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Afghanistan: How to Buy a Motorcycle in Afghanistan


Travis Beard / Argusphotography

An amusing trip to Herat to buy Japanese motorcycles (because there is more variety and better quality bikes than in Kabul). The article details testing the bikes and dealing with Afghan salesmen. Finally sending the bikes back to Kabul by bus on the most dangerous road in the country: Highway 1.


 

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The owners of the bike shop: Najibullah and Habibullah along with 4 friends arrive at the bike shop on an old Russian motorcycle with side car.

Herat, Herat, Afghanistan - 14/05/2009

 

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The shop is a hang out for the local riders and in true Afghan style they use what ever they can find to fix old bikes.

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A young boy clean up after dinner has been served at the Bullah Boys motorbike shop.

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Portrait of Hajibullah fixing my carborater in front of his workshop in Herat

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The shop is decorated with various motorcycle paraphanalia, including a picture of Britney Spears wearing a head scarf.

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Portrait of Najibullah in front of his workshop in Herat

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Afghans like to 'pimp up' their bikes. This one has been fitted with a pink fluffy seat cover.

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Fellow shopper Jeremy checks out the a Suzuki DR, while a Afghan man watches.

Herat, Herat, Afghanistan - 14/05/2009

 

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Afghans like to 'pimp up' their bikes. This chinese made bike has been fitted with a Afghan carpet and is named the Land Cruiser (After the popular Toyota 4WD)

Herat, Herat, Afghanistan - 14/05/2009

 

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The majority of bikes in Afghanistan have been imported from Japan to UAE, then through Iran and finally to Herat in Afghanistan.

Herat, Herat, Afghanistan - 14/05/2009

 

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Jeremy also checks out the Kawaksaki Ninja and fantasies that if the roads in Afghanistan were good enough he could get up some real speeds on this bike.

Herat, Herat, Afghanistan - 14/05/2009

 

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Clearly written in bold type, these tires are not designed for use on highways. Technically there are no highways in Afghanistan,

Herat, Herat, Afghanistan - 14/05/2009

 

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Not all bike is Afghanistan are in great condition. This custom job will look fantastic once finished......

Herat, Herat, Afghanistan - 14/05/2009

 

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Fellow shopper Frauke takes the Honda XR 250 cc for a test ride around Herat adobe house style neighborhoods.

Herat, Herat, Afghanistan - 14/05/2009

 

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After the bikes are purchased they are transported to the bus depot, where they will be stored secretly on the buses and transported to Kabul. We were not allowed to go with the bikes to the depot, as our foreign presence could influence the safety of the bikes arrival in Kabul.

Herat, Herat, Afghanistan - 14/05/2009

 

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After being hidden in the under carriages of the bus, the bikes had taken on 'highway 1' (Herat-Kandahar-Kabul) considered to be the most dangerous road in the country. The bikes eventually arrived in Kabul and we picked them up in Korte Sangi, a neighbourhood n Kabul not considered 100% safe.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/05/2009

 

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After being hidden in the under carriages of the bus, the bikes had taken on 'highway 1' (Herat-Kandahar-Kabul) considered to be the most dangerous road in the country. The bikes eventually arrived in Kabul and we picked them up in Korte Sangi, a neighbourhood n Kabul not considered 100% safe.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/05/2009

 

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The bikes eventually arrived in Kabul and we picked them up in Korte Sangi, a neighbourhood n Kabul not considered 100% safe. We paid the $US60 transport fee then ride the bikes back to the safer area of Kabul (Green Zone) where we live.

Kabul, Kabul, Afghanistan - 14/05/2009

 

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After some fine tunning the bikes were used on a 6 day trip through Central Afghanistan and passed the test with flying colours.

Yakalang, Sur e Pol, Afghanistan - 14/05/2009



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