As motorcycle riders, we often think that our riding skills – brought about by the number of years of experience – are already enough to get us home safely. Unfortunately, this is not always true.
While we might know a thing or two about balancing our motorcycle, twisting the throttle and some cornering, chances are, many of us don’t even know how to brake, control the throttle, or lean the bike into a corner safely and properly.
This is why, during times like the rainy season when the road is slippery, a lot of our fellow riders kiss the pavement because of poor riding decisions and not enough skill.
While going through a Driver Education Center (DEC) is now mandatory for new driver’s license applicants, these DECs, however, only offer the very basic aspects of motorcycle riding. If you want more advanced lessons, there are motorcycle riding centers that offer training for more tricky situations.
We've attended some of these schools, like the California Superbike School in Clark International Speedway for superbike riders; while off-road junkies can try out Mel Aquino’s training school in Antipolo City. Those with big bikes like cruisers and tourers should look into a new motorcycle riding training center South of Manila, the MotorClyde Training Center (MTC).
MotorClyde Training Center
Situated in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, MotorClyde Training Center (MTC) employs internationally-certified riding coaches who can teach you how to handle your bike safely on the road.
The center’s training director and namesake, Clyde Karim Solano, is no stranger when it comes to safe riding. A true “uragon” (from Bicol), coach Clyde went abroad to seek greener pastures for his family. Coach Clyde took riding lessons in Saudi Arabia, where he was based at the time.
Perhaps due to his affable nature, he find himself training riders of Harley-Davidson and BMW motorcycles soon after. He continued his training and after numerous certifications, he became the first non-Arab certified trainer of the Saudi Automotive Motorcycle Federation (SAMF).
The MTC is co-founded by Erwin Carpena, who’s also an avid motorcycle enthusiast and a former brand sales manager at a leading brand in Saudi Arabia.
Together with riding coaches Tanie Ortigueras, Ronnel Pesigan, Jeri Mismas and Geoffrey Cardoza (all certified abroad), they offer the most effective motorcycle safety riding skills to all motorcycle riders.
While MTC specializes in teaching cruiser riders, it's open to all riders and brands of bikes, regardless of affiliation. You can join with a sport or naked bike.
Whether a newbie or experienced rider, it’s never too late to unlearn your bad riding habits and re-learn the safe way to ride your motorcycle. MTC offers basic safety riding, advanced levels 1 & 2; refresher training for those who have trained elsewhere, and even a group training course for you to learn with your mates.
For those who are more serious about their riding, MTC also offers competition-level training, as well as road captainship for those who want to take their “trangko” skills to the next level.
Interested in leveling up your skills? Contact MTC through their official social media page, HERE.