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Old 05-29-2012, 05:08 PM   #1
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bikers in São Paulo

Ok so Ive seen some crazy motorcyclists in Rio, riding with slippers, shorts and lanesplitting - talking about old 125 cc delivery bikes - but here in São Paulo, its organized madness. Yes, they all wear helmets, and cover up all the way in some kind of gear, but EVERYONE friking lanesplits. Everyone. It doesnt matter if its night or day, rain or shine. 90% of their time riding is spent on stripes.
From my 17th floor hotel room, I hear this constant "beep, beep, beep..." during the evening. Can you guess? Its their constant horn as they skip through rush hour traffic.

Oh, and the women down here Having lived most of my life away from my home country, and visiting just a few times, I always disliked it when Americans went on with the stereotype about brazilian women being hot. Maybe a stereotype, but Ive never seen such a high concentration of women with fine in my whole life anywhere else in the world, but here in SP.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3r40...ature=youtu.be
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:48 PM   #2
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Buenos Aires is much much worse.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:38 PM   #3
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I am from Buenos Aires, and used to ride in the 80's there. If Brasil is a control chaos now, Buens Aires back then was chaos (without control). For instance, riding with helmet on was considered totally un-cool. Stopping at a traffic light was getting ready to race with whoever stops next to you. Even a Fiat 500 would challenge you. There was no such thing as dragging knee back then, but the badge of honor was how many red lights you pass without stopping. And the ultimate challenge was whenever a dark green Ford Falcon was sighted, go chase em and kick it on the driver's side door because only the cops rode green Falcon. during those days, almost everyone rode with the club bars on the bike. True cafe racer era. Remember even seeing bicycles with tiny motors with a clip on type club bars. Lol! Yoshimura pipes were only for rich dudes. Number 2 were Kerker. Everyone else made home-made exhaust pipes with stolen pipes cut off from Peugeot and Fiats.
Much of my bad habits are from those days. And most of them were corrected with organized rides and track days. So, whenever I come across people who complain about our town, believe me, it is a joy to ride here! It is so much safer and organized compared to those days!
Still, I miss those days because I survived it, and was young with full of energy and eager to challenge wathever the world was to offer. Nowadays, even a track day is a challenge because I even fear the body soreness afterworth. But whenever I think of the great times i shard within that chaos, and the sadness of loosing many friends racing on the streets or in the Malvinas war ( some of you guys might know it as the Falkland war as the Brits would call it). I really miss it and wish the clock could go backward to get there one more time. But most importantly, it makes me appreciate what we have now more than ever! You guys are blessed you are here and now. Enjoy it my friends. One day you'll miss it. : )
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Similar thing in Vietnam. The use the horns over there to signal that they are close to you, not to say f* you. Literally zero space between the scooters and bikes. Imagine how scared I was in the seat of a Taxi and the driver is inches away from hitting motorists on all sides. It's a free for all!
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I was hoping the video was more and less bikes
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I was in Sao Paulo in 2005 and it was the same then. I was never so happy to have some driving me in all my life. He told me that if someone in a car hits a motorcycle, the motorcyclist will break off the car's side view mirror or a bunch of motorcyclist would jump the guy in the car. Saw one guy pull an amazing move where a car stopped in front of him and he was looking off in another direction. I knew he was about to hit the back of the car. He looked around, saw the stopped car, stomped his brake while dabbing a foot, picked the bike up, changed directions, and missed the car by inches. Watching those guys was some of the best entertainment.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:18 PM   #8
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I am from Argentina as well (La Plata) and used to ride a 1999 Kawa ZX6. Only thing I would wear was a helmet. I have even done flip flops. Now I dont even go for a ride around my block without full gear.

Bluepine, the only different from then and now is that now you dont stop at a red light to avoid being kidnapped. Sad but true

Still love Bs As ... lucky me I get to go 6-7 times a year.
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I was hoping the video was more and less bikes
I might go on a recon mission and shoot some video ... I might need a record b/c the first week I was in a state of disbelief
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video fail...scooters and no brazillian behind
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