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Honda Introduces Innovative Safety Initiative To Dealerships Nationally

1 May 2009 - Honda Australia has launched an innovative program throughout authorized Honda dealerships that aims to combat safety concerns for motorcyclists by providing an enhanced service at the time of purchase.

A Honda Safety Advisor (HSA) is being employed within each participating Dealership who will act as the initial contact for customers in regard to safety advice as well as offer on-the-spot training through the use of an on-site simulator.

Specifically, the HSA offers advice to customers in relation to appropriate bike choice, safety gear and local places to ride, and can provide information on state licensing authorities.

The HSA will also provide introductory skills and hazard perception training through use of the Honda Rider Trainer, a computer driven, easy-to-use, riding simulator that puts riders in real-life road traffic situations.

The simulator allows the HSA to introduce basic control skills to potential customers in a safe way, and to give non-riders a taste of what is involved in riding. The Riding Trainer is currently being utilised at all Honda Australia Rider Training (HART) centres.

Importantly, the HSA will also have knowledge of training courses available to riders, from beginners to those who need a ‘refresher’ course, right up to the more advanced level rider.

“Honda is focused on introducing new safety initiatives that have real benefit for our customers and this one certainly hits the mark,” said Honda’s General Manager, Motorcycles, Tony Hinton.

“The simulator, in addition to the appointment of a Safety Advisor in many of our Dealerships and the undertaking of formal training, will mean motorcyclists are as prepared as possible for the road.”

“Those who are new to two wheels will start to think like a motorcyclist and be better prepared to interact with traffic on public roads.”

“Novice riders will find the Trainer as well as the advice provided by the HSA extremely helpful in gaining additional confidence, but experienced riders will also find the simulator beneficial because it is programmed to put the rider in a wide variety of potential scenarios without putting themselves at risk!"

The Windows compatible software provides a wide variety of options from city riding to touring on small, medium or large capacity machines, as well as with a manual or automatic (i.e. scooter) transmission.

The simple design of the Riding Trainer includes motorcycle handlebars and pedal operation components, a seat, along with a lightweight frame and video monitor.

“By spending time on the simulator with the Safety Advisor on hand, customers get a better grasp of traffic skills and potentially dangerous situations, and learn how to start predicting the actions of other road users before they become a threat to the rider,” Mr Hinton said.

“The new services that Honda is offering aim to add value for our customers to the rider training and licensing programs already in place within Australia. They are not designed to replace formal rider training.”

Honda will be rolling out the new HSA program to Dealerships over the next two months, details of which will be advertised on the Honda Australia website.