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The year of 2011 -
Motorcycling and our family
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year of 2011 began with few weddings happening (a nephew and a niece
"tying the knot"); furthermore the nephew Rodrigo decided to make true
his dream of having a motorcycle. According to him he
this dream since he was a child, and his inspiration came from my own
example of having a motorcycle, and travelling a lot throughout Brazil.
buy any common motorcycle but a brand new Harley-Davidson Super Glide
A fine and shinning piece of machinery with its huge 1.600cc
engine. He will be from now on part of the legion of
that have a Harley-Davidson parked at the garage, but due to his heavy
workload as a Medical Doctor he won´t be able to enjoy his
to the fullest. In my case I have been able to exercise my
passion for motorcycles in a everyday basis, and I feel realized by
that. Being able to enjoy a bike and to ride it day after day
the "official test-drive" of Rodrigo's Harley-Davidson we did a small
ride to the south side of Goiânia - GO; but before that my
(Rodrigo's grandmother) posed for photos with his bike. She
be 84 years old by June, 2011.
Maria Terezinha and her grandson's Harley-Davidson -
Goiânia - GO - by the end of January of 2011.
We enjoyed a
morning and did a relaxed short trip around the south suburbs of
Goiânia - GO, where some beatiful residential condominiums
located. Me and my brother Irom da Rocha Lima Neto took a test-drive of
our nephew's bike, and we congratulated him for having "incorporated" a
Harley-Davidson again to our family. Our grandfather Irom da
Rocha Lima brought the first Harley-Davidson to the State of
bikes at the morning of the 30th of January,
Here I am testing my nephew's brand new Harley-Davidson.
Irom (standing up),
Rodrigo seated at his Harley-Davidson.
this short ride I realized how happy and lucky I am for having the
chance to exercise my passion in a daily basis, and for being a
all those years (40
Years of Motorcycling).
reality almost 41 years now. My
thoughts took me far, and I began immediately planning the
trips that I am intending to do this year of 2011.
On the 14th of March, 2011 I took my motorcycle for a general
maintenance service at Limongi Motors. There was quite a period of time
since the last servicing was done, and lately I was doing only the very
basic maintenance (engine oil change at 3.000 km intervals) and
refuelling at each 200 km ridden, aproximately. The odometer showed a
total of 26.000 km.
I left my bike at Limongi Motors workshop, with Denival
(a.k.a. Baiano) who is the mechanic that executed the first servicings
when I bought my motorcycle three years ago. At this servicing the
following items were particularly observed and done:
headlamp change (due to a burned low light);
spark plug change;
engine oil change;
rear brake pads change;
brake fluid change;
carburetor cleaning and tuning;
engine valves cleaning and tuning;
general lubrication and nuts and bolts tightening.
This general maintenance servicing had a total cost of R$
259,00 (being R$ 120,00 for the labour, R$ 10,00 for washing parts and
the bike, and R$ 129,00 for the cost of parts applied). Now my
motorcycle engine is running much smoothier than before, and I feel
that its overall performance has improved quite substantially.
Definitely my bike is ready to be ridden along my next coming
adventures, as I am intending to do some special trips this year.
On the 23th of April, 2011 we (me and Theresa) went to
GO. We left Goiânia - GO by 08:00 am and we came
15:00 in the afternoon at the same day. This short trip of
approximately 280 km in total aimed two things mainly: ride on a
stretch of road out of the daily urban traffic routine and to check a
motorcycling event that took place at that city.
Double lane federal road - BR
153, stretch close to Morrinhos - GO.
"Cruising" with style.
This was too a good opportunity to evaluate my
performance after the general servicing I did previously in it as well.
On the first leg of the trip, after riding around 90 km of the
double-lane road (BR-153 federal road) I noticed that something wrong
was going on regarding the functioning of the clutch - gear box
set. The clutch began to slip occasionally and the gear box
to produce strange noises sometimes. This unusual happening,
say unusual because I never had this sort of problem in any of the
bikes I had previously in those 41 years of motorcycling I have,
resulted in a huge and unpleasant surprise to me due to the small
mileage of around 27.000 km my bike has.
Two helmets and their owners.
As those noises happened again in the way back to
Goiânia - GO
I decided to take my bike back to Limongi Motors, on Monday (the 25th
of April, 2011). I left it there with my mechanic (Denival,
a.k.a. Baiano) in order to sort out this problem, and to get the
In my opinion, even before having the mechanic´s word, based
in my own experience I feel that the clutch and some gear box parts
must be replaced. This causes me surprise and deception.
Me and my Motard in Morrinhos
customized bike that originated from a Honda CB 450.
Surprise due to the way I utilize my motorcycle, and
low mileage. And deception because I never had similar
with none of all bikes I had previously.
feelings concerning the gear box issue became true, unfortunately, thus
I had to replace the whole set (primary and secondary transmission)
plus the clutch. And some days after that I had to do a welding job at
the fuel tank, it was leaking gasoline on the junction of the support
that is used to fix the tank to the bike's frame.
Those last two repair jobs plus the general maintenance servicing mentioned before cost me R$ 1.300,00.
A quite rare motortractor
Here I feel free to emit my balanced and independent opinion,
of truth: the quality of Japanese motorcycles and even of Brazilian
motorcycles produced utilizing the Japanese technology incorporated to
them, is completely superior to those produced in China.
Consequently the motorcycles produced with Japanese technology have a
better performance and durability when compared with its Chinese
This guy went very far from
Morrinhos - GO, and came back to tell his adventure.
I would like to point as well that from all bikes I had
the Sundown STX Motard gave me a great pleasure to ride, due to the
fact that it has a very well devised and balanced cyclistic, a superb
combination of suspension and brakes sets - very efficient indeed, and
a sturdy and reliable set of three-wall aluminium wheels in tandem with
the Pirelli MT-75 tyres.
Theresa taking a rest at the
shadow of a tree.
beautiful Yamaha TDM 850 Twin.
On the other hand, the other face of the coin isn't so bright,
variety of problems that surfaced in those three years I have the
motorcycle point to a lack of quality of the material utilized in the
parts, fact that compromise all the final product, consequently
resulting in a non-durable and not reliable bike.
I will be posting my trips and rides concerning the year of 2011 as
soon as possible. In the meantime please access the following
link for my ultimate adventure - A short ride throughout the Mid-West region of Brazil
. That was a memorable trip I did during four and a half days,
2.544 km ridden from the 30th of May, 2011 to the 3rd of June, 2011.
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