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Sundown STX Motard: the first "Brazilian" motard

The Sundown STX Motard in my view was the surprise of the Brazilian motorcycle scene in 2007.  It's very innovative design, added to many positive details, made this motorcycle a must - at least to my eyes.  As I am a very experienced motorcyclist, with a keen eye for detail this bike got my attention since March 2007.  At that occasion I bought my Sundown Hunter 90, due to two facts: firstly because the price was very good, and secondly because I wanted to ride again a small motorcycle.

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A staff from Pneulandia is inflating my bike's tyres with nitrogen, on the 2nd of May, 2008.

As the time flew along 2007 I could know better the Sundown brand, and I could observe their very positive attitude towards the market: offering honest products, with good quality, innovative design and a cost x benefit ratio second to none; furthermore their pro-active and receptive assistance caught my attention.

During one year (From March 2007 to March 2008) I drove my Sundown Hunter 90, and became a huge fan of this little motorcycle.  But, as we need to evolve I perceived that the time had come to change to a bigger and more powerful motorcycle.  At this point I focused my attention towards that beautiful motorcycle that I came across when buying my Hunter 90 - the Sundown STX Motard.  My decision was made then,  I would buy that bike to commemorate in style my 38 Years of Motorcycling.  This bike won my preference in a bunch of options, including the recently unveiled Yamaha XTZ 250 X.

Afternoon of the 2nd of May, 2008. Here I am receiving the keys of my new motorcycle - Sundown STX Motard - from Mrs. Silvanete Limongi. Aside my Motard is my ex-Hunter 90.

One of my brothers (thirteen years younger than me, and a "rookie" - as this is his first motorcycle) got fancied by the new Yamaha XTZ 250 X,  and gave me the mission of doing the research about this bike as we intended to buy two new motorcycles - preferably the same model.   However, my firm intention of keeping loyal to the Sundown brand and to Moto Limongi (Sundown dealer in Goiania - GO) made me buy the STX Motard, while my brother bought the Yamaha XTZ 250 X.

I kept my decision to myself and in this way I made a big surprise to my brother when I went to his house on Saturday morning ( 3rd of May, 2008).

Saturday morning - 03/05/2008 our motards in front of my brother's house.    The Sundown STX Motard and theYamaha XTZ 250 X from the left side perspective.

Taking in account the differences of engine capacity (Sundown STX Motard - 200cc  /  Yamaha XTZ 250 X - 250cc)  and the fact that the Yamaha is fuel injected, I concluded that the Sundown STX Motard wins in all other details.  Among them the most important for me is the price: while I payed R$ 8.060,00 for my Sundown, my brother spent 50% more on his Yamaha, that cost him R$ 12.000,00.

Here we are: the Motard Brothers - a self-named nickname.    The Motard Brothers leaving for a ride.    Another pose of the Motard Brothers.

The Sundown STX Motard offers exclusive items that put it in a niche at the medium sized motorcycles group in the Brazilian market, and definitely make it the first Brazilian motard: upside down front suspension, reinforced aluminium rims with strong spokes, a very well designed and devised exhaust that produces a distinctive noise, monochock rear suspension with compressed nitrogen on an aluminium swingarm, seat cover with grip surface,  O'ring 520 chain drive transmission, aluminium carter protection, a dry weight of 121 kg contrasting with the 132 kg of the Yamaha XTZ 250 X, reinforced and retractable aluminium pilot footrests, retractable ends at both: the gear lever and the rear brake pedal, etc.

In addition I could add that to my eyes the Sundown STX Motard shows a better balanced overall aspect, with a top design, and with a set of details principally concerning the finishings of the engine painting, engine nuts and bolts, and all the front and rear suspension parts better and stronger than the Yamaha XTZ 250 X.

Me (Ricardo) and the Brazilian motards.

My brother Irom with our motards.

Me (Ricardo) and the Brazilian motards.        My brother Irom with our motards.

What I have to say up to now is that I am very happy with my choice.  My Sundown STX Motard is "behaving" very well concerning the engine (smooth, yet crisp when revving), the suspension (progressive and soft, even in our rough asphalt), and regarding the overall driveability of the bike.

