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Uncertainty and Fear Unmasked- Guest Post by Biker Chic Muthoni

Category : Success Stories

You’re probably thinking this is one of those long posts about a fictional journey, or maybe not. Either way, it all comes together eventually.

Uncertainty causes fear in most of us, on a daily basis perhaps but we learn to live in a routine until we “trip” into an unplanned occurrence.

My story is no different. When I first met the inked biker in person, I’m sure he thought I was just one of those pretty girls passing by to try our luck on the track and on the two wheels – I mean, it was rather obvious that helmet hair had never been in my vocabulary, neither were dusty pants and a helmet face.

As we slowly ventured into the curriculum, I was quite honest when it came to the fears I had – the biggest being “Falling” leave alone tripping. As much as I had already fallen for bikes, biking and into the right hands for my training, this was just an anticipated feeling of suddenly hitting the ground while on the 2 wheels. The mere thought of it shook me, froze me and sent me into a panic. Every time I approached a turn I stopped and re-strategized and Inked Biker noticed.

Then came the day when my anticipated actions came to be and for sure it caught me by surprise. Slowly and shakily, I stepped away from the machine that had slowly gone down on the track against my left foot, looked at him and walked away – heart in my mouth. I was done with the session for the day. #Fall01

I didn’t give up so I was back on the track the next day as per our schedule, feeling ready but still afraid of falling again. This time I was ready for it or so I thought. Down! Again! Luckily, no injury at all this time. In fact confidence was blossoming in me and I felt like a Ninja *a mini ninja*! #Fall02

#Fall03 Inked biker looked at me, smiled and said “now you know how to drop your bike like a pro ” I had seen this fall coming and now I was really ready, I let go of the bike right on time and moved away at the perfect moment – I was just my about to break into a small victory dance but I didn’t yet, just in case I had broken the bike.

What Inked Biker didn’t know then, I had conquered it – the feeling that influenced my actions and reactions on the track was now under me, I had total control. The same principle applies in life.

Look at it this way, tomorrow is purely uncertain but we go to bed with no fear that it will not come to pass and when an unplanned event occurs it doesn’t stop us from wanting tomorrow to come for one reason or the other. Every decision we make in life is fueled by our control of the uncertain which we shall now refer to as hope….. and this is a lesson I had every day but it only made sense Once I hit the track and embraced the two wheel machine.
I will forever be grateful.

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Ride Safe,
Biker chic Muthoni


Panic Tax

Category : Riding Training

Seth Godin post on Panic Tax  comprehensively addresses ways of amelioration of panic. This post is on how to apply the same solutions on a  Rider Training course.

You go stiff , a hundred things going through your mind, your right hand grabs on the throttle for support , the engine revs peak up , you drop your cover on the clutch lever and grip the left handle bar , your feet seem stuck on the foot rests, your can’t speak or shout , you are out of control. … your having a panic attack.

The answer to, “should we panic,” is always no. Always. Panic is expensive, panic compounds and panic doesn’t solve the problem.

As Seth Godin says slack is the enemy of panic.
Let go , discard the restrictions , forget the drill , quiet the fear , throttle off, decelerate , clutch in , place your feet down ,  brake , and brake in a straight line.

Listen to my voice , focus on my words , relax , free your mind of activity.  My first response is to dampen your panic , and  not seek your compliance.

Your safety is my number 1 priority . Every thing else comes after that.
Step off the bike . Lets have a sit down . Let’s talk . We review your action , from the first step , with a view of preventing it from happening the next time.

Ride Safe


Can Ride ….but Shouldn’t

Category : Riding Training

A good rider is a good risk manager.   As you go through a formal rider training course, you learn and perfect your controls and manoeuvres skills.

That is the easy part, you then learn how to identify and manage your risks and you learn a good system of motorcycle control too. What you can’t be taught is good judgement.

I have seen my share of new and experienced riders with very poor judgement and they are a danger to themselves and others.

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The fact that you can ride,  that you can control and manoeuvre a motorcycle,  doesn’t mean you should,  especially if you have exhibited poor judgement in the past.

Please! Get off the public roads, ride on motorcross track or even better ,  sign up for enduro , where the only thing you can hurt is yourself.

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This is the time to tell the bitter truth to that rider who is training ,  to the newbie on the road , to the experienced rider on his street or adventure bike. To any rider who consistently shows poor judgement.  You can ride , but you really shouldn’t.

Ride Safe


Kibo Bike Demo Day

Category : Masomo Monday

Inked Biker Rider Training held a Demo Day for the K150 Kibo Bike last Saturday 14th May 2016 . This was a chance for current riders as well as prospective riders to try out the bike in several conditions ranging from muddy to swampy.

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The turnout was good at about 45 people . Special thanks to the team from Kibo who provided us with 2 bikes and were on the ground to interact with the participants . Led by the MD Bob , sales team Arthur , Esther and Purity.

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A big Thank you too to Nancy who hosted us with Mbuzi Choma at the RoadHouse on Karen Road.

