Inked Biker Rider Training held a Demo Day for the K150 Kibo Bike last Saturday 14th May 2016 . This was a chance for current riders as well as prospective riders to try out the bike in several conditions ranging from muddy to swampy.
The turnout was good at about 45 people . Special thanks to the team from Kibo who provided us with 2 bikes and were on the ground to interact with the participants . Led by the MD Bob , sales team Arthur , Esther and Purity.
A big Thank you too to Nancy who hosted us with Mbuzi Choma at the RoadHouse on Karen Road.
In the book Outliers, author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field.
Data showed a direct statistical relationship between hours of practice and achievement. No shortcuts. No naturals.
How then do we as Bikers rate ourselves when asked the question, ‘ how long have you been riding?”
Let’s pick David who bought his first bike , a Karizma ZMR 2 years ago and has been using it to commute everyday since purchase. How many hours of ‘practice’ does he have in those 2 years?
Let’s place his daily commute and errands running to max 2 hours a day. In a week that’s 14 hours , a month 56 hours , a year 672 hours and in 2 years 1344 hours. It will take David, about 15 years if his hours of riding stay constant , to consider himself an master motorcycle rider.
I pray this answers the FAQ from a lot of newbie bikers on how long it takes to be an expert rider , and to an extent what it takes to upgrade to a much bigger cc motorcycle.
And maybe the Bikers who consider themselves experts will eat some humble pie.
Now let’s take a commercial bike rider (boda boda) called James, who bought his Bajaj Boxer 150 a year ago and uses it to ferry passengers and goods 6 days a week. James is on the road about 8 hours a day for 6 days a week , that’s 48 hours , 192 hours in a month , 2304 hours a year, it will take him 4 years to say he is a master motorcycle rider.
Of course the real question here is what level of formal training do each of this Bikers have ? Because that is what they are practicing and that is what they will be experts in?