Sunday, March 29, 2015

Riding A Motorcycle In The Rain

Before it all became real, before I paid for my first motorcycle, I was in my cousins house whose husband is a biker and my mentor(biking /lifestyle) for a visit still looking out for a motorcycle my little N 650,000.00 could get me. This very morning in Port Harcourt (Nigeria) preparing to travel to Calabar (Nigeria) for a marriage ceremony  it started raining and I felt bad thinking I was not going to see the bike action (seeing him move and being with other bikers) in Calabar. Suddenly here comes a fully kitted ninja like man ready to ride so I said it is raining, he replies; rain? when you get your bike you will ride in the rain.  

In all my years of riding experience, riding in the rain has been more of a quality adventure.  I have had some nice riding experience in the rain with some friends from Stalwart MC and Easy Riders MC. Busayo Said; it’s going to be a rainy ride. Was surprised the Easy Riders MC guys did not back out because of the dark cloud heavy rain which was fun with Bros B, Blow, K Solo and others.

High Visibility Rain jacket 


There are a lot of things to take into account when riding a motorcycle in the rain, but one of the most important ones is that you have to dress appropriately. Having your normal jacket and trousers might not be enough. If there’s a light drizzle, it probably will not be a problem, but when there’s consistent rain, water (usually cold) will seep through your clothes onto your body, and that is not fun! Getting wet, or at least humid, when riding is distracting and very uncomfortable. It’s also when you will get a cold, or worse.

So whatever you do, make sure the clothing (jacket, trousers and boot covers) you use during a rain ride is rain proof.

This is the most important tip for riding in the rain, all other tips are more or less common sense. The clothing doesn't need to be a diver’s suit you use for deep sea diving, but it needs to keep the water away.

1. Wear proper rain gear, preferably Gore-Tex or equivalent. It needs to be able to breath but still not allow water to creep in. Make sure your helmet covers your face, since rain above 30 mph is going to hurt you.

2. Make sure your tires are correct for riding in the rain, in other words, do not go out riding in the rain with slick tires.

3. Watch the road. What used to be kind-of slippery is now very slippery. White lines on the roads will have become ice rinks, metal plates/manholes are super dangerous, avoid them like the plague.

4. Watch out for puddles. Yes, it can be fun riding through one, but since the water hides the surface you just don’t know what you are riding into. Can the puddle in fact be a 3 feet deep hole? Do you want to find out the hard way?

5. When riding and you see a coloured rainbow on the ground, watch it. It’s got nothing to do with the gay movement, chances are it’s oil.

6. When rain first starts after many days of dry weather, it’s when it’s the most dangerous since there’s a lot of oil and dirt on the road. Wait an hour or two for the rain to wash away the oil/dirt before riding since the road surfaces are at their slipperiest. If it’s just drizzle, then the road will remain slippery.

7. Railway crossing are to be taken as straight as possible. Remember the railway tracks are metal, and wet metal is slippery. Straighten your bike.

8. When you need to brake, apply more rear brake than normal. If your front wheel starts sliding you’re done for, if your rear wheel slides you can easily correct.

9. Do not brake strongly if possible.Brake gently. If you need to urgently apply your brakes, pump them so that you do not start aquaplaning.

10. Give yourself more space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Braking distances are much longer in the rain.

11. Relax when riding. Getting all cramped and bunched up is not good. First of all you will get tired real quickly and it is dangerous. Relaxed riding is much better.

12. Be visible. Rain makes it difficult for cars to see you. If you have high visibility clothing, now it is the time to put them on.

13. An obvious advice, but here it is anyway: reduce your speed! In many countries legally you need to reduce speed by some 10-20% when it rains, and there are good reasons for it.

14. Since we don’t have wipers on our helmets (well, maybe some do) you can easily spray something like Rain-X on the visor to help you with your visibility. Rain-X keeps the rain from the visor.

15. When lightning starts up, stop riding. Head for cover (don’t stop below a tree).

A biker should be prepared for a wet ride in the rainy season, riding in the rain will at times be necessary, and you should not stop riding just because it is raining. Relax and enjoy the ride. You are after all riding a motorcycle and that is fun.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Biker Lingo, Jargon and Terms

You may be a newbie, or a veteran biker, but what’s for sure, our hobby and transportation means is full of jargon. Some terms are a must to know, some are for insiders, but it makes sense to know a few of them.

When frequenting other bikers, it’s good to know a few terms, so here are a few of them.

General Terms

1%er – A biker belonging to an outlaw motorcycle club, like the Hells Angels. The term was coined by the AMA, when they mentioned that these biker gangs represented 1% of the biker population. You will find a “1%” patch often on their vests.

Ape Hangers – Ape hanger handlebars rise far above the mounting location so that the rider must reach up to use them, hence the name. They are popular on choppers. They are available in heights up to 20 inches. Some jurisdictions have regulations on how high the handgrips may be above the seat.

