And regarding the title, Wikipedia says that the Honda Wave is in fact a “small motorcycle” and that is my story and I am sticking to it. Although the fact it is only a semi automatic and has me reaching in desperation for the clutch leaves me wondering about the reliability of Wikipedia’s source. Perhaps it was written by someone else who went from a 650 GS to a scooter motorcycle hybrid and is also desperate to keep the motorcycle tag.
And although I doubt her motorcycle tag (and they are both girls, our new bikes are named Temari and Tenten from Naruto) I do not regret their purchase. As much as I loved Betty, the idea of riding through jungle mud with her was not high on my list of must dos in life. I wanted something I could pick back up again, and preferably had a fighting chance of catching before she went down.
We ended up in Malyasia rather randomly. We flew to Bangkok with the plans of buying bikes there or Cambodia. Patrick’s sister and her partner were finishing up their 3 month Asia tour and asked if we were interested in meeting up with them, and perhaps Scuba diving off of the Perhentian islands. Patrick’s brother was going as well, as he had shipped his bike from Russia to Bangkok. We debated if we should go or not, when we received an email from a Honda dealer in Kuala Lumpur.
We had emailed him on a whim. The Ride Asia forum had said Malaysia was the easiest place to buy a bike, but also the most expensive. Malaysia was in fact the easiest, if we did the paperwork we could have our bikes in 2 hours. If he did it, it would be 2 days. The price did not change based on who did what. And the slight increase in price was offset by the lack of visa fees and time we would spend waiting in Thailand or Cambodia to get our bikes. (One half of this partnership is German, the other half has been brainwashed by her 4 years there. We wanted it legal, and we wanted it our names.)
Doing the paperwork, that is signing and paying our down deposit, and having our passports photocopied:
Basically we woke up on Friday and had an invite to meet up in Malyasia, Saturday we had the email from the dealer, and Sunday we booked our train tickets.
Being open and flexible rocks.
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