Bike Riding School in Kenya ?? Really?

23 Sep

There are car driving schools on every other road, but ever seen a bike riding school? In Kenya people ride motorbikes —  machines that produce double-digit horse power and can clock over 100kmph — with very little formal training. It is not surprising then that bikers form the largest casualty group among motorists.

It’s not just reckless riding that’s to blame — often, riders are clueless about things like traction control under hard braking and heavy loads, or on wet/oily roads. This is where proper training can help.

The Hurt Report that analysed accident data in the US between 1976 and 1981 found that 92% of riders in accidents had no formal training, and interviewed riders generally did not take responsibility for their errors, or even realize that the accidents could have been avoided. It recommended that: “Motorcycle Rider Course of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) should be the prerequisite (or at least co-requisite) of licensing and use of a motorcycle in traffic.”

In Europe, too, mandatory motorcycle training, known as Compulsory Basic Training, is common. Schools and organizations provide training to beginners and refresher courses for experienced riders. The United Kingdom has several organizations dedicated to improving motorcycle safety by providing advanced rider training over and above what is necessary to pass the basic motorcycle test.

These include, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

Given the popularity of two wheelers,
“There is a need to change the licensing system in the country, especially for motorcycles.

None of the country’s driving schools have trained riding instructors or have a riding track, and  government and public sector awareness campaigns about two wheeler safety are restricted to strapping helmets and following traffic rules.

There are many ways to regulate this sector,  by drawing up effective policies as well as offering incentives for safe riding.  

Such as make Motorcycle rider training compulsory.  Create licensing programmes which place restrictions on new riders until they have gained experience.
Have training course graduates qualify for reduced insurance premiums , etc.

Its out of such concerns that I set up inked biker riding school , with training programmes that include basic, intermediate and advanced rider courses.

Am doing my part to promote safe motorcycle riding education in Kenya.
For additional details on the courses offered , give me a call on 0733770598 or email me on info@inkedbiker.co.ke

Ride Safe

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Straight Line Braking -D.E.B A.

19 Aug

The only way for a rider to achieve true proficiency in straight line emergency braking of a motorcycle is to practice long enough and hard enough to make the procedure a matter of habit.

In my motorcycle 101 training sessions I aim to incorporate straight line braking as a mandatory session for this habit to be ingrained in every rider I train.

Let me give you a brief background into how this research was conducted and finally a description of what D.E.B.A is all about.

In January 2004 the Promocycle Foundation at the request of the Federation Motocycliste du Quebec developed a task analysis for intensive braking of a motorcycle in a straight line.

The objective of the research was , based on the appropriate tests , to recommend a standard procedure for a successful emergency stop.

For most part , the methods presently described or taught about the steps to follow for emergency braking of a motorcycle are very general and do not take into account the technical evolution of braking capacity and of tires on modern bikes.

Excluding ABS systems and integral braking systems the focus was on the majority of motorcycles not so equipped.

Test conditions were as follows . Eight experienced riders , two motorcycles; a sports bike and a cruiser both equipped with outriggers. Eight separate day long sessions and a total of 820 tests. From this pool 298 tests corresponding to the selection criteria were retained for compilation of the final report. In order to be selected a test had to be post intensive and continuous braking beginning from a speed equal or superior to 100kmh preceded immediately by a period of acceleration.

Ideal braking. .. D.E.B.A
1.  Deceleration
The rider completely closes the throttle and applies the rear brake.

2.Equilibrium Stage
He stabilizes himself/ passenger with the motorcycle so as to ensure that all are in equilibrium and perfectly vertical while travelling in a straight line. In this very short space of time the rider may lightly adjust his steering. If the motorcycle is moving in a straight path before braking , this step may be very short. Simultaneously he straightens his  torso and head if he has been crouched and braces his arms , adjusts the position of his fingers and hands,  places more load on the footrests and applies pressure on the break pedal.

3. Braking
Simultaneously , the rider squeezes the front brake lever with appropriate pressure and pulls the clutch lever completely in. He concentrates primarily on the front brake lever pressure and secondarily on the rear brake pedal pressure.

4. Adjustment
The rider adjusts the intensity of braking while concentrating on the front lever pressure.

Ride Safe

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