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How about motor scooters or motor bikes?

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RichardArunachala
8/9/2013 22:31 EST

In India we ride our motor scooters everywhere, to town and on errands and to eat. How about in Nicaragua? I have seen little mention of this mode of transport. And since I can drive in India, I think I will be ok anywhere. How about Nicaragua?

Out of town we use a taxI (hired car and driver). We have made a point of finding a reliable driver and use him for almost all that kind of driving.

Thanks for the good answers you have given so far, we really appreciate it!

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majicjack
8/10/2013 08:14 EST

Nicaragua is overun with motor bikes and scooters. Taxis are cheap and so are buses.

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bushamy13
8/10/2013 15:17 EST

Motor scooters are very popular within Granada but not on the roads. Motorcycles are extremely popular everywhere and I also have one. Main reason is that gas is over $5 a gallon.

Regards

Darrell

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jack07566
6/12/2017 15:11 EST

Where is the best place to buy a motorcycle or scooter?

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elduendegrande
6/13/2017 09:29 EST

Name brands at the car dealerships, weird chinese brands at storefronts.

if you drive in India you should be well qualified in Nic. Theft is a big problem. There are so many motos, mostly small ones, that they are gobbling up all the urban parking spots. Life is cheap, Along with taxis, they are involved in the majority of urban accidents.

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iguanalover
6/13/2017 11:47 EST

Carnage is the word that best describes the roads in Nicaragua. There are currently 700 plus accidents a week with a couple dozen fatalities. They maybe the lucky ones compared to the drivers that are loosing legs and other body parts. Be careful.

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bluewind
6/13/2017 18:48 EST

Geeze, and I thought crime wasn't big problem in Nica. So much for global reports.

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elduendegrande
6/14/2017 10:32 EST

The murder rate is low "for the region" snicker snicker, which generates the hype about how safe it is.


burglary, robbery, and armed robbery are constant. Weird one the other week, thieves attacked, beat and stabbed a motorcyclists at a local supermarket in Esteli, chucked his bike into a waiting pickup and made off. Shocking even for Esteli. They missed his kidneys so he got patched up and is recovering.

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dumluk
6/17/2017 19:45 EST

Wow! Even in Esteli? I was just there a short time ago and it seemed like the least likely place for violent crime in Nica......and the most civilized spot........friendly, clean, and prosperous........there were cops just outside of Esteli on both sides I noticed.......Chances are they caught the bad guys.........

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elduendegrande
6/18/2017 09:53 EST

Dream on... Tje only good news is that most of the victims are young poor Nicas. Foreigners are not particularly targeted.
Do you think all those private guards, verjas, and serpentina are for decoration?

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elduendegrande
6/18/2017 09:58 EST

Oh, yeah, the police on the Panam are there to slow down the orgy of reckless and drunk drivers. they have little to do with crime, they are Transito, not NP,
They are a welcome change from the fishing retenes of the past because they only stop those who are obviously impared or moto drivers without helmets.

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novato1953
6/18/2017 11:38 EST

Skyrocketing motorcycle fatality rates have been remarked on around the world as a trailing indicator of rapidly rising local purchasing power. People making more money tend to spend some of it on personal transportation, and motorcycles are usually cheaper than cars. Rookie riders die more often. Regionally, I'd be curious if any correlative study has been made recently here or in Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica or Colombia, where the market growth in new motorcycle sales has been similar.

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ricktee
6/18/2017 14:14 EST

The police are also checking for speeders, long range!

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dumluk
6/18/2017 22:09 EST

Do you think all those private guards, verjas, and serpentina are for decoration?
Of course not.....Ive lived in central america for a long time.....and I love my bars......would not live without them.......But I just had the impression that if there was anyplace in Nica where you COULD live normally without bars and serpentina it would be Esteli.........But you will need a gas mask for all the smoke...........As the epicenter of the tobacco industy its a smokers paradise........i swear the fabricas must just pass em out freely to encourage smoking..........one of the nicest cities in Nica but an anomoly and a throwback in time.........I much prefer restrictions on smoking.........

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elduendegrande
6/19/2017 08:42 EST

the ag chems in the tobacco fields get the bad rap, but the pollution from wood fires, trash burning, unregulated industry, buses,and particulate matter from bad roads are the worst. I see very few people smoking, but I don't go into local bars and casinos.

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johnchip
6/27/2017 21:42 EST

"Motos" are the mosquitos of the Nicaraguan roadways. In town they are the biggest hazard to a car driver. They know no shame or road rules. They will park on both your bumpers locking you in. They will run at night with no lights. They will load four children on with them. So many colors, so few helmuts, so many without mufflers, and they account for most of the road mortalities.

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