Category Archives: Oaxaca September 2010

pho­tos and stu­pid thoughts from our sep­tem­ber 2010 trip

September trip to Oaxaca, Mexico

Well, yes, strict­ly speak­ing it isn’t a motor­cy­cle trip. But this is my pic­ture blog, so you get my Mex­i­co trip here too! enjoy!

We trav­elled yes­ter­day (up at 5am, final­ly here at the casa at around 8pm our time), so today we slacked. Walked to the Zoca­lo and had cap­pu­ci­nos and bought news­pa­pers, then had a nice nap. Around 5 we wan­dered out to take some pic­tures, me with the 18 – 105mm on the D70, and Lara try­ing out her new 12 – 24mm wide angle. Here are a few of mine. I’ll put a link at the bot­tom to Lara’s cho­sen ones from today.

Lara doesn’t care too much for this pic­ture below, but I like the col­or and geom­e­try, so in it goes.

This stair­well runs down the hill, through a bunch of mar­ket stalls. I always love see­ing the geom­e­try here, this pho­to cap­tures a tiny bit of it.



THe weath­er here today was unset­tled, so we had inter­est­ing skies. This is look­ing south­west over the Church of Soledad, just a few blocks from the casa.

we had inter­est­ing sky today.

here is a link to Lara’s blog post for today:
Ms. Shoes

more tomor­row, I think we’re going to walk up to Par­que Jardin and shoot pho­tos. stay cool, cats!


Oaxaca, Day 2: Parque Paseo Juarez de Llano

Today was much more ener­getic than yes­ter­day, we decid­ed to walk up to Juarez Par­que, on the oth­er side of cen­tral Oax­a­ca. Accord­ing to lara’s lit­tle pedome­ter, we walked 6 miles today. On the way, we found a won­der­ful lit­tle cof­fee shop, called Black Cof­fee Gallery. a won­der­ful space with good cof­fee, lots of light, and good latte’s. we’ll go back.

An old lamp post in the park, with a riot of flow­ers in the back­ground.

an old lamp post and flow­ers in Par­que Paseo Juarez de Llano

We spot­ted this cat walk­ing around in the park, and thought for a moment that it was fer­al. Then this gen­tle­man picked it up, and it became obvi­ous that it’s a pet cat. Bone­less, appar­ent­ly.

a guy takes his cat for a walk in the park

Heard this BMW pull up to a stop­light, think­ing to myself that it didn’t sound like every oth­er lit­tle buzz-bomb run­ning around town. Glanc­ing over, sure enough! A clas­sic toast­er-tank air­head, appar­ent­ly still being rid­den dai­ly.
a classic old BMW, still in daily use

It appears that the local police depart­ment got a bunch of new bikes this year; wee-stroms this time, instead of the nor­mal hon­da or yama­ha 250’s. It was pret­ty com­i­cal some­times to see two cops, dou­ble-up on a hon­da 250, try­ing to make it up the hills!

the local police have some new bikes this year

There’s not a lot of graf­fi­ti around town this year, but there are a few pieces with some col­or and style. Here’s one that real­ly caught my eye.

some col­or­ful graf­fit­ti in oax­a­ca

Lara has also put up some pic­tures today. you can see there at Ms. Shoes blog.

Tomor­row; a tour of the botan­i­cal gar­dens, and a pho­to sur­vey of the motor­cy­cles of Oax­a­ca streets. At least that’s the think­ing, plans and con­tact with real­i­ty and all that!

ciao, ami­gos!
black­dog Con­tin­ue read­ing

Oaxaca Day 3: the utility motorcycles

There are a lot of motor­cy­cles in Oax­a­ca, and the vast major­i­ty are work­ing motor­cy­cles, not recre­ation­al rides. Here are a few of the bikes I spot­ted today, includ­ing a few brands you prob­a­bly haven’t seen in the US.

Every man­u­fac­tur­er rep­re­sent­ed in Mex­i­co has a 125 sin­gle, they are the work­hors­es of the city couri­er and deliv­ery rid­er scene here. This lit­tle blue Bajaj ‘Wind 125’ is a rel­a­tive­ly new a clean exam­ple:


And these are Vento’s DS-styled work­horse, called the ‘work­man’:


Saw this blue BMW whizz by today and what a bit sur­prised; BMW’s are not a com­mon sight here in oax­a­ca, this is an expen­sive motor­cy­cle here:


Obvi­ous­ly this Ven­to 200 cruis­er has aspi­ra­tions above it’s cur­rent lot in life:

stick­ers are cheap here.

