Adventure Sport

The New generation of SuperMoto

The new generation of Supermoto bikes by Husqvarna is truly the essence of Supermoto. The sexy yet tough bike is good on off road and on track racing. The Supermoto sport is a mix of different skills required for street racing, motocross and dirt track. The Swedish styled bike is on a class of its own

At a glance, the bike looks simple and hard. But on a second look, the monstrosity is seen on the one sided exhaust, the height and tires, the two front forks - simply amazing. The “modified suspension, street wheels and tires is the perfect recipe for a Supermoto” (bikebandit.com, 2015)

Whether it is the Supermoto 701 or the FS 450 engines, the immense power can be seen as the bike just wants to take off. The displacement of the 750 as compared to the 450 can tell the difference between the pro’s and the newbies in the game, the man and the boy.

This would be a beast to own someday but with reservations as the thrill, the rush could also mean the crush and the injuries compounded. The bike is very different from a any KTM model though its part of the KTM group by acquisition. A chance to hear this bike roar or see it in action on track or the dirt road is always a warm welcomed sight. Machoni Mwangu Photography got a chance to witness the bike in action in one of the Superbike Association races held in Kenya. Watch this space for the new upcoming races. Below is some images of this Supermoto

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Moto X - The Rivalry Continued. Round 4

The rivalry continued at the Jamuhuri race track for the Moto X round 4 event on the “Piki Piki za Mbio”. Despite the rainy day and the muddy terrain, nothing could hold the bikes down. From the big boys and girls, every one turned up for the mud races. Even the under 50cc category was well represented on this said day. No one wanted to be left behind.

The event hosted courtesy of the FIM Africa and East Africa Motor Sport Club is among many races held within the country focusing on the Enduro and Motocross. There is a lot of interest growing in these two wheel sports and sponsorship’s are getting better by the day. Every one wants a piece of the cake. Motorcycle fan clubs are also getting bigger in Kenya, with the track, road races and terrains well represented by the Super bikes, Enduros and MX respectively. The turn out during these events is amazing showing the interest in adventure sport, adrenaline rush and a fun time outdoors. Cruisers, we await an invite to your events

Machoni Mwangu Photography and family happened to be spectators at this event and managed to get a few images as represented below:

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Enduro Dirt Masters Championships at Champagne park

The Enduro Dirt masters Championship Finals were held at Champagne Park in Ngong. The annual event attracts bikers, campers, nature and mud lovers. Most of all is a good time out to watch different riders battle tough designed courses testing their skills and machines. It is usually very competitive across all the classes, the terrains are almost unforgiving, mental strength is key and a positive attitude is the only way out. The fans are always anticipating good riding and fun along the splashes and so are we

Machoni Mwangu Photography was in place again to showcase the event as it happened through our eyes. Watch out for 2019 events as the year is packed with fun and adventure. See the images of what transpired on this actual day.

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Drags and Run - Superbike Race 2019

The Moto champ drags and run - Superbike race event was held last weekend at Exit 13 - Thika super highway, Kiganjo - Macadamia area in Kenya. The event hosted by Road Warrior motorcycle community is a series of races held in the country annually. It has pulled crowds from different biker communities via its road races closing a section of road to have one on one races to see who is fastest

Superbikes in different categories in terms of capacity from under 400cc, 600cc, 1000cc and over were all featuring. Different riders came to show off their style and racing skills this time round. Also noted were the different bike manufacturers and models represented as well from Suzuki, Kawasaki, Ducatti, Honda, KTM, Apaches, Yamaha, BMW et al

The fans did not disappoint as well. They turned up in huge numbers in support of the event in diverse age groups. From the young to the old, they were all there for the adrenaline rush and to see the fast machines. Machoni Mwangu Photography was invited for the event and we managed to show up thanks to Ness Pixels, a fellow petrol head and adrenaline junkie :-) . Below is a series of some images captured on the day

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4 X 4 Challenge Champagne Park, Kipeto

The 4 X 4 Challenge has drawn a lot of interest from the petrol heads, adventure and outdoor lovers in Kenya. Over time, the event has been held in different locations from Kipeto to Lukenya where the roads / tracks are un-surfaced, with mud, gravel, rocks or even riverbeds or water filled pools. This time round it was hosted in Champagne park, Kipeto area and for sure a lot of Kenyan motoring enthusiasts came for the event.

The event usually is held over a weekend with activities from qualifiers to the finals per category. All vehicles are scrutinized and given pass to take part. Despite all that, some get to stall, get stuck but through it all each finds its own strength. Different passions are seen through the teams and their vehicles

From Friday through to Sunday in the evening, there is camping, food and drinks available on purchase through out. A relaxed time out to smell outdoors and see nature, see the new upgrades of 4 X 4, meet friends and rally lovers and have a great time with family as well, a getaway plan. Did i mention the nyama choma / fry is a deli always available? You don’t want to miss it next time

As usual, Machoni Mwangu Photography was around and took some images as below:

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Honda Shadow 750cc Cruiser

The Honda Shadow 750cc cruiser is indeed a beauty with gorgeous pipes and shinny chromes. The bike is based on Honda's venerable liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin engine. It has an impressive torque in the lower rpm ranges. The engine sports twin-plug, three-valve cylinder heads, with two intakes. At calm speeds along the greens, the bike was easy and noisily picking up speed. Fantastic however, the pillion seat is just miniature. For a long distance, it is sure going to hurt your rear.

