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    Default Need advice : Any scooter drivers & southeast Asia?

    I really enjoy riding around on a scooter. My experiences doing this were mostly in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand where traffic is really dense. There are a lot of unwritten rules. Use the horn to let people know you're passing, be decisive, bigger vehicle = right of way, etc.

    Is the Dominican Republic the same? Will I be fine? Would you guys advise a traveler against it (theft)?

    I will mostly be centered along the northern coast.

    Thank you for any insights.

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    Everyone uses bikes, you'll be as safe as you are competent at predicting what unpredictable traffic may do. On the Northcoast the issue isn't the density of the traffic, it is people out of control of their vehicles, going too fast to react to you. I don't know if they still have the bike jackers around Cabarete, you'd be advised not to ride at night and ignore anyone pulling you over for help during the day. Bikes are great on the Northcoast, just be aware that there are lots of people around you that do not have a clue.

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    If you have that type of experience you will probably be fine. Just be aware and don't let your guard down on traffic or shady people.
    If you get in an accident it will be your fault no matter what bc
    you are a gringo so just keep that in mind and WEAR A HELMET!!

    Have a fun vacay!!

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    The only place I have seen worse driving is in Sri Lanka where everyone tries to pass everyone else all of the time and they also drive on the wrong side of the road. As a small scooter driver, you have to be passive aggressive, not overly aggressive because the larger vehicle wins.

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    yes is pretty much the same thing just be aware of big truck and sitrabapu buses they are a bit unpolite on the street, other then that you will be fine. good luck.

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    A couple of days ago, on the main road POP Navarrette, there were 3 gringos on rented bikes ( I am guessing ), 2 with Gf on the back.
    They were driving inthe middle of their lane!!!!! Lorrys and buses and jeepetas whizzing past....... one of the bikes ended up going crosscountry. Hahahahaha.

    So stick to ure right,especially on open roads....... they WILL push u off the road otherwise.

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    youll be fine. You dont need no stinkin helmet. No need of mirrors. No need of license plate. No need of insurance. No need of drivers license. No need of lights. Pass on right. Go wrong way on one way streets. In Santo Domingo you are welcome on the sidewalks when traffic is heavy. Having a scooter means you can do whatever you like, wherever you like. Just be sure the horn works and use it all the time.

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    I had a Honda 750 when I lived in Thailand, MANY years ago.
    And was in Saigon as well.
    If you can survive the "ORIENT" you can survive here, MAYBE!!!!
    CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derfish View Post
    If you have control you'll be fine. Yesterday along the main street in Puerto Plata which has a barricade going down the center with occasional openings a pasola was sitting with his front wheel thru the opening waiting, when I was within 8 feet he lurched forward and I hit the side of his tire and twisted it sideways. He didn't go down and I didn't slow down. Hope everything was fine with him. But our traffic here in Puerto Plata is worse than anywhere else in the country as far as the % of motorbikes.
    Der Fish
    Did you get some satisfaction of taking him down? I don't know how many times they have lurched out right in front of me in that area! Grrrr! I really don't like driving my moto in POP at all!!!

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    Great! Thanks for all your advice. I once rode a scooter halfway the length of Vietnam, honestly driving on country roads in between cities is pretty damn scary! All those big trucks whizzing by! Haha

    The traffic in sosua/cabarete seems really tame. If it's not as bad as Asia, I'm no longer worried.

    Do restaurants and establishments typically watch your vehicle if you're a patron like they do in Asia?

    What should I expect to pay 5-10 usd a day?

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