They have no horns, no lights or license plates. They have been in use for decades, to the point that their drivers no longer care to fix them or protect them from theft.
They are an indispensable part of the city, whose army of transporters can hardly afford to buy new vehicles to carry their heavy loads around.
But the city now wants them gone.
Local police on Tuesday launched a campaign to crack down on these old motorbikes that they say can pose risks to traffic safety.
The campaign will run through the Tet Lunar New Year Festival in early February, targeting motorbikes overloaded with goods and driven by reckless drivers.
Some of these licenseless motorbikes are also used by illegal racers and traffic violators, who will not hesitate to leave the vehicles behind to escape a police chase.
Old motorbikes used by transporters in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Pham Huu