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KIG boosts JCF safety

Friday, July 20, 2018

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KINGSTON Industrial Garage (KIG), local dealer for Yamaha motorcycles, provided support for the country's push for safety and security with a two-day training session for police personnel operating recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs).

The sessions took place at Wavz Beach in Negril, Westmoreland, on last Wednesday and Thursday. The Yamaha Viking ROVs will be part the police's arsenal in the tourist resort town of Negril.

According to Judith Denton, sales and marketing manager at KIG, safety is paramont for the operators of Yamaha Viking.

“Yamaha is ensuring that the purchaser drives them optimally, to the highest efficiency and safety level,” Denton told Jamaica Observer's weekly Auto magazine.

Conducting the training was Toshiaki Kato, Yamaha Riding Academy executive instructor. Since his retirement from top-level motorcycle racing in 1998, Kato has been travelling worldwide and teaching for Yamaha. This is his second time to Jamaica having first visited in 2014, to teach members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) how to operate the Yamaha XJ600P.

The Viking features a powerful 686cc fuel- injected engine. It can operate in two-wheel-drive mode, and comes with true four-wheel-drive offering a hi/lo drive and a lockable differential. It also has extensive cargo capacity and nearly 12 inches of ground clearance as part of its lengthy list of specifications.

“The functionality of the Viking was a key factory to the JCF. It's one of those units that can seat three across, so that was desirable for them. Yamaha stands up in the worldwide market, so the quality of the equipment as well. This means more uptime for them and is a big appeal as well. The brand is tried and true,” said Denton.

Over the two days, Kato taught nine JCF members the basic operations of the Viking, beginning with the key differences between All-Terrain Vehicles and ROVs. Training also included the proper gear to wear during operation, and how to handle the Viking on varying surface conditions like sand on which it will see predominant use, amongst other skills.

“An ATV uses a handle bar for steering, while a ROV has a traditional steering wheel like a car,” he said.

According to Kato, this makes them behave differently as the ATV requires a shift in weight to help its turning, while the ROV doesn't.

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