Here’s some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, a Suzu­ki TS185 two-stroke, with a lit­tle added style via a cus­tom tank paint job:


This is Yamaha’s lit­tle 125, called a Pul­sar, I think. This par­tic­u­lar one appears to have been draft­ed into gov­er­ment ser­vice:


This is one of the local­ly man­u­fac­tured knock-offs of the Hon­da CG125 car­go:


and this is anoth­er of the local knock-offs. This par­tic­u­lar exam­ple is pret­ty typ­i­cal of the con­di­tion you see on the street. If you look care­ful­ly, you’ll see that it has no bezel or glass over the instru­ments any longer.
Obvi­ous­ly, Hon­da real­ly hit the nail on the head with the CG125, every­one makes a copy now!


And this is the pin­na­cle of local­ly made bikes, an Ita­li­ka EX200. a 200cc air-cooled sin­gle, wrapped in swoopy body­work and snazzy exhaust cans!


well, that’s all for today, folks. might not be a post tomor­row, as it’s Inde­pen­dence day down here, and we’ll be down­town tomor­row evening for the fire­works and cel­e­brat­ing! Viva Mex­i­co!

enjoy, y’all!

Day 8: The Scooters of Oaxaca

A few days ago, I gave you a taste of the motor­cy­cle scene here in Oax­a­ca, at least those that are pressed into worka­day ser­vice. Today we look at scoot­ers here in Oax­a­ca, a species per­haps even more numer­ous than the work­ing motor­cy­cle.

Frist off: in the above-men­tioned dri­v­el, I men­tioned that every man­u­fac­tur­er here in Mex­i­co has a copy, with greater or less­er fideli­ty, of the ubiq­ui­tous Hon­da CG-125 Car­go, and then failed to pro­vide a pic­ture of such. So here­with, over­sight reme­died, the Hon­da CG-125, in Domi­noes deliv­ery regalia:

Hon­da Car­go

Now with the scoot­ers. Actu­al­ly we’ll start with a sub-species of scoot­er, the step-through. The most com­mon type scene around Oax­a­ca is the Ita­li­ka, a par­tic­u­lar­ly rough exam­ple I found on Inde­pen­de­cia this morn­ing:

Ita­li­ka Step-through

There are, of course, the Hon­da 90 and 110cc units in abun­dance, here seen in per­son­al trans­port form:

Hon­da Step-through

and the local-made copies, ita­likas, i believe. We see them here again, press-ganged into ser­vice of the evil Domi­noes:

Deliv­ery Vehi­cles

and now for some­thing com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent, before we get to the con­ven­tion­al scoot­ers, is a WTF moment. I have no earth­ly idea what ser­vice this lit­tle beast­ie per­forms, but it’s here near the Zoco­lo every day, and it’s back tires are worn smooth, from on-road use, i pre­sume:

who knows?

A fair­ly large local user of scoot­ers as trans­port are the police. Here we see two of Oaxaca’s finest arriv­ing at the sta­tion aboard their fire-breath­ing Hon­da Elite 125:

Hon­da Elite 125

Anoth­er pop­u­lar brand of local­ly-made scoot­er is the Ven­to, here seen trans­port­ing a local busi­ness­man on his dai­ly errands:


but some of the local folks have a more fine­ly honed sense of style and are will­ing to part with the seri­ous dough (by local stan­dards) to show it off. To wit, a clas­sic Ves­pa:


in con­trast to the clas­sic ves­pa above, here we see an old­er scoot­er, logos (and gloss) long since lost to the rav­ages of time and blaz­ing sun. I think this is an old­er Ita­li­ka:

Old Ita­li­ka

Speak­ing of fine­ly honed sense of style, this gent obvi­ous­ly has it goin’ on: newish ita­li­ka 150 scoot, board shorts, UNAM Pumas shirt, shades, beis­bol cap, and iPod:

Which brings us to a few scoots that are obvi­ous­ly objects of some enthu­si­as­tic focus of their own­ers. First we have the Rizla Gilera, com­plete with LeoVince pipe and RaceTech stick­ers:

And then a pair of mex­i­can car­bel­la Kon­cepts:

and in the “ideas above it’s sta­tion depart­ment”, the Ita­li­ka that wants to a Kawasa­ki when it grows up:

And to fin­ish off, it’s not a scoot­er, but it gives a great idea of the demands that these folks put on their trans­porta­tion on a reg­u­lar basis. Car? who needs a stinkin’ car?

well, that wraps it up for today. We’ll see what tomor­row brings. Keep the rub­ber side down and keep those feet up!