Don’t Mess With The Moscoot

What the Volkswagen Beetle was to Germany after the second world war is the moscout to Asia. Namely it mobilizes the masses. But if you think its only good for transporting a person or two at a time, you don’t even begin to do them justice. Moscouts literally transport every thing – as in we see them regulary defy the laws of physics. (And for that matter the legal riding age as it is nothing to see what looks like an eight year old kid whizz by with his five year old sister on back. But that tends to be strictly scooters as opposed to the moscoot so it must be safe….)

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Even after 2 months of riding through south east Asia, every day we find ourself amazed by another example of what the moscouts are capable of.

Here is a litle (incomplete) list of what we have seen so far:

A moscout

– with a complete Thai family: mum, dad and 3 kids

– towing a car

– carrying 6 mattresses

– moving 3 pigs or 6 piglets

– loaded with 40 chickens or 200 chicks or 400 eggs

– with a dad and his kid holding onto a bicycle

– fifty coconuts

This was on a single moscout remind you. But when a moscout has a sidecar or trailer (sometimes both) attached it gets even better:

– A complete Thai restaurant, including the kitchen with one or 2 stoves, food to cook, dishes, 2 tables and 8 chairs plus the cook and 1 or 2 assistance.

– 400 liters of gasoline in canisters

– 1 cow or 2 calves

– 1 donkey

– enough wood to build a hut

For what in the western world one might think is a truck needed is in South east Asia done by a little moscout 🙂

More moscoot power:

Motorcycling In Bangkok’s Floods

Off Roading in Laos

Manhandling Moscoots Over Trees




About Sherrie

Sherrie was born and raised in Newfoundland, has her home base in Germany, and at any given time can be found just about anywhere in the world. Addicted to books, travel, chocolate and motorcycles, a perfect day for her is riding her bike followed by drinking good coffee and reading a good book or writing one.

3 Responses to Don’t Mess With The Moscoot

  1. Sabina says:

    It is just amazing the amount of people and things can be transported on little motorbikes. During my ten weeks in SE Asia I never saw mattresses on one bike, but I believe it 🙂

  2. Patrick & Sherrie says:

    The best was the entire shop that was on the bike and the guy riding it along a moutniatn path in Laos at about 70 k an hour. I could not get a pciture he was so fast!

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