Peanut kicks off our Women and Motorcycles series. This Photo series is aimed at celebrating women who are defying the odds by riding motorcycles prior to the forthcoming International Women Riders Day in May 5. When asked to describe herself, Peanut says she is an 18 year old queen with 24 years of life experience. A mother of two adorable princes, who are 16 years and 12 years respectively, she spends her weekdays working in Eldama Technologies LTD, kenya’s tier 1 cloud service provider. But beneath that helmet is a lady with a myriad of vibes. She is sassy, assertive and unapologetic when it comes to speaking her mind. She carries with her a ball of hype wherever she is and her presence is one to lighten up your mood. She shares her beautiful riding experience with us:
When did you start riding and what motivated you to take up riding ?
I learnt how to ride in back in 2015 December but began to actively ride in June 2016. I always loved motorcycles from the very beginning. I would sit and watch movies where ladies were riding a motorcycle. I thought they looked all macho in their leather attire and stiletto boots but the best part is when they would take off their helmets and shake their hair (that hair going wild still excites me to date)
Did you have to go through formal training? How was the training experience ?
Yes, I went through professional training at InkedBiker Rider Training and the experience is a story in itself. I actually learnt how to ride on the bike I currently own. I still find it interesting that I bought my bike before actually learning how to ride. I had it parked for six months prior to my training. I was very anxious during my training and I remember being “punished” by the head trainer, Malibu for my silly mistakes.
Is riding part of your daily commute or more of a recreational activity?
Well, it is pretty much a mix of both.
How has it been for you as a female rider?
As much as it was initially considered as a male dominated area more and more women are coming out to embrace the peace that comes with the wind on two wheels. However, there have been a number of challenges that have been thrown my way one of them being my height. I am yet to find a bike that I can sit on without having to tip toe and consequently I have been prone to toppling over in situations where utmost balance is required. Most bikes are heavy and this makes it difficult to maneuver for someone with a petite body frame like mine.
I may not do what other people do on motorcycles, but just being able to ride my own motorcycle is one of my key achievements and no longer a dream for me.
One misconception that personally gets to me and that I have to deal with on a daily basis is being assumed to be a guy while riding. I am not a dude, not a bro, bruh, buda or brathe, I AM FEMALE! Just because I ride doesn’t automatically make me a guy and I don’t feel that I have to prove it to anyone.
I take on these challenges fearlessly. I have also learnt to adapt especially when it comes to my height and the height of the bike. My husband played a big role as a support system. He would follow me to work and back at the beginning. Since then my confidence on the road has grown exponentially and I am continuously grateful to everyone out there who has had my back on this.
I am still riding first bike , the Hero Karizma ZMR. My dream bike are the KTM 790 Adventure and Honda CB500X Adventure (just thinking about them gives me palpitations)!
Being a lady and one who loves adventure, the looks of these bikes are quite alluring. Both bikes look absolutely stunning and are fit to take me for tours that I am always dreaming of. I will not get into the technical specifications of the bikes because I know very little about that.
Share a notable/ memorable experience you’ve had or undertaken with your bike or generally as a female rider
There have been many awesome experiences in 2017 and a few in 2018 but I think Kisumu ride was the best yet. I realized when you get to choose who to ride alongside the whole dynamics of the group ride changes. You tend to have epic experiences when it is with people or someone with whom you have similar riding styles and same characteristics
How has biking impacted your lifestyle / life
My bike replaced my best friends and I hope they don’t get to read this article (grins). I love the outdoors and I always kept wondering what will happen to me when I get to season 4 of my life. I literally got stressed thinking the older I get the more chilled and composed I must become. That I just had to stay home, and raise the boys and start to be boring even to myself . Then BAM! My neighbor (God bless her soul) came home on a motorcycle and that was the ultimate game changer.
I knew it was time for me to buy my own, which I did. From that point onwards there was no turning back.
For me riding is like a drug or form of meditation. It is a place where all my worldly concerns disappear and there is just a road, Babezy (name of my bike) and me . As a human and a female we are prone to the entire craze of emotions but as soon as I position myself on Babezy , everything drops off my mind. As I keep throttling I get happier and happier.
Word of advice to aspiring female riders as well as your general biking mantra
As a lady we have the same appreciations for riding as any other rider be it female or male. We are not on our bikes to get attention. Be you, do you, love you, don’t wait for people to acknowledge your actions, as you will never find what you are looking for in others. Be your own excellence !
In commemoration of the International Female Riders Day in May 5, Peanut will be riding to Mombasa together with her business partner and friend Nyambura. Stay tuned for our next feature!