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Kibo Bike Demo Day

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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


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

☺☺☺🙃🏍🛵


Masomo Monday- Hump Day Edition By Aaron Masini

Category : Masomo Monday

Masomo Monday….Hump Day Edition.
Cue the music…
“Hot Chocolate-you Sexy Thing.
I believe in miracles, where you from you sexy thing (Sexy thing, you)…….”
Today I’ll attempt to tackle two things.
What your Motorcycle says about you?
What people think/ reckon your Motorcycle says about you?
I am sure we have all come across this in one way or the other. Sometime I think there is a level of stigma and labelling when you get on two wheels. I almost punched someone in the throat one time. But that was my mum. I didn’t. She made me chips. We became friends again. I call her often.
Which brings me to the line between concern and labelling. Where is it?
I believe the old impression of motorcyclists as being reckless,thrill-seeking,  squirrel-brained buggers is on its way out. These machines reduce time wasted in traffic, increase office hours, reduce pollution, save on fuel (except my R6- she cannot pass a petrol station; alcoholism is real bruh) and hence it is greener to ride than to drive.
Another thing riding is exhilarating. You get to wherever you are ready to pounce on any activity required (wink wink).
With this is mind I think for most,  the motorcycle says I am focused, motivated,  conscientious, environmentally friendly person; to say the least.
So what people think your Motorcycle says about you. They think that a motorcyclist is a reckless human being who has no regard for their safety and just wants to hump their daughter.
They believe we have a death wish and are on a mission to fulfill it.
They most often than always base their argument on ignorance, hear say and imagination.
If I am not wrong, there are more private  motor vehicle related accidents than private motorcycle related accidents. Majority of the private riders are safe riders and when an incident occurs it is usually caused by a motor vehicle.
We should be concerned about them concerning our safety. They need not label us and hide behind the veil of concern. Sometimes I think it is hidden inherent jealousy…
I believe my motorcycle says a lot about me. I believe what I think my motorcycle says about me supersedes whatever anyone thinks/reckons it says about me.
Keep riding for whatever reason you got the motorcycle and stay safe.
My caterpillar has not yet morphed into a butterfly. I am still positive it will. One day. One day…

Biking 101-Getting that first motorcycle

Category : Masomo Monday

You should start off with a simple , cheap, beginner motorcycle. The kind that if it falls wont do much damage to the bike or yourself.

It would probably help if you became familiar with most of the types of motorcycles available. And in time when you are ready to upgrade , choose one that may fit your riding style best.

Generally there are many other factors than just riding style when it comes to choosing a motorcycle, but for now we will work on  the premise that you have a basic simple bike to practice your riding. So the following are several types of motorcycles you would consider when you need to upgrade.

 

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1. Cruisers

Bikes with raked forks , reclined seats and used for laid back riding . Perfect on highways , a bit heavy for town use.

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2.  Choppers

Lots of chrome , extreme fork rake , extended fork length, hard tail frames ( frames without rear suspension)  made popular by  customized Harley Davidson choppers . More for show than performance.  The bike to have if you want to look good.

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3. Dirt Bikes

Motorcycles designed for off-road riding, this could be Motocross , Enduro or Trail riding. Featuring minimal body work , knobby tires and long suspension travel .

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4. Dual Sport / Super Moto

Dual Sport is  the combination of a street and off-road motorcycle. Capable of exploring  back country trails and roads while still capable of using our local street and highway systems.

Super Moto motorcycles are frequently custom-created combinations of off-road motorcycles and road-racing wheels/tires, known as ‘supermotard’ bikes. Designed for the  flat trackmotocross and road racing,

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5. Scooters

Small motorcycles of a step through design allowing the rider to sit with feet on the bike surface like you would in a car. with some body work and several storage compartments . comfortable for commuting  , shopping and town use.

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6. Sports Bikes

These are motorcycles designed for performance at the expense of fuel economy and performance. Best suited for more advanced riders , or ones with a high risk appetite and thrill for speed.

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7. Naked Bikes

General purpose street motorcycles ridden in an upright posture , usually devoid of any fairing or body work . easy to ride , economical , best suited for commuting. Have  a wide range in terms of engine capacity and performance .

