I'm sure there are plenty doing this; English guy who lived near us in Phuket made a trip to Bangkok auctions every 3-4 weeks and came back with 4-5 each time, often repossessions, and he only bought ones with low kms and still under warranty.Could start a business,buy them from auctions, then sell them on or rent them out.
all the major manufacturers make autos, really comes down to personal choice on what colour scheme you want; the Honda Scoopy and Yamaha Fino are lookalikes, Suzuki's Hayate, when we were in Phuket some expats were going for the Honda PCX - it's a bigger-bodied scooter maybe (politely!) more suited to the build of many expats. More expensive though, think they're approaching 75-85k depending on options, compared to under 50 or so for Scoopy/FinoSo I want a scooter with an automatic transmision if possible. 1 less thing to worry about LOL.
when I was going to buy a new Honda (I didn't) they would not allow any of the new bikes to be test ridden, on basis people want to buy 'new' bikes, not ones that had been used as demos.I hear that test drives are unheard of in Thailand, do you have to go by looks/specs alone when buying a scooter?
Im a honda man myself, second choice kawasaki, or yamaha. I was surprised my first trip there 6 years ago to see polaris ATV's. LOL the owner of a new atv park in Hua hin learned something about polaris. Great engines and tranny's. Everything else pretty much sucks LOL. He had 3 down because the swing arms were loose.all the major manufacturers make autos, really comes down to personal choice on what colour scheme you want; the Honda Scoopy and Yamaha Fino are lookalikes, Suzuki's Hayate, when we were in Phuket some expats were going for the Honda PCX - it's a bigger-bodied scooter maybe (politely!) more suited to the build of many expats. More expensive though, think they're approaching 75-85k depending on options, compared to under 50 or so for Scoopy/Fino
This site Motorcycle Thailand has links to bikes available here, to me some of their prices are out of date but does give an indication.
I have a Honda PCX, had it for a bit over a year, got a five litre tank that does a little over 200 km around town and around 160 - 180 km on the highway, got a big compartment under the seat where you can fit most if not all you basic shopping, I got a 12 pack of 600 ml water in yesterday with a little room to spare, only problem I've had is the tyres, ok on paved roads but puncture easily on dirt roads, called the tyre maker and got a higher quality than what comes standard, otherwise never missed a beat, and it is rev limited to 100 km/h.Kiniyeow said:I wanted to hear what make and model scooter everyone is riding. I know the Honda Dream and Wave are popular, but what features made you pick the one you ride? What features did you wish it had? What can you do without, auto transmission, EFI, etc.?
The prolonged flooding that has eroded consumer purchasing power halted the momentum of Thailand's motorcycle market in October.
New motorcycle registrations in October fell 3% year-on-year to 134,811 units, a record low for the year.
Honda retained leadership in the industry with a 71% share followed by 21% for Yamaha, 4% for Suzuki and 2% for Kawasaki.
Family types totalled 69,548 units registered in October, accounting for 52%, automatic transmission models tallied 59,826, or 44%; off-road versions 2,139 or 2%, sports models 1,776 and family-sport types and others 1,522 units.