Masomo Monday – TSD ( Total Stopping Distance)

Total Stopping Distance is a sum of 3 parts.
1. Perception Distance
2. Reaction Distance
(1&2 are referred as Thinking Distance)
3. Braking Distance

Actual thinking distance varies according to the speed of the bike, your physical and mental condition, your attentiveness and whether or bit you were expecting something to happen.

Good anticipation gives you more stopping distance. Anticipation is much more important than fast reactions. It takes much longer to react to unexpected events than to expected ones – you need less thinking time if you are anticipating events and not just reacting to them.
In the video attached, the rider is not exercising restraint speeding on a two way country road , putting himself and others at risk.

1. Perception Distance
He did not anticipate any hazard in any of the near blind corners on this road, the presence of the truck catches him by surprise. He was in the wrong lane position as he came into the turn, limiting his view through the out the corner. He is still moving and this eats into his braking distance.

2. Reaction Distance
His reaction time is delayed, he takes time to process the truck coming into view. He is still moving eating into his braking distance.

3. Braking Distance
At the speed he is still travelling at his braking distance is limited. He grabs hard onto his brakes. He has lady luck on his side, and squeezes between the truck and the pavement. And his ABS kicked in which prevented his wheels from licking and the bike going into a skid. The scattering noise you hear is the ABS constant release at lock point to brake again. Though in review ABS did increase his braking distance.

Question.
What should he have done different to avoid putting himself and others at risk?

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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.

Here is a snippet from the original blog post:

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.

To read more about her biking journey, head over to Hadithi Picha’s Post