Philippine president pines for motorcycle

MANILA: Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte spoke of his sadness on Friday at having to forfeit his beloved motorcycles in becoming president, and offered tips on handling two wheels and why a Honda was better than a Harley.
The 71-year-old reminisced about touring the Philippines by motorbike and how as a city mayor he used to ride every week on a motorcycle that his security team made him mothball a day after winning a presidential election in May.
“I really do not know if I will be able to ride again with the constricted environment I have now… That is the drawback of being the president,” Duterte told graduates of a police highway patrol training course.
Duterte gave a few lessons in motorcycle safety and recalled a few accidents, including one that damaged a nerve in his neck, which he is frequently seen massaging to prevent headaches.
He boasted of having reached speeds of 180 kph and owning a Yamaha and Honda as well as a Harley Davidson. — Reuters