We officially celebrated the IFRD on 5 May but we continue to celebrate extraordinary women (bikers). In our fifth feature we delve into Agie’s motorcycling world. She is a finance specialist in the airline industry and has been there for the past 28 years. At 52 years, with three beautiful children, Agie is full of life and young at heart. She loves music and enjoys traveling. She is your no nonsense kinda of girl and believes in one being truthful to self and others. Read along to get the full picture of her riding world:
When did you start riding and what motivated you to take up riding?
I always wanted to ride since my 20’s. I had a colleague who used to own a motorbike and once in a while he would drop me home on his bike. Riding has always been one of those things that I used to talk about. “Siku moja aki nita–ride Motorbike” , I always told myself. In 2016 , when one of my friends posted a picture of herself with a bike, a gift from her hubby, the riding bug bit hard. I decided it was time to do this and my riding journey started.
Did you have to go through formal training? How was the training experience?
When I was researching for a riding school, all the seasoned riders recommended formal training and that is how my daughter and I started training with Malibu from InkedBiker
Upon training, I got to realize that riding is so different from what people think. It polishes your alertness on the road if you have come from driving a car. You become more conscious, you look out for anything and everything and notice things that you otherwise would not have whilst behind the wheel.
Is riding part of your daily commute or more of a recreational activity?
Riding for me is part of my daily commute. I ride to work from Kiambu road to the CBD and back. I must admit that riding has made me have relatively relaxed mornings. I do not have to wake very early and rush; I ride at an easy pace.
How has it been for you as a female rider?
As embarrassing as it seems, I was bulldozed off the lane by a fellow biker on my very first day on the road. Nevertheless, the challenge of drivers refusing to give you way especially in heavy traffic is quite rampant.
I remember being told that I am undergoing my middle age crisis when I began riding. Some went ahead to say that I am too old to be riding.
With time, I have learnt to ignore such comments and always find a way of changing the topic. When on the road, I do the very best to enjoy my ride.
My daughter has really been an awesome sport and support system. We started riding together and we have been encouraging each other ever since. I am also grateful to my Nyumba Kumi biking group ( Kiambu Rd) as well as the InkedBikers group and Motorcycles Association of Kenya.
What’s your first/current and dream Bike and what did/do you love most about those bikes
My first bike which also happens to be my current one is the Bladez Gwizz Puzey 150cc Scooter. I was introduced to this motorcycle by Malibu in one of our training sessions and got hooked. At the time, I was training on a KIBO 150 which was also easy to handle. However, if Malibu did not introduce me to the scooter, I am certain that I would have ended up buying a KIBO.
The one thing I love about the scooter is its fuel consumption. I spend an average of KES 480 for a full tank and that takes me for a week (accumulative of 200km). It is also automatic hence no gears to change. I just throttle away.
My dream bike is a Harley-Davidson street 500, but I would settle for Yamaha V Star 250 which looks like a Harley.
Share a notable/ memorable experience you’ve had or undertaken with your bike or generally as a female rider
This will have to be the ride to Kenol Muranga with the Scooter family riders. It was awesome just having scooters on the road. I felt I belonged.
How has biking impacted your lifestyle / life?
I am ever so alert while driving. I am on the look out for fellow bikers and give them way. Meeting many lady bikers has connected me to amazing women. The sisterhood therein is one I am proud to be a part of. I am also now able to approach a random biker and chat them with no qualms.
Word of advice to aspiring female riders as well as your general biking mantra
Go for what you want! If you love something go for it and if you decide its riding ensure you have proper training and always wear your gears because the truth is , it saves lives. Be safe!
We love Agie’s riding journey and we love her scooter more perhaps (winks)