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year of 2013 begun
with me doing some short trips so far, but definitely planning
longer trips. I am really willing to ride my bike, taking it
to "long haul" trajects, but the daily routine had prevailed that up to
On the 24th of February, 2013 I and Theresa went
for a short ride with
some friends; we had a very nice day.
routine surfing at the Internet
I recently discovered that Royal
Enfield will unveil its industrial plant next year (2014)
in Brazil (Manaus - AM), and that it has already begun operating in our
country through the direct importation scheme. This
traditional British trademark (originally) is made in India since 1955,
and attract the attention of classic enthusiasts worldwide.
Over recent years I have been accessing now and then
company's website in India, not only to keep update with their news,
but specially to be informed about the Himalaya's trips they organize
in conjunction with Royal Enfield owners, as I have myself a keen eye
towards motorcycling adventures.
particularly like the Royal
Bullet Electra Classic Deluxe, as this showed
Enfield Bullet Electra Classic Deluxe, that´s my choice.
However, the Royal Enfield Bullet Classic actually being imported to
Brasil also are beautiful. According to my view they came to
stay. The way the company is operating in Brazil, dispensing
special attention to the relationship with customers - via Internet -
really shows innovation and agility. Further information is
available at the company's website:
On the 17th of March, 2013 we went for a
ride of 270 km, we had a splendid day. It is interesting how time flies,
principally when we are doing what we like most: in my case is being on
a motorcycle; it doesn't matter if going for a short trip, or taking a
long distance tour. My Sundown STX Motard is to complete five
years of intense use by the beginning of May, 2013.
I will be achieving my 43 Years of Motorcycling.
TRIP TO GUARTELÁ CANYON- MARCH OF 2013
This new adventure was beyond
our expectations. We left Goiânia - GO by
05:00 AM on the 31st of March, 2013. We
travel around 2.300 km (round trip) crossing part of four Brazilian
Minas Gerais, São Paulo e Paraná), until
Tibagi - PR
- our final destiny. The way in (first leg of this trip:
Goiânia - GO to Tibagi - PR) totalled 1.041 km.
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Get together before
stop: Décio Gas Station - Araporã - MG.
BR-153 road, stretch under repair,
interior of São Paulo State.
The region where is
Guartelá Canyon is beautiful, the roads are in very good
condition, and the farms make the environment pleasant to view.
This is a region well prepared to host tourists, principally
those who want to enjoy Nature at its best.
Lateral view of rooms,
Alamandas Guest House, Tibagi -
parket at the central square.
Main Portico of the State Park
Our group was made by
five motorcycles and one car: two Yamaha Lander XTZ-X Motard (Mauro and
Marinho), one Sundown STX Motard (Ricardo), one Honda Fan 150
(Toninho), one Kawasaki Vulcan 900 (João Rau) and a Kia
(with Theresa and Marta).
We noticed that the town had good management along the years, and all
the public buildings are well maintained. They hold the rich
history of the town and region.
panel at the central square
holds the town history, that is rich and diverse, principally
concerning the mining (gold and diamonds) activities.
Totem marking the Cowboys
Route, by the Tibagi River margin.
our motorcycles by the Tibagi river margin.
Partial view of the city lookout - wooden platform (Tibagi -
On the first leg of
this trip we
1.041 km from Goiânia - GO to Tibagi - PR in one full
day. Despite being Wednesday, previous to the Holy Friday, we
faced a heavy road traffic on the BR-153, mainly in São
and long queues caused by roadworks, and later caused by one road
accident. Because of that we reached our final destination by
In spite of this fact we did a very safe trip (on both ways).
Theresa posing on the central
square of Tibagi -
at the State Park of
Big water holes formed millions of years ago at the rocky
The local State roads
are very well
maintained, with a perfect asphalt that is a must when riding our
bikes. The margins of the road are clean, and the views
(due to the many crops on the farms: soybean, corn, etc.).
Theresa walking on a wooden
pathway at the State Park
wooden lookout of the Guartelá State
Me and Theresa posing for this
photo at the wooden lookout.
We became really
impressed by the
excelent park structure and conditions, and by the fact that the
entrance is free of charge. Mother Nature there impresses and
inspire us because of the astonishing views.
Principal waterfall of the Park.
reunited for this photo.
Windmill to mark the 60th
anniversary (at 2001) of the Dutch immigration to the region
of Castro - PR at Castrolanda - PR.
This waterfall (among
the others) is
the biggest one, and is particularly interesting by the fact that the
water made its way - along million of years - through the rock
fractures. This is a true Mother Nature work without any kind
Official folder of the town of
Tibagi showing the State Park of Guartelá and its
This is the folder of
showing its attractions and how to get there. The town is
prepared to cater for the tourists that demand the region, offering
good conditions to them to appreciate and enjoy their trip to the
List of useful
contacts and how to get there.
During this trip I had to do my bike's engine oil change
PR. As I couldn't find the oil Lubrax
semi-sinthetic - that is my normal option of use - I decided to use the
semi-sinthetic brand. Along all my way back I noticed a
improvement on the performance of my Sundown STX Motard: the engine
compression showed a betterment, and effortlessly I could go uphill on
fifth gear on stretches of road that before would "request" using
fourth gear. By the same token I observed an improvement on
overall consumption of the engine, thus spending less fuel.