Ride Safe


Lane Splitting -by Dr Jinx

Category : Riding Training

Let’s dive into the safety issue…

Well the *DICKS* in the NTSA say it is illegal and would like nothing more but to throw our asses in prison and we get bum touched by cagers.

Let’s take the California guide to lane splitting.

Makes sense right…now that’s what the NT-mf-SA should be doing.

When the filtering in stopped or slow traffic, slow speed is best.

A certain scooter rider got pounced on by a passenger getting off a matatu. No one got hurt but it goes to show that you have to be very cautious of such things.

You should always be aware of the “door zone.” Vehicle doors can unexpectedly open. Unless you a splitting near Lamborghinis…when those doors go up you’ll be like “daaaaaaaamn son! That sh@t is tight!”

Secondly vehicles change lanes unexpectedly. That dumb ass VX will change lanes without indicating, then indicate after joining the lane.

*insert gangster voice,” ya’ll got be alert son.!” Or what is known as a ‘hook collision’ may occur.

You also have to watch out for hawkers, pedestrians, and animals (we live in Africa don’t you forget it). The slower the better.

So benefits of the cater jealousy inducing practise…

1. Relief of congestion. True dat homie.

People say,”Am gonnaw but a vitz because it’s smaller and will ease congestion.” Wrong…Unless that vits is Noah and can part the traffic waters, you stranded son.

Motorcycles create their own lanes and make use of unused roadway space.

2. Less pollution.

*insert Chinese accent…confusious say a rane spritting motorcycle go reduce porrution.

Yup less time spent in traffic, less pollution

3. Is it safer for bikers…?

Some say lane splitting reduces the risk of being rear ended.

I have been rear ended by a fool on the phone while stopped in traffic. So I kinda stand behind this one.


Learn to Ride

Category : Riding Training

Motivation


Motivation is not a one size fits all package deal, anyone who chooses to learn to ride has his or her own individual reason for it.

Regardless of the reason you will need to study ,practice and focus to successfully gain riding skills. It is not an easy task and motivation to continue will not come out of the blue.

Your motivation to learn to ride needs to be exciting,  inspiring and relevant.

You will need Passion to kick start your motivation   If you approach learning to ride as a task , motivation will be harder to achieve.  The key to overcoming this is finding your passion by drawing inspiration from your everyday life.

Immersion works because it plays off of your interests and passions. Try watching YouTube videos of bikers in training. Watch MotorGP,  Superbike Circuit and many more videos, documentaries and TV shows out there.

Variety as you progress ,  you will find new things to motivate you and uncover previously unknown interests and passions within your learning process.

Resources 

One of the reason many people lose motivation when learning to ride is the common perception that it is too difficult.  The thought of learning to ride can be intimidating compared to the idea of learning to drive. This is not because driving is easier ; rather, the perception is that there are more resources available for drivers than there are for riders.

There are a great many resources available for those learning to ride. These fantastic resources will provide great reference points to utilize when you need some extra motivation to stay focused.

Sign up with InkedBiker Rider Training on 0722476010 or 0733770598 and I will share the resources to help you learn to ride.

Ride Safe !


Ivy & Stephen – the tale of two newbie riders.

Category : Success Stories

Ivy & Stephen – the tale of two newbie riders.

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Yesterday was Ivys’ last rider training class. And she was elated as you can see in the pictures.  It’s been a journey.  She surely took her time. Her rider training was intermittent,  due to work and other commitments.  I think it has taken her a year to complete her training.

We stuck by her and encouraged her even when she couldn’t find the time to train. This was by far not an ideal situation for us as her instructors too. But she was committed and so were we.  And Ivy has finished and finished well.

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Stephen took 8 sessions two hour each over three weeks. Our average is usually two weeks. Here is Steve on his brand new Lifan Cossack 250.

We don’t just offer rider training courses,  we also match our students to a motorcycle that suits him/her in size and fit. We also assist our students find riding gear within their budget. As well as providing an ecosystem of peers in the same space as they are within our inked biker class groups.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up! Call us on 0722476010 or 0733770598.

Ride Safe


A Global Connection – Lady Biker Stories

Category : Success Stories

Thomas L. Friedman was on to something when he said The World is Flat!

Having a conversation from Nairobi in the BBC World Service studios with Ola Trzaskowska of http://advfactory.com in Warsaw, Poland brings it home.

What a fantastic and inspiring conversation.  How different the culture and geography and yet, how similar the stories, the experiences, the learnings, the adventure, the risks, the opportunities, the connection!…I could go on and on, for the love and joys of riding!

Thanks to the BBC World Service radio show ‘’Bikers’’  today 19th June, 2017 on  The Conversation –

Listen to the show and let’s chat!

Mrs. Naomi Irungu


Traffic Accidents-How to Deal with them by Gitau Komu

Category : Masomo Monday

Today’s *Masomo Monday* will be a general overview on dealing with traffic accidents. This is not an exhaustive guide. The details would depend on individual circumstances.

*1. Injuries*

Confirm that everyone’s fine. If not, promptly seek medical help.

