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    Bikes as Beasts of Burden

    I'm working in Africa now and there's a huge difference between motorcycles in Africa, and motorcycles in the USA, Canada and Europe. For those of us from the developed world, motorcycles are luxury vehicles used for personal enjoyment. And, our bikes lead relatively "pampered" lives, i.e. garaged, kept on battery tenders, visits to excellent service facilities, washed and waxed, etc.

    But, in the developing world, most motorcycles are "beasts of burden". They're used as taxis or cargo vehicles. Many are designed for those uses, such as the 150cc Chinese bikes with long seats used as taxis (I've seen 4 people on the seat and a small child on the tank).

    Here's an example of what I call a "cargo-trike". Interestingly, this cargo-trike is shaft driven. Also, note the footwear of the driver!! This is not ATGATT-country!!

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    What's your example of a bike used as a beast or burden? I've seen a few GS's that would qualify!!
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    It's not just Africa . . . .even Santa has caught on.
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    Modern beast, modern burden.

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    The proper burden.

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    I didn't take this picture, it was posted on my facebook page. I thought it would be fitting to share it here.
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    Taxi !
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    this one caught my eye from gateway a few months back


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    Taking the recycling into town. And there's two tall kitchen garbage can sized bags of household trash stuffed into the panniers:




    Recycling and trash dealt with, time to take the NT700 tank to be acid washed and have the pea sized hole in the tank welded. (bought a wrecked bike).


    Don't have a pic of me hauling a Honda gas powered string trimmer home, or a dozen 4' flourescent shop bulbs, or, with the HB bags removed and the Ortliebs put on, rolls of garden hose, plants, groceries, more trash, etc, etc.
    Too damn many bikes to list

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