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Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex  2017: Short Rides and Trips in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020

There was some time already that I had been observing the evolution of the Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré in the Brazilian market of small trail bikes. Due to the fact that I have friends riding this model, and that they are happy with the performance of their motorbikes, I decided to join them and bought to myself a brand new Ténéré 250.

I decided to return to the three diapasons trademark (or three tuning forks trademark) due to some facts, as follows: the Yamaha Ténéré 250 has adequate dimensions and autonomy normally expected from a decent trail bike, its design is harmonious and the correction made to its back sub-frame resulted in a very good general appearance. When it was launched in the market I didn´t like of the first design of this bike, but now it is all right.

Besides, I have been observing the good overall performance and durability of the Yamaha engines – more specifically speaking of the 250cc one cylinder engines powering the Fazer and XTZ Yamaha motorcycles.

In this way, as I owned two Yamaha motorcycles (two stroke engines) in the beginning of the 1970s (Yamaha YF5, and after a Yamaha YDS7), I decided to get back to this Japanese brand that provided great emotions to me between the years 1970 to 1974.

Then I went to Belcar Motos (a big Yamaha dealer) in my hometown of Goiânia – GO, where I was attended by Manoel Augusto (Manoelzinho) – a friend of my group of motorcyclists friends – and bought a brand new Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex – year / model 2017.

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My Yamaha Téneré 250 immediately after being taken off the crate and assembled; at the patio of Belcar Yamaha in Goiânia - GO.

My Yamaha Téneré 250 immediately after being taken off the crate and assembled; at the patio of Belcar Yamaha in Goiânia - GO.

From now on I will be posting info on this model of motorcycle here on this page, and in the others that will follow, containing facts and photos of rides and trips that I am intending to do.

Tech Spec Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex 2016 to 2018:

Finally, on the afternoon of the 16th of March, 2017 I received the keys of my brand new motorcycle at the Yamaha dealer Belcar located in my home city of Goiânia - GO.  I was attended by the salesman Manoel Augusto (Manoelzinho) and by the dealer General Manager Claudia Lemos.

The Yamaha Téneré 250 being delivered to me at Belcar Yamaha em Goiânia - GO.

The Yamaha XTZ Ténéré 250 Blueflex, 2017 make, being delivered to me at Belcar Yamaha em Goiânia - GO.

I have already began to equip my motorcycle with basic equipment in the way of being prepared for the big trips and great rides I intend to do with it.

Photo album - Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex 2017:

As I always do with all the motorcycles brand new I buy, I ride them on roads in order to do the engine break in. Consequently, on the 26th of March, 2017 I participated on a nice ride with my friends in a stretch of the BR-060 road between Goiânia-GO and Alexânia - GO. My friend Mauro Gomes organized the ride, our group (ten people) travelled on six bikes (three Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré, one Yamaha XTZ 250X Lander, one Yamaha Crosser 150, and one Kawasaki Vulcan 650).

Previously on Saturday the 25
th of March, 2017 I had inflated my motorcycle tyres with nitrogen, as a routine procedure I usually do with all new motorcycles I buy. This procedure allows the tyres to have a working temperature lower than when they are inflated with oxigen, thus contributing to their durability. I have adopted this practice for the past twenty years or so.

Furthermore I am utilizing good quality gasoline, and the additive for gasoline Bardahl Max Top in the proportion of 50ml for each full tank of 16 litre. In this way the 200ml bottle is enough to be utilized on four full tanks of the 
Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré.

It keeps the gasoline engine power system clean, so it lowers maintenance costs for the vehicle, such as cleaning and adjusting the engine. Maintains high engine parts, valves, pistons, rings, injectors or carburetors and spark plugs. Provides fuel economy and reduces the emission of pollutants.

On the 1st of April, 2017 (Saturday) I filled my Yamaha Ténéré 250 with gasoline and calculated its fuel consumption during the first fifteen days of usage, I had ridden my bike for 326,5 kilometers and had spent 8,58 liters of gasoline; consequently this resulted in the excelent average of 38,05 km/litre.  From this total ridden, 261 kilometers where ridden on road (during the above mentioned ride to Alexânia - GO).

