From March 23 through March 26, Honda Canada’s motorcycle division staged a motorcycle event at Roebling Road Raceway and the surrounding Savannah, Georgia area. 12 Canuck bike journalists were on hand, joined by two video crew members and famed still photographer Kevin Wing.
The support crew included famed bike-builder Rob Egan of Brooklin Cycle Racing of Whitby, ON, as well as Pro racers Sandy Noce and Sean Huffman of Dunlop Race Tire distributor Pro 6 Cycle from Toronto, ON. Top American road racer, flat tracker and famed race instructor Jeff Haney was available to assist each rider.
19 different track-prepared new Honda models were on hand for testing on the road course, along with a further 4 street-only machines. Dunlop shipped an additional 42 tires from their plant in Buffalo, NY for replacement use during testing on the flowing Roebling layout.
Leading Honda Canada’s support staff was Pro racer Jodi Christie, the current MOPAR CSBK National Superbike Champion. Christie was meeting with the media, riding with the press, as well as working on some race development for the 2015 season with his Crew Chief John Sharrard of Accelerated Technologies.
“Our object was to focus on the smaller displacement machines, like the CBR300R, the new naked CB300F, the CBR500R and the CBR650F,” explained Kim Moore, Supervisor of Honda Canada’s Motorcycle Division for Public Relations, Shows and Special Events.
“We wanted to see everyone work up the order, and see Honda’s progression, our ladder,” continued Moore. “Each bike is a little bit more than the last, and there is a reason for this variety. The central goal is for the customer to see Honda’s commitment to new riders, to get the whole story of our new line-up.”
“It is important for Honda to emphasize safety for all level of riders, and better riders are also better writers. That’s why we brought along the experienced Jeff Haney to work with those who have limited track experience,” confirmed Moore.