Early morning on the 13th of May, 2008 I couldn't put my bike's engine to work.  I felt that the problem was related to the bike's electric system, probably the battery was running low in charge.  I still tried to push the  bike in second gear - this is what I normally do in such cases, usually in those circumstances I manage to put the engine to work when pushing the bike in second gear and releasing the clutch after reaching a reasonable speed.

Later on, by midday, I managed to turn on the engine using the abovementioned method; I went straight to the Sundown dealer where I left the bike for the usual tests aimed to identify problems regarding the electrics.  The mechanic (Baiano) told me that he identified the problem: the tachometer was "stealing" charge from the battery.  The solution was to disconnect the speedometer and tachometer and to fill the standard forms related to warranty procedures, asking for new clocks from the factory (which is located in Manaus - AM).

On the 15th of May I went to a petrol station and I had a pleasant surprise: my bike covered the initial 210 km using only 7,19 litres of gasoline; this resulted on an average of 29,20 km/litre.    Now I am waiting for the new clocks to arrive from the factory, in order to replace the faulty ones;  the roads are calling me to complete the  break-in of my bike's engine.

Having decided to take the road with my bike, I went to Pirenópolis - GO - a historic city founded during the era of the gold exploration in our State (the era of the Bandeirantes).  I took Theresa with me, and while "working" on the engine's break-in we could do a proper evaluation on my Sundown STX Motard concerning performance, suspension and engine's consumption.

Theresa and the Sundown STX Motard in a straight stretch of the road demanding Pirenópolis - GO, in the morning of 22/05/2008. At the horizon we see part of the Sierra of the Pireneus.

The trip would give us the opportunity of paying a visit to my relatives (my uncle Elder and aunt Beatriz) in their country house in that city.

Me, my Sundown STX Motard,my relatives uncle Elder and aunt Beatriz, their grandsons and grandaughter, my cousin Ana Beatriz.    Here I am aside my STX Motard in front of a stone wall, a very common feature in the city's architecture.

Overall the bike performed very well regarding road performance, driveability in stone paved roads as we have in Pirenópolis, and economy.  I could achieve 25,44 km/litre riding with a pillion passenger (Theresa).  In many hilly stretches of the road I could use fifth gear, and in some I drove on fourth gear.  This is a good outcome from a motorcycle with a 200cc. engine carrying two adults.  I am confident to achieve in the near future (after the two initial maintenance services of the bike) an average of more than 30 km/litre when driving on paved roads.

On the 28th of May, 2008 I returned to Moto Limongi (Sundown dealer) in order to have the clocks of my motorcycle (speedometer and tachometer) changed, as a consequence of the warranty I claimed for them.  The new clocks came from the factory and I was attended promptly by the staff.

Continuing with the break-in of our motorcycles' engines we (myself and my brother) did a little trip to Abadiânia - GO, a small town situated halfway between Goiânia -GO and Brasília-DF in the morning of the 31st of May, 2008.  The performance of our bikes was very similar, and we achieved an average consumption of around 28 km/litre during this trip.

My brother, Irom da Rocha Lima Neto, and our motards at a stretch of the BR-060 road, close to Anápolis-GO.    Me and our motards at a stretch of the BR-060 road, close to Anápolis-GO.

We rode approximately 210 km along the BR-060 road, in a pleasant and sunny morning.  My  bike´s new tachometer "behaved" erratically when revving above of the 6.000 rpm mark; in this way I will have to return to the Sundown dealer to have a chat with Baiano (the mechanic who take care of my bike) in order to find what could be happening to it.

On the 6th of June, 2008 I took my motorcycle to the dealer for the 1.000 km maintenance service.  After a criterious service I could feel that my bike's engine was much smoother than before, principally due to valve adjustment and an oil change using a part sinthetic oil recommended by the motorcycle maker: (Castrol 4T 20W50 API SG Actevo).  I added 100ml of Bardahl B12 Plus - a very traditional oil additive - to the carter content; and all that resulted in a very smooth and "easy working" engine.