After the complete break in of my bike's engine (which will be done by the 5.000 km ridden) I intend to reach consumption averages of around 40 km/litre - when riding under normal conditions on paved roads, within the bracket of 90 - 110 km/h.

On Saturday, the 15th of April, 2017 we gather a group of friends in order to make a ride to Morrinhos - GO - via BR-153 road.  We visited the anual motorcycling event happening there, e near midday we headed to Piracanjuba - GO to have lunch. After lunching we returned to Goiânia - GO, with a stop near the entrance to BR-153 road where we spent some quality time enjoying a good talk and drinking sugar cane juice. This 300 km ride was a must in order to keep doing my bike´s engine break-in.

Photo album of my Yamaha Téneré 250 (rides, trips, etc.).

Photo album of my Yamaha Téneré 250 (rides, trips, etc.)

The day after this ride I calculated the numbers of my motorcycle performance: from the 325,8 kilometers ridden with 9,09 litre of gasoline about 300 km were done on road, so this resulted in the average of 35,83 km/litre. This ride was done with pilot and pillion passenger.

On the holiday of the 1st of May, 2017 we did a short ride going to Nerópolis, Ouro Verde, Campo Limpo, Anápolis, Teresópolis de Goiás and returning to Goiânia - GO in the afternoon of the same day.

Keeping up with our rides we decided this turn to go to the town of Goiás - GO, the former capital city of the State of Goiás. By the time Brazil was still a Portuguese Colony this town was best known as Vila Boa de Goiás.

Viagem à cidade de Goiás - GO, em 24 de Maio de 2017.

The following link refers to this ride to the town of Goiás - GO:

We did a very interesting ride. We took advantage of the Wednesday holiday in Goiânia - GO (on the the 24th of May, 2017) in order to make this ride.

Following our tradition within our group of friends we went to the 88th edition of the Feira do Troca in Olhos D´Água (district of Alexânia - GO) on the 4th of June, 2017.

The Yamaha Téneré 250 "gliding" along BR-060, at the proximities of Anápolis - GO, on the 04th of June, 2017.

The Yamaha Téneré 250 "gliding" along BR-060, at the proximities of Anápolis - GO, on the 04th of June, 2017.

I am really enjoying my Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré in its Blueflex version, make/model 2017. At this phase of its break-in I have been riding preferably on roads, and always with a pillion passenger (my wife Theresa). Some aspects deserve a special highlight: the engine has a very smooth functioning, the muffler emits a nice sound, and the speed recovery comes easily and progressively.

This is a true trail bike in every aspect: 21 inches front tyre and 18 inches rear tyre shod with Metzeler tyres, and a very good autonomy.

The following link is directed to the album with some photos of this ride:

During the period between the 14th and the 18th of June, 2017 Theresa and I went on a trip - Caminhos do Ouro (Paths of Gold) - with our friends Célia and Mauro. This route thought by Mauro priviledged a region of the State of Minas Gerais that is rich of history.

The many trails and paths between the mountains in that region offer to the Nature lovers a unique beauty and grandeur, and riding our motorcycles at the same time that we could enjoy those magnificent views was a priviledge for us indeed.

Furthemore this was a very good opportunity to put my Yamaha Ténéré 250 on the road again, this time completely equipped, having Theresa as my pillion passenger, and fully loaded. In this way I keep putting kilometers ridden on my bike's odometer having in mind the completion of the engine break in.

A Yamaha Téneré 250 rodando pela BR-060, nas proximidades de Anápolis - GO, no dia 04 de Junho de 2017.

Paths of Gold - trip to the State of Minas Gerais - Brazil from the 14th to the 18th of June, 2017.

The Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex has been showing a very positive outcome to me concerning many aspects such as: a solid performance for a 250cc engine with low consumption of fuel, it is easy to drive even when riding with a pillion passenger and fully loaded, it has a very good throttle response when we need to rev it in order to surpass other vehicles, etc.

All those aspects were made clear to me when we finished this trip to the mountains of Minas Gerais State. We rode 2.261 kilometers in five days, circulating through the main historical cities of that State, principally those cities rich in aspects linked to Brazilian historic facts and mining exploration.

