KIG assists JCF

By Rory Daley Observer writer

Monday, June 09, 2014

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KINGSTON Industrial Garage (KIG), local dealers for Yamaha, is conducting a three-day training programme for 20 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) via the Motorcycle brandâs International Safety Riding Academy at the Palisadoes International Raceway in Kingston.

The programme, which ends today, is geared towards ensuring that trainees are acclimatised with the Yamaha XJ600P and older XJ900P police bikes used by the JCF.

ãThis gives us a refresher on safely operating the bikes as well as keeping up daily maintenance,ä Sgt Uzander McFarlane, JCF training liaison, told Auto.

Sgt McFarlane pointed out the training in especially important given that the newer XJ600Pâs are the first such units equipped with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) in the JCFâs stable of Motorcycles.

KIG has brought in Yamaha Safety Riding Academy trainers, Philippe Veronesi, and ex-world grand prix rider Japanâs Yoshiaki Kato. Veronesi operates out of Panama with responsibility for the Caribbean and brings over 10 years of experience to the programme. Kato is an instructor for the Yamaha Riding Academy adds his Motorsports pedigree, including an All Japan 125cc Championship, to the training. The Safety Riding Academy last made the trek to Jamaica fives years ago.

ãWe are well aware that the Jamaican police are capable riders, so our training will focus on safety, and familiarizing them with the abilities of the new bike,ä Veronesi said.

The XJ600P is a bespoke machine for law enforcement use and has several key upgrades over the XJ900P, on top of ABS. It sports a lightweight frame, and a new fuel injection system among other elements.

ãThe bike has similar engine performance to the larger XJ900, but its lighter weight gives it a different centre of gravity and the motor has plenty of torque which is important for police who need to get to top speed quickly during their duty,ä Kato explained.

Lessons are keyed to help riders According to both, the three days of instruction will provide theory, and practical exercises on a small course laid out on the PIR parking helping the participants with riding posture, normal and emergency braking, sloe speed balance, and how to anticipate obstacles.




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