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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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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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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