This is a demo for the Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic, based on the book Total Control by Lee Parks. The book is a must read and the class a must take for anyone who rides a motorcycle. There are 3 levels to the class.
Who It’s For
In today’s age of high-horsepower superbikes, large-displacement cruisers and super-heavy-weight tourers, riding skills are more important than ever for safe, fun motorcycling. Unfortunately for experienced riders, there is a large gap between the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Basic Rider Course Level 2 (BRC-2) and the many racetrack schools around the country. Many riders are interested in improving their skills but are unwilling to take on the additional risks associated with a high-speed environment. Fortunately, the Lee Parks Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic (Total Control ARC) has a solution for those experienced riders as well as novices and track-day junkies who want to further enhance their skills in a controlled environment with expert instruction.
How It Works
Part of the reason for the program’s success is the dynamic classroom training, which includes both theory and application of the Total Control ARC techniques. By including a basic analysis of vehicular dynamics, riders get a clear understanding of how their actions affect their bikes. For instance, in the suspension portion of the class, riders learn how to analyze the effectiveness of their suspension and how to set it up for maximum control and comfort.
The range portion of the training is where each of the skills are individually broken down and practiced. Working on only one skill at a time is the fastest way to make consistent riding improvements. Each skill is built up in small two-mph increments until the desired result is achieved. This allows for high confidence and never gets too scary. Combined with a strategic “building block” formula for integrating the individual skills into a complete riding package, the Total Control ARC enables riders to learn faster and easier than ever before. Equally important, all the Total Control ARC skills are taught with their direct applications for street riding. After all, knowing how to do something is of little value if you don’t understand when and where to use it.
What It Covers
Cornering technique is the primary focus of the Total Control ARC. Individual skills include corner entry, line selection, body position and corner exit. There are slightly different versions of these depending on the type of bike ridden, but all follow the same philosophical principals that are taught in the course. Throttle control and throttle/brake transitions are also covered in great detail. Additionally, super-tight, low-speed, “parking lot” turns are taught.
What It Costs
The cost for the standard eight-hour Total Control ARC is $350-$375 depending on course level, which includes a workbook with explanations and examples of the techniques and concepts covered in the course.
All students must provide their own motorcycle and have at least one year of riding experience. Motorcycle should be in proper working order, including cooling and charging systems, and a battery that is in good condition. Protective gear is required for all students, which includes a DOT-approved helmet (full-face recommended), motorcycle jacket and pants, gloves and boots that cover the ankles. Absolutely no race tires, race compound tires or car tires allowed regardless if they are DOT approved.
When and Where
If you’re interested in attending a Total Control ARC, sign up here to register. Classes are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. When the class is full, we will accept students to be placed on a waiting list.
The Total Control ARC Promises
The Total Control ARC is committed to making you a better and safer rider and in doing so makes these promises:
- Specific, measurable improvement in your riding. No matter what skill level you are now, the Total Control ARC will make a recognizable difference in your ability to control your bike.
- Better understanding of how your bike works. How what you do affects your bike’s ability to maintain traction and control
- The ability to self-diagnose riding problems in the future. While it’s great to be able to ride better in front of a skilled coach, it’s equally important to be able to coach yourself when you detect a riding problem in the future. There are enough support materials in our package to help make sure you won’t forget what you learned during your training.
- High teacher-to-student ratio. Each class is divided in groups with never more than six students per instructor for lots of individual attention and support.
- Friendly, professional service. The Total Control ARC instructors are highly trained and carefully handpicked for their teaching abilities and friendly dispositions. Your experience at the Total Control ARC will be a positive one.
Total Control Level 2
Takes off where the original left off. More challenging exercises from the best-selling book “Total Control” plus some exciting new ones mean the students will take their riding to a whole new level. Topics covered include:
- Riding Psychology
- Speed Shifting
- Trail Braking into a Turn
- Decreasing Arc Mid-Corner
- Decreasing Radius Turns
- Chassis Setup
- Quick Stops
- TC Solo
In TC Solo, we combine the skills from Level 1 and 2, and experience them at significantly higher speeds, mimicking the g-forces of track riding. Participants MUST have completed Total Control ARC Level 1 as a prerequisite.