Thursday, May 28, 2015

Learn Something New Every Day You Ride

Experience is key but knowledge is the "master key". I have been riding for donkey years ... who cares. People ride because it's fun. But getting hurt is no fun. There is no shame in asking a new rider some technical question if you find out he has been studying so hard to perfect and gain confidence in his every day riding. You will be so shocked how much knowledge he has acquired.

I see so much interest in new riders these days and it makes me think far to the days I started riding the big CC motorcycles. Now let’s go back to the “Master Key”

Vision: As usual "Look as far ahead as you can" . Has any instructor told you what to look at, how you look and what to look out for? It’s simple; Looking ahead slows down the landscape giving you fewer surprises of the "shit" moment. There is so much to look out for every second of your ride making it impossible to memorize 70% of the last 10sec view which you don’t really need because you need to empty or reduce the load on the brain to be able to process more moving and stationed object. Like they say "360-degree awareness leads to the goal".

Be Visible In Your Movements: Again, speeds are higher on motorways, and you are not as visible as an 18-wheeler truck. So when you are maneuvering, make sure you are seen. Changing lanes, check you mirror on both sides and put out those indicators. Then check the mirrors again. You will find that there is always that car driver that is coming up faster than the traffic and before you know it, you will be intimately acquainted with him or her.

Do Not Let Them Tailgate You: It’s always a bad thing when a car or truck is riding a few feet behind you, but it’s even worse on a highway or toll road/freeway. Speeds are higher, and if you need to slam the brakes, vehicles behind you will crash into you. Remember that a motorcycle will stop in approximately 50% of the distance of a car. If some idiot is not giving you the space, flash your brake lights a few times or use your arms to tell the driver to back off. But whatever you do, do not do a brake check! If the idiot persists, change lanes and let the car pass.

Note: I’ve seen quite a lot of cases where bikers get road rage towards cars that tailgate. It’s hopeless! You are the weaker one. There is nothing you can do to make sure you survive an encounter of the third kind with a car. Always remember that. You will always lose!

When you need to slow down, and if you have the time, press your brakes intermittently, causing your brake lights to flash. This will warn the distracted car driver behind you that you are slowing down.

Crashes are avoidable: Yes they are. So when you hear something like that, you start doing a research. Like I stated above “People ride because it's fun. But getting hurt is no fun”.  Managing time and space is everything you need you do. Like Condon (the author of Riding in the Zone) said; Close calls are a warning. If you are having many close calls, you're doing it wrong. As you ride through traffic, your readiness has to be there. If you're just casually riding and not scanning, looking with purpose, you're more vulnerable. When you ride have it in mind that crashing is possible then you make the right management decision.

I personally recommend the below to improve your riding knowledge:
 http://www.ridinginthezone.com/top-5-ways-that-motorcycle-riders-screw-up/






Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Is it wrong to listen to music while riding a motorcycle?


When Riding a motorcycle you need all the concentration and focus you can get but you don't have to be too serious then you make mistakes. Riding for  long hours from traffic to motorway to high way can be lonely and boring, so what keeps you awake to maintain that high level focus and agility?  "Music" but would you listen to music through earphones to alleviate the boredom?  many claim that music removes you from your surroundings and increased danger tenfold. True or False?

Listening to music can successfully improve your moods and boost overall happiness level which you need. Music has been used as Therapy; this music research aligns with the larger arena of music therapy, defined by the American Music Therapy Association as "the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals."

Music therapy has been used for centuries as a way to restore energy, improve mood, and even help the body heal more naturally and a condition of sensory alertness, mobility and readiness to respond.

Dr. Frank Lipman, founder and director of Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City and a pioneer in integrative and functional medicine, recommends musical as a way to calm your body and brain with soothing rhythms and to slow down your heart rate and help you breathe easier.

Q:

-How much hearing do you do in your helmet when the factors you consider when purchasing a helmet is a less noisy helmet with good air flow. Some bikes are fitted with sound system for music why? when you hearing is less than 30% in your helmet and you have music coming out of your Honda Gold-wing. 

-Why do you ride with your earplugs on when you can enhance your riding with music (not loud)?

-have you ever asked the people doing road walk why they listing to music?

-why do motorcycle GPS have music player application?

- In a cager, your windows and up and you have music playing (not loud) what external sound do you hear? Is it illegal?



Bikers View:

Homms (Funbiker/C.C.M.C):   I don't have any distraction listening to music while riding "thumbs up".

Kayode (ERMC): listening to music while riding depends on the individual but I do listen to music, it helps me focus better and active.

Mark (514): You need to listen to every sound when riding.... I don't subscribe to music on the go... If it’s a gold-wind (Honda) then no problem I can play all day.


