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What about the many big bike riders who have been riding them for years, or even decades?. Again, an ill-thought out idea, with many questions still left unanswered. Another knee-jerk reaction to a pr

Begin with an IQ test, that would filter out quite a few. 

So lets take a look at the Yamaha MT-15, it is only a 155CC bike, yet can do 140 Km/H. Enough torque and 6 speeds to accelerate as fast as a larger bike and yet would not be considered a big bike.  Yo

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4 minutes ago, paulbrow said:

Seems to me training for "small" bikes and scooters as well as subjecting all motorcycles to the rules of the road and enforcing them would be far more beneficial.

 

Indeed - It is the ‘scooter’ riders around me which present the greatest risk to me when riding my motorcycle. When in my car I have to brake to avoid one who’s cut me up or coming directly towards me into on coming traffic gambling that I’ll stop so they can pass stationary traffic quickly before cutting back in.

 

Its the way things are and I accept it in a car because those pulling dangerous manoeuvres don’t impact my safety and I have a dash cam. 

 

It's a different issue on my bike.

 

When a motorcyclists sits in my blind spot blocking my ‘escape route’ should I need to swerve around a pothole or dodgy drain cover etc its annoying and I have to ride incredibly defensively which concentrates a lot of my attention to what’s going on behind me at my ‘rear quarters’ - this is an irritation but its something I just have to manage.

 

But its when a motorcyclist zips up the inside through an impossible gap, brushing my arm as he does so just as I’m about to turn left (indicating) or outrageously chancy and dangerous actions such as this which make me angry. 

 

Effective training could get rid of a lot of the issues, but nothing changes without effective policing and that we simply do not have in Thailand. Its a wonder anyone follows any rules at all. 

 

 

Just yesterday on Thonglor Soi 10, a BMW X1 driver decided they didn’t want to wait for the lights at the Ekammai cross roads. I was following another bike as the BMW came around the outside of all the traffic making a 3rd lane for themselves into oncoming traffic - the motorcyclists ahead of me narrowly avoided a head on. 

 

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On 10/28/2020 at 9:18 AM, essox essox said:

and what about ALL THE THAI DRIVERS DRIVING big trucks/pickups ??

 

Like the bus... drives like hes on the way back from the pub, no thought to the 60 people on board, drugs, sleepy, cant drive ..... oh, damn brakes again... BOOM ...

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On 10/28/2020 at 10:15 AM, Dmaxdan said:

But how would you be able prove that you have been riding a big bike for years?  Okay, some foreigners may have proof in the form of an appropriate license issued in their home country but with regards to Thais, the

only evidence they would have is their existing motorbike license. 

 

Lots of scars from falling off?

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19 hours ago, solent01 said:

Just use an International Licence, I'm from England, we have had CBT and restrictions in place for years, I've been riding and driving in Thailand for 16 years with an International, never had a problem (and riden high power bikes since I was tall enough to touch the ground when stationary) it's really just a translation of your native licence.  I don't ever intend getting a Thai licence.......

 

Wrong...  time restriction applies and dont give them ideas!!!

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What about special tests and additional qeustions for all drivers in thailand . Cars , trucks , motorbikes , bicycles whatever transportation type ?? The whole system isn't working . It's more easy to get a driverslicense for car or motorbike then it is to get a proper coffee . 

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There are no need in new laws until proper training for bikes and full enforcement is applied. The police are useless when it comes to enforcing the road laws.

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16 hours ago, VocalNeal said:

Good lord you guys should listen to yourselves?

Professional riders? Oh so foreigners are in the RTP on motorway patrol?

Nobody posting on here was young and stupid?

 Never kick started a 1800cc bike. Who the <deleted> rides a 1800cc bike? Are they used for pulling stumps or for people who have a phallic problem?

What about bikes with less than 400cc that produce more than 35 Kw?

 

..and no one on here is actually responsible for road safety. Just chill and enjoy the sunshine and palm trees.

 

Mate steady up on those of us who enjoy riding 1800cc V twins.  Kick starting not necessary when you have an electric leg and 12V battery.  Don't know about pulling stumps, pulling little cuties....  I always thought it was my good looks....but.....  Phallic problem?  I thought that was restricted to the past with all the medical help available today!  🤭

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8 hours ago, gunderhill said:

So in effect like many Thais  who don't even have the basic insurance which let's  face it is a sad  joke anyway and offers  virtually zero help to any third party, but I bet he at least wears a helmet unlike the vast majority and has working lights, doesn't ride 3   up drive down the sidewalks etc etc The training he will have received in the UK far outweighs the comedy laws here.

Fair comment. But two wrongs don't make a right and you can bet your bottom dollar that the MIB will come down rather harder on him than on a Thai.

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should have tiered system for different level of cc and also mandatory big bike training for at 8 months to 1 year with thorough training on driving methodology eg defensive driving / responsible driving / traffic rules and all this have to be drilled into the learner brain until it become second nature to them. learner must be thoroughly accessed from theory to driving skill to basic but important maintenance of the bike with a high minimum passing rate of at least 95% only then should license be given.   lastly heavy penalty system for breaking the law in tiered level too like in singapore where you be deducted points from your license per year and once that point is completely deducted  - off to court plus ban on driving for a year and license test must be re-taken after penalty period has passed. i believe this will make people more careful about driving. in fact this should be extended to all vehicles and even small bike must go through 6 months mandatory training mentioned above 

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6 hours ago, StevieAus said:

One could be forgiven for suggesting that anyone who rides a motorbike by choice in Thailand should undergo an IQ test.

I rode a motorbike in Australia for years but not here, it’s hard enough on four wheels but wouldn’t risk it on two.

A couple of years ago my Thai wife and I visited her uncle who was in a Government hospital in Chiang Mai after having a motor bike accident.

Every patient in the ward and there were plenty, were motorbike  accidents.

I rode for years in the US when we moved here I wanted to get a bike but after 3 years of driving and seeing how Thais drive there is no way I will ride here 

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4 hours ago, Nanaplaza666 said:

What about special tests and additional qeustions for all drivers in thailand . Cars , trucks , motorbikes , bicycles whatever transportation type ?? The whole system isn't working . It's more easy to get a driverslicense for car or motorbike then it is to get a proper coffee . 

It was easier for me to get a license then my retirement visa 

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