Chichewa word of the day: Njinga ya moto
Meaning: Motorbike / motorcycle
Semantics: “Njinga” means bike, as in a bicycle or push bike. “Moto” means fire.
Since coming out to Malawi, I’ve been surprised by how little I miss material things from home (UK or Hong Kong). For example, my television. There is one exception… my motorbike.
I (used to) ride a Honda CBR 600 F-Sport, also known as the F4i. It was my pride and joy. It still is since I couldn’t bring myself to sell it. I even contemplated shipping it over but thought better of it over concerns on cost, safety on Malawi roads and it’s rather against the spirit of volunteering here!
Despite the storm which is currently uprooting trees all over Lilongwe. The rather shaky Internet in Malawi is actually quite fast today.
So, enjoy… the sights and sounds of my next bikes… someday! For now, I have to just cling on to my #46 Valentino Rossi t-shirt and Dainese jacket as if I’m still a rider!
You can see more speed things on my Pinterest board.
MV Agusta F4 Senna Edition
First of many (I hope) posts about my favourite topic… MOTORBIKES!
Besides working with the Ministry of Health to (I hope!) make a difference, one of the things I was particularly looking forward to was exploring the country on a motorbike during my spare time. Yes, the Long Way Round / Down style! Short UNICEF clip of the Malawi episode here.
Alas! Whilst doing some homework (i.e. googling), I found the blog of a returned VSO volunteer called Gareth in Malawi. One particular post caught my eye: Buying a motorbike in Malawi… His whole blog is a very good read but to quickly summarise this post for you, here’s an excerpt:-
“A new Yamaha DT 125cc, the bike we learnt on with VSO, costs a cool K850,000 at the only dealership in Malawi. That’s about £4000 – and more than twice the price of the same bike in South Africa…
… Second-hand bikes are really hard to come by.”
Not the finding I was hoping for to say the least! However, inspired by the timeless quote by Commander Taggart (aka Tim Allen) in Galaxy Quest: “Never give up. Never surrender!” I shall keep googling and see what other options exist. Gareth did manage to buy this beautiful Honda XL125 in the end. So there is hope!
For now, Charley and Ewan will have to wait a bit before riding with me.
Categories: Malawi, Motorbikes, Travel, Volunteering, VSO
Tags: Charley Boorman, Ewan McGregor, Honda, Long Way Down, Long Way Round, UNICEF, XL125