Thursday, January 21, 2016

Events For 2016

Part of being a biker is to have maximum fun. We have plans for this year...




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Monday, January 18, 2016

Ryker’s Ride 2016


The First Ryker’s Ride for Children across Boarders charity ride has come and gone and plans are on to for the 2016 ride. We would be delighted to have your support to make the next event a greater success than the first ride.

Ryker’s Ride- What it’s all about

Paul “Ryker” Lawson, a biker and an Engineer, had traveled severally within the West African sub region and noticed the plight of many children on the streets and realised that he needed to do something to help.

He had a dream of the African Biker Nation rallying together in the support of less privileged children
The concept of Ryker’s Ride was formed as a Biker fundraising and awareness ride that unites the African Biker Nation to support and highlight the work of children’s charities and also highlight the plight and educational needs of the less privileged child.

Our passion for riding has brought us together from all parts of the nation and has united us with fellow riders across West Africa, Africa and Indeed bikers across the world. We are not affiliated to any political or religious organization but have a desire to make a difference in the lives of the less privileged children of Africa.

As we do these rides we also hope it pass on a message of unity and love to Africa, West Africa to start with on this ride, as well as showcase places of interest and the cultural heritage of Africa to the world.

We believe this would encourage the well of to help the less off in society especially the children who are the future of the world.


RYKER’S RIDE 2016

Ryker's ride heading out 25th September 2016 plans to go from  Nigeria into  Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone , Guinea, Guinea Bissau, The Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin and then back into Nigeria a distance of about 20000miles in all, over a 48 day period stopping to visit orphanages and Children’s Charity Homes along the route  promises to be a charity Adventure of life changing proportions.

The group of riders on Ryker’s ride  2016 is made up of like-minded professionals who love motorcycling and motorcycles and want to make a difference in our society. Our objective and purpose is to leverage on our numbers and achieve collective goodwill and support with the primary purpose of raising awareness, support and funds for orphaned, abandoned and street children in Africa.


The experience we have gained from our first ride, Ryker's ride beyond borders 2015 has given us a better understanding of the ride, logistic needs and the needs of the children and has afforded us the opportunity to make friends and contacts in West Africa  to help make the Ride in 2016 a greater success than the year before.

We hope that you all will join the ride

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New for 2016 from Boulos Enterprises - Lagos

New for 2016 from Boulos Enterprises - Lagos (Plot 10, Block D, ACME Road Ikeja, lagos)



GSX-S 1000A & GSX-S1000F



GSX-S1000F    N 2,750,000


ENGINE 
Type                         four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline-four
Displacement         999cc
Bore x Stroke         73.4 mm x 59.0mm (2.9 in x 2.3 in)
Compression Ratio   12.2 : 1
Transmission         6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive         O-ring type, sealed drive chain
CHASSIS 
Overall Length         2115 mm (83.3 in)
Overall Width         795 mm (31.3 in)
Overall Height         1,080 mm (42.5 in)
Wheelbase         1460 mm (57.4 in)
Ground Clearance    140 mm (5.5 in)
Seat Height         810 mm (31.9 in)
Curb Mass         214 kg (472 lb)
Suspension Front     Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear     Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front          Brembo, disc brake, twin rotor
Brakes Rear          Disc brake, single rotor
Tires Front         120/70ZR17M/C (58W) tubeless
Tires Rear         190/50ZR17M/C (73W) tubeless
Ignition Type         Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Fuel Tank         17.0 L


GSX-S 1000A  N 2,550,000


ENGINE

Type                         four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline-four
Displacement         999cc
Bore x Stroke         73.4 mm x 59.0mm (2.9 in x 2.3 in)
Compression Ratio   12.2 : 1
Transmission          6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive          O-ring type, sealed drive chain

