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March 27, 2013

Honda Starts Rollout of Updated Software for the Riding Trainer, a Motorcycle Safety Training Device

TOKYO, Japan, March 27, 2013 - Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the development of updated software for the Riding Trainer designed to teach motorcycle safety effectively. Installation of the new software program started with Riding Trainer models produced in February 2013, including those for overseas.

Existing Riding Trainer modelzoom
Existing Riding Trainer model
(Personal computer and monitor not included)
Updated Riding Trainer softwarezoom
Updated Riding Trainer software

The new software is designed to further advance the ability to foresee and predict the dangers encountered in motorcycle riding, by providing even more realistic situations and conditions.

A major enhancement in this update is the adoption of exteriors of actual 15 motorcycle models and the faithfully recreated meter display and engine sound of each model. A variety of the models includes small scooters such as the PCX, midsize sports models such as the CBR250R, and large sports models such as the CB1100 and VFR1200F. They are simulated to imitate various use in numerous countries around the world. Additional new features include a function for experiencing advanced braking systems such as the Combined Brake System (CBS), a front- and rear-wheel combination brake system, and Combined ABS, which brings together the CBS and the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS). Honda plans to roll out the software update at motorcycle dealers with existing installations of the Riding Trainer.

The Riding Trainer was created to promote widespread adoption of useful motorcycle safety training devices for developing riders’ ability to foresee and predict the dangers encountered in motorcycle riding. Overseas sales of the Riding Trainer started in November 2005 at Honda motorcycle dealers across Europe and in February 2006 for Honda motorcycle dealers and other corporations in Japan. Approximately 5,000 units are currently in use in 53 countries throughout the world. Honda aims to expand the sales so that the system will enjoy more widespread use and further demonstrate Honda’s commitment to safety—a key element of its activities.

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