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Sundown STX Motard: Short Rides and Trips in 2015

The year of 2014 was a good one, I was able to make many interesting motorcycle trips and rides and to get to know some unique spots of Brazil, specially in the Goiano Outback (Sertão Goiano).

For 2015 I am foreseeing some solo trips in addition to the short rides we normally do in group.

It was a pleasure to share this ride with friends, all of them keen motorcyclists and real enthusiasts of two-wheel vehicles.

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="">My Sundown STX Motard on the morning of the 18th of January, 2015.

My Sundown STX Motard on the morning of the 18th of January, 2015.

Below are a couple of photos related to this short ride:

Marinho e Mauro chegando no Posto Jaó (Petrobras) em suas Yamaha XTZ-X para o nosso passeio de Janeiro de 2015.

Da esquerda para a direita: Reginaldo, Mauro e Marinho na porta do Mercado Municipal de Anápolis - GO.

Marinho and Mauro arriving at the Petrobras petrol station (Posto Jaó) to our January 2015 ride.                      From lett: Reginaldo, Mauro and Marinho at the entrance of the Municipal Market of Anápolis - GO.

In reality the most important thing is to be with friends, and to be doing what we like most: to ride our motorcycles.

During the 8th of March, 2015 we did a short ride passing by the following towns: Guapó, Posselândia, Palmeiras de Goiás, Nazário and returning to Goiânia - via Trindade.  We totalled 201 km ridden.  Our group had five motorcycles: two Yamaha Lander XTZ 250 X (motard), a Yamaha Fazer YS 250, a Yamaha XT 250 Z Ténéré and my Sundown STX Motard.

Stop by the margin of BR060 federal road on the morning of the 8th of March, 2015. Proximities of Guapó - GO.

Lake at Palmeiras de Goiás - GO. Morning of the 8th of March, 2015.

Stop by the margin of the BR060 road, proximities of Guapó - GO.                                                                 Lake at Palmeiras de Goiás - GO.

Once more we enjoyed our Sunday having the pleasant company of friends who really like to ride.

The power of Mother Nature on the 8th of March, 2015, proximities deof Palmeiras de Goiás - GO.

The power of Mother Nature on the 8th of March, 2015, proximities of Palmeiras de Goiás - GO.

The photo above was taken by Nilton Brunes (on the go with his helmet's GoPro camera). The beauty of Mother Nature expressed through the Waters of March.

Chapada Diamantina 2015

The 2nd of June, 2015 finally arrived. At 16:00 hs sharply we left Goiânia-GO heading to Formosa-GO, where we spent our first night.  This was the beginning of our trip / adventure / photographic safari to Chapada Diamantina - BA.

Viagem à Cahapada Diamantina 2015

We rode the 462 km between Formosa-GO and Correntina-BA with ease, but paying attention to every detail on the road. The transition from the lands of the Northeast of Goiás to the West of Bahia - with its big crop farms of cotton, soy beans, corn, sorghum and millet - exerted a very good impression on me.  I went across the environment that I like most during my trips.  It is important to emphasize that I particularly priviledged the "sertões" on them (when crossing the many States of the Mid-West, North and Northeastern regions of Brazil during my motorcycle trips).

Viagem à Cahapada Diamantina 2015

When arriving at Correntina-BA I was surprised by the beauty of the Corrente river: the wonder of 7 Islands (7 Ilhas), registered on daytime photos, and the intensity of the river flow at Ranchão, right on the city center - caught on nocturnal lights when returning to Goiânia-GO.  Both attractions very accessible, and handy.

As the trip progressed I observed how magnificent were the panoramas ahead, and how many diverse topographic and beautiful natural elements Brazil has to offer in its hinterland vast lands in each of the Brazilian States. My surprise rose when arriving in Santa Maria da Vitória and São Félix do Coribe.  The "twin" cities, are separated by the Corrente river and joined by an old highway bridge, and since the year of 2010 by an imponent and practical pedestrian bridge.

Viagem à Cahapada Diamantina 2015

Me and my friend Mauro walked through the wooden pedestrian walkway at the São Félix do Coribe margin, this way we had access to the modern pedestrian bridge to take many photos.  Watching the daylight going in a magnificent sunset and dusk taking place was a must. It is very interesting to see Brazil growing, principally at the country´s interior towns and cities, offering good quality of life to their populations, in spite of the problems, excesses and errors of the Federal Government.

The overnight stay at São Félix do Coribe worked as food and stamina for the next days, in which we could enjoy beautiful panoramas and natural attractions along our "hug of Chapada Diamantina" - when going from Seabra, through Lençóis - Mucugê and Livramento de N. Senhora.

Viagem à Cahapada Diamantina 2015

The highlight of this trip was our stay at Lençóis-BA, referential city regarding diamond mining during many decades in the past - . The city made its transition properly and wisely when going from mining to the tourism.  Nowadays the city receives visitors from all over Brazil, and specially from overseas, keen to enjoy the many natural attractions the region has to offer.

The road between Lençóis and Mucugê offers a pleasant drive to motorcyclists.  The transition from the highlands of the Chapada Diamantina and the plains towards Caetité and Bom Jesus da Lapa makes the trip much more exciting and interesting.

Viagem à Cahapada Diamantina 2015

The sanctuary of Bom Jesus da Lapa ( ), built inside a stone mount deserves a visit.  The bridge over the São Francisco river is a "twin" bridge of that over the same river at the city of Ibotirama-BA.