Apex – the line a motorcycle must take in order to minimize the time taken to complete a curve.

Armor – The reinforced parts of your riding gear, often found in motorcycle jackets and trousers. Armor can be made out of different materials, like Kevlar, Foam or plastic, and can often be removed.

ATGATT – All The Gear, All The Time, meaning you should always wear all your protective clothing, no matter when you ride. ATGATT Gear means helmet, gloves, vest, trousers and boots.

BAMBI – Born Again Motorbiker, a biker who having reached middle age, starts riding again after years of not riding.

Belly-Shover – A motorcycle racer who, because of the forward position on a sports bike, has the belly on the fuel tank.

Big Slab – A highway or motorway.

Brain Bucket – A helmet

Bubble Gum Machine – The signal that there is police up ahead. The signal is accomplished by patting the top of your helmet several times so that opposing bikers can see they are riding towards a police trap.

Burnout – By holding the front brake and accelerating, the rear wheel of the bike will start spinning and burning rubber, hence the burnout.

Cage – A car or SUV

Cager – Someone who drives a car.

Century – 100 mph

Doughnut – A burnout done while the front wheel stays in place, and the motorcycle turns 360% on the front wheel, making a complete circle.

Do-Rag – A cloth covering the biker’s head and forehead, avoiding sweat in the eyes and helmet hair. Often used by non-bikers as fashion. Examples

Duck Walking – Sitting on your motorcycle, and pushing it with your feet, usually done when parking your bike, or moving forwards a few feet (like at a gas station).

Eating Asphalt – Crashing your bike

Gearhead – Someone who is very interested and passionate about mechanical objects, like cars and motorcycles.

Hammer Down – Accelerate very quickly.

Heat – The police

Highsider – Being ejected from your motorcycle while riding, above the motorcycle.

Iron Butt – An association that promotes and holds rallies aimed at traveling very long distances. The shortest distance, the Saddle Sore, is 1,000 miles in 24 hours, the longest, the Bun Burner
Gold is 1,500 miles in one day. The Iron Butt Rally is 10 days riding 1,000 miles each day.

Lid – A helmet

Lowsider – A motorcycle crash with the bike falling sideways and the biker ejected sideways.

Monkey Butt – When riding for hours on end, your rear end becomes uncomfortable and becomes sore, often the result of chafing.

Newbie – A beginner.

Organ Donor – A biker who rides without a helmet, or rides likes a squid.

 Patches – Emblems and symbols sewn on biker jackets and shirts, displaying an affiliation, a club, a brand, or anything that is special to the biker. 1%-ers will always have several patches on their jackets.

Pillion – A passenger on the motorcycle.

PMS – Parked Motorcycle Syndrome, usually the result of not being able to ride in the winter.

Poker Run – A motorcycle run involving usually five stops where you get a card. At the end of the run, the biker with the best hand wins the run. Often used in charity runs.

Popping The Clutch – Letting go of the clutch rapidly, making it possible for the motorcycle to accelerate very quickly.

Poser – A wannabe biker, or a biker with all the gear, shiny and new, but rarely rides. Usually found at motorcycle shows with very low mileage full-chrome motorcycles.

Pucker factor – A very close call when riding.

Ride Captain – The leader of a motorcycle rider-out. The ride captain opens the ride, and is up front.

Ride Lieutenant – An experienced riders who rides as last in a ride-out, making sure that every thing goes according to plan with all the other bikers.

Road Rash – Marks from the asphalt left on your body after you have been thrown off your motorcycle, highside or lowside, a skidded alongside the road.

RUB – Rich Urban Biker, a biker who rides an expensive motorcycle only on the weekend, and never very far. Often RUBs are Posers.

Safety Nazi – A person who rides in absolutely full safety gear, often to an extreme, obeys every law, and wants all others to do the same.

Two Up – Riding with a pillion.

 Stoppie – Stopping a motorcycle by pulling only the front brake, resulting in the rear wheel lifting off the ground. Often used in stunts.

Squid – A biker who rides with no protection, and rides very dangerously.

Tank Slapper – A high speed wobble resulting in the handlebars banging against the sides of the fuel tank. Usually an extreme Pucker factor.

 Twisties – A part of a road that has many curves, turns and bends. Twisties are very much sought after when riding a motorcycle.

Wannabe – A person who wants to be a real biker, who dresses like one, who tries to behave like one, but probably only drives a SUV or a moped.

Wave – A greeting between bikers on the road, involving raising a hand, usually below the handlebars. The Wave is done to bikers on the opposite direction.

Wheelie – Sudden acceleration and slight pulling of the handlebar (unless your bike has enough torque to do it by itself), resulting in the front wheel of the motorcycle moving up in the air, and riding on the rear wheel alone.

