View Full Version : Calling the Happy Buddha

Paul Pless
08-06-2010, 06:06 AM
come on, you had to know that was gonna stick:d

We in the west are quite wasteful. We joke about traffic in places like Hanoi - where there are millions of motorbikes.... but when you look a bit closer you see that they move people a damn site more efficiently than we do. I'd love to have my little 107cc Honda that I had in Vietnam over here. US$400 second hand, does 120mpg - and gets there faster than any car in the city. If it was parked in my front yard now, it'd get used for 90% of my vehicular trips - and use a damn site less natural resources.

So when ya getting one?

08-06-2010, 07:12 AM
thats fine if everyone else is riding one. but riding a scooter in most us cities is like strapping yourself onto a roulette wheel of death

08-06-2010, 07:17 AM
I remember selling my little 400 Yam about a month after moving to Vancouver. I'd used it as primary transportation year round in Victoria for 5 years by then, but in Vancouver I was nearly smeared into the asphault three times in the first couple of weeks. Too many people on roads too narrow for the traffic, few willing to see motorbikes as deserving their own bubble of the road.

The Bigfella
08-06-2010, 07:29 AM
I showed my wife a video of me riding through Hanoi today - she was somewhat impressed.

As for getting one.... I have been looking... damn things are super expensive here. It'd be OK around here.... not too much traffic.

btw.... I lost the Happy Buddha tag with the girls during my northwest loop.... I came back and they said "you lost the baby" - that was the 20lb weight drop.

08-06-2010, 08:51 AM
I actually have a '67 Honda C100 and an '82 Honda Passport. Neither of 'em run. I bought the Passport with the intent of using it to rebuild the C100.

Paul Pless
08-06-2010, 08:58 AM

08-06-2010, 09:05 AM
That's a Hotei. I have 4 carved from Jade, about 5 1/2 inches tall........

08-06-2010, 09:28 AM
The Honda Cub and Super Cub are bloody great. It's a pity they're not imported into the US.

08-06-2010, 11:30 AM
I had a little 50cc version of that thing and rode it for about 3 years...always started and went where I wanted to go. Then I bought the little "kiddy" version foldable to fit in the cargo compartment of my plane...always had transport from the airfield to wherever.

08-06-2010, 11:37 AM
The Honda Cub and Super Cub are bloody great. It's a pity they're not imported into the US.

They were up to some time in the '90s. My C100 and the Passport are both variants of that same scooter. The C100 is a 50cc (I don't know why they called it C100, I got screwed on insurance before I learned that it was a 50) and the Passport is a 70cc.

I used to ride the C100 to bars and the Vespa guys would always turn their noses up at me but the older biker guys would always come over to check it out because so many of them started riding on the same type of bike.

Keith Wilson
08-06-2010, 06:18 PM
I tried to find a picture of Hotei riding a Honda 50, but no luck.


08-06-2010, 06:41 PM
I trued to find a picture of Hotei riding a Honda 50, but no luck.

If you see the Buddha on the road, buy him a beer? (http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?117691-A-few-quot-on-the-road-quot-photos-from-northern-Vietnam)

08-06-2010, 06:45 PM

I had one of those 44 years ago when I was a school boy ! How's that for a production run ?

A great little machine , I used to go riding on the weekend and find Coke bottles at truck stops to pay for petrol . One Coke bottle refund would buy 7 miles worth of petrol .BY:DBY:D

08-06-2010, 07:17 PM
I had one like in Norman's picture that I bought for $10 not going. A set of points an I was away, when everything else broke down I would roll it down the hill and be off.
I kept the speeding ticket I got on the southern motorway for years as a badge of honour.

The Bigfella
08-06-2010, 07:35 PM
I guess I better post some memory photos of my beloved Zinda (Chinese Honda). There's a definite status step-down with a "China Honda" in Vietnam.

Maybe this is why....


It took 3 hours and US$100 for a new (more likely second-hand) crankshaft, new piston & barrell, etc to be fitted to my almost trusty steed.

Yep - she was, go anywhere, anytime ....


Nothing could stop her....


She rescued damsels in distress....


Carried more than her fair load.... and this pair were a very fair load ....


.... and even led to one of these women offering to pay me for my services....


The Bigfella
08-06-2010, 07:38 PM
She's gone to a deserving home.... here's Ms Hang guiding us to the bike's new home. Its to be used as a prize for the best student at a place that trains streetkids to be mechanics.


Ahhh. Ms Hang. I miss you too.