Just do it ! Do it now !
Riding a Minsk in Vietnam is just great, especially in the mountainous area of Northern VN. Much more fun with a Minsk than with any other bike.
A couple of notes:
- last november, when buying my Minsk in Hanoi at Cuong's Motorcycle, I talked with a frenchman who runs Compagnie Bourlingue alias http://www.freewheelin-tours.com/
He told me that in the future, the Hanoi authorities plan to ban 2 stroke motorbikes in the city because of the pollution (infos to be checked). Anyway, even today, you hardly see any Minsk in Hanoi (or if you see one, the rider is a foreigner)
- You'll still find Minsk in the north and in some countryside area in the center and in the south, but they are little by little replaced by chinese motorcycles (Honda made-in-China or other brands).
In the north, spare parts still can be found, but I think, this bike is going to disappear quickly. Take your chance to ride it while you can. Vietnam is changing rapidly. When back again on a Minsk this year after my first Minsk trip in 1993, I was struck to find so few of them nowadays.
@Axel: great adventure you did with those mighty Minsk !