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8. ATV

All Terrain Vehicle also known as a quad bike.  Designed to operate in a wider variety of  terrains , the extra wheels give added stability.  Rarely street legal , though some models do come with lights and all.

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9. Touring

The touring motorcycle is designed specifically for  long trips and the same comfort  you would expect from a car. These bikes have wind protection, weather protection, large fuel tanks.

Ride Safe!


Choosing Your First Bike by Dr Jinx

Category : Masomo Monday

“Sorry for the late class but…
WELCOME TO MASOMO MONDAY!
Can I get a glory hallelujah. We are hiyaaa!! To spread the motorcycle philosophyiiiiaaah! The two wheels is the wayiiiaaaay! Can I get a glory carburetoriiiyaaah?”

Topic for today…
Choosing your first bike

Several guys are graduating with flying colours from the Inked Riding School and are looking to get their first bike.
Well let me start by saying a big congratulations. The crotch rocket world awaits.

Anyway, there are those who have a clue on what motorcycle they want and there are those who want all the motorcycles they see… and there also those who have no clue whatsoever.

So in an attempt to point the future motorcycle owners I have compiled this list.

1. Ask the right questions to the right people and to yourself.
Yup. This should be number one to those who want all motorcycle. The right people are probably your former instructors and seasoned riders. They will answer this question based on your needs and desires and not just personal preferences.
You come to me, hell you’ll go home dreaming about the Yamaha R6.
The kind of riding you plan to do determines what kind of bike you should buy. A daily commuter would not be thinking of a monkey bar cruiser.
If you can envision what riding you will do, go for the one you think will be appropriate.

2. Make a list
So you know what riding you are going to do, make a list of the Motorcycles you think would fit this need.
Consider several factors here.

A. Price. How many stripper shows will I have to perform to afford it and maintain it?

B. Engine size. “Yeah brah. I got a 100000cc bike brah! I only use it every leap year because of fuel costs, but totally worth it brah!?”

C. Local servicing. Italian bikes… sexy as well…i guess other Italian bikes, but can they be serviced locally? Ask your local mechanic to pronounce desmosedici… yeah. You would want to own a bike knowing that it can be locally serviced when things wear out.

D. Your taste. Frankly I think this played a huge part in my selection. I loved the aggressive look and feel of the R6. The twin lights, the arrow pointed rear end…see… see why you will end up dreaming of the R6 if you came to me. Anyway I am sure you get what I mean… beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Let’s pause to reflect on the categories of bikes.

1. Cruisers
2. Sport bikes
3. Naked or standard bikes
4. Scooters

5. Off Road Bikes

So out of those 5 you have your list.

Narrow the list down. Make intelligent and realist decisions.

3. Ensure the bike feels good.
It has to fit you and be comfortable. As a beginner you should factor in seating position, visibility, comfort and range of motion. Not how bad ass I’ll look on it.

4. Purchase. “Put your money where your mouth is son!” This is where reality checks in.
You go to Bavaria, you see the Gs12WTF. You want it. You got to have it. You sit down with the manager. He tells you all about it. Then you get to that moment… the moment yout bank account dreads. “And how much is it?”
You write a cheque in crayons. You are arrested. Now you are sending fake messages from Kamiti.
Motorcycles are not cheap. There are vary many reasons why this is so. We shall discuss this on another forum.
Most guys who want big engined bikes tend to buy used motorcycles. So you have to know all about the bikes history. The smaller ones can be bought brand new. Due diligence must be done.

5. Plan for the future.
In my books, plan to buy two bikes. As you grow in the motorcycle world, you will grow in experience and may want something more powerful and of a different class.
And with those few tips, go fourth and ride my dear friend. Go!! And… Ride.

A butterfly once whispered to me the secret to happiness. I went and bought a motorcycle and a butterfly farm and Ice cream.


Masomo Monday- Road Rage By L. Monyenye

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Today’s Masomo Monday is a contribution from L. Monyenye on road rage.

