Outdoors

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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Shutterbug - Kennedy Patrick

MachoniMwangu.Photography was featured on People Daily - Wikendi magazine dated 01-06-2019. The image shown was a double spread pages 18 -19. I am honored and thankful for the open doors. The article read as below:

With a love for nature, outdoors and adventure, I have always wanted to share the beauty of what I see through my eyes. The need to express and share stories with different people about the places and ideologies perceived on my travels did inspire my photography. I bought my first DLSR camera over 4 years ago and through time I have been accumulating lenses and pieces necessary for the job

MachoniMwangu.Photography is more than just taking a picture. It is creating and anticipating a moment with each image in a creative style. My Passion in photography is mostly on nature, adventure sport and travel. My name is Kennedy Muuo

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History always has a story to tell with all the amazing images taken revealing what happened, when, where and how. The Image of the “Juvenile Baboon” was captured in Naivasha during a time out with the family. We watched for a while as the baby was always next to his mother. At this particular time, he jumped down on a wall that was well lit, perfect for a shot. I got the chance to sneak up and anticipate stare at me with food on his mouth. Picture was taken using a Canon 7D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens

Instagram: @MachoniMwangu.Photography

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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Birds in Captivity

A visit to Elsamere Conservancy in December 2018 brought us back to several birds that we had seen in captivity 3 years ago at Naivasha Owls centre. The owner of the centre then was Sarah Higgins who took time to rehabilitate eagles, owls and other injured birds that were brought to the centre. These birds had been brought in by well wishers who found them in unfortunate situations. Some had been electrocuted while perching on electric poles while others had been knocked down by man et al

This lady managed to set up the centre in her home which we found to be quite amazing. Several birds had gone through her hands and on recovery were released back to the wild. Others were not so lucky and even after recovery could not be released out. They either missed a body part or were blind meaning that they could not survive in the wild by themselves if released. others had got imprinted on man as well and were not capable of taking care of themselves if released as well

Unfortunately Sarah passed on and the birds were sent out to different locations and fortunately a few were rehabilitated at Elsamere Conservancy Centre where we got to visit and see them this time again. Elsamere opened a bird rescue centre to assist in what Sarah had been doing earlier which we found to be very good of them to assist these creatures. The birds at Sarah’s were split with some being taken to the rescue centre in Elsamere and the others to the raptors rescue centre in Soysambu conservancy. While there, we got to see the below this time round

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Spotted Eagle Owl

Spotted Eagle Owl

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Spotted Eagle Owl

Augur Buzzard.

Augur Buzzard.

Unfortunately the great blue Turacco which Sarah was also rehabilitating had been sent to Soysambu conservancy and we did not manage to see it. It was a great sight to behold with beautiful colours. We plan to visit the raptor rescue and rehabilitation centre in Soysambu in the coming year and hope to support the centre as well. Plan to visit and see how you can assist to save our fallen raptors as well

In search of Waterbirds in Lake Naivasha

As the year 2018 was coming to an end and majority were up to their christmas festivities and delicacies, we at Machoni Mwangu photography went on a search of waterbirds in Lake Naivasha. The weather around this time was great with the vegetation around the lake very lush and we expected to see a large variety of birds

We found that waters around the lake were infested with the water hyacinth that was rapidly spreading. this was mostly washed towards the beaches by the current which made it difficult to boat in some areas of the lake. Nevertheless, one morning opened up nicely and we managed boat and see a huge check listing of birds. Below are a few of the images captured and more are on our Nature page

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African Fish Eagle

Goliath Heron

Goliath Heron

Great Cormorant

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Great Cormorant in flight

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Great egret

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Great Egret on take off

Long Tailed cormorant

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Nubian Wood Pecker

Nubian Wood Pecker

Pied Kingfisher on flight

Pied Kingfisher on flight

Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

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And that day the landscape from Oserian castle closed the show nicely with a beautiful layer of colours fading in black, grey to blue pink sky which only lasted a few minutes before darkness came in. The outdoors were simply amazing and this is what at Machoni Mwangu photography thrive in

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

#MachoniMwangu

Game Drive in the Nairobi National Park on Eid-al-Adha Day 2018

Public Holidays are usually great days to pack up the family and head out to the park. And so it happened during this holiday of Eid-al-Adha. We decided to head outdoors to our favorite park - Nairobi National Park and view some game.

