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My Honda CBX 200 Strada

After returning to Brazil I remained a short period of time without having a motorcycle until I bought the Honda CBX 200 cc - also known as Honda Strada. With this bike I rode 12.000 km, mainly on roads between Goiania and Caldas Novas. This is a good bike, the engine produces a good output (torque and performance), excelent autonomy and it is comfortable to travel with.

In reality, I observed that this is a transition model, a slight upgrade in the many 125 cc and 180 cc launched by Honda during the nineties in Brazil.  This is a motorcycle that came to the market until Honda could develop a completely new bike from scratch - the Honda CBX 250 Twister a.k.a. Honda CBF 250 that was unveiled in 2001 in Brazil.  That's what I think now in 2007.

Official photo of the Honda CBX 200, 1996. Another view of the Honda CBX 200.

Official photo of the Honda CBX 200, 1996.                Another view of the Honda CBX 200.

My third motorcycle in the nineties is a Honda C 100 Dream, this bike in reality is classified as a scooter motorcycle, but in spite of that I have been ignoring that insistently, and I have been riding it as a motorcycle de facto. With it I rode 47.800 km (being 35.810 km on roads) during 46 months, mainly doing the traject  Goiania - Caldas Novas; as well as travelling extensively to my dad's farm that is located at the district of Hidrolandia -GO. To cover this route I use to drive approximately 164 km each way, from which 26 km each way are ridden on gravel road (here I have been riding my Dream as a trail bike, or close to that; and my "little beauty" hasn't deceived me so far).

Amyr with my Honda C 100 Dream, september of 1998 (Caldas Novas - GO). Myself and my nephew Gabriel with Suzuki Address. Gabriel is 4 years old and a "motorcyclist" as well; he has a Suzuki 50 cc quad / ATV).

Amyr with my Honda C 100 Dream, september of 1998 (Caldas Novas - GO). Myself and my nephew Gabriel with Suzuki Address. Gabriel is 4 years old and a "motorcyclist" as well; he has a Suzuki 50 cc quad / ATV).

Some facts deserve to be highlighted in this decade (the 90s): the event Goiania Moto Show during the years 1996, 1997 and 1998 drew huge crowds to the Goiania International Autodrome.   We hope that this become true again this year of 1999.  Another fact deserving to be mentioned is the wonderful performance of the racing drivers representing our State of Goias, at the Brazilian Honda CB 500 Formula Championship, sponsored by Honda factory lately.

My motorcycles along 47 Years of Motorcycling

Motorcycle Number Plate Km ridden (aprox.)
Yamaha YF5 50 cc 1969 AA 521   Goiania - GO 45.000
Yamaha YDS7 250 cc 1971 AA 017   Hidrolandia - GO 10.000
Honda ML 125 cc 1977 AC 066   Goiania - GO 24.000
Honda CB 400 cc 1980 AI 666 *   Goiania - GO 65.000
Honda XL 125 cc 1985 EL 809    Goiania - GO 18.000
Kawasaki KLR 600 cc 1986 HL 654    Brisbane - QLD - Australia 12.000
Honda CBX 200 cc 1996 KCO 7802  Goiania - GO 12.000
Honda C 100 cc Dream 1997/98 KDH 6521   Goiania - GO 47.800  (until its sale on 19/11/01)
Honda CBX 250 cc Twister 2001/2002 KEP 1709  Goiania - GO 16.100  (until its sale on 27/01/03)
Sundown Hunter 90 cc 2007 NGZ 6912 Goiania - GO 6.320 (until its sale on 02/05/08)
Sundown STX Motard 200 cc 2008 NLA 7922 Goiania - GO Acquired on the 2nd of  May, 2008
Yamaha Ténéré Blueflex 250 cc 2017 PQT 8899 Goiania - GO Acquired on the 16th of  March, 2017

* This number plate (AI 666) was carefully chosen by me; some years later the State Transit Department ( Detran - GO) made a general vehicle registration recall and I had my number plate altered to VD 366.

 

This is a big size 750 cc: the Honda Magna VF 750 cc.  This bike was produced in small numbers if compared with the Yamaha V-Max and Honda XX, for example.  This one here belongs to my brother-in-law Pedro Ivan Marques.

This is a big size 750 cc: the Honda Magna VF 750 cc. This bike was produced in small numbers if compared with the Yamaha V-Max and Honda XX, for example. This one here belongs to my brother-in-law Pedro Ivan Marques.

A different and up-to-date motorcycle: Honda Magna 750 cc.

Amyr and I close to the Honda Magna 750 cc (V4 engine). This is a big size motorcycle with a limited production.

Amyr and I close to the Honda Magna 750 cc (V4 engine). This is a big size motorcycle with a limited production.

For you that  reached this point in our site I reserved a  surprise

 

Ricardo C. da Rocha Lima
May 1999.

