Not necessarily. People are very ingenious when having to move lots o' stuff over long distances. If you had to move a lot of stuff a long way, and all you had was a moped or a bicycle, I'll bet you'd find a way to get it done. I saw a guy in Korea deliver a refrigerator, about the same size as the one on the bicycle, up an icy hill, with the fridge strapped to his back and a support strap around his forehead, on a smokin' moped. He got to the top of the hill, dismounted, and took the thing up three flights of stairs! Once, I saw five people on a Vespa in Italy too. I believe all of those photos are possible.
Oh yeah, you do see stuff like this in Asia. My favorites were the Lambretta three wheelers that had staked flatbeds and would be careening down the road full of people including people hanging on the sides...... blue smoke everywhere.
There's a picture of one of the variants on the bottom of this page.
I believe all those are true. People do what they have to do with what they have. This is the reason that Honda 50's and 90's pretty well rule in third world countries, They can do anything and are basically indstructable.
The one that cracked me up is the guy with the big Skate one the back. In that heat I'd bet you could smell him a mile away. Probably eat for a month off that one.
To think I was fairly impressed with the guy packing 5 cases on the tank of a K75.
I've worked with some people from 3rd World Countries before. It's remarkable how ingenious people are when you can't just go to the store to get "something", for whatever reason. Mcgyver would be shamed.
I lived in Korea for 4 years, two in the 80's and two recently. I've seen plenty of motorcycles loaded just as crazy as these. Some of them are set up to haul sheet glass. Some places over there the passageways between the houses are too narrow for a car or truck. thats why the post office and most of the delivery services use bicycles or motorcycles (also a lot of scooters these days). Pizza Hut and Dominoes use scooters with insulated top boxes. I saw a motorcycle once carrying like six 100 lb. propane cylinders on the rear rack. Also they put custom racks on the bikes to suit whatever they are hauling. I seen another motorcycle over there that had two sets of forks siamesed together to increase load capacity. A lot of home-spun trike conversions, too. Most of the motorcycles I saw over there were 250cc and under. Mostly step-throughs. Did I ramble on enough?
Hi, guys, great pix. I think they're true, too, but still incredible. That guy crossing a river on a rope with his bicycle is a real study in determination, as they all probably are. Some of the pix are from the book "Beast of Burden", referring to the Honda Cub. I wish the author had included a little how-to cause I still can't find a decent way to pack camping supplies on a sportbike (so I just stay in motels). Ron
I just returned from Vietnam, and I'm astounded by what those people regularly do with a 110cc scooter. I saw a guy hauling a small refrigerator on one - new, in-box. I witnessed something at least as stupendous every single day of my trip.
I used to think these kinds of pics were funny, but now I understand that this is how most of the world lives. I appreciate what I have much, much more. I deeply admire those who have so little and yet conduct their day with a smile for their fellow man, even a fat, privileged westerner like me.
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