CHASSIS 

Overall Length          2115 mm (83.3 in)
Overall Width          795 mm (31.3 in)
Overall Height          1,080 mm (42.5 in)
Wheelbase          1460 mm (57.4 in)
Ground Clearance     140 mm (5.5 in)
Seat Height          810 mm (31.9 in)
Curb Mass          209 kg (461 lb)
Suspension Front      Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear   Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front           Brembo, disc brake, twin rotor
Brakes Rear           Disc brake, single rotor
Tires Front           120/70ZR17M/C (58W) tubeless
Tires Rear           190/50ZR17M/C (73W) tubeless
Ignition Type            Electronic ignition (Transistorized)

Fuel Tank          17.0 L


Hayabusa N 4,000,000


ENGINE FEATURES

Type                              4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Displacement              1340cc
Bore x Stroke              81.0 mm x 65.0 mm (3.19 in x 2.56 in)
Compression Ratio        12.5 : 1
Fuel System              Suzuki Fuel Injection

Starter                      Electric
Lubrication             Wet sump
Ignition                      Electronic ignition (Transistorized)

DRIVE TRAIN FEATURES

Transmission                  6-speed, constant mesh
Final Drive                  Chain

CHASSIS FEATURES

Suspension Front              Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear               Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front                 Brembo, Disc, twin
Brakes Rear                 Disc
Tires Front                 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear                 190/50ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity          21.0 L (5.5 US gal.)
DIMENSIONS
Overall Length                 2190 mm (86.2 in)
Overall Width                 735 mm (28.9 in)
Overall Height                 1,165 mm (45.9 in)
Wheelbase                 1480 mm (58.3 in)
Ground Clearance            120 mm (4.7 in)
Seat Height                 805 mm (31.7 in)

Curb Weight                266 kg (586 lbs)



GSX-R 750 N3,000,000


Type 4-stroke,               4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Displacement             750cc
Bore x Stroke             70.0 mm x 48.7 mm
Compression Ratio       12.5 : 1
Fuel System             Electronic Fuel Injection
Starter                     Electric
Lubrication             Wet sump
Ignition                     Electronic ignition (Transistorized)

DRIVE TRAIN FEATURES

Transmission             6-speed, constant mesh
Final Drive             RK525ROZ5Y, 116 links, Chain

CHASSIS FEATURES
Suspension Front          Inverted Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear      Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front              Brembo, Disc, Twin
Brakes Rear              Disc
Tires Front                   120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear              180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity       17.0 L (4.5 US gal )
DIMENSIONS
Overall Length        2030 mm (79.9 in)
Overall Width              710 mm (28.0 in)
Overall Height              1135 mm (44.7 in)
Wheelbase              1390 mm (54.7 in)
Ground Clearance      130 mm ( 5.1 in)
Seat Height              810 mm (31.9 in)

Curb Weight              190 kg (419 lbs )
  



GSR-X750  N 2,050,000


Type 4-stroke,              4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Displacement             750cc
Bore x Stroke             70.0 mm x 48.7 mm
Compression Ratio       12.5 : 1
Fuel System             Electronic Fuel Injection
Starter                     Electric
Lubrication             Wet sump
Ignition                     Electronic ignition (Transistorized)

DRIVE TRAIN FEATURES 

Transmission             6-speed, constant mesh
Final Drive             RK525ROZ5Y, 116 links, Chain

CHASSIS FEATURES

Suspension Front      Inverted Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear      Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front              Brembo, Disc, Twin
Brakes Rear              Disc
Tires Front                   120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear              180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity      17.0 L (4.5 US gal )

DIMENSIONS 

Overall Length        2030 mm (79.9 in)
Overall Width              710 mm (28.0 in)
Overall Height              1135 mm (44.7 in)
Wheelbase              1390 mm (54.7 in)
Ground Clearance      130 mm ( 5.1 in)
Seat Height              810 mm (31.9 in)

Curb Weight              190 kg (419 lbs )




SUZUKI GLADIUS 650 N 1,950,000

ENGINE 

Type 4-stroke,            2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-Twin
Displacement             645 cc,
Bore x Stroke           81.0mm x 62.6mm (3.19 in x 2.46 in)
Compression Ratio   11.5 : 1
Transmission           6-speed constant mesh