Calculation of the fuel consumption during this trip: 2.261 kilometers / 69,14 litre = 32,71 km/litre. During the first stretch of this trip (Goiânia - GO to Luziânia - GO) I could achieve an average of 38,05 km/litre (196,7 km / 5,17 litre).

Some details of my Yamaha Ténéré 250 performance: during the return trip to Goiânia - GO I could observe that on plain stretches of road without frontal winds my motorcycle easily reached 90 km/h on fifth gear and tachometer clocking at 6.000 rpm. When accelarating a little bit, with the tacho clocking at 6.500 rpm my bike´s speed easily reached 100 km/h.

Imageof the speedometer and tachometer of the Yamaha Ténéré 250 on road.

Consequently is easy to ride this motorcycle on a crusing speed around 110 km/h provided you keep the tacho between the range from 7.000 rpm to 7.500 rpm. We can´t forget that the tacho´s red zone of the Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex begins at 10.000 rpm.

Keeping up with our healthy routine of short rides done in between the big trips we normally do, on Sunday the 9th of July, 2017 we went to Trindade - GO and from there to the Casarão Restaurant located at the margin of the BR-060 road (Cezarina - GO).

Part of our group of friends at Casarão Restaurant (Cezarina - GO - BR-060 road),on the 9th of July, 2017.

Part of our group of friends at Casarão Restaurant (Cezarina - GO - BR-060 road),on the 9th of July, 2017.

There were eleven people in our group (four couples, and three friends going solo). We had seven motorcycles in total (three Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré, one Yamaha XTZ 250 X Motard, one Kawasaki Vulcan 650, one Harley-Davidson 1.650, and one Honda Shadow 600. We totalled around 190 km in this ride. My Yamaha Ténéré has completed this route consuming 4,85 litre of gasoline, thus resulting in an average of 39,17 km/litre.

Photo album of this ride:

Over the last years I have been attending the motorcycling event Capital Moto Week (Moto Caital) in Brasília - D.F. with my friends; my main motivation to be there is to take those opportunities to be among friends and to observe and take photos of the many odd and quite rare motorcycles that we can find there. In this year of 2017 we were surprised by a simultaneous event to the 2017 Capital Moto Week that is the Movimento Paralelo which came, accordingly to the organizers, to redeem the original values and ideals of Motorcycling.

In this way we have been in Brasília - D.F. on Saturday, the 29th of July, 2017, to attend both events.  Firstly we head to the Nelson Piquet Autodrome, to check the first Movimento Paralelo event, after that we went to Granja do Torto where there was taking place the 2017 Capital Moto Week event.

Capital Moto Week 2017

In my view, when such an event as Capital Moto Week has assumed gigantic proportions to the point of being compared only to those of Sturgis and Daytona Bike Week, it is time to the organizers to think carefully in order to avoid that the commercial aspect doesn´t surpass and prevail over the appeal of a freely reunion of motorcyclists.

To address this need of a free and spontaneous reunion of motorcyclists the Movimento Paralelo has arisen. We have been to both events: our conclusion is that the 
Capital Moto Week 2017 was a big event, the overall feeling for me is that they were able to produce a bigger and better event than last year´s.

Therefore, to assure its survival as a valid event, the Movimento Paralelo will have to choose another date to put together their efforts to succeed and to attract such a big crowd as the Capital Moto Week 2017 in reality did.

Photo album :

The weekend (19th and 20th of August, 2017) was busy for me. On Saturday, the 20th of August, I paid a visit to the Goiânia International Autodrome, in order to check the background of the 25th Rally dos Sertões. This is a huge event which is very well organized; this year they commemorated their 25th edition, from which during 15 times they had Goiânia - GO as their starting point.

Link for the event background photo album: 

On Sunday, the 20th of August, I took a ride with a group of friends through the following route: Goiânia - Trindade - Goianira - Brazabrantes - Nova Veneza - Goiânia - GO. This was a very good ride, despite the hot and dry weather; Mother Nature has offered us a beautiful show of blossoming Ipês along our ride by the margins of the roads we travelled. They are at the peak of their blossoming season as shows the next photo.

