Worlds Worst Bike — Amazonas 1600

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Worst Bike — 1600

Just as there are dreams and nightmares, so there are dream bikes and bad ones. a look at the gargantuan Amazonas from Brazil and guess category it falls into.

The Russian Dniepr/ Ural twins used to be the means by we reminded ourselves of the excellence of latter-day Japanese and European but now the Amazonas has amply — and the motjuste for a two-wheeler scaling 386 kg dry and a wheelbase of no less than mm — usurped the Eastern bikes in this educational The Brazilian Behemoth, built in Sao and powered by the air-cooled flat-four opposed pushrod Volkswagen is so lacking in sophistication and finish you can scarcely credit that somewhere is actually building in series production, still finding buyers for the end result.

Yet that’s exactly the case when Daniel Ferreira decided back in 1978 to try to the demand for a large-capacity touring with which to explore the road system of his huge he had no choice but to use a locally built car As one of the world’s leading debtor Brazil imposes swingeing on imported bikes and engines. he even managed to export a few mostly to the USA where they this kind of thing, but a handful went to Europe. One customer was

German sidecar Rainer Koch, who bought his as a means of publicising his range of ‘chairs’. One ride on the bike as a was enough to convince him a third was a necessity on such a massive

Curiously, instead of using the VW inherent strength to advantage by it a fully stressed member, has constructed a crudely welded duplex chassis, into the unit isshoehorned, thus weight and reducing rigidity. The design concept of the Amazonas is amateur, as are the details: look at evil castings for the footboards, or the master cylinder, carelessly by hand complete with shaky lines where the paused for a slug from the still. Or look at the massive forks, no less than 48 mm in with barely noticeable and fitted with weighty 10 cast-iron disc brakes, like the large ATE calipers a local Ford car, and as thick and times as heavy as normal bike brakes.

sourced from the local Escort parts bin are the twin 32 mm carbs on this ‘Super Amazonas, fitted to this more powerful 56 bhp/ cc top-of-the-line VW Brasilia engine; the Amazonas comes eguipped the basic 1300 cc VW power offering a meagre 38 bhp at 4000 600 revs less than the fitted to the Koch bike performance is nevertheless far from This is especially true the extra weight of a sidecar to around: Koch guotes a of no less than 496 kg in total.

The third wheel at least some measure of stability, since the two-wheeled Amazonas eguipped with 5.00 x 16 tyres, car-type covers practically no shoulder tread and which appear likely to the rider into the scenery he tries to lean more ten degrees from vertical. The VW gearbox is fitted, but a handy is the retention of reverse gear, in solo form — one would imagine, for backing out of a even Arnold Schwarzenegger have trouble pulling it onto the road.

However, the conversion from to foot change is crude and although the single-conversion to chain drive, which is cheaper making their own hypoid unit for bike use, in a very long chain run and snatch. Theoretical plate, VW diaphragm clutch is light to

There’s the VW crown wheel and but Amazonas’s own top speed is 100 mph (160 with the twin-carb engine, but have to be a brave man to push an to those extremes. Somehow the that most Italian 125 cc and a 250 made anywhere in the world, all outspeed this machine trumpeted by Amazonas as O Maior do Mundo — meaning as in biggest, not bestl-says it all about the beast. Apart from the all the controls are unbelievably heavy, stability is a problem at almost any and the rock-hard rear suspension, a primitive layout combining ineffective locally made with a primitive plunger-type location that went out of thirty years ago in Europe, a bone-crushing ride.

However humble the means and at his disposal, your average builder can do better than As for actually making such a to sell for the not inconsiderable figure of the of Ј5000-well, Senhor Ferreira has a lot of one must at least give him for that.

Amazonas 1600
Amazonas 1600

Doubtless a Brazilian enthusiast might be expected to such a view of the Amazonas pompous and condescending — that even in its native the Amazonas is considered a bit of a joke. By any standards, even those of the World, it’s a disaster. the boys from Brazil send the Amazonas back it must have come: in the jungle.

Tarzan might like it!

Engine Air-cooled horizontally

pushrod four-cylinder four-…

85.5 x 77 mm

Capacity 1598 cc

56 bhp at 4200 rpm Gearbox Four-speed + Wheelbase 1680 mm Chassis steel duplex

Amazonas 1600
Amazonas 1600
Amazonas 1600
Amazonas 1600
Amazonas 1600
Amazonas 1600


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