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Uncertainty and Fear Unmasked- Guest Post by Biker Chic Muthoni

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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


Ivy & Stephen – the tale of two newbie riders.

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Ivy & Stephen – the tale of two newbie riders.

Ivy

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.

Stephen

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

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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


Track Days – Dr Jinx

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, slay-queens and slayed-kings. Welcome to another Masomo Monday. Inked edition. Today we are going to discuss the latest trend in our motorcycle community….”Track Days”

Uuuuuu… gets me all tingly inside just saying it. Track days. Now whisper into your lover’s ear… track day beybey. Let’s jump right into it. Balls and ovaries in. What is a track day? Now by definition courtesy of Wikipedia, is an organised event in which non-members are allowed to drive or ride around established motor racing circuits or alternatively (though far less common) on closed or disused airfields. So yup that is the wikipedia approved definition of track days. So what is this that is happening in our motorcycle community. Track days…hmmmm🤔🤔🤔🤔… TGRV track days…. yup they tick all the boxes. Kiganjo, Kiambu ring…. wait! Hmmmm… let’s pause and reflect.

Racing is almost exclusively forbidden at these events. With good reason by the way. Majority of the participants do not have racing skills and they have varying skill levels. So you have chicken curry from Haandi’s restaurant mixed with steers burgers, mixed with 20bob mutura, and add dash of minji. Something bad is bound to happen. So track days separate riders into categories… novice, intermediate or advanced. Most of us will lie in the novice class. Tuck your ego in and accept it. In addition, the sessions are held in organised structured groups for a particular length of time. Ie Novices all bunched together, intermediates etc… In countries with said tracks,the track days are usually held in the guise of racing schools where the emphasis is on nurturing the finer skills of machine control and race craft.

At this point, I want to build a track. Sounds like so much fun. “Picks up phone… asks price…”How much??”… calls financial advisor….laughter….hangs up…writes a cheque in crayons. Now we wait. Anyway, so why have a track day?

It is obvious

1. Go balls and/ovaries out crazy in a suitable environment.

2. Have fun

3. Learn to control your machine

4. Improve skills

5. Meet other bikers

6. Learn from the masters

7. Revenue for the track.

And by extension, it helps distinguish between road and track riding, through improved skill levels and attitude and can have a positive effect on road safety.

Now we have basic understanding of what a track day is, let’s look at our set up. Motocross, enduro and the other dirt eating events are usually organised in suitable environments. The road bikes are left out, so what do we do?

Well there is TGRV. Amazing little track and I salute the creators. This should start a thing.

The closed road circuits… this many of us including various government bodies have an issue with and it mainly involves safety.

The mindset of the engineers who build tracks and roads are completely different. The materials used to angles of corners et cetera et cetera are completely different. The only similarity is vehicles are going to use these tar and concrete structures. You may close it, you may get endorsement, you may get the masses to come witness man and machine at their best and worst, but that piece of road was not designed to be used as a track. That is a fact.

The number one issue that causes this topic to be such a contentious issue revolves around safety. Our roads even when closed are not safe. The bumps and potholes that seem to materialise out of thin air add to this aura of danger. Most are poorly designed to say the least.

When I go beyond particular speeds on our roads, I feel the tension in my guardian Angel rise and the grim reaper sharpening his scythe.

Secondly, the track days on public roads, though closed, tend to add acceptance to recklessness. “Ride as fast as you can, on a closed poorly designed road, regardless of your skill, but be safe about it.”

So what can be done?

1. Use the tracks that we have. Get your road bike to TGRV and enjoy it. It may be small, but it is a track.

2. Go off road. There are so many off road trails and tracks out there. The organisation is phenomenal and you will be learning and rubbing shoulder with international riders.

3. If the road events are to happen, the organisers should be honest about it. Have even stricter rules and regulations. For instance speed limits. This way, you eliminate the need for speed and replace it with need for skills. Throttle control, body position, entry and exit out of corners, braking, reading the road, categorisation of skill level….the list goes on and on.