For my surprise, on the day prior to that service I filled up the tank of my motorcycle with 5,12 litre of gasoline after riding for 163 km since topping up the fuel at Anápolis - GO (63 km on road plus 100 km on urban traffic) wich resulted on an excellent average: 31,83 km/litre.  I have a bold goal: it is my intention to achieve an average around 35 km/litre from now on.

It is worth mentioning that the Sundown STX Motard is not "pillion passenger-friendly" at urban traffic due to the heat coming from the exhaust, which causes discomfort to them.  The slow speeds combined with the constant stop-and-go at the traffic lights result in a very hot exhaust pipe; the heat affects mainly the right leg of the pillion passenger at the ankle region.

On the 19th of June, 2008 I topped up the fuel tank of my motorcycle after riding for 184 km (from which 90 km on road, with a pillion passenger); I achieved an average of 30,16 km/litre - 184 km spending 6,10 litres of gasoline.  The following visit to a petrol station was on the 21th of June, 2008; on  that occasion I topped up the tank with 5,33 litres after riding 162 km of urban traffic, resulting in a very good average of 30,39 km/litre.

It is interesting to mention that in Europe is being sold a motorcycle identical to the Sundown STX Motard, this is the 2008 Kreidler Supermoto 250 DD.

On the 24th of July, 2008 I took my STX Motard to the Sundown dealer (Moto Limongi) in order to fix a small leak at the gear change lever,  the service was done within the factory warranty at no cost for me.  The gasket was replaced by a new one and the problem fixed promptly.

On Saturday - the 26th of July, 2008 I went to Brasília - D.F. in the morning (I arrived there around 10:00 am) and I returned by 15:00 hs (03:00 pm) to Goiânia - GO, in order to check what was going on during the 5th Moto Capital (an event to commemorate the Motorcyclists National Day).  When going to Brasília I rode between 90 - 115 km/h and my motorcycle could achieve an average consumption of 24,50 km/l (208 km with 8,49 litres of fuel).

Sundown STX Motard, Honda CB 1300 SuperFour and Suzuki GSX-R.    Harley Davidson Sportster XL 883 R at the front, having the Paranoá Lake at the background.

When returning to Goiânia - GO I rode between 80-90 km/h and I could achieve the fantastic average of 36,63 km/litre (244 km with 6,66 litres of gasoline).  It is important to mention that this wonderful economy was achieved due to two main factors: the smaller velocity (if comparing to that of the first leg of my trip), and the plain stretches of road in conjunction with many descents.  Brasília is located at the "highlands" of the Mid-West region of Brazil (around 1.100 meters above the sea level), while Goiânia is located at approximately 733 meters above sea level.

On the 19th of August, 2008 I took my STX Motard to the 3.000 km maintenance service; on that occasion I emphasized to the mechanic at the dealer Moto Limongi that I was facing a problem every morning when cold starting my bike´s engine: if I couldn´t get the engine running at the first try I would have to push the bike, as the battery wasn´t strong enough to power correctly the electric starter.  Then they gave a "slow charge" at the battery during one day, and the problem was apparently solved.

Despite of that my bike kept playing up with me, then I decided to return with the bike to the dealer´s workshop on the 2nd of September, 2008.  The staff promptly replaced the battery and the rectifier for new ones, and told me that they will replace the entire panel of the motorcycle (for the second time, see above about the first replacement) -  at no cost whatsoever for me, as everything is being covered by the factory warranty.  They reported to me that the tachometer was "stealing charge" from the battery again, so they disconnected it until the new one comes from the factory.  Consequently I have to praise their attitude towards consumers; up to now Sundown have been honouring their warranty policy completely.

I took the opportunity to have my motorcycle´s carburator fine tuned, as I was observing that the engine was "gasping and cutting" when slowing down and changing gears.  As I have a keen eye for detail all those aspects matters a lot for me.

Lately I had been thinking in a way to avoid spillage from mud and rain water at the high parts of the front suspension of my STXMotard.  Then I came across with the idea of adapting a front fender from the Honda CBX Twister (a.k.a. Honda CBF 250).  On the 24th of September, 2008 I bought a plastic front fender - easily found at the aftermarket parts suppliers in Brazil, and I fixed it (by riveting it) to the original plastic protection covers of the front suspension.