Relevant information concerning
my Sundown STX Motard overall performance in this trip:
The engine consumption was around the mark of 27 km/litre, along some
stretches of road I could achieve averages of around 30 km/litre.
On some occasions, when riding along plain stretches of road with the
pavement in perfect conditions I reached speeds between the bracket of
110 - 120 km/hour, with the engine revving around the 6.200
6.500 rpm bracket. It is important to mention that the tacho red zone
begins at 9.000 rpm.
This trip ended by 03:30 PM on the 31st
of March, 2013 in Goiânia - GO. Definitely this was
that will last forever in my memory, due to the fact that was realized
with friends. We enjoyed a lot riding accross four Brazilian
States safely and at a very pleasant pace; here we have to consider
our previous riding experience allowed us to do 1.041 km in the first
day of the trip - despite being on small displacemente bikes (four of
For me this is a must, above all!
photographs of this trip are available at the following link:
My Sundown STX Motard has been five years now "on the road" (by the
beginning of May, 2013); the odometer has clocked
km. I have enjoyed a lot my bike, principally on the many
trips I did so far with it all over Brazil.
My Sundown STX Motard on the 1st f May, 2013,
close to the 50.000 km ridden mark.
On the 11th
of May, 2013 I've been visiting Cical Honda Dream (this is a
Honda dealer for imported motorcycles) to check closely the new trail
bike from Honda (unveiled last year for the world market, now coming to
Brazil) - Honda CRF 250L. This is a "Japanese" motorcycle made
in Thailand, by the same token my Sundown
STX Motard is a "Brazilian" motorcycle made in China. All
this is a result of a globalized world, where the economic advantages
of this fact are not spread evenly, and not for all.
Benefiting only some, mainly the big players.
Honda CRF 250L (now being unveiled in Brazil) and my Sundown STX Motard
on the 11th of May, 2013.
Here I make a point
that I think is valid and relevant: five years ago (on May, 2008) I
bought my Sundown STX Motard paying R$
8.060,00. The Yamaha XTZ 250X my brother bought at the same
period cost him R$ 12.000,00. Today (13th of May, 2013) a
Honda XRE 300 is priced by the factory at R$ 13.290,00 (Standard) or R$
14.990,00 (C-ABS), but the Honda CRF 250L is priced R$ 19.900,00.
Pinpointing the fact: the motorcycle industry in Brazil is
pricing products by their will only, challenging the market logic, and
My Sundown STX Motard on the 11th of May, 2013, its odometer is now
clocking nearly 50.000 km, and the Honda CRF 250L.
For us there is only
one solution: to wait for new models coming from China, because of the
"salty prices" of the other models Made in Brazil or even elsewhere, as
it is the case of this "Japanese"/Thai Honda.
On the 29th of September, 2013 (the day before my
I hit the road again with a group of friends. We did a short trip
(totalling 450 km) to the city of Itumbiara - GO, wich is located at
the State border between Goiás and Minas Gerais. I was
eager to ride my bike again, after two months of "retirement" due to
medical prescription related to a surgery.
Morning of the
29th of September, 2013, Beira Rio Avenue at Itumbiara -
My friends at the footpath of Beira Rio Avenue,
Itumbiara - GO.
Jet Ski crossing the Paranaíba river, the sky showing a coming rain.
It has been a long time since I last crossed this bridge Afonso Pena
(Affonso Penna according to the original ortography). It was one
of the main landmarks during my trajects from Goiânia - GO to
Horizonte - MG together with my parents, when I was a child. This
suspension bridge (the oldest in Brazil) is in my good memories of my
Here I am posing for this photo on the Afonso
Pena bridge, Itumbiara - GO, State border between Goiás and Minas
The day was nice and fresh, but the
cloudy sky was showing sign of a rainy afternoon. Overall I was happy
for sharing with friends this one day motorcycle ride.
Inauguration Plaque - Affonso Penna bridge - Itumbiara -
GO. This is Brazil's oldest suspension bridge.
On the 5th
of October, 2013 I changed the battery of my motorcycle. This
time I choose a Moura battery - model MA7-D. This battery
cost me R$ 130,00. The prior (Heliar brand) lasted for two years
and three months; its interesting to mention that my bike stayed
garaged during two months (August and September, 2013). In my
opinion this fact contributed to the dead battery symptoms I
observed - principally lack of power to turn the engine on. So,
the best option was to put in a brand new battery.
Our monthly ride "Motocada de Novembro" took place on the 16th of November, 2013; this was a very convenient date due to the national holiday of the 15th of November.
The day in between the holiday and the following Sunday had a beautiful
weather, the roads weren´t busy. Our ride totalled
478 km, we left Goiânia - GO towards Abadiânia - GO,
Corumbá de Goiás - GO, Cocalzinho - GO,
Águas Lindas de Goiás - GO, Taguatinga - D.F.,
Brasília - D.F., Alexânia - GO,
Abadiânia - GO, Anápolis - GO,
Terezópolis de Goiás, and finally returning to
Goiânia - GO.
Morning of the 16th of November, 2013, Corumbá Fall -
Our bikes parked at Ficus Restaurant - GO of the 16th of November, 2013.
Corumbá Fall lookout - Corumbá - GO.
This was a pleasant short ride (478
km) for empty roads. A very effective way to renew our inner
energy and keep our senses ready for the long haul journeys.
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