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Only Four?

Yes, I have seen five.

Yes, I have seen five.

Before I move to Central America I thought a full motorcycle has two people on it and 90% of the time there was only one person on it. Over the years, I have learned that is not the case.

Most motorcycles you see here are the local equivalent of the family station wagon. Unlike southern California where you got a motorcycle as a fun toy, here they are something to decrease the amount of walking you need to do.

They certainly are an option as walking, riding a bicycle or even paying for a TukTuk ride is the norm. In fact, if there is only one of you a bicycle is probably just fine. It is when you are a family that the need for the station wagon equivalent appears.

One very positive thing is that most of these vehicles are driven like the family station wagon. The number of people who see a motorcycle as something to make up for a personal inadequacy is relatively small. Thus, you there is a lot less motorcycle noise and few wackos trying to prove how fast they can weave through other traffic (much of which is pedestrian here).

 

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