Charley, Ewan and Me

First of many (I hope) posts about my favourite topic… MOTORBIKES!

Besides working with the Ministry of Health to (I hope!) make a difference, one of the things I was particularly looking forward to was exploring the country on a motorbike during my spare time. Yes, the Long Way Round / Down style! Short UNICEF clip of the Malawi episode here.

Alas! Whilst doing some homework (i.e. googling), I found the blog of a returned VSO volunteer called Gareth in Malawi. One particular post caught my eye: Buying a motorbike in Malawi… His whole blog is a very good read but to quickly summarise this post for you, here’s an excerpt:-

“A new Yamaha DT 125cc, the bike we learnt on with VSO, costs a cool K850,000 at the only dealership in Malawi. That’s about £4000 – and more than twice the price of the same bike in South Africa… 

… Second-hand bikes are really hard to come by.”

Not the finding I was hoping for to say the least! However, inspired by the timeless quote by Commander Taggart (aka Tim Allen) in Galaxy Quest: “Never give up. Never surrender!” I shall keep googling and see what other options exist. Gareth did manage to buy this beautiful Honda XL125 in the end. So there is hope!

For now, Charley and Ewan will have to wait a bit before riding with me.

Gareths XL125

Categories: Malawi, Motorbikes, Travel, Volunteering, VSO | Tags: , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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3 thoughts on “Charley, Ewan and Me

  1. Alex

    Hey Herman,

    Beginning in August I will be assuming a year-long post with Partners in Health in Lisungwi, and am hoping to obtain a motorcycle to enable a bit of mobility. I’ve really just begun to collect info and shop, and was wondering if you might have any relevant info regarding your experiences. Anything you could pass along would be much appreciated.



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