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Bali, The Island of Thousands Motorcycles  

by on Thursday, 28 August 2008One Comment | 1,953 views

The island of Bali has been called the Island of thousands temples but nowadays, Bali is not just teemed with temples but also with motorcycles. Motorcycles practically everywhere on this 5,500 square kilometer island. You can never out of sight and sound of this most popular means of transportation even though you are in the remotest place in the Bali. Moreover if you are in Denpasar, the capitol city of Bali, the streets are litteraly streams of motorcycles, the parking paces is packed with motorcycles, the curbs turn into lines of motorcycles, they are omnipresent in Bali.

motorcycle in bali

As a means of transportation motorcycle in Bali is very useful and utilize by Balinese to its extreme limit. It is not unusual to see a family of four ride on a single motorcycle that is too small for two westerners, usually the father ride the motorcycles, mother sitting behind with a child and the second child sitting on the father lap, holding the handle bars. In Bali, motorcycle also replaced the function of truck; bags of cements, big bushel of grass, pigs, long bamboo pole, anything that westerner use a truck to carry can be carried on motorcycle in Bali.

Motorcycle In Bali

The popularity of motorcycle in Bali has reached an unbelievable stage. Most of family member in a Balinese family has his or her own motorcycle, even, a 6th grade elementary school boy ride motorcycle in great ease on the street, and when he enter Junior High school he will get his first motorcycle.

Motorcycle in Bali

The popularity of motorcycle is due to the limited route of public transportation, public transportations do not cover all the routes in the island and not cheap. Motorcycle offers freedom to travel do not limited by the limited transportation route. Bali is also suitable for motorcycle-users. Only 144 kilometers long and 80 kilometers wide at its extremes, there is no place in Bali that can not be reached by motorcycle in a day or less.

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