4. Have actual professionals oversee the event.

My take on the track days in Kenya. Ride safe out there.

Every time a butterfly flies into my radiator, my R6 gains 2 extra horsepower. Masomo Monday Mwalimu M-out. (I forced the alliteration)


InkedBiker Rider Training Alumnus- Mustafa Mahmoud

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InkedBiker Rider Training Alumnus- Mustafa Mahmoud

Ce’ri Kanja from Hadithi Picha caught up with our very own previous trainee Mustafa Mahmoud.

Here’s a snippet of their conversation:

Did you have to train or are you a self-taught Biker?

Well, I was pushed to go for training after my first incidence one month after buying Hilwa. I had always imagined that biking is all about pulling the throttle and stepping on the brakes. However, this changed when I started riding had a near death experience.

I learnt about InkedBiker Rider Training from a friend as I was desperate to get more skills. I started classes with Malibu, the head trainer at InkedBiker and that’s when I realized how green I was in regards to biking. The trainer was very friendly and took me through the theory classes and several drills on the field before the road drill. I am grateful to have found InkedBiker as I learnt how to ride safely. The flexibility of the trainers also was a plus as it enabled me cope with my crazy work schedule.

Malibu, head trainer at InkedBiker

I remember Malibu  taking me to Jogoo road for my road drill which is considered a hell road for many riders but I felt safe through his guidance.

InkedBiker also played a role in helping me make a decision regarding my second bike upgrade.”

To read more about his biking journey, head over to Hadithi Picha’s Post


Yes, ATGATT By Sultan Mustafa.

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Last Thursday morning, I decided that knee guards are not meant for Ninjas like me. The office route seemed to be shorter and decided to use a longer route for a thrill. 

I decided to go bump jumping. I get a thrill when springing my bike down then launching it in the air.  Let’s say I believed that slowing down at the bump is for the weak and meek. . Nilijua sijui. 

As usual just like I used to do on my 150cc, I sprung my bike and launched it in the air. However, landing became the problem.  I was wearing the wrong boots for the ride; in as much as they were pure leather military boots but with no ankle protection. To top it off, I had no knee guards on me.

Now let’s talk about landing! My front wheel landed on oil since I was close to a garage which was also by the roadside. This is where all hell broke loose. My foot slipped and stepped on my gear. In the process I ended up gearing down to gear one and that was when I unleashed all the monsters stored in the beast. All I remember is that the bike went “skrrrrra Pa pa ka ka ka Ski bi ki pa pa” .

I skidded with the bike for approximately three meters before I got lodged off from it. I could see my DNA from the first point of contact with the tarmac to the stopping point. It was like I was given a contract to paint the road. Now all I have is evidence of my unpaid labor.

Lessons from the fall

  1. Even if you are going to buy tomatoes down the road, always gear up! ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time). We tend to lower our protection when we are in our hood and we are more likely to fall in such places.
  2. Having proper boots is a must for any ride- let the minimum be leather boots. I can’t imagine how bad my injury would have been if I had worn sneakers. 
  3. Knee guards will help reduce the possibility of you doing unpaid paint jobs on the roads.
  4. Before pulling a stunt consider where you are going to do it. Don’t be like me; I rode next to a garage forgetting that there are high risks of finding oil spills on the roads.
  5. Before pulling a stunt consider the weight and power of the bike. Don’t let your adrenaline take control of you. What you can do on a small bike might need more time and practice before you can do it on a big monster factoring the power and weight differences.

On a lighter note, the crowd enjoyed the show. The baby’s nursery rhyme – humpty dumpty- has now taken up new Lyrics in our household thanks to my creative wife.