The well kept and nicely spruced up Honda shadow cruiser got Kevin and I meet up at the Karirana estates one Sunday afternoon for a shoot. The idea was bring out the chrome on the bike against the back ground of the coffee plantations and the blue sky. The clear road and winding turns brought out some great images ideas as well

See some images captured on this Sunday break out of town

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Feel Fitness Centre

Feel fitness Centre is a gym and fitness facility located along garden estate road, Nairobi. This a space for growing a healthy community through fun, efficient and sustainable fitness solutions. The facility is well equipped and growing targeting memberships from all groups, gender, class and bridging the gap for a healthy working nation.

Feel Fitness centre is also incorporating #Afrobics into their work out programs. This is aerobics incorporating the African drum and song. Led by Cathy Kilonzo, Afrobics is growing big and each step making advances to learning African dance moves while getting the body fit.

Machoni Mwangu photography got the chance to join one of her practice sessions and captured a few moves as below

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A Lesson in Tennis

Every great dream starts with a dreamer and a lesson in any game will instill a passion in life that could be a turning point for some. Tennis is a racket sport which can be played individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each. Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber ball into the opponent's court. We chose to showcase a passion in tennis with a friend of mine which produced great images as well.

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Bring up a child about the way he should go and he will not depart from it even in old age. Expose a child to all the things you know to be beneficial to you, with time they will learn their passions and take up what interests them

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Speed Bikes in season 2 SuperBike Championships in Kenya

The second season of the super bike championships races in Kenya took place at the TGRV circuit in Mai Mahiu. It was 2 day event with the first day having scheduled trial runs for the men to test their machines on the track and the second day was the big day. A few campers came in day one and majority flocked in for the race day on Sunday. This was going to be a big one

We noted some of the few speed bikes that came in for the show taking part in the races for 1000cc, 600cc and under 250cc.

KTM Duke 1290

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Honda CBR 600RR

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Suzuki GSR

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Honda FireBlade

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Offroad riders and Outdoor lovers

The first light at dawn, the calm fresh air, the clean earth that has been washed by the rains, the quiet sight of the gazelles grazing, the tale to tell of the sunbird probing the flowers . . . . Fresh outdoors with only two wheelers, 4X4's and cameras. Thats what i am talking about, thats what i am thinking of today. I just want to go away

The sort of weekend that wakes up at the crack of dawn in a field with flowing waters and rivers. The one time when you will wake up earlier than normal not because you are headed off to work and wont be late, but simply because you do not want to miss a moment with that early bird. 

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No matter what the weather, no matter the career, no matter the religion, no matter the colour; outdoor lovers and adventure riders are just simple people who will not be confined to the four corners of a room. The people who seek the thrill to story tell by the camp fire, listening to crickets and the fire crackers as the tell of the previous adventure. 

Most of the time it is just normal people loving the outdoors, riding for pure fun to even nature trailing simply for pure enjoyment. Heroes are not always professionals who are doing the extra-ordinary but normal people like you and I who do what they love. We just love waking up to different sights and sounds and with that the weekend is made. 

Super Bike Drag Race in Kenya 2018

A super bike drag race involves two participants lining up at a drag strip waiting signaling by a marshal for the race to start. These bikes race on a long two straight paved tracks and the rider to get to the finish line first is the winner. The race is about who is fast out of the drag strip, who can maintain a higher acceleration and which bike is in the best condition to take it. Experience here matters as small mistakes can prove to be costly.

Apart from the Ducatti panigale 1199R the drag winning bike, several other big super bikes graced the tracks. The likes of Yamaha R1M, Suzuki GSXR 750, Honda CBR 1000RR, Kawasaki ZX 1400r, Yamaha R6, Honda 600RR were here. These bikes were fast and getting them on motion at particular points was a lesson in itself.

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The bikes with similar CC,s were paired for the race and the racers got several chances to test their bikes. Muscle and endurance was also tested. The big boys and girls were all ready for the show. Though always riding together as a family, this was race day and everybody was here to show off skill, balls and what their bikes could do

With the increase of traffic in the Kenyan roads recently, the bike seems to be gaining acceptability as a means of transport beyond the adventure. Bike companies should consider taking up this huge opportunity to make available their guns for this market. Commuter bikes, Super bikes and adventure bikes most of all are being seen as the main type of two wheels that majority are gunning up for. Its an opportunity for any recognized company willing to set up shop, sell and maintain the product that will be able to make good margins in this

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Machoni Mwangu Photography was able to capture stunning images as they got the chance to spend time with family and friends

Ducatti Panigale 1199; The drag race winning Bike

The first ever East African drag race was held in Nairobi, Kenya two weekends ago. This saw the coming together of beautiful, fast and very well-tuned super-bikes to Exit 12 of the Thika super highway which was closed for this occasion. Therein saw the magnificence of the Ducatti Panigale 1199R racing in Kenya

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