Ducati, Suzuki motorcycles to escort heads of state attending APEC Summit

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority will be using Ducati Monster and Suzuki Bandit motorcycles in the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November. MMDA said it was tasked by the APEC National Organizing Committee to take charge of the deployment of traffic security assistance to the heads of state and high-ranking officials participating in the APEC Summit 2015.

“Purchase of the motorbikes are pursuant to existing international laws which entail the receiving of visiting heads of state with respect and dignity and to provide them adequate security as part of the comity of nations,” MMDA said.

MMDA adds that all heads of state and participants will come from NAIA Airports and will use Skyway which has a minimum requirement of 400cc motorcycles, and as part of APEC requirements, 600cc motorcycles were purchased for that purpose.

State heads from Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; China; Hong Kong; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Peru; Russia; Singapore; Republic of Korea; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; United States; and Viet Nam are expected to attend.

“With MMDA’s already aging fleet of motorcycles (last purchase of such motorcycles was in 1996), the Ducati Monster and Suzuki Bandit motorcycles were bought not for show but out of necessity as these larger bikes were needed to perform the tasks at hand such as security convoy, road clearing, and high speed travel,” the agency said.

MMDA said after the APEC Summit motorcycles will be used for succeeding visits of dignitaries, other similar international and significant events, and for the daily traffic accident management in Metropolitan Manila.