HCMC good mechanic?

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  1. decook

    decook Member

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    Hey...

    First off, as this is my first post I'd like to say thanks to you guys at gtrider you've already helped a lot in my travels so far and been inspirational in getting me here.

    Anyway back to the point of my post... I just rolled in to Ho Chi Minh City from Hanoi on an old Honda GL Pro, the ride down was awesome. However I'm finding the bike to be a little thirsty on oil probably due to the amount it burns. I'm planning on taking the bike on to Cambodia and Laos (and if I can get it over the border Thailand too) but before I do I'd like to look into getting the engine reconditioned.

    Can anyone point me at a good garage that would be able to do this. English speaking would be a real bonus too as my Vietnamese is limited to 'hello', 'sorry' and 'thank you', so not really the best to have a technical discussion with.

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. decook

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    If anyone is interested I ended up using these guys:

    Saigon Scooter Centre

    25/7 Cuu Long, Ward 2
    Tan Binh District,
    HCM City

    0084 8 3848 7816

    Its owned by and English guy (Patrick), but all the mechanics are Vietnamese. They mostly seem to be doing custom jobs on Lambrettas and have a lot of these in stock. But were happy to take in my old beater. They pulled apart the engine showed me what needed doing and are currently working on it:

    A rebore,
    New piston,
    New rings,
    New valves,
    New clutch plates,
    New top sprocket,
    Rebuild front shocks,
    New back shocks.

    Costing me about 5M Dong.
     
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    Rod Page Ol'Timer

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    Happy with the performance of the bike since the service?
     
  4. decook

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    Its running a treat, no more burning a litter of oil every 300km, compression is good, and so much more power. The reconditioned shocks make it much more comfortable ride too ... It feels like a bike that will make it to Bali now.

    After the work they offered me the old bits, I guess to show they had really replaced them, I left them behind. They even let me try and help (despite not speaking a word in the same language as the guys working on it) witch was great I can now do the timing, clutch plate change, and even rear break assembly myself.

    All in all I'm very happy with Saigon Scooter Centre.
     
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    chrisynok Ol'Timer

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    Flamingo Travel have a their branch shop in HCMC. They can repair bigger cc bikes as well.  The staff speak very good English.

    Flamingo Travel Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) Branch:

    Address: 30A Do Quang Dau, Pham Ngu Lao ward, district 1, HCMC.
    HCMC 24hr Help: +84 (0) 98 675 1020
     

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