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Philippines: Water Pump Powered Motorcycles

  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Special-Bikes
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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No, you read it wrong. It's not water-powered motorcycles, but water PUMP powered motorcycles they ride in The Philippines. Interesting idea to convert a water pump into a motorcycle engine. It's cheap and very efficient. The bikes are called 'kuliglig', meaning cricket.

Philippines Kuliglig
© EFE/EPA/Dennis M. Sabangan

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Manila (Philippines), 25/05/2014.- A group of Filpinos riding a 'kuliglig' (cricket) vehicles during a funeral procession in the Tondo slum area, in Manila, Philippines 25 May 2014. The vehicle is fondly called 'kuliglig' (cricket), probably because of the sound of its engine. There are no regulations prohibiting the use of these vehicles on the roads which runs using a converted water pump engine. The vehicle is favourite transport method in the slum areas because it is inexpensive and easier to build (500 euro) and consumes less fuel than the commercial motorcycles. The first kuligligs were farm contraptions, built with small Japanese engines used for hand tractors and small threshers in the early 1970s, which were more appropriate than huge American tractors for mechanizing rice farming. EFE/EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

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