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Some hints for motorcycle travelling in Brazil:

In order to travel properly, and in such a way to enjoy to the full extent your motorcycle and the trip itself, some care and planning should be taken before hitting the road:

Me and my Dream on the 3rd of July, 1999 at the entrance of Vereda Farm, belonging to my father.  Hidrolandia - GO.

Me and my Dream on the 3rd of July, 1999 at the entrance of Vereda Farm, belonging to my father. Hidrolandia - GO.

Beginning a return trip to Caldas Novas.  Morning of 03/07/99, Vereda Farm, Hidrolandia - GO.

Beginning a return trip to Caldas Novas. Morning of 03/07/99, Vereda Farm, Hidrolandia - GO.

My Dream "dressed" to travel: straight stretch of road close to Caldas Novas, at the horizon we see the Caldas Sierra.

My Dream "dressed" to travel: straight stretch of road close to Caldas Novas, at the horizon we see the Caldas Sierra.

Acting this way the motorcyclist makes a pleasant trip, provided they pay attention to other details, as such:

I have noticed that many motorcyclists prefer to use outfits like those used in competitions, to travel with.  Despite the excelent protection provided they aren't comfortable for long distance trips.  We still prefer the above combination we mentioned before (jeans + leather jacket); or even a combination of leather trousers + leather jacket.  It is worth mentioning that new materials like GORE-TEX® give us many options nowadays.

Another very important aspect is related to the food to be consumed during the trip, the importance of this item is directly proportional to the distance to be ridden:

Divide the day in two unequal parts. During the morning allow for a bigger drive, because during this period the weather generally is nicer, you certainly is more energetic, the bike's engine performs better, etc.  The ideal would be to drive by approximately six hours - from dusk to noon.  Think in a resting period of two hours, and plan to drive for about four more hours in the afternoon.  Avoid to drive at night, as well as to drive very early in the morning.

On different occasions I left Curitiba-PR at 04:30 hs in the morning heading towards Goiania-GO (1.270 km distance), and I observed that this is a time when all attention and care is necessary because of: the truck drivers prefer to begin a trip by this hour, the buses leave their garages and hit the streets with full fuel tanks (usually spilling diesel at the curves), loose animals - as horses for instance - that slept in empty spaces and lots begin to return to their place, and sometimes cross the road in front of us.  All facts mentioned above and those we didn't mention cause us to face unexpected dangers, for wich we must be prepared all the time.  Many events can suddenly happen, and we become aware of them as the years spent on the road riding a motorcycle go by.

Another relevant aspect is related to the summer rains.  In almost all Brazilian regions those rains fall mainly in the afternoon, therefore be prepared to them when travelling by motorcycle.  This is why is so important to make the most of the morning period in order to cover your daily distances.

Arriving at Caldas Novas (coming from Goiania) in the afternoon of  24/07/99.  The piece of foam I placed under the luggage protects the seat cover, while holding better the bag over the seat.

Arriving at Caldas Novas (coming from Goiania) in the afternoon of 24/07/99. The piece of foam I placed under the luggage protects the seat cover, while holding better the bag over the seat.

Try to ride always wearing dry clothes, so as soon as you notice that rain is coming put on your rain outfit and pay more attention on the road.

Allow extra time to reach your destination, and always drive safely.  Remember that the first rains in the season turn the tarmac (asphalt) slippery (oil, sand and other elements deposited over the road surface tend to be washed off by the first summer rains).

My Honda C 100 Dream, a chicken comfortably stays on the fence's top.  Vereda Farm, morning of 01/07/99.

My Honda C 100 Dream, a chicken comfortably stays on the fence's top. Vereda Farm, morning of 01/07/99.

Try to find a safe place to spend the night, in such a way that you park your motorcycle safely while you are sleeping.  Many petrol stations have B & B facilities.  It is better choosing those places to stay for the night instead of going to hotels in the outskirts or suburbs of the big cities.

It is wise to get further information about the road conditions from the truck drivers or even from the Federal Road Police, respectively at the petrol stations and at the police stations along the road.

My Honda Dream and my friend Odilon de Sena Ferreira, on the 30/12/99 at the occasion of the 21.000 km service.  Odilon is a Honda specialized mechanic and works for Moto For - one of the main Honda dealers in Goiania - GO., where I bought my Dream.  All servicing in my Dream were done by Odilon, at Moto For.

My Honda Dream and my friend Odilon de Sena Ferreira, on the 30/12/99 at the occasion of the 21.000 km service. Odilon is a Honda specialized mechanic and works for Moto For - one of the main Honda dealers in Goiania - GO., where I bought my Dream. All servicing in my Dream were done by Odilon, at Moto For.

In all my trips I always had in mind the above mentioned details, and this proved very useful indeed.