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Sundown STX Motard:
Trips in 2012

The beginning of 2012 has been rainy in our Mid-West Region of Brazil.  On top of that personal and family needs have prevented me a more intense usage of my Sundown STX Motard.

The trips I did so far, despite being very good, were short trips.  But they have been to beautiful places and in very good company, with friends.  My friend Mauro Gomes knows how to organize trips very well, and I have had the priviledge of participate with the group of friends in those trips.

I will take this opportunity to list below the links to the pages he published with photos of those short trips.

A one day trip
 (Goiânia - Vianópolis - Goiânia) with a stop to have lunch at Vianópolis - GO:

Photo album of this ride:

https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%212266&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68&group=0


And a wonderful short trip to the Maratá Fall, in the proximities of the town of Pires do Rio - GO.  The spot is localized in a private property and all the surroundings are very well preserved.

https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%212301&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68&group=0

When clicking at each photo, you will be able to open a bigger picture in another window.  All photos have additional text, to read it place your mouse over them.

My Sundown STX Motard and my brother's Kawasaki Versys. Goiânia - GO - Brazil.

My Sundown STX Motard 200cc and my brother's Kawasaki Versys 650cc.

My brother bought a new motorcycle recently, and sold his Yamaha XTZ 250 X, that was acquired in the same occasion I bought my Sundown STX Motard.  Recently we did a short trip in order to him get used to his brand new Kawaski Versys 650cc - and to get properly the first impressions on his new bike.


My brother Irom and his Kawasaki Versys and my STX Motard by the roadside of the road linking Nerópolis - GO to Anápolis - GO.

My brother Irom and his Kawasaki Versys and my STX Motard by the roadside of the road linking Nerópolis - GO to Anápolis - GO.

Along 2012 I am intending to do other good trips, from wich at least one of them will be quite a long trip (around 4.500 kilometers long).

On the 7th of April, 2012, for instance, I went to Morrinhos - GO to attend the 8th. National Meeting of Motorcyclists.  This short trip (140 km each way) served to put my bike on the road, and enjoy the open green plans of the way.  I take every opportunity to such kind of trip because doing that I can get photos of different motorcyles and publish them at this Internet site with the related info on them.

Me and my wife Theresa, on the 07/04/2012 in Morrinhos - GO.

Me and my wife Theresa, on the 07/04/2012 in Morrinhos - GO.

In this specific event my attention was drawn towards a very well equiped Honda Valkyrie F6, 1998 make, with number plate from Itajaí-SC.  I've got the information that this bike belongs to the very experienced motorcyclist Dolor Silva; with this bike he and his wife have crossed the three Americas a couple of times.  After returning home I could check this information through a research - via Google - at the Internet, and I found some interesting links about him and his many adventures.

Honda Valkyrie F6, 1998, in Morrinhos - GO and its owner Dolor Silva, from Itajaí - SC.

Honda Valkyrie F6, 1998, in Morrinhos - GO and its owner Dolor Silva, from Itajaí - SC.

Then I remembered two other occasions that I came face to face with the Honda Valkyrie; The first one in 1998, during a motorcyclists meeting at Caldas Novas - GO - Brazil when I met the late Mr. Fernando Camilo Lobo on a brand new Honda Valkyrie.  He was the owner of two Honda Motorcycles dealerships - one in Goiânia - GO (where I was a customer) and another one in Caldas Novas - GO, both in the Mid-West region of Brazil.

The second time I have been close to a Honda Valkyrie was during November 2009 in São Lourenço - MG - Brazil during the Megacycle (annual event).  In that occasion came to my attention the exhaust configuration (6x6) and the colour of the motorcycle. 

This is an authentic "six gun". Honda Valkyrie, Flat-Six.

This is an authentic "six gun". Honda Valkyrie, Flat-Six.

More photos of the event in Morrinhos - GO - Brazil can be seen at my photo album:

https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%212299&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68&group=0 

On the morning of the 15/04/2012 I did a short trip to the town of Nova Veneza - GO with my brother and my nephew.  This town is 30 km far from Goiânia - GO.  My brother was riding his KawasakiVersys 650cc, and my nephew was riding his Harley-Davidson Super Glide Custom 1.600cc.

Here I am with our bikes on the morning of 15/04/2012, central square of Nova Veneza - GO.

Here I am with our bikes on the morning of 15/04/2012, central square of Nova Veneza - GO.

