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Honda donates a dozen motorcycles to Georgia Piedmont for use by student mechanics

Celebrating the donation of 12 motorcycles from American Honda to Georgia Piedmont Technical College are GPTC President Jabari Simama, Honda District Service Manager Jeremy Taylor and GPTC Foundation Board of Trustees member Roger Harrison. (Special Photo)

Celebrating the donation of 12 motorcycles from American Honda to Georgia Piedmont Technical College are GPTC President Jabari Simama, Honda District Service Manager Jeremy Taylor and GPTC Foundation Board of Trustees member Roger Harrison. (Special Photo)

American Honda Motor Company recently donated 12 motorcycles to Georgia Piedmont Technical College. The motorcycles will be used exclusively for student training in the college’s motorcycle division.

At the donation ceremony, American Honda representative Jeremy Taylor told students there were plenty of jobs available for skilled technicians, such as those graduating from Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

“American Honda is pleased to have Honda-based products become part of the training curriculum at Georgia Piedmont. We are encouraged to see students who are interested in motorcycle repair techniques and hope the CB125Ts will assist in providing the students the experience necessary to be successful in the mechanical repair of Honda motorcycles,” said William Hanson, manager of Honda’s Motorcycle Communications and Training Office, in a release.

The motorcycles will provide special training for students enrolled in the one-year motorcycle mechanics course at Georgia Piedmont Technical College. The students will disassemble the motorcycles to learn about the parts and how they operate.

“This contribution is a tremendous gift that affords more of our students in the Motorcycle Service Technology program an exceptional opportunity for continued skills development, and, to simultaneously receive hands-on training that is so crucial to their success in the motorcycle repair industry,” said Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Jabari Simama in the release.

“Contributions, such as this one from Honda, are critical to our ability to give our students the caliber of training and skill sets necessary to continue to provide the award-winning workforce companies have come to expect from us. We cannot thank American Honda Motor Company enough for selecting Georgia Piedmont as the benefactor of their generosity.”

The bikes are CB125Ts, a model of bike never sold in the U.S. and previously used at Honda-sponsored rider training programs. Because the bikes are being retired and replaced with a newer model, students have a unique opportunity to compare the technological and mechanical differences found in domestic and international models of the company’s products, identify modifications between former and current models, as well as study variances between retail and non-retail training bikes.

Prior to this gift, Honda and other motorcycle manufacturers have given Georgia Piedmont bikes and curriculum materials. This is the first time, however, that the college has received a large number of the same kind of bike at one time.

“This is great,” said Mike Sachs, head of the college’s motorcycle program. “Being able to write some lessons around these bikes, with all the students doing the same thing at the same time is going to be a treat, especially for my beginning students.”

Sachs said his students will first perform maintenance and repairs on the bikes and then completely disassemble them and use the bike’s components for overhaul training.

The Motorcycle Mechanics course at Georgia Piedmont emphasizes a combination of mechanical theory and practical experience. The course includes classes in basic skills, maintenance, engines, chassis systems, electrical systems, fuel systems and internship experience.