Motorcycle maker sets up Mombasa branch

Riders wait to join a political campaign convoy in Eldoret Town during Kenya’s recent electioneering period. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Riders wait to join a political campaign convoy in Eldoret Town. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Nairobi-based motorcycle manufacturing firm, Kibo Africa Ltd, has established its presence in the port city of Mombasa with a new branch.

The move comes just a month after the company set base in Kisumu.

“The launch of Kibo Center at the Coast will provide a further platform for the coastal region to go do the most important and urgent things, share innovation and building prosperity in the region with the Kibo K150 the first purpose built motorcycle in Kenya,” a statement from the firm’s marketing manager, Grace Muriithi, said.

The move underlines the growing importance and demand for motorcycles as a means of transport in Kenya's major cities.

"...If we see Africa as a whole, the demand for motorcycles is forecast to grow from 4 billion to 9 billion dollars by 2022," Kibo CEO Huib Van Grisjiparde said a statement.

Popularly known as boda boda, it is a preferred mode of transport for those wishing to avoid traffic gridlocks and crisscross rough roads.

Kibo boasts of creating high quality motorcycles, which the firm says are engineered specifically for Africa, along with support for training, safety equipment and servicing.

The manufacturer encourages people to take up motorcycling as a safe way to travel for both work and leisure.