Meet the Mototaxi
Imagine a motorbike. Then imagine a smaller one. Then cut it in half and stick a not terribly comfy sofa on the back.
WARNING: THEY REALLY ARE VERY BAD
To borrow a phrase from the general danger warning, the website is written in a light hearted fashion, but we really mean this one. The Mototaxi is completely and utterly unsuited to the task at hand. And therefore of course absolutely perfect. But these things you need to know...
- It doesn't steer very well
- It will break, probably while you're test driving it before the launch and probably every day of the adventure
- They don't really like going up hills and you will have to push. A lot.
- They don't go in straight lines or stop particularly well
- A small motorised lawnmower is probably more powerful
Remember, these vehicles are genuinely rubbish and will definitely break down a lot. Gears will mangle, chains will snap, engines will melt, tyres will burst, bits will fall off, electrics will go pop; if you can imagine it there is a fair chance it will happen. Especially when you are in the middle of the jungle on a dirt road sinking in foot deep mud, miles from civilisation.
What is a Mototaxi?
The Peruvian sofa-bike is based on a 125cc sort of bike, and then pimped out with enough room for your mum and her pet donkey. The Mototaxi re-defines modern travel in the 21st century. Feel the luxury of the plastic seats. Experience the thrill of driving slightly faster than you can walk. In fact, experience the thrill of walking along side the Mototaxi on any slight incline. They can uncomfortably fit anything from 1 to 3 people so you can all squeeze in together should you desire.
Your Peruvian sofa-bike, if you want to know, is a Lifan Trooper 125. It's a bit like a 125cc Honda, but much worse.
Here are the specifications that make the Mototaxi the most refined piece of Latin American adventuring machinery.
Engine Size: 125ish cc
Engine Type: Single cylinder, 4 stroke, air cooled
Horse Power: Equivalent of 7 family dogs
Load: Perfect for you, a lightweight team mate and very little luggage
Drive Chain: 3 x 1 chain driven
Brakes: Rubbish drum brakes
Top Speed: 1 kmph (up hill) 70ish kmph (downhill)