Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

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Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

Postby Cambodia Motor Guide » Mon Feb 15, 2016 11:37 am

Welcome to Cambodia Motor Guide, CMG


This thread is an ongoing project thread designed to help anyone (both Khmer and Expatriate alike) with any question they may have regarding motorcycle or scooter usage in Cambodia.

Any topic, from simple buying questions to advanced flame front propagation characteristics may be addressed, as there are a diverse group of people living in the kingdom.

If you have any questions you would like address, please post in the car and bike section, or PM me at (username: AE86) with your question.

Thank you, and happy motoring

***As of now, I am just down to copying and pasting threads I previously have posted. I will edit and refine them if I can get the time.***



Petrol/Gasoline information (much credit to Petrol Head for the information)



Over 125cc and up license

Importing and registering a bike from Vietnam or Thailand?

General motorcycle/scooter questions:

How long can a motocycle last?

Why you should buy a new bike.

What is an automatic scooter?

Thai built vs. Vietnamese built Hondas

Fake Honda Waves?

Quality of Suzuki bikes?

Honda vs. Suzuki (in depth mechanical comparison)

Chinese three wheelers


Basic maintenance

Honda 223cc (230) cam/timing chain adjustment?

Don't over rev

Warm up your engines

8,000 km required maintenance?

How your charging system works?


Misfire? Hesitation?

Worth repairing? (Yamaha Automatic)

Centrifugal clutch drum worn?

Carburetor adjustment needed? Symptoms?


Tips and Tricks

Idle adjustment (Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha)

Valve adjustment (Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, 50cc-250cc and up)

Clutch adjustment (semi automatic bikes, most Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha)

Purchasing parts for a Honda (50cc-125cc)

Fake or genuine parts

Disassembling a series 84' Honda engine (50cc-90cc), years 1984 - 2007

Rebuilding a series 84' Honda engine (50cc-90cc), years 1984-2007


100cc Honda Chaly conversion "Super Chaly"

2006 Suzuki Smash rebuild

Daelim Citi disassembly and rebuild

About the author:

As the author of many of these articles, my name is Akira and I am from Japan. I have ridden motorcycles since age 11 in both Japan and the U.S. and have been working on them for 15 years. I am a former automotive shop foreman and business owner with a life long passion and interest in machines. Two of my family members have been both a motorcycle and car dealer in Cambodia for many years and I have owned approximately 45 motorcycles during that time, and 12 cars.

Work in progress
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Re: Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

Postby Barang_doa_slae » Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:22 pm

The MGC allowed me to discover some listed threads that I must have missed and that are of interest to me like the valve adjustment one.
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Re: Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

Postby gibbon arms » Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:47 pm

Kick ass Akira. Now we just need one more 'How To Guide'

'How to' convince Akira to sack-up and start repairing 250cc and up bikes. Hook a brutha up man!
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Re: Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

Postby samesamesamebutsame » Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:56 pm

Wow, that's really awesome. Thanks!
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Re: Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

Postby AE86 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 4:03 pm

gibbon arms wrote:'How to' convince Akira to sack-up and start repairing 250cc and up bikes. Hook a brutha up man!

To be honest, the problem is that there are so many 250cc+ bikes and there is no consistency regarding any kind of parts, or even what market they are from.

I could easily do a rebuild/explanation on a 2 valve CRF230, and then along comes a 5 valve WR426 and all my info becomes irrelevant.

I do plan on picking up another FTR in the next week or so as soon as I get rid of the Zoomer X, so since there are a few floating around here maybe I can tear into that.
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Re: Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

Postby LexusSchmexus » Tue Feb 16, 2016 9:43 pm

Great amalgamation of information. Good that it's finally stickied.
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Re: Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

Postby Sobriquet » Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:15 pm

Thanks to this, and other info on this board, I was able to make an informed effort in buying a moto (Honda Wave 110) for use in Phnom Penh. Thanks all!
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Re: Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

Postby cheflo » Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:34 am

Awesome! someone should do for cars too
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Re: Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

Postby vladimir » Sun Mar 27, 2016 2:46 pm

Thank you, Akira.

If you want areal challenge, I'll bring in my bike for an engine/complete overhaul sometime.
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Re: Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

Postby Beaker » Mon Mar 28, 2016 1:15 pm

Do you have any info on getting used parts from Japan? I might need an ignition control unit for a bike made for the Japanese market. I'm being told that the copywrite laws are such that they can not give out or show parts catalogs. They need to be bought at a price of $370+.
Do you know about pulse generators, they give the ICM a small pulse to let them know when to fire the coil. I need to know how to test them with a multimeter instead of the special Honda peak voltage tester tool. If I turn the bike over while connecting the multimeter to the leads from the pulse generator shouldn't I get a small electrical pulse ? The manual says it should put out .7 volts I have tried ac and dc but get nothing hopefully that is the problem as its$25. and the ICM is like $700. If I can even find one.
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Re: Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

Postby shadow » Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:48 am

I think I know the bike you are referring to. You can measure the resistance of the coil put your multimeter on the 2k ohms range it should measure about 500 ohms give or take 50. Other bikes can be as low as 200 ohms as long as it is not open or short circuit it will be ok.
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Re: Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

Postby Beaker » Sat Jul 02, 2016 10:15 am

Thanks, but it was the pulse generator i was concerned about but the baffling problem of no spark was not the electrical system. Even tho the starter turned over and sound normal the engine wasn't really turning over because the starter clutch was slipping therefore no pulse voltage as the flywheel wasn't turning.
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Re: Motorcycle Guide to Cambodia

Postby Harold and Khmer » Tue Nov 29, 2016 12:03 pm

nice post
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