Getting motorcycle training, particularly for bigger bikes, is critical for several reasons. To begin, riding a big bike is very different from riding a small bike and necessitates distinct abilities such as adequate weight distribution, throttle control, and braking techniques. Second, it keeps motorcyclists attentive and aware of possible road hazards. Finally, it makes motorcyclists less likely to be involved in accidents and more prepared to deal with emergencies.
Big bikes have become more popular in the Philippines in recent years. More and more Filipinos are becoming interested in bigger engine displacement motorbikes such as adventure bikes, cruisers, and sport-touring bikes. Because of the popularity of big bikes in the Philippines, there has been an increase in the number of motorcycle groups and communities dedicated to riding, touring, and adventure. These organizations frequently arrange long rides and events that draw hundreds of participants and encourage responsible riding and road safety.
A good example of this is MotorClyde, a motorcycle training school with a focus on developing precision riding and safety skills. MotorClyde recently partnered with Harley-Davidson of Manila, and held the first ever Harley-Davidson Skilled Rider Training (SRT) program in the MotorClyde Training Course in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, on Saturday, March 11, 2023. During the course, Harley-Davidson owners with varying riding skills and experience all embarked on a journey of learning. MotorClyde’s comprehensive training program instilled confidence and a heightened sense of safety into the participants.
At the start of the course, Coach Clyde conducted a classroom session wherein the important theoretical aspects of motorcycle riding were discussed in great detail. After which an assessment of individual rider skills was conducted, wherein all the participants had to complete rounds of a simple course consisting of slow-speed turns. As the day progressed, the challenges became more technical, with skills such as u-turns, figure-eights, and slaloms added to the mix. At the end of the training session, all participants were handed certificates of completion, and it was clear to see that everyone picked up new skills, especially when it came to low-speed maneuvers, braking, and general safety.
Of course, safety is the name of the game. However, the Harley-Davidson Skilled Rider Training program was also an exercise in community-building and fostering a stronger sense of camaraderie within the group. Indeed, at the end of the program, everyone learned a new set of essential skills, while at the same time forging new friendships in the process.
We’d like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the folks at MotorClyde—Coach Clyde, Coach Erwin, and Coach Tannie. Of course, huge thanks to the Harley-Davidson of Manila team for making all this possible.