*2. Photos and Information*

Once you’ve confirmed that everyone is fine or has been attended to, take numerous photos of the scene and bikes/vehicles from different angles.

Action cameras are particularly handy since you’ll have a proper record of what happened.

Exchange information as well. Names, numbers and witness information. It’s advisable to take photos of the other person’s ID, insurance sticker and driving licence.

*3. Damage Assessment/Settlement*

Do an assessment of the damage to your bike. Cracks, dents, scrapes, leaks etc and call up your mech for a quick quote.

If the damage is minor, you could consider negotiating with the other person. If you agree upon either person involved covering the other’s costs without involving the insurance providers or upon each person covering their own costs, *IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE THAT AGREEMENT IN WRITING!*

If you decide to take the negotiation route, avoid making admissions of liability. You don’t want to have your insurance provider refusing to compensate you if the negotiations go south and you have to take the insurance option.

The agreement ☝🏾 could be a simple one-pager with some critical points:

a.) Date
b.) Full name and ID/Passport Numbers of those involved
c.) Registration numbers and descriptions of the bikes/cages involved
d.) Whether the people involved will cover their own costs or one will cover the costs of the other
e.) A statement that the payment, if any, or whatever else is agreed upon would be full and final settlement of any claims arising from the accident
f.) Signatures
g.) Witnesses, if any

If you’re receiving a payment, it’s advisable to insist on receiving it before you leave the scene to avoid having to chase after dodgy peeps later.

*4. Cops*

You would need to report the matter to the cops if you don’t agree on settlement for minor damage, the damage is extensive or based on the injuries resulting from the accident.

If you have to move the bike/cage before they arrive, photos and marks on the road would be quite helpful.

If there is a threat to your life or bike/cage, usually in the form of an irate mob, rush to the nearest police station to report the incident and get protection.

Generally, reports to the cops should be done within 24 hours and you may be required to give your statement. Request for copies of statements made regarding the accident.

Upon reporting the accident, you’ll be given an Occurrence Book number. Follow up on getting a Police Abstract.

If the cops intend to charge you with an offense, you will be given a Notice of Intended Prosecution and may be required to give security for your availability, usually in the form of cash (bail) for traffic offenses. Once paid, you will be issued with a receipt. The amount is refundable once the cops clear you or upon conclusion of the matter in Court.

If the matter goes to Court, it could have various outcomes which you’ll be advised on by your advocate if it comes to that.

*5. Insurance Claim*

If you’re lodging a claim with your insurance provider, you’ll fill out a claim form and provide documents which your provider needs to process the claim such as the Police Abstract.

The insurance provider may direct you to drop off the bike at one of its approved garages or give a letter of authority to your preferred garage depending on its policies.

*6. Liability*

Liability depends on the circumstances. Guidance for this is mostly from the Traffic Act, Highway Code and NTSA Regulations. One is expected to have an understanding of these.

They are extensive. So they will be covered later in the form of a summarised document.

Anyone in the insurance/legal industry, feel free to add a comment.

Ride Safe


Knowing your Motorcycle by Dr Jinx

Category : Masomo Monday

Masomo Monday!!!

Back with a bang… a bang so bad ass it will make a gixxer with a through pipe slap it’s momma.

Anyhooooooo… Back to class. Today, your lecturer is me…Jinx.

And we are going to cover Knowing your motorcycle.
It sounds pretty basic, but you will be surprised how little you know about your pride and joy.

“Hey brah! Cool bike. What make is it?”
“Thanks. CBR 250-Rrrrrrr. Abs edition.”
Insert Awkward moment. Period where both aren’t sure on what next to ask. Usually price. Then more awkward moments.

So you already have the Motorcycle. It is what you wanted vis a vis needed. You can name the brand and the other letters/numbers and how ever many ‘R’s are attached to it. You know its documented top speed and how fast it gets to 100 kph.
However, do you know what size of brake discs are at the front and rear?
What tyre pressures does the manufacturer recommend? What spark plugs does it use?
What is the recommended oil rating?
What is the size of the petrol tank?
Do you have upside down forks?
The list goes on and on and on and on.
Yeah some items can be a bit technical, but that doesn’t stop you from knowing the basics about your bike.

Why should you know your bike? So many ways to approach this question.
Safety: Knowing your bike gives you an understanding of its limits and by extension, your limits.
Maintenance: from the periodic oil changes to the odd failing systems that require replacement, repair etc
Legal: warranties and insurance. Did you know that some insurance companies will not replace that ksh20,000 aftermarket exhaust if you are unfortunate to be in a wreck? Or any other aftermarket parts if they find out?

Some tips to help you get to know your bike are
1. Get the service manual
2. Talk to other owners of similar makes and models
3. Check out online forums
4. Talk to reputable mechanics
5. Take a walk around your bike giving it a head to exhaust examination.
These will help you in your quest to knowing your bike.
And with that, class dismissed. Go fourth and ride my fellow warriors.

Every time a butterfly farts, I become infinitely stronger.

Ride Safe

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