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Cuong is quite possibly the most famous motorcycle mechanic in Vietnam, and with good reason.
Operating out of a humble garage on Highway 1 south of Hanoi in the early 1990s, Cuong’s reputation as an gifted mechanic and honest bloke quickly spread. By 2000, Cuong had opened a shop in Hanoi’s Old Quarter to repair, buy and sell Minsk motorbikes.
He was instrumental to the formation of Hanoi’s infamous Minsk Club in 1998, and it’s fair to say that if Cuong hadn’t been there to fix the bikes, the club would have never existed. Once Cuong’s shop was listed in the Lonely Planet, his name became synonymous with motorcycle touring in Vietnam.
It’s no surprise that when the world’s biggest automotive celebrities came to Vietnam to film the BBC Top Gear Vietnam Special in 2008, they called on Cuong for full mechanical support. He designed and built the amphibious motorbikes that carried Jeremy Clarkson and co. out into Ha Long Bay back in 2008, and he can be seen nursing Clarkson’s Vespa back to life on many occasions. Cuong also worked with Gordon Ramsay and Charley Boorman (twice!) when they came to film in Vietnam.
When the Vietnamese police and army began selling off their fleet of vintage 650cc Ural sidecars to collectors, Cuong recognised their potential for motorcycle touring and snapped up the bikes and spare parts. He custom fitted the Urals to make them a solo motorcycle with disc brakes, comfortable seats and modern electrics to meet the demands of inernational bikers. Cuong has most recently branched out into Honda CRF 250L and “liberated” US Army Jeeps and now has Vietnam’s largest fleet of bikes ready to tour.