A magnificent blossoming Ipê amarelo (Tabebuia alba), at the surroundings of Brazabrantes - GO,morning of the 20th of August, 2017. Photo taken by my wife Theresa.

A magnificent blossoming yellow Ipê (Tabebuia alba), at the surroundings of Brazabrantes - GO,morning of the 20th of August, 2017. Photo taken by my wife Theresa.

The Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré 2017 is a motorcycle that has a imposing presence due to its design and size. And my Ténéré 250 with its equipment highlight this fact clearly.  In reality  it is very interesting to us observe how the trail motorbikes have had a wonderful evolution in the past twenty years.

Honda NX 350 Sahara, 1997 e Yamaha XTZ Ténéré 250, 2017 Suzuki DR 650, 1997 e Yamaha XTZ Ténéré 250, 2017. Suzuki DR 650, 1997 e Yamaha XTZ Ténéré 250, 2017.

From left: Honda NX 350 Sahara, 1997 and my Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex, 2017. The photo in the middle and the one at the right side show a Suzuki DR 650, 1997 side by side with my
Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex, 2017.

Another photo of my Yamaha Téneré 250 between other motorcycles more powerful than her shows how the presence of the Ténéré is really noticed above all.

Me and my Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex, 2017 alongside with other motorbikes at the Weekly Motorcycling Gathering - Av. Paranaíba - Goiânia - GO.

Me and my Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex, 2017 at the Weekly Motorcyclists Gathering - Av. Paranaíba - Goiânia - GO.

Motobikes at the streets of Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra (Portugal) and London, Windsor (England)

During part of September and October, 2017 I have been on vacations with my family in Portugal and England. I took every opportunity during those vacations to take photos of motorcycles at the places I have been. After organizing the respective photo albums of those motorbikes (and eventually scooters, cars and even trikes and tuk-tuks) I made them available to those who access this website.

Links to the mentioned photo albums follow:

Motobikes at the streets of Lisbon - September 2017:

Utilizing motorcycles as a means of transportation is a tradition in Europe that has been in place for more than a century, and the addition of scooters to this immense two-wheel fleet has been considerable in the last two decades. I was surprised by the quantity and variety of tuk-tuks at the streets of Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra.  The great majority is constituted of trikes made by Piaggio, many others are of bigger size and capacity. The latter are electric trikes made in China.

Motobikes at the streets of London - September / October 2017:

The Brits in general have a close relation with motorcycling and motorbikes. The British motorcycling industry, with its many brands, has contributed and still contributes a lot to the development of the motorcycling industry worldwide. The number of motorbikes and scooters at the streets is considerable, even during Autumn and Winter.

Ace Cafe London - October 2017:

During my visit to Ace Cafe London I was transported back to the golden age of international motorcycling (the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s). The bikes that arrived there being ridden by their proud owners would have a special place in any collection worldwide. Many of them British, Japanese, and from other European countries enriched that spontaneous meeting of motorcycling aficionados in that morning of Saturday, the 7th of October, 2017. Their presence to the local made my day and enriched immensely my visit there.

Brooklands Museum - Outubro 2017:

At the Brooklands Museum I could realize how important was and still is the British car and motorcycle industries to the development of this sector worldwide speaking. The quality and variety of motorbikes, cars and even bicycles being exposed there is flagrant.

Motorcycles at multi-brand dealers London - October 2017:

On those dealers that I have been visiting I could observe an enormous variety of European brands, the traditional ones as well as those that came to the market more recently. I noticed a predominance of small sized motorbikes and scooters, the majority being powered by 125cc engines. All of them incorporating cutting edge technology, and many of them showing interesting retro design.

On Sunday the 29th of October, 2017 we decided to meet our group of friends for a ride to Posselândia - GO at the Bar do Peixe located at the margin of the BR-060 road.  For this ride we reunited ten people in a "fleet" of eight motorcycles.

As nossas motos defronte ao Bar do Peixe, em Posselâdia

Our motorbikes in front of the Bar do Peixe in Posselâdia - GO, by the margin of the BR-060 road.