A few questions to ponder on:

  • What is your pre-ride routine?
  • Have you ever considered your risk matrix? That is, what you imagine or dream you can do verses what you can actually do or what you really should be doing
  • What assumptions do you make in your riding? They don’t have to have resulted in an incident
  • Finally, what direction do you want to take your riding and are you prepared? (E.g. Stunt master,  off road,  street racing)

Ride safe y’all and stay sane!


Mentors Make A Difference By GS Girl

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I’ve always been a little embarrassed about what I’d call my first real riding experience on my own. So this guy calls me up; strong, sexy voice and invited me to go on a confidence ride. I was all giggly and girly in that conversation, and if you know me that’s the last, (perhaps second last) thing I am.
I started saying prayers that this is ‘THE GUY’ and a biker to boot. Prayers answered pap! (I’d never heard the false stories about bikers then)
Anyway, he picks me up from home, we plan a route – southern bypass to Ole Sereni exit and back. The ride was pretty much okay at first. I was riding at 40 KPH with no traffic. My mentor on was either on my right or behind me. However, I started seeing the dreaded trucks coming fast on my mirrors. At this section of their journey they’re usually light and having joined the smooth bypass all they want to do is cruise! I had a trucker flashing lights and tailgating. My heart was beating faster than it had when I had my first kiss.
My mentor, bless him, was shouting at the trucker and pointing him to my L sign mpaka akatulia. Phew!
Lesson 1. It can be dangerous to drive slowly on roads with high speed limits.
Lesson 2. As mentor, you bear responsibility for your mentor albeit not at the expense of your own life
We rode on to Ole Sereni but he just went past. Alar! I had to follow. There’s this illegal turn further down at the tracks which is where he turned. I followed, or rather tried. I stalled. Maybe five times until Bodabodas on the opposite side of the road started cheering me on. I was scared of matatus, canters, trucks. Worst of all I was even scared of Vitzs.
I finally managed to turn. After all those heart stopping moments we took a break there. My mentor didn’t smirk at my turning challenge or speed. But I was challenged to increase my speed at least to 60 kph on the bypass.
Lesson 3. Don’t be in a rush to push your mentee. Let them get used to the road then encourage and challenge. Don’t expect them to do higher speeds just because you can.
Lesson 4. Debrief at every stop where possible. This allows you to correct any mistakes you see as mentor.
Lesson 5. Take it easy. Always ride your own ride and don’t push yourself to please others. That said, don’t get too comfortable in your zone. Always push yourself to be better (not faster).
Lesson 6. Don’t be afraid/ ashamed to ask for help. No one learns to walk alone.
The ride back was uneventful and I even managed 80kph. I loved that ride back!!!
And now the Mills & Boon ending……
Alas, he was not THE lGUY! But I’ll never forget him. Thanks Guy for being my first and giving me the confidence to ride.
Lesson 7. Not every guy I meet is THE ONE! Just this one guy who I might tell you about next time….😍

Love the ride and kisses.😘

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Celebrating women in motorcycling- Peanut

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Another celebrated Inked Biker Alumni Peanut had this to say in her recent feature with Hadithi Picha:

“Peanut kicks off our Women and Motorcycles series. This Photo series is aimed at celebrating women who are defying the odds by riding motorcycles prior to the forthcoming International Women Riders Day in May 5. When asked to describe herself, Peanut says she is an 18-year-old queen with 24 years of life experience. A mother of two adorable princes, who are 16 years and 12 years respectively, she spends her weekdays working in Eldama Technologies LTD, kenya’s tier 1 cloud service provider. But beneath that helmet is a lady with a myriad of vibes. She is sassy, assertive and unapologetic when it comes to speaking her mind. She carries with her a ball of hype wherever she is and her presence is one to lighten up your mood. She shares her beautiful riding experience with us:

When did you start riding and what motivated you to take up riding ?

I learnt how to ride in back in 2015 December but began to actively ride in June 2016. I always loved motorcycles from the very beginning. I would sit and watch movies where ladies were riding a motorcycle. I thought they looked all macho in their leather attire and stiletto boots but the best part is when they would take off their helmets and shake their hair (that hair going wild still excites me to date)

Did you have to go through formal training? How was the training experience ?

