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Motorcycle Training Simulator

Honda Introduces The Riding Trainer, an Easy-To-Use PC-based Motorcycle Safety Training Device

TOKYO, Japan, January 30, 2006–Honda Motor Co., Ltd. announced its decision to market the Riding Trainer (see below) to authorized Honda motorcycle dealers and other corporations1 in Japan.

Designed to teach motorcycle safety effectively, the Riding Trainer will be available by early February 2006.

Developed with a view to wider use of motorcycle safety training devices, the Riding Trainer teaches riders to foresee and predict the dangers encountered in motorcycle riding.

Based on technologies created for the Riding Simulator, which is used at a variety of rider training centers, the Riding Trainer is both lighter and less expensive than the Riding Simulator.  The Riding Trainer features a Riding Evaluation function to advise the user and is ideal for convenient and easy training in motorcycle dealerships and similar locations.

The total weight of the Riding Trainer is just 29 kg, and the device is compact: overall length is 1,575 mm, overall width is 568 mm, and overall height is 923 mm.  The product includes motorcycle handlebar controls, pedal controls for clutch operation and braking, a seat, a frame, and a board to hold a video monitor.

The Riding Trainer comes with proprietary software and is connected via a USB cable to the user’s own PC. The software produces images on a video monitor with which a Riding Trainer user interacts to create a realistic riding simulation.

The proprietary software includes 2 beginner training courses (Clutch Operation practice mode, City Riding practice mode) and 15 hazard prediction courses (City Riding mode, Touring mode), for a total of 17 courses.  Appropriate for both beginners and experienced riders, the Riding Trainer offers manual and automatic transmission simulation and a wide choice of other settings for a training experience that matches any skill level. In addition, the Riding Trainer offers on-screen visuals and audio guidance in English and eight other languages.2

Sales of the Riding Trainer commenced in November 2005 in motorcycle dealers across Europe, where annual sales of 1,000 units are planned. Going forward, sales will be expanded first to Asia and then throughout the world as a means to further strengthen Honda’s commitment to safety—a key element of the company’s activities.

Notes
1)  The Riding Trainer is to be sold to dealers and corporations that employ graduates of the Riding Advisor program and Riding Trainer Training.
2) Available languages are English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Turkish (nine total).

Practice Courses:
Training for Beginners (2 courses)
1.Clutch Operation practice mode (1 course)
2.City Riding practice mode (1 course)

Hazard Prediction (15 courses)
1.City Riding practice mode (11 courses: 6 thoroughfare, 5 back street)
2.Touring practice mode (4 courses: freeway, coastal road, mountain road, and city road)

About the Riding Advisor Credential
The Riding Advisor is a program administered by Honda Motorcycle Japan Co., Ltd. for the sake of accrediting motorcycle dealer employees as knowledgeable about safe and enjoyable riding, competent in everyday vehicle inspection, and able to provide overall advice to meet user needs.  Offering instructor-led courses at five Honda Traffic Education Centers in Japan (Motegi, Saitama, Hamanako, Suzuka, and Kumamoto), the program currently boasts about 2,700 graduates.

About the Riding Trainer Training System
To help users gain the most value from the Riding Trainer, Honda has implemented a special instructor-led training course at four Traffic Education Centers (Motegi, Saitama, Suzuka, and Kumamoto) and the Honda Safety Training Center in Shikoku.  The course covers Honda’s activities to promote safety, the history of development of the Riding Trainer, the use of the product, an explanation of its software, and training in how to help customers use the product effectively.


Original Honda Press Release for the Riding Trainer
PARIS, France, September 29, 2005 - Honda Europe Motorcycle today announced the upcoming release of the Riding Trainer, an easy-to-use, popular version of the Riding Simulator already in use for traffic training at rider training centers, mainly in Japan.

Sales of the Riding Trainer will begin in late 2005 primarily targeting Honda motorcycle dealerships in Europe.  Annual sales in the European region are projected to reach 1,000 units.

Designed on the basis of expertise gained in the development of the Riding Simulator, the Riding Trainer is intended to enhance rider safety training programs at Honda motorcycle dealerships and at other training centers and locations. 

The simple design includes motorcycle handlebar and pedal operation components, a seat, and a video monitor, along with a lightweight frame.  The total weight is just 29kg (not including computer and monitor), and the device is compact: overall length is 1,575mm; overall width 568mm; and overall height 923mm.

The Riding Trainer is designed to fit into small spaces and is designed to help trainees learn to control and to develop the ability to foresee and avoid hazardous situations.  By connecting the device to a Microsoft Windows compatible personal computer and installing the bundled software, the training facility can offer the beginner valuable training and the opportunity to virtually experience dangerous situations.

Hazardous situations riders are likely to face when sharing busy roads with other motorcycles, cars and pedestrian can be examined from various perspectives using automatic replay , and after each session the trainee is offered printable on-screen assessment, and guidance for safer riding based on the individual’s actual performance (Riding Evaluation).

The Riding Trainer will also be introduced in Australia at around the same time, and Honda also plans to release the new product in Asia and elsewhere.

As part of Honda’s effort to promote safety, the release of the Riding Trainer reinforces the company’s traffic safety education programs at dealership and in other locations worldwide.

Bundled Software includes: Training for Beginners, including 2 courses:  Clutch Operation practice mode and City Riding practice mode.

Hazard Prediction, including 14 courses:  City Riding practice mode (10 courses).  Touring practice mode (4 courses).  Note that the Riding Evaluation is available for City Riding mode only.  All courses can simulate either manual or automatic transmission.  Background visuals can be switched (day/night/fog).  On-screen visuals and audio guidance are available in 8 European languages.

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