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Kabul Korrespondence

Fresh, factual, and funky view of Afghanistan and the surrounding Central Asian region

How to buy a motorbike in Afghanistan PART 1: Shopping

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

After some years of riding here, I have learnt (the hard way) that you get what you pay for:
A Chinese bike is cheap for a reason.

So now we ride Japanese bikes. But here in Kabul the quality is not so good. So last week we flew to Herat in the west of the country to buy bikes that are shipped in from Iran and Pakistan.

With some luck we hooked up with the best mechanics (and riders) in town. Brothers Najibullah and Habibullah who had the great selection of bikes in the whole country.

Jeremy, Frauke and I spent some time checking out the bikes, talking 'shop' in bad Dari and trying to make a guessimate of which bike would survive best in the harsh conditions of this country.


Stay tuned for Part 2: Testing and Flying
posted by Travis, 10:18 pm


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