Celebrating women in motorcycling- Damaris

As we await to commemorate the International Female Riders Day in May 5, 2018, we continue to celebrate women in motorcycling. Today’s Hadithi Picha feature highlights Damaris’ motorcycling journey.

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Damaris graces our fourth feature in our amazing photo series, Women and Motorcycles. She is one adventure loving lady and always up to trying out new challenging things. Her love for venturing into roads less traveled led her into the world of motorcycling. So far she thinks it is the best ride of her life yet. Let’s plunge more into her motorcycling world:

When did you start riding and what motivated you to take up riding?

I began riding in 2015. All along I was passionate about the two-wheeled automobile. However, I was drawn to them particularly because of the convenience that comes with them (read bodaboda). At this point I thought all bikes were like the conventional bodabodas until I met other bikers after my training. I realized there were beautiful beasts out there and this only fueled my urgency to ride.

How was the training experience?

I did my training at InkedBiker after coming across them on the internet. Training was amazing especially after I gathered enough courage to start riding with my feet up. The bike became so light and motion was so exciting. I especially loved it when Malibu (the lead trainer and founder) would just let me go on countless rounds around the training field.

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Celebrating women in motorcycling- Anna Katrin

Hadithi Picha’s photo series Women and Motorcycles features Anna Katrin, another one of our InkedBiker former trainees.

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In our third segment of the series Women and Motorcycles we feature Anna Katrin. It was amazing that we did Anna’s story just as she was about to leave Kenya for good. However, what’s more fascinating is the fact that her riding story began here in Kenya. Let’s get to know more of Anna’s experience beneath the helmet:

When did you start riding and what motivated you to take up riding ?

I started riding about one-and-a-half years ago. Riding had always been at the back of my mind since I got my driver’s license at the age of 18. However, getting a riding license was a costly affair in Germany at the time and I therefore decided to be content with driving a car. Things looked up when I moved to Nairobi. I became good friends with a Kenyan lady biker and that is when my inspiration to ride was set ablaze again. It was finally time to do it and I am glad I went for it.

Did you have to go through formal training? How was the training experience ?

I enrolled for training at the InkedBiker Rider Training. I got hooked to the fun of riding a bike from the very moment I sat on the bike. My excitement made me want to hit the road on my second day of learning how to ride. The instructors where simply amazing and encouraged one to enjoy biking while at the same time placing great emphasis on rider safety.

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Celebrating women in motorcycling- Nyambura

The second leg of Hadithi Picha’s photo series features yet another one of our alumnus.

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“Our second feature in the photo series Women and Motorcycles delves into the riding world of Nyambura. If you read the first feature about Peanut, you definitely spotted her in her fierce Kawasaki. Nyambura strikes you as a fearless assertive woman. Inside her free spirited soul is also a curious , cheeky and stubborn lady. She is inspired by the dusty, muddy fresh-aired outdoors. Aside from riding, she is passionate about music, art and loves the company of those who have a wild love for life. Her riding story is one that will inspire you.

When did you start riding and what motivated you to take up riding ?

I began riding in 2016. My love for adventure, fun and freedom thrust me into the riding world. The feeling of getting into the open highways, going to places I have never been, and sometimes getting lost while at it is something that makes me want to take my bike with me always. Riding brings to me fulfillment. I would never trade this. It’s a way of life for me as I also get to meet new people with the same free spirit.

Did you have to go through formal training? How was the training experience ?

I started learning how to ride through adhoc training in the backwoods of Kajiado County. One of my farm employees coached me on a Yamaha 125cc in the open savannah lands. I loved it because the place was free of traffic, with only Masai cattle herds and occasional gazelles and wildebeests. However, I had to later sign up for formal classes at InkedBiker Rider Training in Nairobi so that I would gain proper knowledge and experience when it comes to handling a motorcycle. This also helped me build my confidence when it comes to riding in intense traffic situations such as those in the city. My riding instructor, Mica (DJ Mitch) was remarkable. He trained me to ride a motorcycle as a life lesson.

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Celebrating women in motorcycling- Peanut

Another celebrated Inked Biker Alumni Peanut had this to say in her recent feature with Hadithi Picha:

“Peanut kicks off our Women and Motorcycles series. This Photo series is aimed at celebrating women who are defying the odds by riding motorcycles prior to the forthcoming International Women Riders Day in May 5. When asked to describe herself, Peanut says she is an 18-year-old queen with 24 years of life experience. A mother of two adorable princes, who are 16 years and 12 years respectively, she spends her weekdays working in Eldama Technologies LTD, kenya’s tier 1 cloud service provider. But beneath that helmet is a lady with a myriad of vibes. She is sassy, assertive and unapologetic when it comes to speaking her mind. She carries with her a ball of hype wherever she is and her presence is one to lighten up your mood. She shares her beautiful riding experience with us:

When did you start riding and what motivated you to take up riding ?

I learnt how to ride in back in 2015 December but began to actively ride in June 2016. I always loved motorcycles from the very beginning. I would sit and watch movies where ladies were riding a motorcycle. I thought they looked all macho in their leather attire and stiletto boots but the best part is when they would take off their helmets and shake their hair (that hair going wild still excites me to date)

Did you have to go through formal training? How was the training experience ?

Yes, I went through professional training at InkedBiker Rider Training and the experience is a story in itself. I actually learnt how to ride on the bike I currently own. I still find it interesting that I bought my bike before actually learning how to ride. I had it parked for six months prior to my training. I was very anxious during my training and I remember being “punished” by the head trainer, Malibu for my silly mistakes.

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