Gwanda School Dropout Assembles Quadbike From Scrape


A Gwanda-based mechanic has become an overnight sensation after inventing his own version of an all-terrain quad bike from disused motorcycle parts and scrap metal.

One thing that bikers are confident about is that if you let a motorcycle into your life, it will change you forever.

It is the combination of fear and the thrill of accelerating from zero to 150 kilometres per hour in a few seconds that they say turns you into a fanatic.

One such enthusiast is Nhlanhla Gabula, popularly known as Orieyantso in Gwanda, whose fascination with bikes has seen him go beyond repairing and riding the powerful machine to assembling one.

It is however not a typical motorcycle but a quad bike that is normally used at safari expeditions or drag sporting events.

“Well this has always been my dream to come up with something like this and the lockdown gave me an opportunity to bring the dream to life. What I did was use parts from two old motorbikes at my workshop and scrap metals to assembly this quad bike.”

The backyard invention which took a few weeks to complete is one of the many motorised machines that Gabula wishes to manufacture.

“There is a lot that I want to assembly, for instance, I intend to build a speed boat because I love speed. So if I get the support that I need that is something I believe I can build with my own hands.”

Gabula’s brilliance and desire to share his skills with the youth has also charmed locals who believe he should be given more support.

“We are really amazed by what Gabula has managed to assemble. We believe that the youths can learn a lot from him he gets the right support).

It may not be a cutting edge bike with high tech features that most modern quads have but Gabula believes his talent, hard work, passion and determination will one day see him ride on the crest of success.

The current version of the motorbike is his second attempt after he destroyed the first he designed around 2004 and 2005, under the eyes of his father after failing to raise the requisite financial resources.

Speaking on his latest project, Oriyantso said offers have been made by local farmers for the motorbike but he is adamant he will never sell the prototype. He said:

Having made a quad bike before which never came to see the day I decided when l started to stay on the premises to deal at once and for all with the wound and put my skills to test.

I managed to raise money to fulfil my dream and this is where l raised all the parts required. In three and a half months l was done and dusted.

This is not the ideal quad bike l desire to design. With all the right equipment l can pull it off in a month without any scracth or untight screw.

My target is when l get all this to create employ and grow as a company that is able to make two quad bikes a month or even more considering the raw equipment.

I will never sell this sample even in my trying times and l want to wake up and see it daily to inspire me to hustle and be able to grow my company and even get it to be formally registered.

Nhlanhla Gabula dropped out of school in 1992 just as he finished his Form One Third Term at Gwanda High School as his father failed to pay his school fees.

Nhlanhla Gabula became a gold miner in Collen Bawn before going to Harare where he tried his luck in rearing Ostriches.

He returned to Gwanda where he became his father Amos Gabula’s right-hand man where they welded in the family’s home at Gwanda’s oldest township Jahunda.

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