Viagem à Cahapada Diamantina 2015

The last overnight stay of our trip, at Correntina-BA, was good and once more we could have good and cheap accomodation.  Moreover, decent accomodation - comfortable and at a very good price was one of the highlights of this wonderful trip / adventure.  On Sunday morning, the 7th of June, 2015 we left Correntina-BA heading back to Goiânia-GO having ahead of us 730 km to ride.

Mt photos of this trip at OneDrive:

Definitely I finished this trip with the clear sensation of "wanting more of it".  It's very good to have opportunities to realize great adventures with my Sundown STX Motard, and to face challenges and obstacles along the way.

Minha Motard em 13/06/2015. Minha Motard em 13/06/2015 Minha Motard em 13/06/2015

The chinese motorcycle that knows much and more of Brazil after a basic "bike wash", and a general lubricanting service done by myself.  Seven years of intense usage, 63.700 km ridden, from wich of those 45.300 km during trips.  Speciality of the "little thing": long distance trips. Just for fun...

Some relevant technical aspects to be considered:
This resulted overall in an excelent fuel consumption mark of approximately 31 km/litre along the 3.100 km ridden.

On the 8th of June,2015, beside changing the engine oil and oil filter, I installed in my bike a brand new battery.  This time I put again a Heliar battery, in the specification HTZ7L.  It was necessary to do the rectifier replacement as well, as the second hand Honda CB 400's rectifier I installed in September, 2011 came to an end. This time I installed a rectifier from the Suzuki Intruder 250cc.


On the 25th of July, 2015 we went to the event Brasília Moto Capital 2015.  Year after year this gathering of bikes and bikers gets better and bigger. There we can find motorcyclists from all over Brazil, and from other countries as well.

There is the right place to come face to face with many different and sometimes rare bikes, as this Honda XL 500S at the below photo, a magnificent totally original and in pristine condition motorcycle.  The most outstanding detail for me was to see its original specification of a 23 inches front wheel, a not common size amongst the trail bikes, normally they have a 21 inches front wheel.

Magnficent 1980 Honda XL 500S. Original with low kms. A rare finding! Theresa and my Motard on the 25th of July, 2015. Theresa and the most notorius trike at the 2015 Brasília Moto Capital.

Me and Theresa, and my friends along had a very pleasant day.  We left Goiânia - GO by 08:00 AM, we went to the event at the Granja do Torto, in Sobradinho - D.F. where we stayed until 01:30 PM.  After having lunch at Núcleo Bandeirante we headed back to Goiânia - GO by the end of the afternoon.

Some photos of this event:


On the afternoon of the 31st of July, 2015 I went to the Goiânia International Autodrome in order to visit the background of the 23o. Rally dos Sertões and to take some photos.  There was another event happening there, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.

Rally dos Sertoes 2015.

This time the Rally dos Sertões itinerary began in Goiânia - GO - going through the States of Mato Grosso do Sul, and Paraná. Accordingly, the beginning was in Goiânia - GO and the finish location was set to Foz do Iguaçu - PR.

More photos are available at the following link:

XXVII Mid-West Meeting for Antique Cars - Brasília - D.F.

On the 29th of August, I went with Theresa to Brasília - D.F. in order to visit the XXVII Encontro do Centro-Oeste de Carros Antigos (XXVII Meeting of the Mid-West for Antique Cars), this event happened at the Pontão do Lago Sul - a very pleasant location of the Federal Capital of Brazil. This was a huge exhibition of antique cars (Brazilian and imports) some of them very rare indeed (mainly Brazilian sport cars from the sixties and seventies).

XXVII Encontro de Veículos Antigos do Centro-Oeste

Trip to the Outback (Sertão) of Tocantins State - Arraias and Aurora do Tocantins

On the 30th of September, 2015 I completed 64 years and I went on a trip to the North of Goiás and Southeast of Tocantins. The photos of this trip are available at the following link:

Sunset at the surroundings of Arraias - TO on the 30th of September, 2015.

Magnificent sunset at the surroundings of Arraias - TO - BRAZIL on the 30th of September, 2015.

Trip to Serra das Galés (Galleys Sierra) - Paraúna - GO - BRAZIL

On the 11th of October, 2015 I went to the region of Paraúna - GO with my friend Mauro Gomes, specifically to visit the Serra das Galés (Galleys - Ancient warships , low edge, moved by rowing, but also equipped with 2 or 3 poles . They were between 15 to 30 meters long and were often moved by a crew made of convicts or slaves.).

This is a region with very singular geological characteristics and encompasses many natural attractions.

Photo album of this trip:

Interesting Links:  and

Arriving at the entrance of Serra das Galés Sunday morning, the 11th of October, 2015. Paraúna - GO- BRAZIL.

Inside the private property where Serra das Galés is located at Paraúna - GO - BRAZIL.

Arriving at the entrance of Serra das Galés Sunday morning, the 11th of October, 2015. Paraúna - GO- BRAZIL.             Inside the private property where Serra das Galés is located at Paraúna - GO - BRAZIL.

Video production: Mauro Gomes

On the 8th of December, 2015 once more we headed to Olhos D'Água, district of Alexânia - GO, for the 85th.Feira do Troca. Me and Theresa shared a very pleasant day with our friends Mauro Gomes and José Clovis. 

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