They did not only come in big numbers, but they also arrived with so much enthusiasm. Riders of Suzuki motorbikes came in full force during the first Suzuki Gixxers’ Day held at the Marikina Riverpark last weekend. They all rode Suzuki GSX-Rs in full safety gear.
Suzuki Philippines president Hiroshi Suzuki personally welcomed the riders: "Mga kasaping Gixxer riders, okay ba kayo?" The event is known abroad as a gathering of the Japanese motorcycle brand’s loyal owners. But instead of treating them to stunt shows, the Marikina fest accorded them a free whole-day seminar on safe riding designed by Suzuki for Suzuki riders.
The show started at 10am, but the parking area reserved exclusively for Suzuki GSX bikes were already filled to the brim three hours before the official start of Gixxers' Day. Some attendees even had female back-riders as companions. The safety riding seminar was not exclusive for beginners; experienced riders were welcome as well.
"Safe riding has always been a priority of Suzuki Philippines," said Suzuki. "It is the core of our operations."
With visual aids, Suzuki Philippines racing and safety riding specialist Noel Villapando conducted an interactive seminar as he asked riders some questions about safety issues. After the theoretical session, participants were allowed to engage in different exercises, from proper mounting on a motorcycle to safety braking and cornering methods.
While the participants were busy attending the seminar, the Gixxer units of the participants were given free preventive maintenance service by Suzuki mechanics at the venue.
Now selling like hotcakes in the 150cc segment, the Suzuki GSX-R (aka "Gixxer") is a semi-faired, race-inspired street bike powered by a 155cc engine. Small but terrible, the Gixxer power unit produces 14hp at 8,000rpm and 14Nm at 6,000rpm. The Gixxer has also won accolades in many countries for its fuel efficiency and environmental compliance.