We were up early and by 0630hrs, we were at the park via the East gate which is through Mombasa road. There were several cars already while checking in and many were anticipating to see the big cats.

I was in hoping to take great pictures as with every drive, there is always amazing scenes and interesting happenings. We made our payments and entered and turned left towards Hippo pools of which we were anticipating a peaceful drive without many people at that time and also game viewing before the rest of the park visitors started storming in. See below some images captured as we slowly drove through the park

Topi seen en-route to the Hippo pools

Topi seen en-route to the Hippo pools

Elephant Shrew

Elephant Shrew

Grooming Baboons

Grooming Baboons

Bee Eater

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Male Rufous Sparrow

Male Rufous Sparrow

Mama and Baby Rhino in my backyard with a view of the area towards Ongata Rongai

Mama and Baby Rhino in my backyard with a view of the area towards Ongata Rongai

Crowned Plover at the Hippo pools

Crowned Plover at the Hippo pools

White-Faced Whistling Duck

White-Faced Whistling Duck

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Urban dwellings along the southern by-pass with the background of Nairobi City

Urban dwellings along the southern by-pass with the background of Nairobi City

The time spent with family is always memorable and to crown it all with something that we all love, makes it even better. Some days are public days in 2019 will come in handy for such plans with the family. Kenya is very beautiful, travel and see the nation before the parks are out run by encroachments

Beautiful Sunrise from the Reef

Got a chance to go the coast, SGR train ride to Mombasa the other day. Been lucky to always get time out to travel as part of work and with it goes my gear too. In my mind i had already planned for all the places that i wanted to visit, the images that i wanted to take and this time round i needed minimal gear to carry. The one thing i was looking forward to was the beautiful sunrise from the sea. 

I barely slept the first night despite being tired as i was already looking forward to the morning which appeared as fast as i closed my eyes. 6 o'clock i was up and was surprised that it was still dark. I set my camera, tripod and lens ready for a walk out,drew open the curtains and got back to bed after checking on the phone app to confirm the time that the sun would be out

I kept staring out and after 15 minutes or so later, i found my way down to the beach of the Reef Hotel. As the light started coming out of the clouds, i was already set with my composition. The rest is as below as the sun was coming out

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At some point, the light became too bright for my settings and I made a choice to close the aperture and reduce the shutter speeds to allow for less light at a time. The sky seemed dark again for me to try and get as much details as possible

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Within 45 minutes I was able to create dynamic images some of which looked like were done at sunset. Such beauty and calmness that morning that one would not mind waking up to each and every day of their life

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Spaces, Shapes and Sizes of the SGR ride to Mombasa

After a long and anxious wait, i finally got to ride the SGR to and fro Mombasa. There had been many talks about the ride, the early arrival and check in processes, the long tiresome journey and many other assumptions that were running through my head before then. But the day finally arrived. I was lucky to get a window seat on the right side of the second coach. I was happy as i knew that side was facing the Nairobi National Park down towards hippo pools, Athi river town, Amboseli and Tsavo West National Parks

I decided to document the whole journey in images as that is the best way i know of how to tell a story. The journey started exactly as timed by eight o'clock and the  amazing slow ride got us past Athi river station and out into the wilderness where man and animals were co-existing peacefully. Thomson Gazelles, Zebras, Giraffes could be seen near homes and no one seemed to mind as they went about their businesses. Athi River station was the first stop that we made to pick up some passengers and thereafter, on we went to Emali station for another stop. This time i was already armed with my Canon at hand

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The shapes of the stations started coming to light. The magnificence of the buildings, the officers outside saluting as the train passed was on another level. Emali Station seemed not to have many passengers to be picked as we saw only one or two people alight that morning. Again we started off and along we went at good speeds that were being indicated on the upper front of the coaches. Sights to be hold where everywhere, infrastructure, culture, people, hills and wildlife