I took this opportunity to test the LED auxiliary lights that I had installed on my motorcycle some days ago. I bought them during my above mentioned trip to England. I really liked and approved the result: this auxiliary LED lighting set improved a lot the visibility on the way ahead of my riding path, and made my bike a lot more visible by the other drivers circulating on the streets and roads close to me.

My Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex 2017 with the auxiliary LED lights set on.

My Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex 2017 with the auxiliary LED lights set on.

On the 10th of December, 2017 (Sunday) we did our Bye Bye 2017 ride.  We went to Corumbá Fall, via Corumbá de Goiás, where we took some photos, and after that we reached Corumbá Fall before lunch time.  There we spent most of the day. The rainy day was just right to test our hability to ride under wet conditions.

The following link refers to some photos taken by our friend Mauro Gomes:

This was a pleasant ride that fully attended the purpose of keeping our group united.

Short Rides and Trips in 2018

We began our short rides in 2018 doing a short circuit ride through the traject: Goiânia - Bela Vista de Goiás - Piracanjuba - Goiânia. Our group of seven people were travelling on five bikes. Our short ride on Sunday, the 14th of January, 2018 totalled 202 km. One week after this ride I filled my motorcycle´s tank with gasoline and I was surprised with the excellent result: I had totalled 236,4 km with my Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré with a consumption of 6,23 litre of fuel thus resulting an average of 37,94 km/litre.

Nossas motos O boi que movimenta a moenda para fazer garapa.

From left: Our motorbikes. This ox works moving this milling in order to crush sugar cane to produce garapa (sugar cane juice), that is much appreciated for those stopping by the place.

On Sunday, the 28th of January, 2018 we did a pleasant ride to Fazenda Babilônia; this historic farm is located close to Pirenópolis - GO and is dated from the Colonial period.  For this reason the place is rich in history from the era when Brazil was a colony from Portugal.

The Babilônia Farm, dated from 1800, is a beautiful example of one of the big farms during the Colonial Brazil. At that time the farm was a strong rural business producing and exporting sugar, cassava flour e cotton to Rio de Janeiro and other States, and even exporting cotton to England given the high quality of their production.

From there we when went by lunch time to the town of Pirenópolis - GO where we had lunch, and after that we returned to Goiânia - GO. During this ride we covered a distance of approximately 283 km.

Me, a statue of a clown wearing a bull mask (Cavalhadas), and Theresa.
Pirenópolis - GO at the morning of the 28th of January, 2018. Me, a statue of a clown wearing a bull mask (Cavalhadas), and Theresa.

Photo album of this ride:

We were a group of eight people (three couples and two solo riders) riding the following motorcycles: Yamaha XTZ 250X, Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré, Kawasaki Vulcan 650, Yamaha XTZ 150 Crosser and BMW F800.

On the 25th of February, 2018 our group of friends decided to do a ride to Silvânia - GO and from there to Gameleira de Goiás, Anápolis - GO and back to Goiânia - GO by the middle of the afternoon of same day. Our intention was to ride over the recently paved GO-437 road. We rode through beautiful viewings, crossing soy bean and corn field crops, and some cattle farms in that region.

Some of the riders decided to refill their motorcycles tanks when totalling around 192 kilometers ridden, I took the opportunity to do the same.  Then I had the pleasant surprise to discover that my bike achieved a very good consumption average: 41,83 km/litre (192 km ridden, with 4,59 litre of gasoline); it is important to mention that I was travelling with my wife as the pillion passenger, and under the 100 km/hour mark.

Photo album of this ride:

On the 18th of March, 2018 we did a ride around 210 km passing by Bela Vista de Goiás, São Miguel do Passa Quatro - GO and Cristianópolis - GO, where we had lunch. We crossed a region with beautiful views, and the weather was very pleasant.

During the return to Goiânia - GO we rode from Cristianópolis - GO until some kilometers after Bela Vista de Goiás under heaby rain. This fact made our ride more interesting as we really like to experience diverse situations when going for a ride, or even during a long trip.

