If you have the opportunity to visit Vietnam, I recommend you buy a 110cc Honda Win. They’re loud, somewhat inconvenient, and quintessentially Vietnamese. ::
Sure you could rent a quiet, modern scooter that’s fully automatic and has good brakes but that’d be like travelling to Tuscany and eating McDonald’s now wouldn’t it. ::
There’s really nothing like stomping on your rear drum brakes to no avail to avoid a large tour bus that’s careered into your lane while simultaneously downshifting through your 4-speed gearbox to desperately recruit some much needed engine braking - it not only makes you feel alive, but happy to be alive - and there’s nothing wrong with that!