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Lavras and Tiradentes 2010 - Tiradentes Bike Fest 2010
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After returning from Cavalcante – GO I took my Sundown STX Motard to Moto Limongi in order to be serviced: I installed a new rear sprocket and a new chain drive, I kept the 14 teeth front sprocket due to its relative low mileage; of course after checking the whole transmission set.
In reality when we change the transmission parts (front and rear sprocket, and the chain drive) we must change the whole set, allowing in this way that the components can adjust well (teeth with bearings, rivets, etc.). But as I observed that the front sprocket was still in very good condition I decided to keep it.
I also changed the rear tyre and the swing arm that was cracked (I got the part as a factory warranty replacement) and two small internal panel bulbs (“water drop” shape). I ensured that everything was right prior to my trip to Lavras – MG, where I would pay a visit to my daughter, and to Tiradentes – MG where I would attend the 2010 Tiradentes Bike Fest.
Vaca Brava Park - Goiânia - GO - middle of June, 2010.
I left Goiânia – GO on the 24th of June, 2010 by 05h10min having Lavras – MG as my final destination; by 18h30min of the same day I arrived there, after covering a distance of 970 km. This time instead of going via Ibiá – MG I took the Patos de Minas – MG direction.
I was lucky as the weather was good, a clear and blue sky and low traffic
contributed to my trip, especially between Perdões – MG and Lavras – MG
where we normally face heavy traffic on the Fernão Dias highway, principally
Décio Petrol Station - Parada Bonita - Uberândia - MG, morning of the 24th of June, 2010.
On Saturday, the 26 th of June, 2010 I left Lavras early in the morning and covered the 100 km distance to Tiradentes – MG mainly travelling through mist. A fresh to cold weather and the good paved road contributed to turn the trip memorable.
Tiradentes in the misty morning of the 26thof June, 2010. First bikes to arrive at the event.
I noticed that the quality of the meeting remained the same as last year’s, although the number of motorcyclists has diminished a little maybe in relation to the World Cup games that in Brazil are widely watched by the population on TV.
Me and my Sundown STX Motard, immediately before leaving Tiradentes - MG to Lavras - MG. The two photos that follows show bikes at the main place of the event (square), and a customized trail bike.
The trip back to Goiânia – GO was very good. Road works along the way made the trip more interesting. As Brazil was playing Chile (at Johannesburg) that afternoon (Monday, the 28th of June, 2010), the road had less vehicles transiting on it and I could take advantage of that.
A brand new Suzuki V-Strom 650cc. A very special customized trike. A bike parking area.
I left Lavras – MG by 07h10min and arrived at Goiânia – GO by 19h30min. I covered a distance of 909 km on roads crossing the states of Minas Gerais and Goiás. The general performance of my bike was very good indeed. I lubricated the chain drive many times along the way, and consequently I could observe that the parts became perfectly adapted producing a smooth adjustment between the many parts of the chain drive set.
A brand new BMW F-800. A beautifully shinning Harley Davidson. Me and a Harley Davidson dressed for Speedway.
Already in Goiânia – GO on the following day I organized my clothes and trip equipment, and I took my bike to Moto Limongi (Sundown dealership) in order to do the oil change and adjustment of the chain drive clearance.
Between friends: from left me and Ronaldo Meneghin Cesari, from Divinópolis - MG. Right photo Julio Cunha (wearing yellow T-shirt), from Ilha do Governador, Rio de Janeiro - RJ and me.
Santiago Brañas, Chilean citizen that lives in Belo Horizonte - MG, between his Honda NX4 Falcon and my Sundown STX Motard.
It is worth mentioning that the hours I remained in Tiradentes – MG (during the 2010 Tiradentes Bike Fest) I could get in touch with fellow motorcyclists, people that share with me the same passion for motorcycling and motorcycles in general. I could make new friends and I really could enjoy the whole trip, this is the most important to me.
In this trip I
totalled 2.080 km; my bike had a total consumption of 74,73 litres
of gasoline thus resulting in the average of 27,83 km/litre.
This is a very good overall outcome in my view.
Stop for refuelling at Décio Petrol Station - Parada Bonita - Uberlândia - MG, during the afternoon of the 28th of June, 2010.
At the end of July 2010 I went to Brasília - D.F. with Theresa to attend a motorcycling gathering for the Motorcyclist National Day. This was a short stop and go trip, we left Goiânia - GO at the morning heading towards the city of Sobradinho - D.F., where the event was held. We did a very good trip, and the performance of my bike was good as well. The event was very well organized, and I became surprised with the attendance - that was very good indeed. People from all over Brazil, and even from Argentina and Uruguay.
Trike with a six cylinder Ford engine. Yamaha XT 660 moptorcycles belonging to the Military Fire Department Police of the Federal District.
After that I did some short trips in the following months; and on the 14th of November, 2010 I went with Theresa to Pirenópolis - GO specially to visit the Wheels of Time Museum (Museu Rodas do Tempo - http://www.rodasdotempo.com.br/). This is a museum showing a very rich collection of motorcycles, scooters, bycicles and toys. This was a very interesting and exciting trip, due to the fact that despite the rain season in our region we had a splendid day, with good temperatures along the day, sunny but not a hot day. To get to know the museum was a must. Pirenópolis is a very interesting city, dating back from the gold rush era in Brazil (colonial period). It is a very interesting touristic spot, the city is very well preserved. There are plenty of hotels and "pousadas", restaurants, souvenir shops, etc. The Wheels fo Time Museum (Museu Rodas do Tempo - http://www.rodasdotempo.com.br/) definitely is in itself a must-see atraction.
Amazonas motorcycle, an icon of the Brazilian motorcycles. Part of the Lambretta collection. Facade of the Museum.During the return trip we (myself and Theresa) had the company of some friends: Mauro riding his Suzuki Savage LS 650, Rossini with his Honda Magna V4 750, and Germano riding his Kawasaki Vulcan 800 (with his son as the pillion passenger). Many other photos of this trip are available at my friend Mauro website at the address (http://www.euvouso.com), specifically at the page http://www.euvouso.com/rodasdotempo/rodas.htm
A wonderful array of the speed racing little fifities (50cc).
Some Indian motorcycles to be admired in the museum collection.
The museum is installed within some historic warehouses, that were originally used for produce furniture. They were refurbished, yet maintaining their originality, to pristine condition and now houses the wonderful collection.
Photo album of the Museum Rodas do Tempo:
Me and Theresa posing for Mauro's camera.
The following photos, alongside with those inserted at my friend Mauro's website, show a little bit more how was our short trip to the historic city of Pirenópolis - GO, where we visited the wonderful Wheels of Time (Rodas do Tempo) Museum.
Here I am preparing my Sundown STX Motard to the returning trip to Goiânia - GO. Me and Theresa "on the move" heading to Pirenópolis - GO.
Photo taken by Theresa immediately before leaving Pirenópolis in the way to Goiânia - GO. Mauro with his Suzuki Savage LS 650, and me in my Sundown STX Motard.
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