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Cuban Motorcyles: Spare parts + ingenuity = transportation

Posted June 09, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Culture.
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A young Cuban mounts his riquimbilis as two girl pioneers walk past in a neighborhood in Havana, March 23, 2004. The riquimbilis, Cuba’s home-made motorbikes, are an improvisation to cope with a chronic public transport shortage. They are cobbled together from scrap-yard parts of old motorbikes, water pumps, electrical generators to portable fumigator motors and mounted on a light bicycle frame. (Claudia Daut/Reuters)

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A riquimbilis stands outside a garage with a dust-covered U.S. vintage car parked inside, in a neighborhood of Havana, March 23, 2004. The riquimbilis, Cuba’s home-made motorbikes, are an ingenious improvisation to cope with a chronic public transport shortage. They are cobbled together from scrap-yard parts of old motorbikes, water pumps, electrical generators to portable fumigator motors and mounted on a light bicycle frame. PICTURE TAKEN MARCH 23. CUBA-RIQUIMBILIS REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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A Cuban mounts his riquimbilis with a plastic bottle containing gasoline in Havana, March 23, 2004. The riquimbilis, Cuba’s home-made motorbikes, are an ingenious improvisation to cope with a chronic public transport shortage. They are cobbled together from scrap-yard parts of old motorbikes, water pumps, or portable fumigator motors and mounted on a light bicycle frame. Riquimbilis racers modify their engines by using carburetors from Japanese bikes like Suzuki for more power and performance and lower the weight using plastic bottles for gasoline instead of tanks. Some of the souped-up versions can be pushed up to speeds of 100 kilometers an hour. (Claudia Daut/Reuters)

Member Comments

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On June 09, 2004, publisher wrote:

Very interesting. I saw a wide variety of old motorcycles with side cars in Havana when I went in April.

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On June 28, 2004, Paul wrote:

por farfor enviame tu direccion internet para enviarte fotos de mis triciclos que fabrico todo de basura resiclaje gratis

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On September 21, 2004, Carlos wrote:

Hola
Lo he visto en la television y e ido a buscarlo por la red.

Espero que me mandes las fotos.