Whoops – An obstacle section on a dirt track that has rows of mounds, requiring expertise to ride within a race.

Wrench – A mechanic.




By JafRum

Monday, March 23, 2015

5 BASIC MOTORCYCLE TOOLS

I was having a discussion with a friend and fellow rider when I asked about his bike and he painfully told me his bike had been damaged by the mechanic that was supposed to carry out a simple oil change. I have heard countless similar experiences from different bikers. My discussion with this rider then lead me to exploring possible solutions to mitigate against mechanics giving us heart attacks every time they ride off on our motorcycles. We have two quick options for simple maintenance activities such as oil change, chain cleaning etc

Option 1: Ensure the mechanic fix on site (either you ride to their shop or you request for home service).

Option 2:  Do It Yourself  (DIY)

I personally prefer the "DIY" option, if we love our bikes as much as we claim we might as well take out time to bond more …lol beside “nobody would care for your bike as much as you do”. This bring us to our Topic for the day “5 BASIC MOTORCYCLE TOOLS”

From experience you don’t have to be a mechanic to change your bike oil or do the basic stuff. Most of the things you need to learn are basic and can be found either in the user manual or on the internet (blog, YouTube).



Tool chest

This tool chest would usually contain screw drivers, spanners, pliers, wrench and socket sets as well as alley keys/Hex bit drivers. This is a must have for every bike owner as you need tool to tighten fairings, loosening bolts and replace worn out parts from time to time. It’s advised you ride with a set in storage in case of emergency.






Tire pressure gauge:

It is also important to have a tire pressure gauge to ensure accurate tyre pressure checks on your front and back tyres every morning before rolling out.

Tire repair kit:

 Riding in Lagos can be hectic mix that with the poor road and that equals hell, having a flat is one of the most common challenges a biker encounters but having a repair kit makes fixing it easy. It’s also important for long distant travels. Don’t leave home without it.

Gloves:

These ensure that you don’t stain your hand when things get really dirty during oil change. The also protect the hand from bruising and injury.

Oil drain Pan:

If you plan to go the "D.I.Y" route particularly for oil change you will need an oil drain pan. You don’t have to buy this you can get a flat bowl or like I have seen at most road side mechanic you can cut the 4 liter keg. This help prevent bike oil from staining your compound and make it look like a road side mechanic workshop especially when you have kids running around.

Here are some of the tools you would need to carry out basic maintenance on your bike and you can get most of them from shop-rite, game, or any auto store near you.



By: Olamide Kayode
       mide8701@gmail.com

Friday, March 20, 2015

Motorcycles are not toys-Get proper training

Like a child, the words you remember when riding a motorcycle are the instructors - they stick like glue, "yes" that is what happens when you are crossing over to the state of being in control of your life. You need to be instructed like a child to live safely and successfully in the life changing experience of being a BIKER.

Attending a motorcycle training school is 40%; it will educate you and help you in the cross over process which is finally overcoming the fears of handling a powerful machine and safety. Then the other few percentages are what you learn from personal riding experience. No!!! You can’t do without the 40% process. Nigeria, still upcoming is really doing well in that 40% aspect. We have some committed riding schools in Nigeria attending to that issue very well;

-Motorcycle Wise Training School
-Ride Easy Motorcycle Training School
-Ride Safe Solutions







In Abuja, Nigeria-    Motorcycle Wise Training School:

We find ourselves in an almost lawless highway environment; hence the need for safe riding techniques cannot be over emphasized. Many motorcycle riders in our society are ignorant of the most essential riding techniques and unfortunately learn from bitter experiences. At Motorcycle Wise Training School (MWTS) our mission is to help equip every rider with the essentials for safe motorcycle riding, and as a result help save lives, injuries, and prevent motorcycle damage.

We take pride in providing our students with some of the most skilled veteran motorcycle riders that Nigeria has to offer. With much success we have thus far graduated 9 classes and 30 students to date. At MWTS we provide our students the opportunity to gain one on one instruction while enhancing their confidence in handling motorcycles.

If you’re interested in not only learning how to ride a motorcycle, but gain knowledge on essential safety techniques ENROLL NOW!!! Training sessions begin every fourth week. Training classes are held at the Abuja National Stadium Car Park every Saturday 7:00am to 1:00pm where students are trained on 125cc motorcycles. A full training course covers four Saturdays. Act now and take advantage of our N50, 000 enrollment fee!