STX Motard with its new extra front fender. Semi-frontal view.    STX Motard with its new extra front fender. Lateral view.    STX Motard with its new extra front fender. Semi-lateral view.

I became very pleased indeed with the result.  It happened to be a very harmonious and pleasing to the eyes result.  In the near future I will be devising a way of doing something to the rear of my motorcycle.

STX Motard with customized rear and front mudguards.    Right side view of the Sundown STX Motard, with customized rear and front mudguards.

I couldn´t wait until I had the complete set (front and rear) of customized mudguards; so on the 1st of October, 2008 I installed the rear part, devised and made by me in three days from scrap aluminium parts (used to assemble bathroom boxes).

The customized part became functional and light, yet sturdy.  The only problem was the way I had to fix it at the rear axle, thus compromising the centralization of the rear rim because of the mudguard's arms.

Sundown STX Motard with extra customized mudguards. Goiânia - GO 09/10/2008.    Detail of the rear customized mudguard - Sundown STX Motard. Goiânia - GO 09/10/2008.

After a couple of days of brainstorming my mind came out with the solution: I should assemble a new piece from scratch.  But this time I focused on details concerning the form (rounded to the proportion of the tire); the aluminium bar arms, the electrostatic painting of the set, exception made to the right arm that I left on purpose on natural aluminium; the rubber pieces I used to diminish vibration, etc.  In reality the new piece came out much better overall than the first one.

However, it is practical to test the viability of such parts in a daily use basis.  Thus, due to the constant breakage of the right arm of it caused by the vibration transmitted by the engine rotation I gave up to keep the part installed in my motorcycle.

On the 29/10/2008 I left Goiania - GO towards the south of the State of Minas Gerais, heading specifically to Lavras - MG - city 877 km far from Goiânia.  By 05:00 am sharp I left home and I reached my final destination by 06:00 pm after riding for 13 hours, having stopped five times along the day for refuelling the bike and myself.

My Sundown at the sunrise on the 29/10/2008, close to Palmelo - GO, by 06:45 am.    Refuel stop at Patrocínio - MG; Posto Petrobrás by 11:30 am.    Motorcycle parking at the Praça Dr. Augusto Silva in Lavras - MG, my Sundown STX Motard is in between a Suzuki V-Strom and a Honda XLX 350.

My motorcycle "behaved" very well indeed, and I could keep a good speed average, and an average fuel consumption coherent with the general conditions of this trip (various velocities reached along the way, and the total amount of luggage).  The final average consumption my bike achieved was 26,2 km/litre.

I used a special oil produced by Bardahl to lubricate the internal parts of the chain drive - a high viscosity oil for kart and motorcycle chain drives - Maxlub Kart e Moto, This is the best lubricant I came across so far to be used at the chain drive.  It comes in a very practical tube (100 ml), that makes it easy to dispense the product and even to tight the cap when finishing to use it.

On the 03/11/2008 I came back to Goiania - GO; I left Lavras - MG by 06:45 am and I arrived at Goiania - GO by 06:30 pm - thus resulting in a very good output for this traject: I covered the same distance of 877 kilometers in 11 hours and forty five minutes.  I increased my speed average and the bike performance resulted in a bigger consumption of fuel - around 23,4 km/litre.

Me and my Motard in front of Hotel Alvorada (UFLA) - historic campus of the Federal University of Lavras, by 06:45 am immediately before leaving the city heading back to Goiânia - GO.    Leaving the petrol station Douradão - BR-354, in Iguatama - MG.    Carranca by the roadside of the BR-354, at Iguatama - MG that is the first city to be reached by the São Francisco river.

Positive highlights that I observed during this trip with my Sundown STX Motard:

Due to this trip it came vividly to my mind the superb Kawasaki KLR 600 I owned in Australia (Brisbane - QLD), when I lived there at the end of the eighties / beginning of the nineties.

Uphill of the sierra close to the city of Bambuí - MG, morning of the 03/11/2008.    Farm by the roadside close to the city of Catalão - GO, in the afternoon of 03/11/2008.

