Scootin’ HC to the M to the C-style
When it comes to scootin’ old-skool, few in this world top the Vietnamese. For the vast majority of them, their scooter or motorbike is a beast of burden, not a precious fetish object. They ride because they have places to go, and especially, people or stuff to carry.
Uyen “Winn” Khuong is a Vietnamese U.S. expat now living in Vietnam (her previous residence was New Jersey). She offers 19 pics of the most seriously overburdened scooters and motorbikes she saw in July, 2011.
She notes that riding four-up will now get you pulled over, though the matter can usually be resolved on the spot if some money just, uh, happens to be wedged into your ID book.
Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) teems with 2-wheelers because owning and operating a car is hella expensive, beyond the means of most people. I’ve told myself it’s a place I need to visit sometime before I die. Anthony Bourdain loves the food. I love the traffic.