If you are in the Northern part of Nigeria and you need a motorcycle training school, Contact Motorcycle Wise Training School at 08033154460 or email at musalini2002@gmail.com



In Lagos, Nigeria,    Ride Easy Motorcycle Training School:


With successful training for the past 8 years, Riding Easy Limited and her instructors offer the most organized and intensive training regime in the Lagos area. Our in-class and on-bike sessions focus on defensive riding skills. With the use of Wallie-talkies, soon-to-be riders are shown the ropes via accident avoidance techniques, traffic rules and regulations. Proper riding techniques, mentality and principles are taught students all in line with the values and core principles that successful riders employ.

We pride ourselves in being the ONLY place in NIGERIA you can get Super Bike Training from UK TRAINED AND CERTIFIED Instructors. Our instructors are passionate about training and about riding and have done extensive trainings at the California Super-bike School as well as the BMW Off-road Skills Academy and include the only Nigerian who has ridden from Lagos to Europe and Back to Lagos!!!

At the end of their training, students are encouraged to join a Motorcycle Club (enjoying a discount in membership dues from the RIDE EASY MOTORCYCLING CLUB) as group rides for newbies are organized quite often. Care and consideration being given as the new riders hone their skills and increase their confidence on the road.

Our courses run during the weekends in the Ikeja area and offer flexible schedules. If you would like to sign up or need more information, send an email to info@ridingeasy.com and we will get back to you. Call or text on 0709 810 4408, 0803 201 1772 or 0807 316 3626 to book your course. Better still; send us an email at info@rideeasy.org

To book a slot, Download and fill out our form. Do not forget to indicate the Start date that you prefer for each level that you are signing up for. Upon filling, scan and send back to us at info@rideeasy.org. You can also send us any questions you might have to help you decide on what to do next.




In Port Harcourt, Nigeria.    Ride Safe Solutions:

RideSafe was structured by Osa Cookey and Inyang Effiong who are among the foremost riders in Nigeria with over 50years of riding experience between them. The school was born officially in 2008 out of the love of riding and a heartfelt desire to enhance the safety of all bikers on the Nigerian roads. With most road users in Nigeria not haven had any formal training the need for safety training is essential for all motorcyclists.

RideSafe training school does not just provide motorcycle training but rather provides motorcycle safety training. We pride ourselves as being the most recognized training institution in Nigeria and oldest training school in Nigeria having been established in 2008.

RideSafe instructors are certified to train in the United Kingdom (and have trained in the UK) and simply transfer their training skills and qualifications to Nigeria while adapting the training to suit conditions on the Nigerian roads. Our instructors have a combined training age exceeding 20 years and some have received training even from Keith Cole among others.

The safety training we provide is intense and as robust as any that can be found worldwide and in some areas exceeds any that can be had.

At RideSafe the training is tailored to suit our individual students with most training sessions being tutorial, affording the student the undivided attention of the instructor. Our highly skilled instructors use a verity of approaches to help each student grasp all aspects of the training. All our instructors ride daily and believe that learning is a lifelong process and are constantly updating their training skills.

Why RideSafe? At RideSafe we understand that to provide the best training you require a safe motorcycle and proper education. Most training institutes will remove the indicators and mirrors on the training bikes or even install crash guards to protect their bike, which is not what we do. At RideSafe we ensure that our bikes remain road worthy at all time, and experience has proved that with the step by step progression in training which we provide our students Learn and gain confidence without the need to cut corners.

At RideSafe our students are fully insured by a reputable insurance company which ensures that they can learn without fear. We also provide Motorcycle training everyday of the week including Sundays at times to suit the individual students.

Our patient and friendly instructors have successfully trained people of various ages and ability, ensuring that they receive the best motorcycle training leading to the acquisition of a full motorcycle License and a certificate issued by Ride Safe. To serve as proof we have one of our youngest student, an 11 year old girl capable of riding a 550cc motorcycle in an enclosed environment.

There are several different levels of training provided at RideSafe from simple balance training which is provided on a bicycle to advanced and including stunt training, all being conducted and supervised by an experienced instructor who ensures all safety measures are met at all times.
For Ride Safe Solutions  Contact:

Humphrey Uddoh
+2347088607480, +2348079126355, +447534388554
info@ridesafesolutions.com



DON'T  PURCHASE A MOTORCYCLE WITHOUT GETTING PROPER MOTORCYCLE TRAINING

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Top 10 + most powerful Motorcycle engines of 2015


The list (1-10) below been published by the EPA made me relax but still thinking why the new Yamaha R1, the revamped BMW S1000RR and the Ducati 1299 Panigale hasn’t been put on the list yet which has 197.3bhp, 195.8bhp and 202.2bhp respectively

The EPA lays down extensive specifications for the calibration of dynos, right down to the ambient air pressure during tests, to make sure its figures are comparable. Of course, the EPA is concerned about pollution, not performance, but to complete the emissions tests the bikes must hit a ‘rated’ peak power figure on the dyno, and that number is included along with all the other details right down to the VIN of the bike used for the test procedure.



