Topex Robinson's switch from car to Vespa allows him to shuffle quicker between coaching gigs
Topex Robinson has been riding his Vespa to practices and games since last year. Reuben Terrado

DON’T be surprised if you see someone who looks like Lyceum coach Topex Robinson riding on a motorcycle in the streets of Metro Manila.

Most likely, he is Topex.

Just last year, Robinson chose to ride on two wheels instead of his car on his way to practices and games. The motorcycle became even more essential for the LPU mentor after he became one of the assistant coaches of Phoenix in the PBA.

Not only is riding his Vespa motorcycle to work cost efficient, it also saves himself precious time as he moves around Metro Manila's gridlocked streets while shuffling between coaching jobs.

A resident of Mandaluyong City, Robinson makes it to his 6 a.m. three-hour practice at LPU in Intramunos in only 30 minutes in his Vespa, which is the same time he consumes when he travels from Intramuros to the Upper Deck gym in Pasig City where he has a 10 a.m. practice with Phoenix.

When he uses his car, Robinson said it takes more than an hour to travel from LPU to Upper Deck.

”Obviously, you save time with my schedule with Phoenix,” said Robinson in an interview with SPIN.ph before he left for Upper Deck following an LPU practice on Friday. ”I have a commitment with coach Louie (Alas) that I’ll be here at a certain time so I have to make the adjustment."

Robinson said he started riding a motorcycle only late last year.

“I’ve been riding a bicycle but not in a motorbike. It just dawned on me and when I tried it, I enjoyed it,” said Robinson.

Aside from saving money and time, Robinson said riding a motorcycle allows him to be in the moment when he's driving.

“The reason why I got into this, kasi when you ride a motorcycle, you are thinking about the moment. We are so used to driving (cars), we do multitasking while driving. So you lose that opportunity to spend that moment kasi sa motorsiklo, you can’t multi-task eh.

“It gives me more time to ride my motorbike. Again, it’s a mindful thing for me,” he said.

Robinson said he has even used his motorcycle on his way to PBA games at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, especially during the Christmas rush where traffic was notoriously bad.

Asked how he was able to look neat after motorcycle rides in Manila's streets, Robinson said: ”Meron akong organizer wherein my shirt, hindi magka-cramp.”

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Robinson isn't about to change his routine when he coaches in the PBA D-League, where Lyceum is entered as Zark’s Burger.

“Most likely, in the D-League, I will do that also. I still have practice with Phoenix so after practice, I have to go to whatever the game is,” Robinson said.

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