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The motorcycle substituting the horse and the bicycle:

Along all those years initiating in 1970 I have been participating in everything related to motorcycling, and I have noticed how relevant became the motorcycles as a means of transportation for people everywhere in Brazil.  They have been very useful indeed in urban areas, and in rural areas as well.

What was done using horses or even bicycles, now tend to be done using motorcycles.  This is true for carrying people, packs, tools, etc.  Couriers and many tradesman count on motorcycles to do their job, and motorcycles are used as moto-taxis.  It is very common as well to carry farm produce (cheese, milk, fruit and vegetables) on motorcycles.

Our friend Manoel Olimpio dos Santos, better known as Manezinho, uses his bike as a workhorse.  He is a rural handyman, who lives and make his money doing hard jobs in the farms at the Oloana (Rasga-Saia) region, district of Hidrolandia - GO.  With his Honda ML 125cc, 1986, he is able to reach places easily and promptly taking his tools and his colleague Bitaco.

From left: Jose Batista de Sousa - Bitaco, Manoel Olimpio dos Santos - Manezinho, me and the dog guard of Vereda Farm, the rottweiler Hassan. January 2002.

From left: Jose Batista de Sousa - Bitaco, Manoel Olimpio dos Santos - Manezinho, me and the dog guard of Vereda Farm, the rottweiler Hassan. January 2002.

The same happens with Silvia; she is a cleaner that uses her motorcycle everyday to do her job at the farms of this region of Goias.  Previously she used to cover distances by bicycle or even on foot.  After buying her Honda CG Titan 125cc, 1996, Silvia became able to get faster to places and to perform better her duties .

Silvia Aparecida Alves Ferreira Moura, seated on her Titan 1996.  She is sided by her cousin Nubia Alves de Souza.  Vereda Farm in January 2002.

Silvia Aparecida Alves Ferreira Moura, seated on her Titan 1996. She is sided by her cousin Nubia Alves de Souza. Vereda Farm in January 2002.

The increase in the income of the population remaining in rural areas is easily observed.  Instead of moving to the outskirts of the big cities, many people have decided to remain in farms and small towns.  The basic services (mainly health and education) are becoming available everywhere and reaching people otherwise unattended.  Many people that used bicycles or even horses in those places before, now are buying motorcycles which give them better mobility.

My son Amyr riding my Honda CBX 250 across a pasture of Vereda Farm, January 2002.

My son Amyr riding my Honda CBX 250 across a pasture of Vereda Farm, January 2002.

In all trips we have made to small towns and villages, we could notice an increase in the number of motorcycles.  The majority of those bikes is second hand, some are brand new.  Honda still is the preferred brand. In the near future we intend to add other examples of motorcycles being used as workhorses.

 

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