What a day! A Prado swerve-blocked my path and I instantly locked up my wheels,f…

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What a day! A Prado swerve-blocked my path and I instantly locked up my wheels,fell in a heap from 20kph at Uhuru Highway…told him off thereafter and the guy has no courtesy to even apologise…Cagers!


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  1. That happens. Sorry about that mate! Always ride with an instinct. Try to always pre-empt what a cager will do, that’ll save you a lot of heart brake. Don’t worry though, that always happens when you’re new. Once you get used to the roads & traffic, you’ll be surprised the only accident that will happen is when you’re by yourself on the road

  2. @ Adrian – my 2 cents..always feather the front brake with your index and mid fingers. Always brake gently with front and rear at the same time to stop sooner. Practice braking like that in traffic until it becomes second nature. The day will come when you’ll be speeding and a pedestrian will just pop out of nowhere and you’ll remember this small piece of advice. 🙂

  3. Hi Adrian i passed you on valley road.. today (morning) and i gave you a thumbs up.. just as we passed silver spings on our way to town. I have both a silver helmet and bike >apache! good to see you. One small advice > please try and raise your sitting position as you ride > thought you looked abit hunched in > im assuming it is so that you could see your side mirros well? Adjust them and sight upright 🙂 otherwise good riding mate!

  4. eh! pole sana. As a newbie, ride conservatively for as long as you can, eg. ride at a comfortable speed, keep a good distance away from the car in front coz bikes have longer braking distance, always tap your front brakes when you sense you might need to brake to keep tail gaters in check,always keep an eye on what’s going on behind you, be free with use of the horn coz I’ve noticed most cagers turn then look (kifua strategy) or they are cocooned in almost soundproof comfort focused on the lyrics of their fav track while talking on the phone,a loud honk of the horn quickly brings them back to reality and they duck out of the way assuming it’s a car barreling down at them. Then a healthy dose of paranoia will take you a long way eg. what if she doesn’t see me and other ‘what ifs’ and plan contingencies. Cagers totally misjudge how fast we are going or how fast we can stop and it’s especially dangerous at roundabouts where most bikes get hit and at turn ins, you get hit from behind. Saw a bike hit like that on langata road. After a while you will do all these things sub-consciously. Ride safe brother.

  5. Yes I remember Ed Mutuota nice to meet you! My helmet makes a lot of wind noise so I usually attempt to streamline myself…will replace it though I compensated for the side mirror views.Thanks, I will change my sitting position accordingly. Also Brian D. Newman thanks a lot for the good advice I need these tips so much being a noob!

  6. For anyone who needs to know about the braking system. Firstly the more the weight the more the traction. Usually when you apply brakes (front or rear), in physics the weight shifts forward. About 70% of braking should be applied towards the front tire, because more weight shifts forward, and 30% at the rear. If you don’t apply the rear brakes in an emergency or while speeding, then the front tire will skid and dump you, because the 70% braking done at the front is not enough to do the 90% or 100% braking that is required for a dead stop. ALWAYS use both brakes, because in time you will get used to it and one day it will come in handy incase of emergency.