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Sundown STX Motard: Trips in 2013

The 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 now.

On the 24th of February, 2013 I and Theresa went for a short ride with some friends; we had a very nice day.

On my 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 the 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.

I particularly like the Royal Enfield Bullet Electra Classic Deluxe, as this showed below:


Royal Enfield Electra Classic

Royal 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:
https://royalenfield.com/locateus/bookatestride/?country=28&state=310&city=616

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.  Accordingly, 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 States (Goiás, 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 trip.Get together before trip.

First stop: Décio Gas Station - Araporã - MG.

BR-153 road, stretch under repair, interior of São Paulo State.

Get together before trip.            First stop: Décio Gas Station - Araporã - MG.          BR-153 road, stretch under repair, interior of São Paulo State.

The region where is located the 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.

Visão lateral dos quartos, Pousada das Alamandas em Tibagi - PR.

Our bikes parket at the central square.

Main Portico of the State Park of Guartelá.

Lateral view of rooms, Alamandas Guest House, Tibagi - PR.            Our bikes parket at the central square.            Main Portico of the State Park of Guartelá.

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 Cerato (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.



This panel at the central square holds the town history, that is rich and diverse, principally concerning the mining (gold and diamonds) activities.


            This 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.

We and our motorcycles by the Tibagi river margin.

Partial view of the city lookout - wooden platform (Tibagi - PR).

Totem marking the Cowboys Route, by the Tibagi River margin.            We and our motorcycles by the Tibagi river margin.            Partial view of the city lookout - wooden platform (Tibagi - PR).

On the first leg of this trip we rode 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 Paulo; and long queues caused by roadworks, and later caused by one road accident.  Because of that we reached our final destination by 09:30 PM.

In spite of this fact we did a very safe trip (on both ways).


Theresa posing on the central square of Tibagi - PR.

Arrival at the State Park of Guartelá.

Big water holes formed millions of years ago at the rocky Iapó riverbed.

Theresa posing on the central square of Tibagi - PR.            Arrival at the State Park of Guartelá.        Big water holes formed millions of years ago at the rocky Iapó riverbed.

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 beautiful (due to the many crops on the farms: soybean, corn, etc.).

Theresa walking on a wooden pathway at the State Park of Guartelá.

Main wooden lookout of the Guartelá State Park.

Me and Theresa posing for this photo at the wooden lookout.

Theresa walking on a wooden pathway at the State Park of Guartelá.            Main wooden lookout of the Guartelá State Park.           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.

Our group 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.

        Principal waterfall of the Park.            Our group 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 of human intervention.

Official folder of the city of Tibagi showing the State Park of Guartelá and its attractions.

Official folder of the city of Tibagi showing the State Park of Guartelá and its attractions.

Official folder of the city of Tibagi showing the State Park of Guartelá and its attractions.

Official folder of the town of Tibagi showing the State Park of Guartelá and its attractions.

This is the folder of the city, showing its attractions and how to get there.  The town is well prepared to cater for the tourists that demand the region, offering good conditions to them to appreciate and enjoy their trip to the region.


List of useful contacts and showing how to get there.


 List of useful contacts and how to get there.


During this trip I had to do my bike's engine oil change at Tibagi - PR.  As I couldn't find the oil Lubrax semi-sinthetic - that is my normal option of use - I decided to use the Mobil 15W-50 semi-sinthetic brand.  Along all my way back I noticed a sensible 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 the 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 rpm - 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 a trip 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 that 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 us).  For me this is a must, above all!

More photographs of this trip are available at the following link:

https://onedrive.live.com/?id=F4596AEAEF09CF68%211177&cid=F4596AEAEF09CF68&group=0



My Sundown STX Motard has been five years now "on the road" (by the beginning of May, 2013); the odometer has clocked almost 50.000 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.



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.



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 "scaring" consumers.


My Sundown STX Motard on the 11th of May, 2013, its odometer is now clocking nearly 50.000 km, and the Honda CRF 250L.



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 62
th birthday) 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 - GO.

My friends at the footpath of Beira Rio Avenue, Itumbiara - GO

Jet Ski crossing the Paranaíba river, the sky showing a coming rain.

Morning of the 29th of September, 2013, Beira Rio Avenue at Itumbiara - GO.          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 Belo 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 early childhood.



Here I am posing for this photo on the Afonso Pena bridge, Itumbiara - GO, State border between Goiás and  Minas Gerais.



Here I am posing for this photo on the Afonso Pena bridge, Itumbiara - GO, State border between Goiás and Minas Gerais.

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.



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 - GO.

Our bikes parked at Ficus Restaurant - GO of the 16th of November, 2013.

Appreciating the views at Corumbá Fall lookout - Corumbá - GO.

Morning of the 16th of November, 2013, Corumbá Fall - GO.         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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