The Bruneian Poor Man’s Harley.
Brunei’s Kuala Belait wet market is like what our Central Market used to be; except the art deco building is circular.
I met vegetable seller, Bujang, inside. Somehow, we started talking about big bikes and he said he’ll go home to get his bike to show me.
It was the fairly rare Hyosung GV650 Aquila, a shiny cruiser. I remember distinctly Bujang telling me is China-made but a Google search later revealed it is a Korean product.
He described it as a poor man’s Harley for those facing mid-life or three-quarter life crisis. Bujang was 65 at the time.
The poor man’s Harley for Bruneians still cost a hefty USD 8,000 before tax. It is tax-free in Brunei, of course. I like the reaction of his then six-year-old daughter when she saw her dad returning with the bike. That’s Bujang’s wife’s bike behind the daughter.
Kuala Belait is the second largest town in Brunei, after capital Bandar Seri Begawan.
Olympus E-3, ISO 100, f8, 1/250 sec.
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