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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
Photo album of this ride:
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.
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 200cc
Kawasaki Versys 650cc.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Then I remembered two other
occasions that I came face to face with the Honda
The first one in 1998, during a motorcyclists meeting at
Novas - GO - Brazil when I met the late Mr.
Fernando Camilo Lobo on a brand new Honda Valkyrie. He was
owner of two Honda Motorcycles dealerships - one in Goiânia -
(where I was a customer) and another one in Caldas Novas - GO, both in
the Mid-West region of Brazil.
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.
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
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
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.
fact deserving to be highlighted (despite being negative) happened on
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
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
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.
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.
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
(now a Kasinski dealer); this was in their remaining stock of Sundown
From left: Jhonata,me and
Junior at Moto Treil workshop, afternoon of the
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
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
better quality materials, thus offering better products which would
last more. Certainly this target will be soon addressed, and
final result will satisfy us consumers all over the world.
trip to the Brazilian Northeast Outback 2012, was done partially with
my friend Renato Ferreira (Rota Zen) up to the town
do Buriti - PI, from there he went to
Fortaleza - CE and I went to Maceió - AL. The
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
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 2011, Mesas 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
Motard, Mauro Gomes standing up, and Renato Ferreira
(Rota Zen) with Yamaha
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,
my website (42 Years of Motorcycling).
In the meantime, prior of the publication of the entire story
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
of road: dry vegetation and very hot weather.
Home at rural area:
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
Overnight stops along the way
back to Goiânia - GO: Estância - SE
and Seabra - BA.
came back to Goiânia - GO on the 25th
of May, 2012, on a bus from Seabra - BA (1.200 km distant from
Goiânia, at Chapada Diamantina). My motorcycle came
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
Goiânia - GO, where I would have the right conditions of
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
and content motorcyclist.
Nice contrast: water and dry
vegetation; a kind of oasis in the outback.
this trip I closed the visitation of the complete array of the
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
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.
met simple people along my way, people ready to help me whenever and
wherever necessary. I liked much crossing the driest region
Brazil. I noticed how strong people of that region are when
have to face the elements, and how they fight for better life
conditions. In my way back I could observe the beginning of
rain season on that region, a fact that brings happiness to all living
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.
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
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.
was a great adventure, closely related to that big trip I did back in
1981, with two friends. At that opportunity we travelled
by the coastal routes. Please check the following links:
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,
the Roadworks Batallion of the Brazilian Army (mainly at Pernambuco
State). I clearly noticed the development that happened in
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):
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
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 .
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.
My brother Irom sideways of a
brand new Kawasaki Versys
beautiful Honda GoldWing trike (kit Trike).
A friendly gathering: total
return trip to Goiânia - GO was easy. In spite of
became quite aprehensive due to a strange noise produced by the
transmission of my Sundown STX Motard. I could reach home
problems and the next day I changed the chaindrive; two bearings were
broken. I put on a new KMC 520 chain, and everything change
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.
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
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
the University of Brasilia (UnB), when I was still attending the course
of Economics at that University.
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.
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.
of September, 2012 I and Theresa
went to a ride with some friends: Mauro, Marinho and Germano.
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
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
beginning to fall.
by the main entrance of the town of Anicuns - GO. The sky
signs of the rain season. My Sundown STX Motard with its new
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