I took my bike to the Sundown dealer Moto Limongi on the 05/11/2008 for the 6.000 km maintenance service.  On that occasion they put in a new set of speedometer and tachometer, which was partially unplugged (tachometer and neutral light since 02/09/2008 as described above in this page).  This is the third set of clocks used in my motorcycle, and this time I am sure about solving the problem.  They put in a new left side front fork tube, due to the fact that the golden painting of the part was tainted and loosing the original brightness.  All this was done with no costs whatsoever for me.

During November/2008 I attended the final race of the State's Motorcycle Championship at the Ayrton Senna International Autodrome (Goiania International Autodrome).  At that occasion I could take some interesting photos, from which I choose two: the first one shows a couple of Yamaha RD 350 (Yamaha RD 350, 1976 and a Yamaha RD 350 LC from the eighties), and my STX Motard aside; the following photo shows a very hot Yamaha RD 135 dressed with a race kit.

More than three decades of motorcycling are represented in this photo.    A small "bullet" of only 135cc, it can reach speeds around 190 km/h at the end of the main track of the Goiania International Autodrome.

I emphasize once more: the terms of warranty have been strictly honoured by the factory, having the excelent support of Moto Limongi.  Anyway, despite the problems mentioned up to now, none of this have restrained me of enjoying my Sundown STX Motard, either in the urban traffic or during road trips.  And by all means I would buy the same bike again, if it was the case, due to its unique characteristics, as I pointed out along this page.

When riding on roads I have been observing that my bike's engine is revving very smoothly - due a careful "break-in".  Lately I have been able to achieve speeds of 90 km/h - when revving at about 6.000 rpm,  and speeds of 120 km/h - when riding downhill revving at about the 9.000 rpm mark (that is the beginning of the tachometer red zone).  All marks have been achieved and observed when riding at normal upright position.

On the 7th of February, 2009 I changed the battery of my bike, due to the fact that the original one (Made in China) wasn't addressing the needs of my motorcycle's electrical system (mainly the electric starter), and was constantly playing up with me. Then I bought a  YUASA battery (Made in Japan) specification YTX7L-BS. This is a traditional brand that I have been aware of its high quality since 1970, when I purchased my Yamaha YF5.  I replaced the headlight lamp as well, due to the fact that the low light phase was "burned".

As I am a keen observer and I really have an eye for detail, I decided to improve a little bit more my Sundown STX Motard. I changed the original 12 tooth front sprocket for a 14 tooth Suzuki RM 250 front sprocket (original part). I ordered a 14 tooth front sprocket from the Suzuki DR 350, but the Suzuki dealer delivered to me the RM 250 part. In spite of that I could fit nicely the part, doing some minor adjustments as follows:

Another expected outcome is to save fuel due to lower revvs at each gear; anyway, on this matter I will be posting soon.  What I have confirmed so far is that now I am able to cruise at 80 km/h revving at 5.000 rpm only, in fifth gear, which means being 4.000 rpm lower than the tacho's red zone.

On the 12/04/2009 I left Goiânia - GO early in the morning for a short trip to the city of Goiás - GO, returning on the same day to Goiânia. I became very happy with the overall performance of my Sundown STX Motard, now with the 14 tooth front sprocket.  All my expectations were fulfilled: the engine could revv at lower rpm, the speeds reached were higher, and the fuel consumption were smaller than before the sprocket change.  Furthermore I could easily follow my brother's Yamaha XTZ 250 X.

Stretch of road between Nova Veneza - GO and Inhumas - GO, on the morning of 12/04/2009.

Stretch of road between Nova Veneza - GO and Inhumas - GO, on the morning of 12/04/2009.

I reached speeds of around 95 to 100 km/h with the engine revving at 6.000 rpm, I clocked 115 km/h with the tacho showing 7.200 rpm.  The speed of 120 km/h was reached at the 8.000 rpm mark, thus 1.000 rpm below the beginning of the tacho's red zone.  The fuel consumption was around the 33 km/litre mark.  We had some summer rain patches when going, and even when returning from Goias - GO.

