What The Honda Wave Can Handle Or Laos Off-Road Adventure Time

As we are about to spend some time riding Northern Laos I have written a couple of posts to be autoposted over the next couple of days. That means the blog does not go dead for a week at a time as it tends to do (it can be hard to find wi fi in the jungle). This also means I will not be emailing people back or moderating comments, so just because a post goes up does not mean I am ignoring you – I wrote all of it tonight while I still have access to the internet.

ebook cover: Buying and Riding a Motorcycle in South East Asia Read more about our Asia adventures in our ebook
Buying and Riding a Motorcycle in South East Asia
by Sherrie McCarthy & Patrick Schweizer
Get it for $2.99 USD at your favorite ebook store: Smashwords (all formats), Amazon (Kindle), Apple iTunes, Kobo, Barnes & Nobles (Nook)

Instead I leave you with this series of photos of some awesome off-roading we did in the mountains of Southern Laos not that far from the border with Vietnam. None of it roads I would have been able to do with Betty (the BMW F 650 I sold in Mongolia for those new to the blog) and all of it thanks to the Golden Triangle Riders map of the region.  When they say a path is a motorcycle path to be ridden only in the dry season, please believe them!

I made Patrick do this one not because of the water, but because of the mud ditch you need to get out of once you cross it!

More Pictures Please:


 Irkutsk and Lake Baikal: A Visual Summary

Mongolia: A Visual Summary

Some fav pics from the Ukraine


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.

4 Responses to What The Honda Wave Can Handle Or Laos Off-Road Adventure Time

  1. Patrick & Sherrie says:

    Hi SherrieI am so glad I have found your blog.My partner and I are days short of leaving to ride across South East Asia and your blog has been the most reasuring thing I have read since we made the decision to go ahead.We are new to motorbikes (1.5 years/13000km) and as New Zealand has a three step licencing process we have only been riding 250cc bikes. Almost all the information we found on bike touring seemed to relate to big bikes or even skip the section on South East Asia since that was touristed to the point that it was too easy for the full on overlander to bother writing about. Needless to say the information from embassys and offical websites contradicted at every avaliable point.We are planning a trip that sounds very similar to your current adventures. As our New Zealand bikes are small we were planning on buying local bikes and from your advice we will do this in Malaysia, and ride through Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Further adventures to follow as time and money allows.Seeing you guys traveling well on small bikes with small luggage (I would love to beta-read the packlist book too BTW) and having a great time of it has been just what I needed while we go through the pre trip panic/planning.RegardsKathryn

  2. Patrick & Sherrie says:

    Kathryn, @posterous always eats your comments and I have no idea why! I get the email to moderate them and when I click approve they just disappear! But I am really glad the blog is helping you out. If you are on your way over to SE Asia we may pass each other on the road! Keep in touch, it would be cool to have a beer and curry somewhere. 🙂 If you buy in Malaysia I really recommend Calvin at Kok motors, we are super happy with the bikes and we have had no problems with paperwork. As for the packlist its finished and out, BUT we have a guide to riding in South East Asia (not what to see but all the paperwork and bike questions that are so hard to get answers for) that we will need Beta readers for and you would be the perfect reader as you are exactly who the book is targeted at! We hope to have it ready by the end of the month and if you are still interested I will send you a copy. 🙂

    • Kathryn says:

      Only just saw the post and reply – thanks, would love to read the South East Asia guide. We have been on the road for a month now with bikes. We got bikes in Malaka but will not be recomending our bike shop and most of the problems we have had with the bikes can be traced back to them – Lesson learned – Acclimatise to the heat before making any important decisions, even if it takes weeks. On the pluss side they were very cheap and are basicly sound solid little bikes. Thanks for keeping us inspired on the road

      • Sherrie Sherrie says:

        Awesome Kathryn! 🙂 We are just fiddling a little with it now and it should be ready in the next couple of days! 🙂 Sorry to hear there were some problems with your bike at first. It all worked out ok in the end? We just sold ours and selling was as easy as buying, eve easier really, it was done the same day! Cash in hand!

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