Small displacement sportbikes, seen in Thailand, a rarity in North America

'Big bikes' in Thailand, seen at a national park. Anything bigger than a 125cc scooter is considered a big bike

‘Big bikes’ in Thailand, seen at a national park. Anything bigger than a 125cc scooter is considered a big bike

We North Americans are jaded when it comes to bikes and their displacement.

Often, we disparage so-called ‘small’ bikes – anything less than litre bikes – as ‘too small’, or write them off as ‘beginners’ bikes.’

A trip recently to Thailand showed how motorcycles or any motorized two-wheelers are viewed and used by people.  There, scooters (mostly 125 cc and smaller) rule the roads.  They are pure transportation.

Unlike the west where motorbikes are predominantly recreational vehicles, motorbikes and scooters are simply an economical and practical means of transportation.

Of course, there are riders in Asia where motorbikes are also a source of fun and recreation, as shown by this cadre of small displacement sportbiks seen at a national park outside Chiang Mai in Thailand.

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