Anonymous : Everyone likes a different thing, if some prefer silence to rhythm  then that's their call. However we always tell our students that the best practice is to protect your hearing from the noise that comes with riding over 80km/h. I won’t say it is "wrong", there is no law against it.

Bosun (wheelers Mc):  I don't listen to music when riding, I find it distracting. But it’s not wrong

Blow (ERMC): I ride while listening to music; it puts me in a happy mode after a bad day at work. Your eyes should do all the work not your ears because when you have your helmets on you hardly hear much but you should not make the music too loud it can affect your ears. Music is good for riding.

Attaka (ERMC): I commute every day and I cannot imagine putting on my helmet without my earphones on first. I wonder what you guys are listening to when riding. if cars are honing for you when you are on the road, please sell your bike. You are not a biker but an obstruction and one day a wedge. The music is for you to focus, not to cramming lyrics. I can’t tell you the song I listening to when I arrive but I know there is a rhythm at the background. Sometimes I ride with foam plugs or turn the music off and use the earphone as noise blocker. Wind noise damages the hearing permanently so if you keep riding without ear plugs, you may soon known as a deaf biker


Seun (BMW S1000): Bless you Attaka couldn't have said it better. It’s like saying driving with music is wrong. its entirely subjective and dependent on the concentration level of the individual. I ride with music, found that it improves my concentration and enjoyment of the ride.

Inyang (01 HRMC): It’s like everybody is different in reacting to alcohol. but the difference is how much it affect you. Everyone is affected so playing music is down to individual preference just be aware of what it does to you and your riding but its not wrong to listen to music while riding. I do it sometime but more of earplugs. Examples; when we were riding through Guinea, all of us were listening to music to kill the long hours (funny thing). By day 2 on the mud and sand with people falling every hour every one of us turned off the music.


Well people say it depends on the individual but it is not wrong to listening to music while riding. Music on a long run is good as you have some thing other than road noise to listen to.


Monday, May 18, 2015

She said it was a great day at the Jabi Lake with #teamfunbikers#



We failed to wish our lovely Cynthia a happy birthday on a time where best wishes are felt so we had to wait and monitor how she decided to make it a special day. She wanted a Sunday and she got it. With great FCT bikers like Homms, Argo, Archer, Apex, Pzel, shubee, Ehi, Austin, Raz, Jeff, Yeldu, Gabbito and the boys what do you expect.

She said it was a great day at the Jabi Lake with #teamfunbikers#




Happy Birthday Cynthia

Thursday, May 14, 2015

13 things MORE DANGEROUS than riding a MOTORCYCLE



Getting statistics in Africa is impossible for now so we have to accept that of the USA for this analysis.

 According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed on American roads in 2012. Pretty dangerous, huh? Not when you compare our mode of transportation to other everyday risks like, being overweight, which is 100 times as likely to kill you. Here are 13 everyday things that are more dangerous than riding a motorcycle.

Alcohol: 25,692 people were killed in the U.S. by alcohol poisoning in 2010. (Source: CDC)

Photo by Dave Brownlee

Smoking: 440,000 people in the U.S. are killed each year due to tobacco-related illnesses. (Source: CDC)

Photo by Jim Petrosino

The Flu: 48,614 Americans were killed by the flu during the 2003-04 season. (Source: CDC)

Photo by Zorro1968

Texting: NHTSA estimates that 24 percent of crashes involved drivers talking or texting on cell phones. That’s 7,247 deaths caused by phone use in 2010 alone. (Source: NSC)

Photo by Brandon LaJoie

Falling Down: 25,000 people die each year due to simple falls. (Source: NSC)

Photo by McNeney

Poison: 39,000 people are killed each year due to household poisons and prescription medication. (Source: NSC)

Photo by Taylor McB

Second-Hand Smoke: 49,000 people in the U.S. die each year due to inhaling second-hand smoke. (Source: CDC)


Photo by Marc Garrido Clotet

Getting Shot: Guns kill 31,940 people in the U.S. each year. The vast majority of which are suicides. (Source: CDC)

Photo by David Ramsden

Healthcare: As many as 98,000 Americans are killed each year by, “preventable medical errors in hospitals.” (Source: NAP)


Photo by Chester Paul Sgroi

Having Sex: 20,000 Americans are killed each year by sexually transmitted infections. (Source: CSDP)


Photo by Ken

Getting High: 17,000 Americans die each year due to drug abuse. (Source: CSDP)

Photo by -Spunkey-


Being Fat: 400,000 Americans die each year due to, “Poor diet and physical inactivity.” (Source: CSDP)


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Your Bathroom: Nearly 9,000 Americans were killed by their bathrooms in 1999. (Source: LA Times)

Photo by Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa


Know how your friends and family are always telling you motorcycles are dangerous? Let’s show them how wrong they are. Share these infographics on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ to prove just how much more dangerous their everyday activities are and how sane your mode of transport really is.