1: Kawasaki ZZR1400, 207.9bhp

And way, way out in the lead, we get the ZZR1400. Weirdly, this is the third Kawasaki that, according to the firm, makes 197bhp (along with the H2 and ZX-10R). The EPA’s ‘rated power’ figures have it beating that claim by nearly 11bhp. Think of the difference as a Honda CBF125.



2: Yamaha V-Max, 197.4bhp

Another bike to meet its claimed power figure, the V-Max might be largely ignored these days but it’s still an animal, with nearly 200bhp.



3: Kawasaki Ninja H2, 197.1bhp

Kawasaki claims 197bhp for the new, supercharged H2. And hits it precisely. Weirdly, it also claimes 197bhp for the ZX-10R, which the EPA reckons makes ‘only’ 177bhp.



4: MV Agusta F4RR, 197.1bhp

Scarily, MV Agusta has an even more powerful F4 waiting in the wings, just in case the existing bike’s true 197.1bhp isn’t enough for you.



5: Suzuki GSX1300R, 194.4bhp

Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without a Hayabusa. With all of 15 years of production behind it - and a fair chance it will still make the top 10 in a year's time.



6: BMW HP4, 190.4bhp

Another ‘old’ bike to remain on the homologation books as a 2015 model, the HP4 almost hits its claimed 193bhp with an EPA-rated 190.4bhp. The closeness suggests BMW’s new-for-2015 S1000RR will make near to its claimed 198bhp, too.



7: Suzuki GSX-R1000, 182.4bhp

It might not be the newest of the 1000cc superbikes but the GSX-R has never been limp-wristed.



8: Ducati 1199 Panigale/Panigale R, 181.0bhp

It’s slightly surprising to even see the 1199 Panigale homologated as a 2015 model, since it’s effectively being replaced by the new 1299 version. However, even the old bike is still strong enough to make the top 10.



9: Aprilia RSV4R, 181.0bhp

At the moment, the highest-spec 2015 RSV4 RR (claimed to make 201bhp) hasn’t been EPA tested, but the carry-over version from the previous year already has enough power to make the top 10. The rated figure is again very close to the claimed 184bhp that Aprilia quotes.



10: Motus MST-R, 179.7bhp

Usually manufacturers’ power claims are likely to be on the optimistic side, but it seems that Motus’ is a stickler for accuracy. The spec sheet says that the MST-R makes 180bhp, just 0.3bhp more than the ‘rated’ figure found here.





11: Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, 177.01 HP

Amazingly, this thing has been around for a decade now, but Kawasaki keeps on iterating, and a 30th anniversary is coming to celebrate the original GPZ900R. Considering Yamaha has been rolling out a new version every 10 years, maybe it's time to retire and hand the reigns to the H2.


12: EBR 1190RX/SX, 171.65 HP

EBR isn't in the top 10, but it undoubtedly deserves a mention. The naked SX is hot, but the forthcoming ADV version – the 1190 AX – will be one to beat next year.



13: Honda CBR1000RR, 167.63 HP

Not much has changed for 2015, but if you want to live out your Marquez fantasies, Honda is offering this SP version with fully adjustable Öhlins and Diablo Supercorsa Pirellis.



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KTM's over the counter 250bhp MotoGP bike is something new you guys need to learn about



Sunday, March 15, 2015

Why we ride motorcycles, despite the risks involved

According to Wikipedia Risk; is the potential of losing something of value. Values (such as physical health, social status, emotional well being or financial wealth) can be gained or lost when taking risk resulting from a given action, activity and/or inaction, foreseen or unforeseen. Risk can also be defined as the intentional interaction with uncertainty. Risk perception is the subjective judgment people make about the severity and/or probability of a risk, and may vary person to person. *Any human endeavor carries some risk*, but some are much riskier than others.

From the above we can conclude that risk is not restricted to the use of a motorcycle

Based on a recent article I read on Ride Apart; many of you four-wheel suburbanites think riding a motorcycle is this dangerous, careless action--that’s an irrational fear. People are still scared of flying despite the fact that you have a better chance of dying in the car on the way to the airport than in a plane, why? Because, if you breakdown on a plane you can’t just pull over to the curb and wait for AAA or "LASTMA to come for bribes (Lagos)". Similar to how a fender-bender in a car would equate to a life-threatening accident to me on a motorcycle.

“Never fear a motorcycle, but always respect it,” Fearing a motorcycle can get you hurt, but respecting one can make you feel more alive than a car ever can.

Yes we have lost close friends, family and acquaintance but we still ride the same so called dangerous thing which people actually paint a scary picture of motorcyclists and blur the actual risks involved. According to statistics we all know, less number of people actually die in a motorcycle crash (fact).

