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BANGKOK 24 July 2019 09:10

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Im wondering, how many falang are injured riding on MC taxis....more in terms of miles driven or x number of rides per injury.

 

Do any of you take precautions? Like I only try to use them on side Sois plus I took out insurance with a Motorcycle provision. Am I risking my life in taking a 10 to 15 baht ride here and there (mostly the 600 meters to the BTS to keep my sweat level down)

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In a place that's lax on safety & driving standards, and taking responsibility - you betcha....

Even if it's only a leg shattered from the knee cap down from an unseen jutting/moving bumper....That's enough deterent for me....

You're rolling the dice every time.... 

600 meters is a good minimal exercise program....

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2 hours ago, Nyezhov said:

taking a 10 to 15 baht ride

Can't see how anybody can make a living with fares like that?

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1 hour ago, OneMoreFarang said:

I ride with them since two decades and was never injured, never an accident.

A few times I had some hot-blood and I told him to take it easy and I am not in a hurry. Maybe I told him something like "Farang glua" (I am scared). They laugh about it but then they ride slower - problem solved.

 

I'm never in a hurry too, but the problem is they (motorbike taxi) are, to get back, join the queue & pick up their next ride.

 

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2 hours ago, pgrahmm said:

In a place that's lax on safety & driving standards, and taking responsibility - you betcha....

Even if it's only a leg shattered from the knee cap down from an unseen jutting/moving bumper....That's enough deterent for me....

You're rolling the dice every time.... 

600 meters is a good minimal exercise program....

Oh trust me, I walk more than I ride cuz I dont want to go to size XXXXXXXXL. But there are times when I just need to be a bit cooler and drier....

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3 hours ago, OneMoreFarang said:

I ride with them since two decades and was never injured, never an accident.

A few times I had some hot-blood and I told him to take it easy and I am not in a hurry. Maybe I told him something like "Farang glua" (I am scared). They laugh about it but then they ride slower - problem solved.

 

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It works because your way of telling them to slow down is smart, "Farang glua"  :smile:

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Used to take them regularly to get from the BTS to the wife's work hospital. Always felt safe except for the day I had four large boxes of donuts, two each side of me, and the rider/driver decided to go for a tight squeeze between two vehicles at a reasonable speed. Managed to get them in the air in time but it sure hurt my already damaged right shoulder. Didn't tip that trip.

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4 hours ago, Nyezhov said:

Am I risking my life in taking a 10 to 15 baht ride here

I would imagine paying a motorcy taxi driver 10 baht would be risky, but then I can't imagine using one for a ride of a few meters. Probably better for your health if you walked. If you break out in a heavy sweat walking 600 metres, riding on a motorcy taxi isn't the biggest risk you face.

 

Generally my rides are a good deal farther and I've never felt at risk or had any accidents. 

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You risk your life any day you wake up again... why not taking a motor bike Taxi ?

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i use them sparingly in bkk and pattaya. i know im probably risking injury...

but i find 'most' of the drivers to be responsible...

the biggest risk is when weaving through the traffic or 'jumping' red lights...

in pattaya there is a major problem with indians walking accross the road without even looking...this is very dangerous when mbike has to stop or swerve suddenly...

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Used them many times and never a problem.  Go with the older guys and most drive very slow and safe.

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