By Wes Siler

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The top 10 of motorcycle myths and legends



We’ve all heard the tall stories about what will happen to you if you ride a motorcycle, the weird things you can do to make your bike faster or what to do if you crash. Most, if not all, is nonsense. So here’s RideApart’s view on the top 10 of motorcycle myths and legends.

1. You should lay down your bike if you’re going to crash.

It’s never going to happen. For one thing most accidents happen so quickly that as a rider you’re simply not going to have the time to think about doing this. It’s also a bit odd that you should try and crash before potentially hitting whatever risks you’re about to encounter. As RideApart's Wes Siler pointed out in his recent article – 10 Motorcycle Accidents and How to Avoid Them – never, ever try and lay your bike down. It’s not going to help. Instead, shed as much speed as you can, stay upright and use both your brakes.


2. Race tires will make me and my bike faster on the road.

Uh, no. Motorcycle race tires are completely different from road tires. They have different compounds and properties and are designed to work best when really hot to create grip. You’re rarely going to get a set of race tires up to proper race temperature out on the highway. The chances are, after setting off on your bike, you’re going to probably fall off. at the first intersection. Stick to road tires for your bike for anything apart from track days.

3. Motorcycles are smaller than cars or trucks so police speed radars won’t be able to detect you.
Just because your motorcycle is not as big as other road vehicles it doesn’t mean that you can dodge the radar. Today’s police lasers are extremely high-tech and far more accurate than in the past. In fact, they are said to be so good they can lock on and register the speed of a flying insect. But that might be another urban myth. Either way, just because you’re on a speeding bike doesn’t mean you’re going to evade a ticket.


4. It’ll never happen to me.

Yes, it will. Just because you’ve ridden for years without falling or getting into an accident on a motorcycle doesn’t mean that it’s never going to happen. Always ride prepared for the unexpected and remember that it’s never a case of if it happens, but when it happens.

5. Traction control on a motorcycle will help me go faster.

Yes and no. If you’re new to riding and not that confident yet, you’re never going to be aware of what traction control does. If you’re an all out racer and ride really hard, then the chances are traction control is actually going to get in your way and slow you down, even when set on the least interfering mode.

If you fit somewhere between these two groups then it’s good to have traction control as a sort of safety net if you find yourself going a little faster than expected into and out of the corners. Its there to help you out of trouble.


6. New tires come with a coating that can only be removed by riding them for a few miles under inflated.

 No. You’re going to fall off and hurt yourself or maybe get killed. Most new motorcycle road tires look like they have a coating on them but in effect that’s because that’s what they look like when they come out of the mold at the factory.

Never, ever reduce the pressure in the tires to try and scrub them in. Riding on under inflated tires causes them to flex, damages the sidewall and potentially could cause a blow out throwing you off the bike and down on the road. Don’t do it.


7. 18-25 year-olds are the most at risk category for injury or death in the motorcycle community.

While novice riders run a high degree of risk due to lack of experience, the facts are, according to the National Highway Transport Safety Administration’s latest findings on motorcycle deaths, that the biggest group of riders to be killed in the U.S. are the 40-55 year-olds. NHTSA has been tracking this information for the past 10 years and the single largest group – more than 40% - of all riders killed in U.S. traffic accidents had an average age of 42-years-old. Tell your relatives that when you choose a bike over a car.


8. You must never worry about crashing on a bike because if you do you will automatically crash.

Nonsense. While you shouldn’t be mentally fixated on the possibility of hurting yourself on a bike, every single time you get on your motorcycle you need to be fully aware of what you are doing and always be ready to take evasive action. If you think it won’t happen to you, it will.

9. Buy the bike of your dreams as your first bike as you’ll soon learn how to ride it.

This depends on what your dream bike is. But before you even part with your hard-earned cash you should have budgeted for all of the good safety gear you need. Not just a helmet. But gloves, good boots and riding leathers are a must. Once you have all of that, it is only then that you should worry about a bike. Also, just because you’ve set your heart on a particular bike doesn’t mean you should go straight out and buy it. Do your homework. Talk to friends who ride and people who know. Take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course and learn how to ride. Then buy something that matches your abilities and that you will be confident on. Make it a bike that you will not worry too much about dropping and that can be fixed easily and cheaply. It will save you a lot of time and money in the long run and then when your skills are really up to speed you can go out and buy that dream bike. It will still be there.

10. Because you ride a motorcycle and are dressed from head to toe in leathers you will be completely irresistible to women.

