Southwest Motorcycle Training
5558 2 Pearsall Rd, San Antonio, TX 78242
Metro Line: (830) 709-4109
Texas DPS & MSF Approved
Classes Offered: Driving Instruction, Motorcycle Training
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Upon searching the internet and reading reviews about the schools, I chose to go with Southwest Motorcycle Training. A commute of 70 miles to San Antonio a few extra miles further to SMT was a no brained considering all the poor reviews I've read about closer schools. There is enough BS in life, I'm not gonna consider paying someone for their BS.Lisa was my first point of contact and took care of me getting me registered for class, very nice, informative and helpful. Russell and Ian, the class instructors are very personable individuals with teaching skills that's admirable. These guys make you feel confident, relaxed and give each student instruction on what they did right and wrong and what they need to do to improve. I saw great improvement in my abilities as well as in others. In our class of 9, each of us were treated with dignity and respect equally. Safety and Control of the motorcycle is top priority and this is what you will learn. Great job, hats off to this trio team! On a side note, the not so important info, men's and women's restrooms in the classroom and a wide variety of dining facilities close by for lunch.
This was the second school I attended the first time around I didn't feel comfortable or confident because I feel like there was enough attention on a 1 on 1 level...at this school however I had fun and learned at the same time and got the 1 on 1 coaching I needed... I failed my first attempt at the test with the first school...at Southwest motorcycle training they coached me all the way through until the test of course but I ended up with best score in the class. would definitely recommend to anyone in the San Antonio area looking to Learn to ride safely and have fun
05/27/2012Provided by Citysearch -
I cant begin to explain enough how important motorcycle safety is, and with Guys like Vince and Ron instructing, you will learn just how crucial safety and knowledge is to being a great rider or simply improving on your skills.I came into this class with a high technical understanding of how motorcycles work and how we as riders interact with them and how they in turn interact with the road.I had minimal riding experience aside from tooling around on a couple friends bikes in and around the neighborhood, and after working with Vince and Ron over the course of a mere two days i feel like not only has my technical knowledge increased but so has my hands on competency as well!!
These guys work with you in a way which is specific to your style and skill level and at no time do they make you feel inadequate or too ""green"" they look at you and your technique and evaluate them HONESTLY and return to you immediately after each run with positive enforcement and encouragement for EXACTLY what you did correctly. Vince and Ron also give you advice and spot on coaching for the inconsistencies. This is all done in their own individual and distinct ways. They don't just speak from behind a bullhorn they actually get out and execute the training and walk you through each portion until THEY feel you are ready to move on to the next level!!! I speak from experience( I'm STILL LEANING and pressing and rolling, Vince).
Between the Vince and Ron and the owners there is over fifty years of riding experience and know how to be absorbed. And after so many years riding and Instructing they still manage to make each course an an individual and fun experience that feels personalized to your needs,bear in mind that there are 9 others in this class with you! Now THAT is TRAINING!!! If you want to become a better rider or simply learn to ride, call these guys up and be prepared to learn to be a safer and more capable BIKER!! A++++
Rakim aka ""ROCK""
03/17/2012Provided by Citysearch -
This is the cheapest class in town I believe and only two days long. The instructor is great, quite a character(funny) and has been riding for over a decade so has a wealth of knowledge/experience to share. I could imagine it gets repetitive teaching the same class over and over but he still seemed passionate and professional from start to end.
See some reviews complaining about the riding range(parking lot). There are no restrooms and the surface is a little rough(loose gravel/sand and a pot hole or two) but I would honestly rather practice in these conditions which simulate the third-world roads we have here in San Antonio. I think it builds more experience & confidence than it would on brand-new, perfect pavement. The bikes were in fairly decent shape for as much as I'm sure they've been through.
Overall I learned a lot, met some cool folks and had a fun time. Ride safe!
11/29/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I can't begin to tell you how much I think of Vince and Ian. I went thru their course the first weekend after Thanksgiving day and was dead tired after working a bunch of hours in my security job. That said, I was able to get thru the course all in one piece and actually pass. I owe a lot to Vince and Ian for their wonderful patience. I've been wanting to get my motor endorsement back, even though it's been a long time since I've been on a motor. Vince and Ian have gone a long way in making this possible. I very highly recommend this school. You might find fancier facilities, but you won't find better people than Vince and Ian to study and learn with. On top of that, they are pretty funny guys to be around. My thanks to Lisa, as well, for getting me in while the blood was still hot.....ha!! ha!!
06/26/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Trainers are excellent! Very funny, class time is not boring. Really take a lot of time to train you and not get annoyed if you're having problems. I would recommend this school to anyone wanting to learn how to ride. They were so helpful I was able to take my bike out that night after the first day of training.
04/25/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I have been riding on the back of others bikes for quite sometime and decided that I wanted to be in front. I searched the web and found these guys. They were both very informative and fun. They made two days in the hot sun worth it. They were supportive and patient. I really enjoyed learning with them and feel confident I will be the one in front before to long. Just need practice. Thanks alot to Vince and Ian for Making this a unique learning experience. I would definatly reccommend them to any one wishing to learn how to ride a bike. Even if youve never been on one. Its a great feeling.
02/21/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Riding some as a teen, you think sitting on a cycle again things will come back to you but not much did. Not a factor at this school with these instructors. We had a mixed class, first time riders to some experience. Everyone learned at the same progressive pace and we all received the individual instruction essential to the foundation of a safe rider. The instructors keep the environment very low stress while conveying the risk and consequences of failing to be a safe rider. Essential to the low stress environment is the instructors sense of humor so bring yours with you. I spent my two days learning laughing and smiling, walking away with what I need to begin riding. Additionally I know where my sons will go to learn and where I will return for the experienced rider course in a few years. The classroom is stocked with snacks you can purchase, breaks are at perfect intervals. The range is a parking lot (where else you gonna learn), within a 100 yds is a convenience store for anything you may need. Again with plenty of breaks. If you already own a specific type of bike the instructors try to put you on something very similar making the transition to your own bike a bit smoother. Otherwise they put you on a bike best fits your weight height and stature. Owner and instructors dont pull up cars they ride in. Looking to get your license get an insurance discount etc see these guys. You will get a great riding foundation from experienced riders who know riding needs to be safe, should be fun and learning should too. Thanks guys
11/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I just wanted to say thank you, I went into this class not knowing what to expect. All I knew is that I wanted to feel comfortable on a motorcycle. Being in a class of those who had no previous experience and a couple who were there to refresh their riding skills, we all learned at the same pace. It was fun and informative. Our instructor was witty and informative, he had his own style and manner of teaching that made you feel comfortable. All motorcycles were ready for us to start riding at the range the first day with no problems. I took this course on a wednesday & thursday and went to DPS on friday to take the written test, since it was fresh on my mind and I passed. I just got my CM license, it was worth it. I recommend all those who are wanting to ride a motorcycle to take a basic riding course for your safety and for the insurance discount. You get your money's worth. I recommend Southwest Motorcycle Training because they are good people that want to help and they are the least expensive in San Antonio.