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Along the lanes were monumental structures some of which seemed quite old and new ones emerging besides them. From schools to homes, churches to mosques and farm lands where all along the lane. The main road was on the right side and being a Monday there was not much traffic at this time of day. Only a few trucks and matatus could be seen on the road. Kibwezi station was the next stop and we arrived some minutes past ten o'clock

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I think by being curious and looking outside for what different experiences there were, made me not to notice how fast time was moving. The many stories of how the journey was long and boring by this time did not make sense to me. I was very anxious to see the next place, the next sight, the next opportunity to snap fast. As Jason Lanier often says it " You only have one chance to get it right" and so i tried to make it count. And here it all came out to play, no set ups, no trials and only that one push of the button at the right time. The scenes outside were different from the every day scene in the office or in traffic. There was something new. Even Baobab trees seemed upside down :-) literally. Form Kibwezi, the next station was Mtito Andei by which the time was eleven O'clock

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Busy trying to see what the station was like, i have no idea how long we stayed at Mtito Andei station. Unlike travelling in a bus, there was no getting out to buy meals. The coach had already provided tea or coffee for everyone and a restaurant was available for whatever anyone needed to bite. Did I mention they have a flush toilet that uses suction pressure and has many instructions to read for use? Found that hilarious by the way. The service was not five star as most would have expected but there is always room to accept things as they are without a hustle. And anyway, it was just for a few hours. So on we went from Mtito through man-eaters area in the Tsavo and further into the coastal region. Along the roads where some beautiful homes which seemed to be in the middle of no-where

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Mariakani Station

After a long and gentle quiet ride through the wilderness, Mariakani station just appeared out of nowhere. I think by now we had already passed several stations that i did not even know their names though was glad to be approaching the city of Mombasa. The weather had changed and despite being on AC from the beginning of the journey, the outside was showing different signs. Palm trees where becoming plenty, the house constructions models, the way of life of a people showed signs of the coastal region. And after several bends we came out to a clearing that led out to the station of Mombasa terminus

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No sooner had we arrived, everybody seemed to rush out like they were late already. Not sure why but the atmosphere was calling for ease and calmness. Down the escalators and out the from door we went to get our transport to the city. The amazing construction done along the SGR lanes is something to wonder about. Kenya is indeed beautiful and with technology it is leading the pack in East Africa. One kamba visionary (Syokimau) in the past saw a long snake that was carrying humans passing through the Ukambani area. Am not sure whether he saw it in such magnificence as the SGR has made it. 

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Celebrating Earth day 2018

With the death of Sudan the world's last male northern white rhino in the Ol Pajeta conservancy in Kenya in March 2018, concerns about its extinction became more clearer than before. If scientists are not able breed another male to sire calves with the remaining females, generations to come may not see these huge beautiful creatures. Some may only get to know about them in history through lessons in class or books just as we read about the dinosaurs in the old

As we celebrate Earth day 2018 geared towards going green, specifically encouraging use of more eco-friendly materials remember that every action has a consequence. A simple visit to the park to see nature is purely as a result of huge conservation efforts by the governments and communities. If we do not conserve every aspect of our environment, we may loose what is purely natural. Take a step and do your bit to conserve. Plant a tree or two

A rhino grazing in the Nairobi National Park

A rhino grazing in the Nairobi National Park

People are being encouraged to reduce the use of plastics hence forth. The theme of Earth day 2018 is to End plastic pollution. It may not happen in a day, but a step at a time towards these efforts may go a long way. With the end of using plastic bags in kenya currently underway, it goes to show that it can be done. Take a step and make a pledge to stop the consumption of plastics

Conservation steps taken by all of us will assist save the earth. Its our civic duty to ensure that our environments are clean, to plant trees around us to ensure that we have adequate water and influence better climatic conditions. Someone once said that the flight of a butterfly in one part of the world will indeed influence the weather in another. It might be a small step, but it is a bold step

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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