Yes, I went through professional training at InkedBiker Rider Trainingand the experience is a story in itself. I actually learnt how to ride on the bike I currently own. I still find it interesting that I bought my bike before actually learning how to ride. I had it parked for six months prior to my training. I was very anxious during my training and I remember being “punished” by the head trainer, Malibu for my silly mistakes.

Read more about her biking journey, head over to Hadithi Picha’s Post


Celebrating women in motorcycling- Nyambura

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The second leg of Hadithi Picha’s photo series features yet another one of our alumnus.

Here is a snippet from the original blog post:

“Our second feature in the photo series Women and Motorcycles delves into the riding world of Nyambura. If you read the first featureabout Peanut, you definitely spotted her in her fierce Kawasaki. Nyambura strikes you as a fearless assertive woman. Inside her free spirited soul is also a curious , cheeky and stubborn lady. She is inspired by the dusty, muddy fresh-aired outdoors. Aside from riding, she is passionate about music, art and loves the company of those who have a wild love for life. Her riding story is one that will inspire you.

When did you start riding and what motivated you to take up riding ?

I began riding in 2016. My love for adventure, fun and freedom thrust me into the riding world. The feeling of getting into the open highways, going to places I have never been, and sometimes getting lost while at it is something that makes me want to take my bike with me always. Riding brings to me fulfillment. I would never trade this. It’s a way of life for me as I also get to meet new people with the same free spirit.

Did you have to go through formal training? How was the training experience ?

I started learning how to ride through adhoc training in the backwoods of Kajiado County. One of my farm employees coached me on a Yamaha 125cc in the open savannah lands. I loved it because the place was free of traffic, with only Masai cattle herds and occasional gazelles and wildebeests. However, I had to later sign up for formal classes at InkedBiker Rider Training in Nairobi so that I would gain proper knowledge and experience when it comes to handling a motorcycle. This also helped me build my confidence when it comes to riding in intense traffic situations such as those in the city. My riding instructor, Mica (DJ Mitch) was remarkable. He trained me to ride a motorcycle as a life lesson.

To read more about her biking journey, head over to Hadithi Picha’s Post


Celebrating women in motorcycling – Rahab

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The post IFRD fever is still on and we continue to share more amazing women who are proving that motorcycle riding is for all. Next up is Rahab. Here is a snippet of her feature in Hadithi Picha’s original blog post:

“Our Women and Motorcycles photo series this week features Rahab. She has an adventurous spirit and loves anything that will take her outdoors, breathing the fresh air. She believes that there is so much to see and do in this world, one lifetime is not enough. An avid runner, she also plans to climb Mt Everest in the near future. She would go running in Antarctica and at the Everest Base camp. Her riding story is one to inspire you:

When did you start riding and what motivated you to take up riding ?

My bike arrived in the country in March 2016 and I slowly started riding then. My main motivation was to beat traffic. Back then it used to take me about an hour or more to get to the office and I was tired of it. I wanted to wake up, go for my morning run and still make it to work on time. And guess what? A bike was the perfect solution. The idea of taking long, out-of-town rides was also very appealing. I am a sucker for the outdoors and a bike would have me experience more of this.

Did you have to go through formal training? How was the training experience ?

I started by enrolling in one of the driving schools and took the practical classes. I however did not learn much though;  they just teach the basics, enough for you to pass the Government riding exam and that’s it. I later had to supplement that training with another course at the 2×2 Motorcycle training school. That’s where I got the skills to ride alone on these busy roads. I have also had an additional training session with Malibu from  InkedBikers. I believe that with motorcycling there is always something to improve on when it comes to your riding skills.

To read more about her biking journey, head over to Hadithi Picha’s Post


Want to become a better rider?

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