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HART Melbourne Open Day Gives Visitors A Taste Of Motorcycling

4 September 2009 - Stormy weather didn’t hold back the visitors to HART’s recent open day held at their all-new premises in Melbourne’s north.

Around 300 visitors came through the doors of Honda’s latest state-of-the-art rider training facility, keen to take part in activities introducing new and experienced riders to skills programs that aim to improve safety on the road.

“The Learner Try It sessions proved to be particularly popular,” said HART’s Victorian Manager Grant Carr.

“We also had about 30 participants in our Advanced Try It sessions, as well as very well attended seminars on “Looking After Our Mates”, and alcohol and drug awareness.”

Riding Simulator sessions ran continually all day with visitors able to have a go at the interactive, computer-driven programs that aim to put riders in real-life traffic scenarios.

Exhibits were provided by RoadSafe Westgate, Metro North East and North West, TAC, Motorcycling Australia, Ulysses, Two Wheels Magazine, Draggin Jeans, MFB racing, Victoria Police, the Honda Riders Club of Australia, and the Department of Sustainability and Environment.

Honda’s Managing Director, Stuart Strickland welcomed guests and accepted a certificate of appreciation from Road Safe representatives, Bill Sommers and Gavin MacDonald, who were there to officially congratulate HART on the opening of the centre.

“We were also able to use the occasion to launch one of our off road courses with a group of five riders being put through some tuition by one of our senior instructors,” Mr Carr said.

Footage of the day will be shown on Channel 31 over the next few weeks on “Two Wheel Torque” on Monday nights.