Photo album:

Our ride on the 15th of April, 2018 was around the region of Pirenópolis - GO; we visited the Districts of Lagolândia and  Capela. Lagolândia is the place where lived Benedicta Cypriano Gomes, also known as Santa Dica. On the way to that region our group did a breakfast stop at Planalmira - GO, and from there we went to the mentioned districts of Pirenópolis - GO. Our lunch was in this city (Pirenópolis - GO). We took this opportunity to ride on the recently paved roads demanding both districts, and enjoying the beautiful scenery. On this ride we travelled a distance of 368 km, and my motorcycle achieved a good mark concerning consumption: 37,65 km/litre.

Our motorcycles at the car parking / entrance of Venda do Bento - 15th of April, 2018 - Pirenópolis - GO

Our motorcycles at the car parking / entrance of Venda do Bento - 15th of April, 2018 - Pirenópolis - GO

Photo album:

The mentioned rides and trips have been registered by Mauro Gomes in the form of Internet pages that he regularly publishes in his website. In addition to that he produces and publishes videos of our rides and trips on Youtube; as this one related to our ride to Lagolândia and Capela in the region of Pirenópolis - GO.

Our friend Mauro Gomes is the person that organizes all those rides and trips that we normally do, and along the path we reunited a close-knit group of friends that is always ready to take on new adventures.

On the 29th of April, 2018 we did a ride to the Maratá Fall which is located by the proximities of Pires do Rio - GO - Brazil.  This is a pleasant place at a private property (farm) but open to the general public. We rode approximately 360 km during this ride.

This time I decided to ride my Yamaha Ténéré 250 until the gasoline in the tank reached the reserve fuel supply.  It  happened by the 371 km ridden
; until I filled the tank my motorbike totalled the 377 km mark and consumed 9,77 litre of gasoline. Calculating the average consumption I had the wonderful media of 38,58 km/litre; and that mark was reached riding all the time with my wife as the pillion passenger.

Video produced by Mauro Gomes

We published an album with photos of this ride:

On the 5th of May, 2018 I decided to change my bike´s engine oil, and in this way after completing 7.500 km ridden I choose Bardahl SAE 20W-50 motorcycle oil. I bought two liters from wich I effectively used 1.350 ml, as I didn´t change the oil filter. Next change will happen when completing 10.000 km ridden, on that occasion I will use 1.450 ml of oil, as I will change the oil filter as well as the engine oil.

My longtime friend Odilon de Sena Ferreira did the oil change for me. He has made the maintenance in many different motorcycles I had, particularly during the mid 1980s (Honda CB 400) and the 1990s and beginning of 2000 (Honda CBX 200 Strada, Honda C-100 Dream and Honda 250 Twister.

My friend Odilon de Sena Ferreira and my Yamaha Ténéré 250 Blueflex.

My friend Odilon de Sena Ferreira and my Yamaha Téneré 250 on the 5th of May, 2018

On the 24th of May, 2018 (Thursday) we had a local holiday in our city of Goiânia - GO; we (me and two friends - Marinho and Mauro) took this opportunity to make a ride of 288 km on total. Our route was: Goiânia - Anápolis - Corumbá de Goiás - Olhos D´Água - Alexânia - Abadiânia - Anápolis - Goiânia - GO.

This was a chance to ride over a brand new paved road linking Corumbá de Goiás to Olhos D´Água (district of Alexânia - GO).

We rode at low speed - between the 60 to 80 km per hour bracket, and my intention was to reach the special mark of 40 km/litre with my motorcycle.  My Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex performed better than expected: I topped up the tank with 5,74 litre after riding 244,6 km - thus resulting in the fantastic mark of 42,61 km/litre.

Photo album of this ride:

On the 2nd and 3rd of June, 2018 I had been at the Autódromo Internacional Ayrton Senna (Goiânia - GO - BRAZIL) in order to participate of the SuperMotoShow Remember, this was a comeback of an event minded and organized at the beginning of the 1990s here in Goiânia - GO by Ricardo Zardini. This Moto Show happened along five consecutive years at that time, and now is coming back.

SuperMotoShow Remember 2018

This time Ricardo Zardini could imprint those essential characteristics to turn the event a must, being careful to offer to the general public and motorcyclists in particular a highly organized show with diverse attractions in a safe, clean and interesting venue.