CHASSIS

Overall Length           2130 mm (83.9 in)
Overall Width          760 mm (29.9 in.)
Overall Height          1090 mm (42.9 in)
Wheelbase          1445mm (56.9 in.)
Ground Clearance  135mm (5.3 in.)
Seat Height          785 mm (30.9 in.)
Curb Mass                205kg (452lbs)
Suspension Front  Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear   Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front           Dual piston calipers, 290 mm disc, twin
Brakes Rear           1-piston caliper, 240mm disc
Tires Front           120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear           160/60ZR17M/C (69W), tubeless
Ignition Type           Electronic ignition (Transistorized)

Fuel Tank           14.5 L (3.8 US gal)




Suzuki Inazuma N 780,000

Overall length 2,145mm
Overall width 760mm
Overall height 1,075mm
Wheelbase 1,430mm
Ground clearance 165mm
Seat height 780mm
Curb mass 183 kg
Engine type 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC
Bore x Stroke 53.5 mm x 55.2 mm
Displacement 248 cm3
Compression ratio 11.5 : 1
Fuel system Fuel injection
Starter system Electric
Lubrication system Wet sump
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Primary reduction ratio 3.238 (68 / 21)
Final reduction ratio 3.286 (46 / 14)

Suspension

Front      Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear              Swingarm, coil spring, oil damped
             Rake/Trail26° / 105 mm

Friday, January 8, 2016

Welcome to the year of The BT



Happy New Year 2016 All.

Welcome to the year of The BT - “The Challenge”! #LionsRumble #meek@heartneednotapply.

With some very functional and (over) active adrenal glands, some superbikers in Nigeria/West Africa have made and re-written global motorsport history. Motorsport in Nigeria, at least the superbike racing part, can definitely be said to have come of age.

The BT 2016 will be focused on growing the sport the right way for improved safety and sustainability. "Pumping RED" in 2016 will follow a strict set of rules for participants and attendees to try create a conducive environment towards an exciting race day.

If you pump RED  (i.e plan to race in The BT 2016 and/or have positive contributions to make to The BT 2016), please click on http://superbikenigeria.com/sbn/register-for-bt-2016/ and complete the
registration procedure.



If you planning to attend The BT 2016, but WONT be pumping RED, please click http://superbikenigeria.com/sbn/tickets/ for more information on ticketing for the event.

For the safety of all, that participants and attendees @ The BT 2016 should come with a convergence of purpose, which is to race and watch/support the racers.

The BT 2016 comes up between the 23rd - 27th November, 2016 for all aspiring racers. Race day is 26th November, 2016 and starts @7:00AM.

Updates on progress and plans and reminders for The BT 2016 will be periodic as the countdown continues.

Hope to see you @ The BT 2016, IF you (still) pump RED !



Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Christmas Day Ride to Calabar



Have been riding for few years now. Never wanted to do a write about the trip. Here is my first attempt. With my head trained for Machines, power , torque, engine, emissions not sure if i can still do essay writing!!

Previous day to the ride.


Out of the Forum of 6-7 bikers few could not do the trip! unfortunately Gate "The fast and furious " was injured in the hospital and the other one had bike issues. They had to abort the mission and stay back in Lagos. The long distance lion Y2K and the Adventure rider Jay decided to venture on this journey to the Calabar carnival!



As usual sleep is the rare commodity on the previous day of the trip, checked with many riders most of them had the same symptoms!! Crashed the bed at 10.00 staying just there rolling from left to right and not sleeping!! Still no!! ok ozzzzzz , Could remember well hardly slept for 4-5 hrs. There is ever never a need of alarm before the day of the ride. Eyes are wide open few hours before the alarm starts buzzing.



Venue fixed Total station after Ajah Junction! Time 06.00 hrs.



Day of the ride.

Quick shower, Packed 50 gms of groundnut, 4 dates and coffee poured into the whiskey flask, bottle of water in the backpack. Used to riding with the backpack with two set of spares clothes, go pro! toiletries, towels, Tyre repair kit etc. All the pre-ride checks was complete the previous and the horse is ready to move.