My bike was "using a brand new shoe" - a new front tyre (Pirelli Mt 75 110/70-17
) - after 38.000 km using the original tyre (it is relevant to mention that I always use Nitrogen to inflate the tyres, consequently they get a bigger mileage than when using Oxygen).

On the 29th of April, 2012 we joined a group of friends for a very relaxed small trip to the region of Pontalina - GO.

Another fact deserving to be highlighted (despite being negative) happened on the 5th of May, 2012, when I was travelling with my wife from Goiania to Pirenopolis - GO.  After passing the small town of Planalmira - GO the gear box of my bike didn't engaged the fifth gear anymore.  On this way I had to reach Pirenopolis using four gears only, as well I had to do in my back trip to Goiania - GO.  Pirenopolis is 121 km distant from Goiania - GO.

I could maintain speeds around the 80 - 90 km/hour bracket, with the engine revving around the mark of 7.000 rpm.  In this way I could preserve the engine from working on high revs. I already left my motorcycle at the workshop of a friend; he will disassemble the gearbox in order to verify what parts he will have to replace.


5th gear sprocket broken. By handling the part we could realize how fragile the material used to produce this part is, compromising of course all the gear box functioning and durability.

5th  gear sprocket broken.  By handling the part we could realize how fragile the material used to produce this part is, compromising of course all the gear box functioning and durability.

After being sure that the problem was really related to that specific sprocket I decided to change all the gearbox again (second time in a period of one year).  I was lucky to find a brand new complete gear box at Moto Limongi (now a Kasinski dealer); this was in their remaining stock of Sundown parts.

From left: Jhonata,me and Junior at Moto Treil workshop, afternoon of the 10th of May, 2012.

From left: Jhonata,me and Junior at Moto Treil workshop, afternoon of the 10th of May, 2012.

The fact of changing the complete gear box in a period of one clearly shows that the material used in the fabrication of my motorcycle completely lacks quality and durability.  I take this opportunity to highlight my opinion: the Chinese motorcycle industry still have to come to terms with the fact that they have to improve quality and durability of their products.  This should be done by utilizing better quality materials, thus offering better products which would last more.  Certainly this target will be soon addressed, and the final result will satisfy us consumers all over the world.


BRAZILIAN NORTHEAST OUTBACK 2012

This trip to the Brazilian Northeast Outback 2012, was done partially with my friend  Renato Ferreira (Rota Zen) up to the town of Canto do Buriti - PI, from there he went to Fortaleza - CE and I went to Maceió - AL.  The whole route comprised basically the States of: GOIAS - FEDERAL DISTRICT (BRASILIA) - BAHIA - PIAUI - PERNAMBUCO - ALAGOAS - SERGIPE - BAHIA AND returning to GOiAS.  Nothing that an experienced and "stubborn" motorcyclist couldn´t achieve riding a Sundown STX Motard 200cc.  Certainly the first small output motorcycle of Chinese origin to cross all Brazilian Regions (during the four years that I have been riding it), and the first to be ridden in all five Chapadas Brasileiras (Veadeiros in 2010 solo, and 2011 with a pillion passenger (my wife Theresa)Guimarães in 2011Mesas in 2011, Araripe in 2012 during this trip, as well as Diamantina at the end of this trip - respective links available below).  This trip began in Goiânia - GO on the 12th of May, 2012.

From left: me and my Sundown STX Motard, Mauro Gomes standing up, and Renato Ferreira (Rota Zen) with Yamaha Ténéré 250cc.

State border: Bahia and Piaui.

At Pernambuco's outback.

From left: me and my Sundown STX Motard, Mauro Gomes standing up, and Renato Ferreira (Rota Zen) with Yamaha Ténéré 250cc.            State border: Bahia and Piaui.            At Pernambuco's outback.

All trips I did on this motorcycle have been thouroughly detailed on the pages I have published about them so far on the Internet, in my website (42 Years of Motorcycling).  In the meantime, prior of the publication of the entire story of this most recent adventure of mine, I made a point of turning available links that are directed towards the pages with the respective photos, that my friend Mauro Gomes kindly published at his own website.

Magnificent view of Pernambuco's outback.

Stretch of road: dry vegetation and very hot weather.

Home at rural area: Pernambuco's outback.

Magnificent view of Pernambuco's outback.            Stretch of road: dry vegetation and very hot weather.           Home at rural area: Pernambuco's outback.