On the 17th of June, 2018 we did a ride to Piracanjuba - GO. This ride is the basic "dual purpose" kind of ride we normally do: we go for the road in order to ride our motorcycles, to appreciate the wonderful outdoors we have around our city and elsewhere, and to have a pleasant conversation with friends preferably at calm places that have good food.

My friend Mauro Gomes is a keen organizer of those rides and trips that we normally do, and he produced this video below of our Sunday ride to Bela Vista de Goiás and Piracanjuba - GO.

Photo album of this ride:

In order to attend the Pequi Aero Show 2018 we did a very pleasant ride to the city of Itumbiara - GO, on the 8th of July, 2018.

Our ride totalled 421 km, and we took that opportunity to cross the Paranaíba river - via Affonso Penna Suspension Bridge - entering the State of Minas Gerais. There we had our lunch at Décio Petrol Station, and after that we returned to Goiânia - GO. The following video was produced by Mauro Gomes.

It was a wonderful day, with blue sky and the road was splendid.

Brasília Capital Moto Week 2018

As we normally do every year, we attended the Brasília Capital Moto Week 2018 on Sunday, the 22nd of July, 2018. On that day we have ridden 452 kilometers on total; that was a pleasant ride however without novelties, as we have attended the mentioned event year after year since its very beginning.

By the way, I made a point to insert the photo below where I appear having lunch at the Churrascaria do Lago (in Brasília - D.F.) - exactly 40 years ago - during the II Encontro Motociclístico do Distrito Federal.

II Encontro Motociclístico do Distrito Federal - Brasília 15/04/1978, Churrascaria do Lago. Da esquerda para a direita: João Batista (?), eu, dois motociclistas da PM do D.F.

II Encontro Motociclístico do Distrito Federal - Brasília 15/04/1978

Churrascaria do Lago. From left: João Batista (?), Me, and two motorcyclists belonging to the Military Police of the D.F.

On Saturday the 18th of August, 2018 - I went to the Autódromo Internacional Ayrton Senna (Goiânia - GO) in order to check the background of the 26o. Rally dos Sertões. I took many photos of the participant vehicles (UTVs, motorcycles and other vehicles) and of the respective boxes.

Photo album:

The organization and setting of this Rally as well as the vehicles evolve each year. The technical level of the supporting crews is very impressive for sure. Definitely this is an environment that pleases me. I have been observing this reality since the very early editions of the rally departing from Goiânia - GO.

On Sunday - the 19th of August, 2018 - I met four motorcyclists from Lagoa da Prata - MG on the Av. T-63 in Goiânia - GO. They were heading to join the rally´s caravan in order to travel as an independent group alongside the same route of the rally´s participants. Their route will be the same: from Goiânia - GO to Fortaleza - CE.

Bikers from Lagoa da Prata - MG in Goiânia - GO, Av. T-63 morning of the 19th of August, 2018.

It is really a magnificent opportunity to take a trip along the same route of Rally dos Sertões, specially when the competition is going on. The easiest way to do it is following the rally´s caravan, of course.

As we normally do, at the end of each year we get togheter in order to enjoy a ride with friends.  On this Sunday, the 16th of December, 2018 we went to Goiás - GO.  We had a really pleasant day, with wonderful weather.

Video production: Mauro Gomes

Circling by the State of Tocantins - Carnival 2019

On the 2nd of March, 2019 I left Goiânia - GO towards Campos Belos - GO, a town situated close to the State border of Goiás and Tocantins, in reality very close to the State of Tocantins. I had an overnight stop at the mentioned town, and next day (Sunday the 3rd of March, 2019) I headed towards Aurora do Tocantins - TO, in order to begin my trip - Circling the Jalapão - totalling 880 kilometers ridden along the perimeter of the Jalapão region. The whole trip totalled 2.086 kilometers, ridden in four days.

I "embraced" all the Jalapão region, going throughout: Aurora do Tocantins, Taguatinga, Ponte Alta do Tocantins, Dianópolis, Novo Jardim, Porto Alegre do Tocantins, Almas, Natividade, São Valério, and Peixe where I spent my Sunday night. Next day, on Monday, I returned to Natividade - TO and headed to Arraias - TO, and Campos Belos - GO my start point to begin and finish this trip circling the Jalapão region, in the State of Tocantins.

