Camiri must be the Leduc of Bolivia. The oil industry is commemorized in most of the parks.
Randy's house, where I have been staying, was originally built for the people who came here to work in the Bolivian 'patch'. There is not much sign of oil related activity now, other than the statues, apparently all that is left to find is natural gas. Speaking of gas(oline), it is very cheap, about 50 cents a liter, but it is not very good.
I have been relaxing at Randy's all week, along with Randy, Valentino, and Christina enjoying Yvonne and Christina's cooking.
Tonight (Friday) Randy has scheduled a huge party for the local bike club (motocross competition), which should make for an interesting post tomorrow, if I survive.
The future is electric they say. I agree, sort of. I am on my second electric pedal assist bicycle and have test ridden a Zero FX. I was impressed. I would have bought the FX right then and there, but negotiations stalled over the usual dealer charges for their overheads. Sorry dealers, but I have had enough. Do not advertise a sale price that won't roll it out the door. Anyway, it gave me pause to reflect on electric's weakest link, batteries. But before I rant on batteries, my experience with electric motorcycle and bicycles have convinced me electric motors are the future of transportation. Electric motors with electronic control systems are so much better than petrol powered engines. Electric motors eliminate clutches, transmissions, most required maintenance, smell, vibration, noise, excessive heat and all the power wasted on noise, heat and vibration control. On my test ride I did not miss any of them. The instant torque, and the ability to enjoy the ride w
Most motorcycle manufacturers have come and gone. Pick your favorite defunct moto brand, google it, and surely you will find that someone has written a book all about the reasons no one is making them anymore. But really, every motorcycle brand failure can be attributed to two reasons, people lost interest in buying them and or their makers lost interest in building them. When it comes to why consumers buy motorcycles, this too can be broken down to two reasons, they want affordable basic transportation or they want a motorcycle for fun. Because most motorcycles are road legal, motorcyclists can combine practical transportation and fun, or at least that is what they tell their wives, mothers, husbands... There is a (much) smaller market of motorcycles for commercial, police, or military use. Motorcycles started out with the marriage of the safety bicycle invented in 1883, with the high speed small gasoline engine, invented only a few years later. It is estimated that there were
The dead do come back to life. Zombies, vampires ghosts and Frankenstein monsters are mythical but the dead really do come back to life in the motorcycle industry. The best example of the motorcycle that refused to stay dead is Indian. Numerous parties have to revived Indian from the day the final clod of dirt landed on the company casket. The Indian sold today is a moto Frankenstein monster, cobbled together with bits of this and that, including a fake Harley Davidson motor made by S&S. When the real Indian motocycle (not a typo) went under in 1953, its famous name was bought, sold, stolen, fought over, by scammers and a few mad financiers who believed they could breathe life into the dead brand. This past year, Polaris, the maker of the so far semi successful Victory brand of motorcycles have taken over the Indian name, which might be its best chance yet. Norton stopped large scale motorcycle production in 1976, but they never actually died. Chopped up by