Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The West African Bikers Converge

Good morning bikers, tomorrow is the day we all begin to assemble at Ground Zero.... AKURE NIGERIA...WeABC Venue! The WeABC Team have worked tirelessly round the clock to make sure everyone has a good time at the 2d Edition of The West African Bikers Converge. We are very sure you will be glad you came.

Below is the program of events:

28th April (THURDAY);
As from 12noon - ARRIVAL
10PM - Onwards: NIGHT CLUB

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29th April (FRIDAY)
THEME: ROAD SAFETY
Venue: HALL
9:00 - 9:30: GUESTS AND DIGNITARIES ARRIVE
9:30 - 10:15: OPENING CEREMONY
10:15 - 10:30: GROUP PHOTOGRAPH
10:30 - 10:45: Tea Break
10:45 - 12:00: BRAINSTORMING SESSION ON ROAD SAFETY ISSUES IN THE SUBREGION
12:00 - 1:00: Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (First Aid...saves life) Training by Trauma Care
1:00 - 2:30: LUNCH
3PM - FRSC BRIEFING & GROUP SPLIT
3:15 - 4:30 ROAD TRAFFIC CONTROL WITHIN THE AKURE METROPOLIS
4:30 - 10:00: REST AND RECREATION
10:00 - DAWN: above 18 NIGHT CLUBBING😉

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30th April (SATURDAY)
THEME: TOURISM
10:30 MUSTER AT JOJEIN
11:00 TOUR OF AKURE
12:00 SET OFF TO DEJI OF AKURELAND'S PALACE
13:00 SET OFF TO IDANRE HILLS/ IGBO OLODUMARE/ ERIN IJESHA?
13:30LUNCH TIME AT IDANRE HILLS
16:30: RETURN TO THE HOTEL
17:30 - 21:00: FRESHEN UP AND REST
21:00 - DAWN: POOL PARTY (what happens in Akure stays in....)

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1st May (SUNDAY)
THEME: CONVENTION TEAM BONDING
9:30 MUSTER AT JOJEIN
10:00 BRIEFING AND GROUPING SCHEDULE
10:30 - 13:00:Morning Session COMPETITIONS COMMENCE:
FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL (SIMULTANEOUS)
SNOOKER AND TABLE TENNIS (SIMULTANEOUS)
13:00- 14:00 LUNCHTIME
14:30 - 15:00: MUSTER POINT AND RULE BRIEFING
15:00 - 17:30: Afternoon Session-BIKE COMPETITIONS COMMENCE
SLOW BIKE RACE.
SAVE YOUR PILLION
STOPPIE COMPETITION
WHEELIE COMPETITION
18:00: GAMES OVER. REST FRESHEN UP
19:30: BUFFET DINNER AND AWARD NIGHT

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2nd May (MONDAY)
DEPARTURE
7:00: Departure of Bikers.

From: David Prescott


Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New Rider Info: When To Change Your Motorcycle Tires

Getting closer to the point where I have to change my tires. But do I really need to change?   because I still have some good grips on it, but it is more than just having grips. WATCH THE CLIP BELOW FROM MOTOTV .





From MotoTV


Sorry for the low audio

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Somar v The system

The name Somar Ain Al Shaibeh from his face book page, popularly known as Somar from the news we got (Riders Forum).  Now remember he is a friend, brother, son etc. and all we can attribute to him but most of all “A BIKER”.  Looking at it from a “biking code” point of view, he is a brother although I have not met him.

A normal day ride begins from gearing up for safety sake especially to stay alive from an unplanned crash. Slotting his key into the ignition switch; anxiety glooms his face with a smile. It’s another day to ride, meet friends, talk about the week and the Nigerian economic situation. Most of all have a good time.

 No matter how safe you ride there must be a cager (driver) making a call, texting or listening to loud music and talking with friends in the car not minding other road users. We call them “biker killers” so we watch out for them but one can never be too careful, you might just be traveling at a wrong or unsafe speed. And at that moment, no time to make that emergency brake or maneuver to safety But God knows best.

Somar was unlucky …. Circumstance introduced him to the wrong cager (driver) . That kind of situation when you try to hold a life saving brake or look for an escape route. She (cager) took the wrong lane in speed (based on the story). Somar owning the ride and the space rightfully.... but what could have skipped his mind? Was he too fast?  Was he thinking of his destination? Was the corner too sharp?  Well we can only imagine what could have saved the day from being a sad one.

Apparently she (cager) was pushed to use that lane because it was a Friday and there is a mosque on that same road and it was time for prayers so the road is always blocked. Is the system so bad that there was no traffic warden to control safe movement at that time? Well it’s a normal practice in the north where a lane is closed on the side were there is a mosque (the system just needs to be managed or changed).

Somar had a head-on collision; not looking good now, cager  (driver) is looking for a way out knowing that the biker’s chance of getting out alive is lean. Words quickly move out (bikers are 60% united), prayers going out, financial assistance coming through but Somar is gone (A biker is gone).The woman who we later discovered is a lawyer was nowhere to be found. Now a life has been lost, Somar was deprived of his destination, his ride and his life.

So what’s wrong with the system?  What was the role of the police in this situation? The police, who are paid with our tax funds to maintain law, order and protect lives,  allowed the woman abscond. Was she running for her life? Are bikers’ killers or thugs?  Now the story will change because we have to make it change to fix the system and make other road users know that we all have right to be safe while riding.

A week of biker’s unity has landed the woman in the Nassarawa state prison (Northern   Nigeria)  till she is granted bail or convicted for whatever charges leveled against her.  Hey don’t be too happy because the fight is not yet over the system still has to be corrected with educating bikers and other road users to be of good behavior while we share the road. We can’t continue the fight individually by the little meaningless road rage which we demonstrate every day.

Note:  Bikers are good people

RIP SOMAR

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The April Fools Weekend (A sad one with so much hope)

What did you miss over the weekend? We hope the below pictures send you a positive message to cheer you up and blend into the present situation of the country today.

FROM SALEWA'S WEDDING

TO THE CAR AND BIKE EXHIBITION 





RIP SOMAR