Meeting Y2k near the Lekki toll gate was easy and no stress of waiting or looking for him.Reached Total station 05.59. Remember very well dialogue by Jay "Bros no Nigerian Time please 06.00 hrs means 06.00 hrs. Have had the experience of fellow bikers leaving if one turned very late.

The road captain Jay arrives at 06.04 hrs!! Jay being familiar with the roads decided to lead us! It was still dark and Rocket entered the first pothole, what a good test on the shock absorbers, as the fork seal and oil was changed just before the trip. The pothole in no way can scare the rocket! Was eagerly waiting for the sun and we could see some light nearing Epe! The real work of the KTM starts now! KTM 990 Adventure can ride through the all curves and potholes along the axis with ease and Jay was enjoying the curves and his machine! Caught up with Jay @ Ijebu Ode talking to Cobra who was caged in his van to his village in Anambara state!

Highway filled with cages ( Being an Xmas day) from Ijebu Ode and since it's our very familiar route we did all the filtering to reach Ore before the cars could even sight any of our rear lights. Thanks to the car traffic, it has killed all the sluggishness and made us awake very well and concentrate for the more miles to come.

Reaching Ore is the start of enjoyment as the roads being real sweet!! Was following Jay who was at constant 170 -180 kph, Have always maxed out the Rocket to 230-240 plus on that road after removing the speed limiter! Since the journey was long I decided to stick to the speed to be behind the KTM. Well identified a cute method to know speeding past 200 kmph without looking at the speedo, the fork bags try fly towards the fuel tank exactly at 200kmph!

Headed to Benin for fueling at the highway Conoil stattion. Fuel scarcity has hit Nigeria hard at this times and most stations we went to refill were either not selling or charging us 130 Naira / Liter against the fixed price of 87 Naira / Liter.

Huge queue was spotted at the Conoil station in Benin and we have to skip the queue and enter the filling point. The driver of the car who was queuing at the front was angry , as we jumped the queue in front of him! persuading him that we are on the long ride to Calabar didn't calm him and he hit KTM with his car. The pump attendant quickly jumped in and warned the driver against his harsh behavior. Inspected the KTM, it was just a scratch on the crash guard. The driver now calmed down as he saw the crowd supporting bikers who are on the long ride.

Amidst this chaos , another pump attendant from the opposite side of the dispenser quickly came and said "oga open the tank, make I fill fuel for you, don't mind the fight there" as he was filling the tank, he asked me about my Honda Sabre and I had sold my old bike?? Its more than 3 years I brought fuel at that filling station and still the guy remembers me and my bike precisely even though the balaclava was hiding half of my face. I was surprised and thrilled about the impression and rush we create inside few people's mind that they can remember bikers and their bikes even after few years.

Hit the bypass road to Warri and what we saw was endless tar road with no automobiles. For the next 50 miles only three horses were galloping the highway as we hit Warri! Fueled at Ughelli hitting the road non- stop to PH at 12.45 hrs!! Hurrah! Now Jay says " guys 15 mins rest" After 6 hrs 45 minutes of hard riding. Now to rest and stretch ? Removing the kit and snacking myself with peanuts ,banana and 1-2 dates which was carried along ventured into road again.

It's always been a surprise which species of birds , large in size resembling a hybrid of swan and crow will fly so low to be hit by cars. Viewed a dead one lying on the road smashing the windscreen of the car, had to watch the riding as the bird hit can be dangerous at speeds and also few birds were circling the dead bird. Jay noticed a guy promptly running to collect the bird for his Xmas Barbecue.

Next stop Uyo. Uyo has not changed since my previous ride in 2012. Sweet endless roads greenery everywhere. Fueling at Uyo filling station! A guy in Tundra shouts " who owns this machine, oga make we swap our machines" Replied promptly " oya add 2 million Naira, can swap it for you. He laughs and leaves. Toyota Tundra is lovely & rugged of the all the machines one can spot in the Nigerian roads but it's still a cage.