Same Ride Apart; A car is an extension of your house, your office, your life, but a motorcycle is an extension of you. You trade your risks on a motorcycle. Every day you risk being late, getting lost, spending too much on gas and going insane--I don’t experience those problems. When I leave to ride, unless I’m commuting to work, I only have a vague idea of where I’m going. No GPS or smart-phone directions, because if I get lost, great. I’m on a motorcycle, my day can’t be bad. It’s a mental release that for many is vital to survival. I don’t stress about traffic or directions when I’m riding. It’s a personal experience that has sometimes become a spiritual experience. Even in a pack of other motorcycles or a crowded highway, I ride alone.

Getting in a car is like waiting, not living. Sit in traffic, go to point B with the windows up and A/C on listening to a boring talk-show host and stress about the day. Getting on a motorcycle tears away the modern world, no music, skip traffic, alert, riding away from your thoughts and stresses with the twist of the throttle.




We have all the time

Bikers preach and abide by safety rules more than any group or organization in this world like preventing HIV.  large portion of motorcycle deaths come from riders without helmets, but what kind or group of people would not like to ride like kings, mounting their bikes without a crash helmet? mean while you should take note that bikers who respects a motorcycle live and look younger from having a peaceful life of joy, laughter, good sleep,  love from enthusiasts etc.

Please let us know why you don’t ride a motorcycle if you really have a reason

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Motorcycle safety tips



1. Wear A Helmet

Your mom's a smart lady -- you should listen to her. When she told you to always wear a helmet as a kid, she did so for a reason. Your cranium may have gotten a little thicker in the ensuing years, but no matter how dense it may be, it won't protect you against a solid crack against concrete.

Brain damage is no fun, eating through a straw is hardly pleasant and trying to communicate with a damaged parietal cortex is no walk in the park. Don't be an idiot; wear a helmet. You may never need it, but when you do, you'll be glad you did.

2. Wear Gloves
This one may seem innocuous, but just think about it for a second. Every time you fall, what's the first thing you do? You put your damned hands out. It's human instinct, and when you're flying off your handlebars at 50 miles an hour, all you have is human instinct. If you're wearing a pair of simple leather gloves in the case of a minor spill, you'll likely come away with a few scratches at worst. If you had on a proper set of gauntlets like these, I doubt you'd even break the skin.

3. Wear Proper Boots

You may have grown up tooling around on your cousin's Vespa in nothing but a pair of sandals and swim trunks, but that doesn't mean you should continue doing so. Why wear solid over-the-ankle footwear? That old Vespa likely weighed at most 300 pounds -- take a Heritage Softail for a spin, and you're working with nearly 800 pounds of chromed-out metal. When you accidentally tip that bad boy over and experience that "oh, sh*t" moment and grunt like the Hulk to save your baby, the last thing you want is your foot slipping out or your ankle giving way. Good soles are essential, as is ample ankle support.

A proper jacket and pair of pants are also essential. In the event of a real spill, only proper riding leathers will give you the protection you need. The last thing you want to be is a SQUID (Stupid Quick Underdressed and Imminently Dead).

4. Look Where You Want To Go
You go where you look -- it's just how it works. When you enter a corner, it's imperative that you turn your head and look through the turn to where you want to go. There's nothing like the sensation of entering a corner and all of a sudden realizing that you're not turning, you're just going straight toward the opposite lane of traffic. Then you realize you're staring at a goofy-looking rock on the far side of the road and the light bulb goes off, you turn your head, look out at the exit of the curve, give a little lean and you're in the clear.

5. Never Use The Front Brake First
When a raccoon leaps out at you, a semi decides to change lanes or your exit pops up out of nowhere and it's time to hit the brakes and shed that speed, never hit the front brakes first. NEVER. You must train your instincts to always go for the rear brake first. If you grab the front break with any kind of enthusiasm at speed, you will eat it. This is not a question; it is a fact. Brake first with your foot, not your hand -- you'll be glad you did.

6. Slow In
Turning in, leaning down and powering out -- there's nothing like it. And when you get in the flow and you're cutting apex after apex, you're going to want to kick things up a notch. You need to remember to keep things in line, though, and always brake before you enter a curve. Racing drivers preach the church of smoothness, and that means accelerating and decelerating in a straight line. Grabbing the brakes in the midst of a corner is liable to upset your weight distribution, mess with your traction and generally screw things up.

The faster you're going, the more these effects are magnified. Go in too hot, grab the brakes in a panic and you'll realize that you would have been much much happier if you had just downshifted and chilled a bit. Slow in, fast out -- leave the speed for your way out.

If you want to learn more about Harley-Davidson's 110 years of history, check out my feature on the evolution of Harley-Davidson.

7. Watch Out For Sand And Debris
A motorcycle has much less traction than a car, and when debris like sand and gravel get between you and the road, it can have very detrimental effects. To avoid getting screwed by the sandman, you should always be on the lookout for sand and gravel and avoid driving over it in the first place. This means avoiding the shoulder and being aware of things like construction sites.

