Ho Chi Minh City, Photo of the Week, Vietnam, Vietnam Photography

Motorbike Diaries – Vol. 16

17 Comments 04 October 2009

Start from the Beginning - Motorbike Diaries Vol. 1
You won’t believe your eyes this week!  I’ve collected some of my recent motorbike photography that will amaze and baffle you.  After living here for a year, I’m still absolutely dumbfounded and tickled by what I see the Vietnamese strap to their motorbikes.  The motorbike culture here is the most unique in the world!  If you don’t believe me – then just check out these photos!
Yup, that's a fridge strapped to his body...no special effects here!

Yup, that's a fridge strapped to his body...no special effects here!

Blankets - I have no idea how he can even turn the front wheel!

Blankets - I have no idea how he can even turn the front wheel!

Bottled Up

Bottled Up

A 7/11 on 2 Wheels

A 7/11 on 2 Wheels

Line of Sight - How can this man see, let along turn?!

Line of Sight - How can this man see, let along turn?!

Tall and Flat - Let's hope they didn't have to go far as it looks rather uncomfortable!

Tall and Flat - Let's hope they didn't have to go far as it looks rather uncomfortable!

Keyboards - You wondered where they all went...now you know...

Keyboards - You wondered where they all went...now you know...

Who's driving?

Who's driving?

To see more Motorbike and Transportation photography from Vietnam, view my Global Photography Website!

Get your own Vietnam Motorbike License and get out on the streets!

Like what you read?  Then keep reading!

Motorbike Diaries vol. 17

Your Comments

17 Comments so far

  1. Fantastic pics! SE Asia is great for motobike riding culture. I was really nervous about riding in Cambodia but after awhile I really enjoyed it. Better have your travel insurance if you’re going there.

    It boggles me that most kids have ridden for miles and miles (kms and kms) on bikes before they can even walk.

  2. JoAnna says:

    I love the 7/11 on wheels!

    The weirdest thing I ever saw strapped on the back of a bike was a goat. Its legs were dangling off the sides of the seat, and his body was strapped on so it didn’t fall off. It looked really uncomfortable!

  3. Will says:

    Can’t get over the blankets dude. Also can’t get over how you managed to get in all these places at the right time. I’m always seeing that stuff but by the time I’ve reached for my camera there gone. Top work!

  4. Rodrigo Contrera says:

    wow! good!

  5. Nora says:

    The most bizarre I ever saw was an entire family (including newborn and toddler) on a bike…as well as a long plank of wood that was strapped to the back and effectively made the bike wider than a car. Yikes!
    Fabulous photos!

  6. Sitting in a coffee shop with friends, laughing our butts off over your photos. Makes me long for Vietnam.

  7. Bá says:

    Impressive!!!

  8. Lynn says:

    Sherry,

    You know you inspired me to buy “Bikes of Burdens”. Your pictures are good enough to be in that book!

  9. Sherry says:

    Lynn – thanks for the kind words! I’m so glad you bought Bikes of Burden – I just love that book. Just wish I would have thought of it first!
    @Nora – I’ve about been taken out by planks of wood like that! Your zipping along and then all of a sudden you come across a wide load with no warning! Yikes!

  10. Travis says:

    Sherry! Awesome pictures! I particularly love the one with the water bottles! Miss you and hope to see you soon!

    XOX,

    Travis

  11. Shawn says:

    Excellent pictures, indeed, a person will do what it takes to survive in an economic world.

  12. Perhaps you can assist me! I am looking to purchase a motorcycle for my son and i simpy dont know what i should be going for? I mean when i got my CBR i knew precisely what i wanted for a long time, but he is unsure what he wants? Is there maybe a decent way to discover whats best?

  13. yesterday, i saw also a dog on a bike ( steered by a human ofcourse) amazing!

  14. Lathan says:

    Vietnam on a bike is nuts but such a wonderful experience its hard to get across just what an amazing experience it is to anybody who has never done it. Great read, thanks.

  15. Richard says:

    Some amazing photos Sherry, they’re not scared of a bit of motorcycle luggage in Vietnam are they?!?!

    Can’t imagine trying to ride along the road when there are people like that weaving in an out of you!

    Richard


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