Uyo - Calabar was easy with sweet curves and we passed Tinapa to enter the city and snapping our arrival at the entrance of the city!! What next, we park the bikes and head to the reception for our reservation! Jay was still refusing to remove his kit! says he still feels like riding more.




At the carnival


Riding behind the Governor was a real pure pleasure with thousands of people cheering us. Was amazed when a Biker (Ex Governor) riding a Black Spyder stopped near Rocket to greet nice bike. With 7-8 guards surrounding the rider was quick enough to shake hands with Ex - Governor with a "Thank You Sir".


It was fun to see the performers bands practicing for the carnival and loved to watch their rehearsals. Stayed back at the hotel to avoid the crowd and rested for the long ride back.




Ride back
Jay and Y2k decided to stay back to extend their vacation in Calabar (family call). Sama, me and Afro decided to do it back to Lagos! With intermittent power cut at the hotel, decided to sleep early @ 22.00 hrs! sleep no way again. Eyes wide open @ 01.00hrs! slept again @ 03.30hrs just to wake at 05.15 for the alarm. Power cut!!! Called fellow bikers to check if we need shower because of no water supply. Power was back at 05.30 hrs shower and headed to coffee! surprised to see Breakfast that early decided to eat oats and fruits!

Ride back again started @ 06.30 hrs, missed the curve to the entrance of Tinapa turned back and headed to the highway! Afro was trailing behind and couldn't be spotted! took a rough slow ride to Uyo together! Sama was doing a great job of accompanying Afro through the rough roads! with my heavy machine slowing down is always a issue and can start feeling the weight of the machine, so was leading in the front!

It's the case of Rocket leading two sports bikes now! Arriving at PH was easy and curves close to Aba was very sweet! Afro lion started roaring now and was close catching up with the other two horses!

PH- Warri- Benin was sweet as usual and all the three stopping at all major junction to head next! Refueled in Benin NNPC station and Afro was busy taking selfies.



What next is the Benin Ore fast ride. Sama decided to show his racing skills and his tail lights could be spotted even though he was doing 200kmph non - stop! As usual with the fuel scarcity and no fuel at Ore Junction, didn't want to cross to the other side of the road to fuel! Roads are still good after a few km from Ore to Ijebu Ode. Didn't spot Sama at Ore as he was diverting to Ibadan from there! Rode past ore to refuel! At that junction ,Afro was yet to be spotted and decided to leave a message in the Whatsapp forum to wait for him @ Ijebu Ode junction.

With clear daylight filtering the potholes had always been a great pleasure and reached Ijebu-ode @ 15.30 hrs.

Parked at the filling station! a 3-4 year old girl greeted " welcome" Saw the girl holding few bananas in her hand and requested her for one. The baby girl promptly gave the banana! Not all children give easily. Started snacking the peanuts the ones collected from the bar @ Hotel , Banana and did a cold coffee with Maltina (Just mixed a sachet of Nescafe into the Maltina, shaken not stirred). Now seeing the Afro lion roar past Ijedu ode was real relief.

Decided to saddle up and hit Epe. Was lucky not to see traffic @ Ajah roundabout and hit the road hard to find traffic in Eko bridge! Well it's really a painful pleasure to filter traffic after riding hard for 10 hours. Was quickly doing the extreme right of the road and speed past by mistake to enter the road leading to Marina.Taking one way will be harsh and was not easy as noticed a BRT bus from behind. Rode again to Bonny camp to do U turn and Eko bridge again (The height of endurance).

Reaching home @ Apapa was a really wonderful as there was no traffic due to the long holidays! the guards opening the gate who were praying hard for my return and shouting with joy saying " oga welcome ooh, u don try well". Checking the forum and reporting attendance was promptly answered by Sama and Afro as they too reached their final destination!

What you find on return from a ride is dirt, dust ,sand, grease, bird shit , insects and of course wonderful memories for years to share with many.

Thank God and the fellow bikers for the ride well done.All this is not possible without the love and affection of my late mom for her love and caring nourishment.

Dedicating this whole ride to my riding buddy Gate and wishing him a speedy recovery.

Return journey well done.



By Heramba Prasad (Zen)