On 25 Dec last year on the Githurai 44 route, a personal car was involved in an accident with one of the buses that plies that route.
Out of rage, they confronted each other and the driver of the personal car was badly injured as a result of the confrontation.
From the incident, I learnt that:
1. Violence does not solve anything.
2. Just because you are involved in an accident doesn’t mean you need to engage the other party.
3. At times walking away, does help. Especially if the other party (or you) appears irate.
Then I was wondering🤔

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– Have you witnessed road rage?
-Or have you been a part of it?
– What did you do/learn?
As you answer her questions, have a look at this article on an unfortunate incident in the UK.
How do you handle ‘cagers’ who seem to ‘take offence’ to your overtaking, lane splitting or mere presence on the road for whatever reason?

Masomo Monday – How do you correctly carry a pillon?

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This weeks’ Masomo Monday is a question from Rhoda on how to correctly carry a pillon, feel free to comment.

Is there an art to pillioning while lane splitting. I was pillioning my friend today and even though she’s light I was struggling with the bike in traffic?


Masomo Monday- Crash Chain/Ladder of Risk

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Today we hope to learn a couple of lessons on the how and why of crashes from Shakis’ experience. Comments and Observations are welcome.

I woke up nice and eary Saturday morning excited🤗😃 to meet up the ladies for Ceri’s visit. The weather is beautiful🌞 outside, It’s going to be an amazing ride🏍🏍, I tell myself.
I take my bike for a wash. Can’t show up with dust for the week.
I get on the road headed to mombasa road.
As I join limuru road, I remember a pal of mine wants a tv stand like mine. So I start looking out for the fundi by the road where I got mine from with the intention to pass by on my way back home later on.

I look up…Alas😬!! Lami imeisha! I slid off the curb nicely, I just saw a cloud of dust! Did I just fall stupidly like that??! How could I forget the bike goes where you are looking???
I get up. Switch off the bike. Skiza the body for any alarming pains, luckily am fine. Just minor aches here n there. I pick up my bike,inspect for damages. Rear brake lever is bent, exhaust pipe imeachana kidogo, left side mirror is spinning like a compas (but I fix it)
Rhoda comes to my rescue. Tests the bike. It’s good to go home. (Shout out to her!!❤)

Truth is I completely didn’t pay attention, lost focus and was careless. What if I had veered into incoming traffic?? What if the side of the road wasn’t clear?? I put my life in danger but I also did get lucky. I thank God. Part of me feels like I had an opportunity to redeem myself and get back before the fall but I panicked.

Lessons learnt:
1. Don’t get too comfortable on the road and lose focus. One small mistake could be the difference between life and death.
2. All the gear, all the damn time!!ATGAT, ATGAT, ATGAT!!
3. When you realize you have done a mistake or you could fall, keep calm and try to redeem yourself;as long as you lessen your risk.

Ride Safe.


Masomo Monday – TSD ( Total Stopping Distance)

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Total Stopping Distance is a sum of 3 parts.
1. Perception Distance
2. Reaction Distance
(1&2 are referred as Thinking Distance)
3. Braking Distance

Actual thinking distance varies according to the speed of the bike, your physical and mental condition, your attentiveness and whether or bit you were expecting something to happen.

Good anticipation gives you more stopping distance. Anticipation is much more important than fast reactions. It takes much longer to react to unexpected events than to expected ones – you need less thinking time if you are anticipating events and not just reacting to them.
In the video attached, the rider is not exercising restraint speeding on a two way country road , putting himself and others at risk.

1. Perception Distance
He did not anticipate any hazard in any of the near blind corners on this road, the presence of the truck catches him by surprise. He was in the wrong lane position as he came into the turn, limiting his view through the out the corner. He is still moving and this eats into his braking distance.

2. Reaction Distance
His reaction time is delayed, he takes time to process the truck coming into view. He is still moving eating into his braking distance.

3. Braking Distance
At the speed he is still travelling at his braking distance is limited. He grabs hard onto his brakes. He has lady luck on his side, and squeezes between the truck and the pavement. And his ABS kicked in which prevented his wheels from licking and the bike going into a skid. The scattering noise you hear is the ABS constant release at lock point to brake again. Though in review ABS did increase his braking distance.

Question.
What should he have done different to avoid putting himself and others at risk?


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