The man & his bike; Nzima Poely

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 25 April 2017   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
The man & his bike; Nzima Poely

Nzima Poely – an accountant with vast experience – was inspired to ride by a friend of his called Rapula, who was not only his neighbour in Tlokweng but was also a rider. He was encouraged by his friend to follow his passion and start riding. Rapula referred him to a now popular riding instructor called Abraham in 2010. Acting on Rapula’s advice, Nzima went for riding lessons and obtained a license to ride. Nzima’s first bike was a Suzuki RF400, which he still fondly remembers as a “nice bike”. Eventually the RF400 felt too slow and too small for Nzima so he moved up to a Yamaha Thunder Cat, which was a 600 cc bike. He enjoyed the Thunder Cat for a while before moving up in engine size again to a Yamaha FZS1000 Fazer. Nzima’s current bike is a Ducati M620 Monster. It is a 620 cc naked bike. He likes the riding posture on the Monster because it is not as “cramped” as that on a superbike. He also likes the fact that it does not feel as heavy as a 1000 cc bike. He describes the Monster as being “quite stylish and classic looking”.

Nzima is a self-proclaimed solo rider. He finds riding by himself to be more relaxed and “less competitive”. Apart from leisurely rides, he also rides to work three times a work, which he notes saves money spent on fuel. It also gets him where he is going more quickly in traffic. On weekends he likes to take laid bike rides by himself. Although Nzima is a solo rider, he does occasionally mix with other riders. He enjoys attending biker charity events such as toy runs. He also enjoys attending rallies. He used to enjoy attending a local rally known as the Hornbill Rally. Nzima says that he would like his next bike to be a Harley Davidson V-Rod. He finds it attractive because the riding position is more laid back than on a superbike, and yet it is still powerful and fast. Nzima says that the two motorcycle brands that he likes the most are Ducati and Harley Davidson, so his dream bike is a choice between the Harley V-Rod and the Ducati 1299 Panigale.

However, Nzima loves the Ducati Monster so much that he feels that, even if he buys another bike, he will never part with it. “I think I will keep it for good,” he says lovingly. Nzima encourages people who are interested in biking to follow up on that interest and seek proper training to obtain a license. He feels that while biking is relatively new in Botswana, there are a lot of business opportunities because there are only dealerships for four brands of motorcycle locally. People who have bikes which are not from one of those four brands struggle with servicing and obtaining parts. Nzima finds it frustrating that he has to take his bike to South Africa for service. He also feels that motorcycle road racing could be introduced in Botswana.