The Russian Minsk is a worthy companion- was tempted by a Honda 250XR dirt bike w luggage rack but decided that the 125cc of Russian horsepower would do nicely. It's unlike me to go slow but I'm happy I did it. Would of missed so much and the Minsk is a perfect ice breaker with the older locals.
i arrived in Hanoi a week earlier than my two travel companions to buy three of these bikes but found that most of the bikes on the market were in pretty bad condition. We ended up renting bikes from these guys in the old town. i felt that with a limited amount of time to cover alot of ground we didn't want to spend most of that at a mechanics shop. Eventually i discovered some guys that rented bkes that would work out at half the price a purchase woud cost and they committed to sending parts if anything broke. Speak to Hung a Flamenco . Hung was an incredible resource (and a true gentleman of his word) that inspired the route we eventually took- thought we made some amendments based on tips their mechanics gave us.