(My new motorbike, 2008 Yamaha Nouvo RC)
Well, I replaced my aging 4 year old red 2003 Yamaha Nouvo RC with the 2008 red Yamaha Nouvo RC. Trying to get my hands on one took nearly three days. I thought I would just go to one Yamaha dealer and just buy the red Nouvo that I wanted. That’s what I did back in July, 2004, when I bought my first Nouvo.
Nope, it was not that easy. I ended up visiting 7 Yamaha dealers in 4 different districts in Saigon last Sunday with my Vietnamese friend Anh Ngoc. I was a bit surprised at the different price ranges. Four years ago I was able to get my first Nouvo at the base price with a little discount. Last Sunday, forget it. The red Nouvo RC was highly sought after and the Yamaha dealers knew it.
The price range for the red Nouvo RC went from 30 million VND to 32 million VND (base price was 29,500,000 VND). That did not include the registration fee which ranged from 2-3 million VND (I did not register my motorbike in Saigon so I was able to deduct the registration fees).
Finally, last Monday I decided to go with the Yamaha dealer that serviced my motorbike monthly. I ended up paying 31 million VND for my motorbike. I did not mind since I knew they would service my new bike for me for the next 2-3 years. In fact, instead of having to wait a day, they got my red Nouvo RC in 30 minutes.
It has been a joy since. I will give a thorough review next week when I take it on a long spin around the city. So far this week, I drove it 120 km but that is all. I am waiting for my new registration number from up North (Ninh Binh to be exact). I friend Minh Ngoc, who helped me with the first registration, helped me with this one as well.
Oh yeah, I sold my 2003 Yamaha Nouvo RC within a day. Mr. Lawrence Sinclair bought it from me last Tuesday. Please do not tell him that he bought a lemon 🙂 Air conditioner does not work but the window shield wipers operate very well when there is a girl riding behind 🙂 I will help Lawrence pimp up his Nouvo this Sunday…