Returning to Goiânia - GO, on the afternoon of 12/04/2009.

Returning to Goiânia - GO, on the afternoon of 12/04/2009.

I have taken every opportunity available to put my Sundown STX Motard on the road.  On the 23th and 24th of May, 2009 I have been in Brasilia - D.F., when returning to Goiania - GO I made a "pit stop" to "refuel" the stomach at Jeriva (a very traditional road restaurant).  Then I took the photo that shows the Honda Hornet, the Yamaha Virago and the Sundown STX Motard - three distinctive styles of motorcycles.  The photo showing my STX Motard by the roadside was taken at the stretch of road between Goianapolis and Teresopolis de Goias - GO, close to Goiania - GO.

Sunday afternoon (24/05/2009) at the entrance of Jeriva Restaurant, at Abadiania - GO half-way between Brasilia - D.F. and Goiania - GO.    Pit stop for a fast lunch on Sunday afternoon (24/05/2009) at Jeriva restaurant.

With the new 14 tooth front sprocket I have been able to better use my bike on roads.  Now I can cruise at speeds of 100 - 115 km/h revving the engine at the 6.000 - 7.200 rpm bracket, substantially below the tacho's red zone that begins at 9.000 rpm.  In this way I can take the most from the fourth and fifth gears revving in a "comfortable zone" for the engine.

On the 26th of May, 2009 I replaced three leds of the rear light.  I had an overall expense of R$ 22,00 (R$ 2,00 for the leds acquisition and R$ 20,00 for the labour costs).  In this way I could keep the originality of my bike, having all the fifteen leds of the rear light in perfect conditions of use (position lights and brake lights).

Stretch of road with a very well preserved original vegetation between Goianapolis and Teresopolis de Goias - GO,on Sunday afternoon (24/05/2009). In every angle the Sundown STX Motard is an eye-catcher, and beatifully contrasts with the background in this photo.

The style of the Sundown STX Motard - principally after the modification I did concerning the installation of a second front mudguard (or fender) - is unmistakable; and entirelly pleasing to me.  I made the following photo comparison between different styles, encompassing the new bikes unveiled recently by Honda in Brazil (CB 300R and XRE 300, that came to the market to replace the CBX Twister 250 and the XR Tornado 250) and my Sundown STX Motard.

Comparing different styles: Honda CB 300R, Honda XRE 300 and Sundown STX Motard 200.

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Km Total (until the 20th of March, 2017) Km on roads
78.755 58.073

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The following information was passed on to me by my wise and very experienced fellow rider (from MyChinaMoto.com forum) Forchetto.  I  think it is a very useful piece of info.

The original maker is JINAN QINGQI, Model QM200GY-BA (also known as QM200GY-B(A)) for the super motard version. Also made by an outfit known as Shandong Pioneer and called XF200GY-B this is some sort of subsidiary of the main factory.

In USA it's the QLINK XF200
In Brasil STX 200 Motard Sundown

In the UK it appears as:

Pulse Adrenaline 125 (XF125GY-2B)
Sinnis Apache QM200GY
Superbyke RMR200
Pioneer XF200-2V

In Argentina it is a Beta Motard (http://www.betamotor.com.ar/) 
In Chile/Colombia QMT200 or GXT Euromot
In the Philippines it's a Sinski Motard 200R
In Paraguay Genesis GXT200 B
In Honduras a KMF
In Spain it's marketed by Qingqi importer direct or I-moto as a Tiger sm 125
In Turkey it's a Ramzey QM200GY
In Checkoslovakia it's a YUKI 250 SM (too close to YUCKY for comfort...)
In Russia it's called QINGQI DRAGON 200 SUPERMOTO
In France Hooper 125 SMR
In Germany it's imported by the prestigious Kreidler as a Supermoto 125 DD
In Australia Arqin motorcycles RT200SM
In Sweden and Norway they call it a TMS Supermotard 200cc
In the Ukraine its a SkyMoto Dragon-200
In South Africa its a Puzey STX 200 Motard
 

Link to QLINK Manual for Parts:
QLINK XF200 Parts Manual

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