Overnight stops along the way to the Brazilian Northeast Outback: Brasília - D.F., where Renato visited relatives, Barreiras - BA, Canto do Buriti - PI, Ouricuri - PE, and finally Maceió - AL where I spent some days enjoying the company of good friends.

Overnight stops along the way back to Goiânia - GO: Estância - SE and Seabra - BA.

I came back to Goiânia - GO on the 25
th of May, 2012, on a bus from Seabra - BA (1.200 km distant from Goiânia, at Chapada Diamantina).  My motorcycle came in the luggage carrier of that bus: a gearbox bearing failure caused me a one day stop at that town.  I realized would be better coming back to Goiânia - GO, where I would have the right conditions of solving the problem (availability of parts and a mechanic that knows how to fix my bike´s problem).

Beautiful view, a common scene of white clouds and blue sky at Brazilian Northeast Region.

A happy and content motorcyclist.

Nice contrast: water and dry vegetation. A kind of oasis in the outback.

Beautiful view, a common scene of white clouds and blue sky at Brazilian Northeast Region.            A happy and content motorcyclist.           Nice contrast: water and dry vegetation; a kind of oasis in the outback.

With this trip I closed the visitation of the complete array of the Brazilian Chapadas, having visited the five principal and big Chapadas in our country; and doing all that on a motorcycle of small output, of Chinese origin, having a displacement of only 200cc. I am sure I am the first to do that in Brazil.  For me this is what matters most, and it is exactly that I am keen to share with all people accessing my website. All those motorcyclists that enjoy riding long distances, that face challenges riding small output engine motorcycles.  My personal experience with motorcycles was enriched a lot after doing this beautiful trip.  I am extremely satisfied with this ultimate adventure.

At Chapada Diamantina, cactus (mandacaru), my bike and a massive rock behind it.

At Chapada Diamantina, cactus (mandacaru), my bike and a massive rock behind it.

I met simple people along my way, people ready to help me whenever and wherever necessary.  I liked much crossing the driest region of Brazil.  I noticed how strong people of that region are when they have to face the elements, and how they fight for better life conditions.  In my way back I could observe the beginning of the rain season on that region, a fact that brings happiness to all living there.

A wonderful view of mountains at Chapada Diamantina (at its best), the most beautiful Brazilian Chapada in my opinion.

A wonderful view of mountains at Chapada Diamantina (at its best), the most beautiful Brazilian Chapada in my opinion.

I found simple and genuine people ready to help me whenever I needed it, in all places I went.  I really enjoyed to cross the Northeast Brazilian Outback in the peak of one of the most harsh draughts that happened in that region in the last 42 years.  And I was doing that alone.  I happily observed the rain season coming to place in the States of Bahia and Sergipe, mainly at coastal areas.  In reality this happened when I was leaving Maceió - AL heading to Aracaju - SE.

A stormy sky; proximities of the town of Seabra - BA, at a high point of Chapada Diamantina

A stormy sky; proximities of the town of Seabra - BA, at a high point of Chapada Diamantina.

This was a great adventure, closely related to that big trip I did back in 1981, with two friends.  At that opportunity we travelled mainly by the coastal routes.  Please check the following links:

http://www.caldas.com.br/30anos/anos802_engl.htm  and  http://www.caldas.com.br/30anos/anos802a_eng.htm

I could verify a big difference regarding the general economic activity in the Northeast Region of Brazil; in all towns and cities I crossed there was a visible vitality in the many activities developed in diverse sectors.  I travelled across a stretch of the BR-101 federal road undergoing duplication and expansion roadworks, by the Roadworks Batallion of the Brazilian Army (mainly at Pernambuco State).  I clearly noticed the development that happened in the region when comparing what I saw back in 1981 with the current situation now in 2012.


Photos related to this trip are available at my photo album (OneDrive):

https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%211068&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68&group=0




On Saturday, the 28th of July, 2012 I went to Brasília - D.F. with a group of friends (in a daily trip) to the annual event  Brasília Moto Capital 2012.

 
Photo taken on 28/07/2012, at the Ficus restaurant (BR-020, Abadiânia - GO). From left: my brother Irom, me, Marinho, Toninho and Mauro.