When riding in a group, it's important to help each other out and point out roadside hazards as they appear. Point out with your left hand for debris and obstacles when they're on your left and kick out your right foot to let your buddies know when there's a big patch of gravel on the right.

When you do have to go over a patch of sand, the key is to keep it slow and smooth, avoiding abrupt throttle or brake inputs. You also want to try and keep your bike as upright as possible. Lose traction at a 50-degree angle and you're going to go down; lose traction while perpendicular to the ground and you should be able to roll right on.

8. Don't Drink
This should really be a no-brainer, but never ride while intoxicated. Two beers can be as dangerous as six because riding requires making split-second decisions and reacting with precision and confidence. Alcohol not only slows your reaction time but gives you a false sense of confidence, making you more likely to try and squeeze through that disappearing gap or take on a corner way too hot. It's your responsibility to avoid collisions and maintain safe spacing while on the road. Doing so while stone sober is demanding enough as it is. Doing so while seeing double and burping up bubbles of booze -- nigh on impossible.

9. Act Like Nobody Has Mirrors
The average commuter is off in his or her own little world, chatting away with their friends, dreaming of tomorrow's party or scanning the radio 'cause they need to twerk it like Miley. They are doing everything but looking out for motorcyclists, and this means you need to be constantly on your guard. A good rule is to act as if everyone around you has no mirrors and can only see straight ahead. This means you've got to avoid blind spots, maintain proper spacing and assume that everyone and anyone may unexpectedly change lanes at a moment's notice. This may sound like an imposing task, and it is, but with time it will become second nature.

10. Roll Into It

The key to riding safely is keeping things smooth. Just as you never want to slam on the brakes, you never want to tear open the throttle. It's all about keeping the bike and yourself balanced. This applies as much to operating the machine as it does to approaching how and when you drive. Don't expect to drive cross-country a week into your license. Know your limits and be aware of how much and what kind of experience you have.

You never stop learning, and every ride is an opportunity to refine and develop your skills. If you're just getting started, find a friend who rides and follow along. Watching how more experienced riders handle themselves is one of the best ways to learn and improve. If you're an experienced rider, don't be miffed by newbies asking advice -- you were once there, too. Every rider should take pride in ushering in new members to the club that is motorcycling -- just make sure they know these essential tips so they can have the time of their lives and keep on doing so for years to come.

This story was originally published by AskMen.         



For New Riders:

Get training from a certified motorcycle school.     
Don’t buy more bike than you can handle.
Invest in anti-lock brakes.
Hone your skills.
Use your head.
Wear the right gear.
Be defensive.
Avoid bad weather.
Watch for road hazards.
Be ready to roll.



Tuesday, March 10, 2015

"DO NOT CHASE" Bikers Movement

"Social movements are a type of group action. They are large, sometimes informal, groupings of individuals or organizations which focus on specific political or social issues. In other words, they carry out, resist or undo a social change."

What are we trying to change positively in our society as bikers who with our presence creates awareness. Lets not waste the opportunity we have by creating awareness on irrelevant pride and segregation  but by passing a message or we can become empty bikers.

The "DO NOT CHASE" T shirt which will become viral soon and should pass a positive message.

In Nigeria Houmam J. Lababidi (HOMMS) has a message/translation to the word "DO NOT CHASE" so he initiated it in Abuja, Nigeria from the bikers forum call FUN-BIKERS. It is intended to be used to bring together all bikers, bike enthusiasts and fans together irrespective of the motorcycle club (MC) you belong, status or formation as a biker or rider.

 



The main story behind the saying "DO NOT CHASE" originated from Philadelphia, USA, were the police were not permitted to chase motorbikes. So a group of bike stunters in Philadelphia started the print behind their T shirts "DO NOT CHASE" after Dirt Bikes, ATVs rode Through Philly Streets in Honor of Slain Dirt Bike Rider.












Some bikers in Accra Ghana have been in constant contact with the guys in USA. Look what they did below;





It is open to as mush as would be interested to send a three (3) digit number of your choice to be printed on the front and "DO NOT CHASE" printed behind the T's to make us all common as one.


GG and Thanks to Mandy of BikersGH MC

Friday, March 6, 2015

A Sardauna and also an Active Biker

I was introduced to the Sardauna by a very good friend, Bob Aya (CCMC Abuja) "who said to me, do you believe that the man just riding in is a Sardauna" I was shocked but glad that people like him do see the need to be free and actually ride.

I got to know him a little on a whats-app chat forum RIDERS FORUM (By Cow Boy), mostly West African bikers.

So we got talking privately.

Jay: Good evening Sir. Thanks for your time.

Jay: The biking community and bike enthusiasts would like to know about your person.

