How Many People are on this Motorcycle?

Posted on July 24, 2008
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Adil Najam

Pictures of overloaded vehicles are nothing special. Not in Pakistan. And our fascinations for rickshaws (here, here, here, here, here, here) is also well known. So, why yet another rickshaw picture?

Pakistan rickshaw motorcycle overloading

Unless I have it terribly wrong, what we have here is really an ordinary motorcycle – probably not 7occ, maybe more like 140cc (what do you think, Owais?) – that has been retrofitted to become a people-carrier. All very good till here.

But the question is, how many people are riding on this, well, motorcycle? And did they just break any records without even knowing about it?

By my count, there are at least 9 people on this (3 in the front, four in the back, at least 2 hanging), and maybe as many as 12!

Even by Pakistani standards, that is impressive (and really really dangerous!).

Has anyone here seen worse? Or better? [Depending on what you consider worse, or better!]

40 responses to “How Many People are on this Motorcycle?”

  1. Jamshed Ishtiaq says:

    Its not dat surprising, it’s routine life style in da northern areas of pakistan. But its good pic to give people some sorta enjoyment for those who have not seen dis kinda snaps.

  2. Nasir Jamal says:

    I have seen a husband and wife with four grown up children on an ordinary motorcycle. I mean it was not fitted to make sitting arrangement.

    I have seen one man, two women sitting on the bike in Pakistani style and two children on a motor cycle.

  3. amina from the north says:

    i really like this pic, because they way the woman are holding themself……..it makes me feel that they have freedom…….. and they are ready to face any Challenge…………….it reminds me of me. when we used to sit on the truckter in hunza gilgit. and it is funnnnnnnnnnnnn

  4. amina from the north says:

    i really like this pic, because they way the woman are holding themself……..it makes me feel that they have freedom…….. and they are ready to face any Challenge…………….it reminds me of me. when we used to sit on the truckter in hunza gilgit.

  5. Sir,
    I was reminded of, a similar remodelled junks of harley davidsons of worldwar2 or 3, i donot know which used to ply between Old delhi’s chandini chowk to connaught circus and used to be called PHUT-PHUT. Recently they vanished due to bank loans for better vehicles.They also used to carry a lot but later restricted to 12.

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