Entering the State of Tocantins. Entering the State ofTocantins. Lunch time in Novo Jardim - TO.
Arriving in Dianópolis - TO. Natural pastures of Golden Grass, still maturing. Bridge over the Tocantins river,returning from Peixe to Natividade.

I have ridden 880 kms in two days, having the priviledge to take many pictures and to appreciate the beauty of the State of Tocantins during the rain season. The lushurious vegetation turned this trip a splendid one, the temperatures usually very hot in that region this time gave place to a mild and nice weather, due to the regular rainfalls. I travelled throught roads ranging from very good to very bad in terms of conservation of the tarmac (asphalt).

Taking in account the two days spent to go from Goiânia - GO to Campos Belos - GO (on Saturday the 2nd of March, 2019), and back to Goiânia - GO leaving Campos Belos - GO (on Tuesday the 5th of March, 2019), I utilized two days  (the 3rd and the 04th of March, 2019) in order to take the most from this ride on the mentioned region. In reality all trip was superb, I really enjoyed riding my Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré Blueflex, I could experience various types of driving modes accordingly to the state of conservation of the roads I rode along.

BR-060 road, heading towards Goiânia - GO, in the vicinity of Goianápolis - GO.

On the 18thof July, 2019 I took my motorcycle to Belcar Yamaha in order to have it serviced; the 15.000 km scheduled service maintenance had come to date. As I had changed the engine oil and oil filter as well, previously, this time the other routine service has been performed, including a much needed air filter replacement.

From left: Fernando, me and Murilo in the afternoon of the 18th of July, 2019 (Belcar Yamaha) Air filter of my Yamaha Ténéré 250 after being used for 15.000 km, with the bike having been ridden very little on dirt roadas.

From left: Fernando, me and Murilo in the afternoon of the 18th of July, 2019 (Belcar Yamaha). Air filter of my Yamaha Ténéré 250 after being used for 15.000 km, with the bike having been ridden very little on dirt roadas.

On the 10th of September,2019 I left Goiânia - GO towards Teresina de Goiás, via Brasília - D.F. and Alto Paraíso de Goiás; my main goal was to return to the Comunidade Kalunga de Engenho II, located in the vicinities of Cavalcante - GO where I had been twice: in 2009 (on a solo trip) and after that in 2010 with Theresa.

I made a very pleasant trip, and despite the hot weather along all my route I really enjoyed meeting my Kalunga friends again. I could perceive how the community have developed in terms of taking advantage of the immense potential they have to explore tourism in its best way: respecting Mother Nature to the fullest.

Links for the pages showing the previous visits to the region:  The fantastic land of Kalunga: (Solo trip in 2009)

Trip with Theresa in 2010:

Algumas imagens - Kalunga 2019

Photo Album - Kalunga 2019:

Estrada para a Comunidade Quilombola do Engenho II - Cavalcante - GO.

My Yamaha Ténéré 250 on the 11th of September, 2019 - Dirt road linking Cavalcante - GO to the Comunidade Kalunga do Engenho II.

During the last six months I was noticing that my bike wasn't performing normally regarding the cold starts, every time I tried to start the engine through the electric starter the engine didn't remain working at the very beginning. I would have to start again, and after starting the engine would revv chocked. I began to realize that time had come to change my motorcycle battery for a new one; and so I did. In order to have all the electric / electronic components working properly a fully charged battery is needed along the way.

So, in this way I have replaced the original battery for a brand new one, being careful to use the same factory specification: 
Heliar Powersports HTZ7L. The original battery had a "working life" of two years and seven months.

As from the 1st of March, 2020 I came back to Brisbane - QLD - Australia, where I am currently residing again, please feel free to access my YouTube channel where I have been posting videos regarding the motorcycling scene here in Brisbane on the following link:

Videos about Brisbane Motorcycles

In order to know more about the history behind the 
Yamaha Ténéré please access the following link:

Total Km (until the 28th of January, 2020) Km on roads
17.551 15.240

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