The "SMARTrainer" is the new addition at the MSF Campus @ Alpharetta.
The Honda SMART is a traffic simulator specifically designed to give riders a safe bridge between a typical beginning riding course. The key is in providing a no-risk introduction to the hazards of street riding to compliment rudimentary instruction.
If you have never ridden a motorcycle before, please give us a call at 770-442-2043 and make an appointment. Twenty to thirty minutes is all you need to give it a try...
The key to the SMARTrainer is that it utilizes a motorcycle-like cockpit, with a seat, handlebars fitted with active throttle, front brake and clutch, and footpegs with rear brake and shift lever to fully mimic a motorcycle. The SMART uses Honda's proprietary software to present the operator with 17 different riding environments that unfold on the computer screen and respond accordingly to rider inputs. The choice of landscape ranges from city, mountain, and suburban scenarios;, which can be rendered in daylight, night setting, and even fog, to help challenge reaction time and provide a valuable foundation to becoming a more defensive, safer rider.
The SMART is a highly effective tool to help beginning riders - as well as returning riders who need a mental tune-up - become aware of the potential dangers that exist for them out there in the real world just waiting to ruin their day; erratic traffic, bad drivers, merging vehicles, congestion, blind spots, etc. The motorcycle controls provide a practical, physical base for rider training, allowing the rider to associate the visual/mental aspects of traffic dangers and surprise situations with actual elements of application.
The SMART is surprisingly engaging. Confronted with a multitude of situations that might arise out on the street, the SMARTrainer places riders in potential situations with a much lower risk factor that the real world.
The SMARTrainer allows the operator to review their performance in slow-motion and from a multitude of perspectives (side, overhead, behind, etc.) to better comprehend and evaluate the results. The SMART also allows the riders to put themselves in the driver's seat of other vehicles to witness the run from their view. The SMART features an evaluation function, providing a detailed print-out for the rider.
The Honda SMARTrainer is presently in use at the MSF Campus's and also at 38 Honda Powerhouse dealerships.