Possibly. But only if you can find one who is happy to spend hours talking with you about suspension settings, the merits of a GSX-R versus a Hayabusa, or a KTM Super Duke or something from Ducati. She will dig the fact you have oil under your fingernails and won’t be put off because you and your leathers smell like a badger’s armpit after eight hours of canyon carving. She’ll think your helmet hair is cute and will be more than happy to look at your road scars and hear for the thousandth time about how you fell off at over 100 mph even though it wasn’t you fault. In actual fact, if she does all of is, she probably rides as well. In which case my friend you’ve hit the jackpot.

Have we missed anything? We’re sure we have, as this is just a fraction of the urban motorcycle myths. What have you heard since you started riding?



By: Tim Watson

Monday, May 11, 2015

TOP BEGINNER BIKES (CRUISERS EXCL)

We have decided to leave out the cruisers from this battle for the new Bees. As a new biker chances are as you learn how to ride and spend more time around bikers and bikes your perception and taste would continue to evolve.

Below are 5 bikes in the beginner category new bees should consider …We have considered cost, comfort/riding position, weight and handling.

Yamaha FZ6R

So, you want a sport bike but you don’t want to break the bank or your neck? The Yamaha FZ6R is the one of the safest bet for future track riders, offering smooth power, an accommodating seat height and enough low-end torque to zip through the canyons. The FZ6R’s full fairing and low handlebars round out its sporty aesthetics, while the fuel-injected 600cc inline-four engine cranks out 66.5 horsepower.

Dual-disc brakes in the front attribute to the FZ6R’s impressive stopping power, and the bike is available in three different color variations. Keep walking past that expensive and intimidating R1 and swing a leg over the Yamaha FZ6R as your starter bike.       


KTM 390 Duke and 200 Duke

Most new bees want bikes with cute aesthetics and there is no other hotter than the KTM new models. With their sleek shape, eye catching colour scheme mixed with its smooth handling its not surprise they are excellent first bikes for new bees. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of this hot baby on the market for sell so getting your hands on them can be a challenge
Both the 200 and 390 are single-cylinder 4-strokes. Highlights include "upside down forks" and large Brembo brakes. Both bikes offer a smaller displacement, but are still solid and aggressive looking.



Kawasaki Ninja 650


Like the saying goes “with great power comes great responsibility” If you are responsible with your throttle then by all means be my guest. Its never a dull moment with this min beast as you continue to push its limits.

The bigger engine model of the Kawasaki Ninja 250. It definitely has a lot more power than it’s younger and lighter cousin. It’s a great sports bike that is quite common and will be easy to find.


 (http://www.adventureseeker.org/thrill-seeker/10-great-beginner-motorcycles-to-get-you-started/)



Kawasaki Ninja 300 & Honda CBR 250
        

If you are looking for the aggressive riding style and the complete super bike look. The Ninja 300 and CBR 250 is your best bet. Due to its low-medium engine output its more forgiving should you make a mistake. The best part is your get good value when you decided to put it up for sale.

It might require a bit more finesse, but the Ninja 300 and CBR 250 has all the attributes of a great sport bike. In fact, their biggest strength is the ability to handle like a superbike. Beginners will also appreciate the available ABS, back torque-limiting clutch, advanced chassis, and high-revving, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine.

  




By: Mide

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The West African Bikers‬ Converge



In December 2014, easy riders of Lagos and hard Ridaz of port Harcourt rode to Ghana for the hotwheels Ghana 1 year anniversary which also had in attendance the SMC of Benin and the AMT MC of Togo. . That's was the inspiration of Whyte Emmanuel to create a platform for the west African Bikers.

Whyte a Nigerian in search "pastures" of the Ghana event industry and a biker with the Hotwheels Ghana Restlessly couldn't hold back his dream, it was shared with elders friends and bikers who discouraged until he met his positive radical pair Queen who is currently the PRO of ANMC and a fluent French interpreter fused in and the powers ignited to lead a team from different west African countries to effectively bring the plan to live.

Because of the dominating strength of the Anglophone country bikers, the teams choose a francophone country to host it and Togo was the best bet until authorities got hard to release support on security to the team. 3 weeks to the event was a change of venue and host country and it was a huge success.

 https://www.facebook.com/WeAfricanBC/photos_stream






By:  Whyte

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Fun - bikers (Labor Day)

Homms who pioneers biking activities in Nigeria capital city (Abuja) has it in his nature to organize and bring bikers together for one single purpose FUN which has given birth to "fun-bikers".

Below is the link to the Labor Day Ride picture which was done in Abuja in which a female rider took the show by riding a Honda CBR 1000rr & "Pillioned" a guy. they covered about 70 kilometers in total, that took us about 2 hours to complete (remember it was in-town riding....traffic lights, traffic & brief stops) & an average speed of 40 km/h. A bike was fitted with a TRACKER

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.871200506251726&type=1