Photo taken on 28/07/2012, at the Ficus restaurant (BR-020, Abadiânia - GO). From left: my brother Irom, me, Marinho, Toninho and Mauro.
Our bikes: Kawasaki Versys 650cc, Sundown STX Motard 200cc, Yamaha XTZ-X 250cc, Honda Shadow 600cc and
Yamaha XTZ-X 250cc .

As always happens the event was attended by a big crowd: motorcyclists and their bikes came from all over Brazil.  I saw many different motorcycles, some of them unique in their customization.

Meu irmão Irom ao lado de uma novíssima Kawasaki Versys My brother Irom sideways of a brand new Kawasaki Versys 1000cc.

A beautiful Honda GoldWing trike (kit Trike).

A friendly gathering: total motorcycling.

My brother Irom sideways of a brand new Kawasaki Versys 1000cc.            A beautiful Honda GoldWing trike (kit Trike).           A friendly gathering: total motorcycling.


The return trip to Goiânia - GO was easy.  In spite of that I became quite aprehensive due to a strange noise produced by the transmission of my Sundown STX Motard.  I could reach home without problems and the next day I changed the chaindrive; two bearings were broken.  I put on a new KMC 520 chain, and everything change to normal again.

A photo of a one-of-a-kind really original Villiers, two-stroke, 198cc, 1948 make.

For me the highlight of the event was this very rare (even in the U.K.)  Villiers (a true British classic bike), two stroke, 198cc, 1948 make, COMPLETELY ORIGINAL - "as is". Its owner Arnaldo is from Anápolis - GO.  He rode the bike on the 160 km from his city to Brasilia - D.F.

It is relevant to mention that ten years ago (at the end of July, 2002), during the National Meeting of Motorcyclists (embryo of the Moto Capital event of nowadays), I came across a very well restored motorcycle that caught my attention completely by then.  Please check it out the webpage I have published to highlight this fact.



Photo showing Arnaldo and his Villiers, 1948 make, two-stroke engine - deeply and utterly original (including rust and dust).  This is a priviledge for few enthusiast motorcyclists.




During the period from the 17th to the 19th of August, 2012 I made a trip with a group of friends to Formosa - GO, in order to visit the Salto do Itiquira (Itiquira Fall).  I had been there in 1974 with some friends and colleagues from the University of Brasilia (UnB), when I was still attending the course of Economics at that University.

Outdoor with details of the Itiquira Fall, that is located in the municipality of Formosa - GO.

Outdoor with details of the Itiquira Fall, that is located in the municipality of Formosa - GO.

By then we only could access the Itiquira Fall after walking on a trail through the bushes and vegetation, and even in this way we reached the down part of the Fall.  It was difficult to reach that spot, what was done after walking for a couple of hours; a far cry from the accessibility of nowadays.


My Sundown STX Motard by the entrance of the Municipal Park of the Itiquira Fall, that is located in the municipality of Formosa - GO.

My Sundown STX Motard by the entrance of the Municipal Park of the Itiquira Fall, that is located in the municipality of Formosa - GO.

The photos I took from this trip are available at:


The performance of my Sundown STX Motard (now with the new transmission chain drive KMC 520) surprised me, during the back trip from Formosa - GO to Goiânia - GO I could reach an average of around the 30 km/litre mark riding between 90 and 120 km/h.

On the 23rd of September, 2012 I and Theresa went to a ride with some friends: Mauro, Marinho and Germano.  It was a very nice day, spent with friends and riding along empty roads linking small towns of the area comprised between Goiania and Anapolis.

During October, on the 21st  I made a short ride of about 236 km in a region close to Goiania - GO.  The ride begun in Goiania and followed to the towns of Trindade - Campestre - Palmeiras de Goias - Nazario - Anicuns - Nazario - Santa Barbara de Goias - Trindade and finally Goiania.


Rural area (cattle farm) in the proximity of Campestre - GO, morning of the 21st of October, 2012.

Rural area (cattle farm) in the proximity of  Campestre - GO, morning of the 21st of October, 2012.

The day was cloudy, I crossed stretches of the road with some drizzle.  By noon I was at the town of Anicuns - GO, where some rain was beginning to fall.



Lake by the main entrance of the town of Anicuns - GO. The sky showing signs of the rain season. My Sundown STX Motard with its new headlight fairing.

Lake by the main entrance of the town of Anicuns - GO.  The sky showing signs of the rain season.  My Sundown STX Motard with its new headlight fairing.

 
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