My pre-ride ritual in the morning includes a few minutes of stretching my legs, followed by suiting up, and putting on a mask and gloves. Then I tend to ruin my hair by smashing a helmet over my head and off I go gripping a beast between my groin. But recently, the only thing between my groin is another dude's back. It's been two days since I've ridden. I won't see my bike again until Saturday at the earliest. I don't understand how Old Boy and many others here can live without owning their own motorbike.
Sure, xe oms are plentiful. There are taxis on every corner. But I hate having my life controlled by someone else. I hate how potentially unreliable their bikes could be. But the problem is I hate depending on someone else. I hate walking up to them and getting on. I don't enjoy riding at all when its in the bitch seat. It's traumatizing. If I hadn't worn my jacket, I could have gotten hurt yesterday when some ass hole on a bike rammed into me in traffic. That would never happen on my motorcycle because I would just rev really loudly and scare bikes away. The xe om dude acted like nothing happened.
You already know how I feel about riding a taxi by myself. Not only is it a waste of money, but I feel uncomfortable seeing families enduring the traffic and congestion, when I get to sit in my taxi like some kind of prince. I hate that. Sometimes, I wish the taxis wouldn't allow views from the inside out. I want to be a commoner. I don't want to be some elite inside of a cab by myself. It ain't my style. I also don't like the attention that it gives me when I'm alone.
I see it all the time in District 1. Foreigners getting driven around by xe oms. I get flashbacks of scenes from colonial China or Ido Japan when the coolies would give white people rides using their own manpower while running and pulling the rickshaws. I know it helps them out when I use them. I know many dudes. I'm happy to have gotten to know them and their struggles. But still, I find it very feminine of me to sit on the backseat of someone. It's just something cultural that has been embedded into my brain. Two dudes aren't supposed to share a motorcycle.
So why don't I just rent something for four days? Well, I've inquired, but all the rental places just rent out semi automatic or full automatic bikes. I only know how to ride full manuals. So in the meantime, I find myself on the behind a xe om man, trying to keep myself awake.
I know most of you visit Vietnam as tourists, so it's okay to ride around in a taxi or a xe om, but on a daily basis, going short distances or long distances, it just wouldn't make sense.
Komine jacket, and knee pads. RS Taichi gloves. Andes Helmet.