The two Kawasaki versey’s were now on their last legs, both with broken fuel injection systems.

My buddy Link got a flat before the group headed back to HCM. The tour was now behind schedule and as locals, we were left to deal with our own problems and to find our way back to HCM. After fixing the flat, Link and myself began the long grind of a journey back to Ho Chi Minh.

On the way we caught up with the tour which was suffering with a broken KTM Duke.  The group nursed their way back to Ho Chi Minh and arrived back on Sunday around 7pm.

Even big and expensive bikes go wrong when pushed hard!
An amazing weekend away with the off-road school.

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