Here’s a bit of news from the Honda Safety Driving Center (HSDC), considered the country’s most sought-after driving and riding training school based in Sucat.
First, the bad. The HSDC has temporarily stopped accepting students for driving school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is because all training cars are air-conditioned, making them prone to viral transmission. Training instructors can’t say when the driving sessions will resume.
And now for the good: HSDC is coming up with a new course called ‘Motorcycle Gymkhana’ for motorcyclists who are seeking a higher level of riding skill. The term gymkhana is derived from a time trial competition that requires precision riding skills while maneuvering the bike through tight alleys and corners.
These special skills entail a lot of focus to attain balance and to control the motorbike. The objective is to run the course in the shortest time possible.
“Tuloy na po yan. Hopefully by next month (June),” says Alex Gregorio, HSDC team leader for small motorbikes training, during the latest Tropang Top Bikes Calamansi episode. He was accompanied by Remen Navarro Carlos, HSDC senior safety instructor associate and team leader for big bikes training.
The HSDC gymkhana instructors underwent training with experts from Japan, where this riding discipline has become very popular. To hone their teaching skills, the HSDC instructors were also sent abroad to compete in gymkhana events.
The availability of slots for the Motorcycle Gymkhana Course, and other training program details, will be announced by HSDC next week on its official Facebook page.
Do you think it’s time to level up your riding prowess?
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