Motorbiking in Flores
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 24, 2013 1:03 AM Last Post By: e441993
Feb 19, 2013 11:34 PM
Motorbiking in FloresHi all,
I am thinking that I would like to hire a motorbike and drive across Flores on the transflores highway, starting in Labuanbajo and finishing in Maumere. Does anyone know if there is an agency I can rent a bike from in Labuanbajo and then leave it Maumere (or vice versa), or would i have to make the return trip myself? How long would be a reasonable time frame for this trip?
Also, I have my motorbike license in Vietnam and australia, is this enough or would i need to provide an international license? Are the police pretty pendantic about this Flores?
Any advice is much appreciated
Feb 20, 2013 1:04 AM
1you'd be legally required to obtain an international licence for driving in Indonesia which should be carried with whichever permanent licence you have for Australia (or Vietnam?).
Whether you should obtain the relevant licence is something which has been talked about many times on TT; many tt'ers will also make comment regarding you being insured for any medical care.... as in most countries around SEA if you did have an accident and caused damage to other property or persons, you as a foreign tourist would no doubt be to blame for that accident.
Sorry to use this phrase.... you may be seen as a walking ATM!
Personally I always have the relevant IDL when visiting Indonesia and always ensure I'm carrying the appropriate ownership papers for the bike and have even carried a hand written letter from the owner stating the bike is on loan to me (for when I was doing mini road trips of several days).
Regarding your one way hire; if you have the money then anything is possible I guess..... but I'm sure a large deposit would be required for the rental of the bike.
Feb 20, 2013 9:20 AM
2It's a couple of years since we've hired a bike in LBJ but we never found "official " places but usually arranged it through locals - ie asking guys at the guesthouse. Of course this has just been for day trips, not long distance. If you are not going to return bike to place of origin, you'd have to pay for someone to return it (and get to/from where you left it).
Always carried IDL.
Feb 20, 2013 10:38 AM
3No bike hire agencies in 'Bajo and you're chances of finding a trusting local who will agree to you shipping the bike back by truck from Maumere are zero. So looks like you'll be able to enjoy the trip twice. You could reach Maumere in two days so if you give yourself 7 - 10 days the round trip you'll have a bit of time to take a look around places in between. IDP is just a matter of buying one from your local motoring organization - about $25
Feb 21, 2013 2:22 AM
4At least two bike hire agencies in 'Bajo on the main tourist road, used one of them this August for a day trip.
If they have a "bike pick up service" from Maumere? Don't think so.
Calculate at least 4 travel days ('Bajo - Ruteng - Bajawa - Ende -Maumere) plus as many side trips or days to stay at a place (Riung, Moni, ...) as you wish.
Feb 21, 2013 6:04 PM
5Thanks for all the advice, looks like a round trip for me. Now to find out whether i can change my Viet licence into an international one... not sure if that will be possible here in Saigon.
Feb 22, 2013 9:52 AM
6Hi Amanda, planning to do something similar. I thought about doing the round trip. starting in labuan bajo and following the northern road and back on the southern road. Unfortunatly i do net exactly know the road conditions on both of them. Thought also on doing something like that on west timor or sumba, not yet decided
Feb 24, 2013 1:03 AM
7#6 see post Flores by motorbike transflores and northern road back on this forum. He did this last year what you are planning to do. I think he also posted on youtube.
As to road conditions. The main road are very good. Last November they were improving and broadening the road between Labuan Bajo and Ruteng and it was very smooth driving with car and with ojek. In November I was also driving with ojek and by car in west manggarai and the inland road was very bad. On one occasion I had to return to LB as the road to Cunca Rami was too bad by ojek and it was also raining.
Last June I went by car from Maumere to Larantuka and the road condition was good. The road between Maumere and Bola is also very good. You should also heed the warning of the transflores and northern road poster. It is a trip for an experienced motorbike driver. Even if you are experienced accidents can happen. Last year in June my cousin driven by ojek (her brother) to market was bumped by a car coming from the other way. Same year May someone I knew from Sea World Club died on his way home hitting a tree which fell on the road.
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