Sardauna : My names are Mustapha Aliyu Ibrahim (Sardauna Pindiga) The district head of Kashere,Pindiga emirate of Akko Local Govt Area in Gombe State.

Jay: Wow!!! a name with so much weight and responsibilities. You must really be very busy as a person and a leader to be an active biker.

Sardauna: Yeah, with lots of responsibilities. Presently am a Senior Special Assistance to the Governor of Gombe state on special duties and again a co-coordinator of Forum of District heads of Gombe State.A member of Nigerian Red Cross Society with a title of Fund Raising Adviser Gombe state Charpter,to cap the story I am a member Governing council of the National Ear Care Center Kaduna.

Jay: So many demanding responsibilities I must say. So is it right to say biking is a therapy or a way to create freedom? Why are you a biker

Sardauna: In fact biking is my life,its in my blood, if not mistaken I was born a biker. I was privilege to be close to my dad thereby getting a lot of troys on his private life, from the bicycle to motorcycle different types which I knew some e.g the Vespa Piaggio,Suzuki 120,Yamaha Electric 125,Kawasaki,Honda 90, Honda Benly,Honda 125 and lastly Honda CD 175.So you can see the trend of events of my late father in the 50's and early 60's when I was born.So many stories to tell

Sardauna: Whenever I ride all my problems and issues around me are ease,so glad

Jay: A non biker will find it difficult to understand the freedom and ease state you find your self, trying to communicate with the metallic horse beneath you.

Sardauna: While riding I feel fulfilled, though is a hobby but its fun, honestly I can't explain the kind of joy and satisfaction I derive from biking,just love it.

Jay: I presume you belong to a motorcycle club

Sardauna: Yeah,a member and a founding father of Jewel bikers Motorcycle Club of Gombe. Presently the president of the club.

Jay: I have so many questions but the opportunity must not be abused. It has been a pleasure chatting with you but lastly can you educate your fellow bikers how to create a lasting fellowship.

Jay: Your time which you have given is so much appreciated.

Sardauna: kindly speaking we have to be sincere in our dealings with our core club members or whoever we came across as a member of one big family.Let's there be objectivity irrespective of any affiliations,religion or ethnicity.Be just in your judgement,no blind fellowship. I love to meet and know people from various works of live.

Jay: You will Sir. Viewing this blog will bring you closer to other biking communities.

Jay: Can we see some pictures of you on a motorcycle




Sardauna:
I think this is the only one you can get at this particular moment

Jay: Thanks very much

Sardauna: Surprisingly with all the schedules I create time to ride outside my jurisdiction

Jay:
There must always be time for riding a motorcycle.

Sardauna: You are always welcome Jay, no time is let or limited to communicate with me.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Joy of riding a motorcycle (Hot Wheels MC & Bikers GH)

Hot Wheels MC & Bikers GH 

What makes a king? "His crown". With the crown you are bold to take brave decisions, you rule your freedom.

The crash helmet is our crown, built by it is rage, courage, hate, love, peace, freedom, pride etc it just don't stop.

We ride in the cold, rain, scorching heat, loose gravel, potholes, annoying traffic. we always have a reason not to ride but do we have a reason not to ride?.

The cold is always there to keep us fresh - Heats makes us faster - The gravels keeps your concentration level high - Potholes "smile" oops I did not see that - What cagers call traffic we call pylons - Pavement shows it's love by tears of joy initiated by the blessed sky -Yes the cagers get scared and joyous and happy to see us.

The crown (Helmet) is a badge of kingship and honor (we rule)

Hot Wheels MC and Bikers GH of Ghana just knows how to amplify the word BROTHERHOOD by twisting their grips together sharing their experience.

Perception you may call it but see the faces below:





Aleph

Monday, March 2, 2015

Out of Nigeria Motorcycle Adventure




This is new from Nigeria, first of its kind similar to earlier adventures on a motorcycle but strange to think that Nigerians will actually dig the thought from their hearts. It has been done before but this is new, longer and scarier.

 "31,000 km, 60 days, 18 countries,4 continents, 3 guys (Raph,Toyin and Fodeks) 1 mission."  to create a positive story from Nigeria and to inspire other Africans to take on their own challenge.



 
The Flag off was yesterday and it all begins today, Monday, March 02, 2015  


 Special support:

The glamorous ladies behind the mission, Olayinka and the Eagles Motorcycle Club Nigeria

The Below Pioneers paved the way and made it possible to actually think the above can be achieved.



Inyang effiong (Nigeria-Europe, West African Tours) and Ogbonnaya Kanu (Nigeria-Europe and South Africa-Nigeria)


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https://www.facebook.com/outofnigeria
http://www.outofnigeriaadventure.com/ 
 With: Raph,Toyin and Fodeks